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  1. Chally
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    Good stuff. The first I read was Wyrd Sisters, on, I think, tigtog’s recommendation, and borrowed from Mimbles. I tried The Colour of Magic next but couldn’t get into it. Hogfather I just read and liked as much as Wyrd Sisters. So this is a good guide as to where to go next. :)

    ETA: I hear The Last Continent is about a faux-Australia? Recommended?

  2. tigtog
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    The Last Continent is a Rincewind story, which for some is enough to put them off. It’s not the strongest in the Unseen University collection, but it has its moments.

  3. tigtog
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    P.S. One shouldn’t read The Last Continent as one’s first Rincewind story, methinks. Needs The Light Fantastic as a prequel at the very least.

  4. Megpie71
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    To understand The Last Continent it helps to have read The Light Fantastic to get a sense of Rincewind as a character (ignore The Colour of Magic - Pterry doesn’t start to get into his rather distinctive style until about ten pages before the end of the book), Sourcery to get an idea of the sort of crap Rincewind’s been pushed through, Eric to see some of the ways that Pterry gets him out of it, and Interesting Times to understand how he wound up where he is now in the most immediate sense.

    Personally, as the most interesting Rincewind book I’d recommend Interesting Times, because that’s the one which really brings him back into the series again, and it shows Rincewind for a large part coming to terms with the way his life works (to the point where in The Last Hero, he’s pretty much able to predict his own involvement in things, and at least intervene with events in such a way as to control it). Plus it has Cohen the Barbarian, who’s a favourite of mine. The Last Continent, to me, wasn’t all that interesting. Yes, there were some fascinating bits early on with the wizards, but mostly it was just a way of being able to string together a whole heap of Australian-themed jokes. About the only one which sticks in the memory after multiple years for me is the variation on Waltzing Matilda.

  5. mimbles
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    I got on board with Discworld right from the beginning so I always find it very hard to suggest where people should start reading, I kind of love them all (though there are some I reread less often than others). With my kids I began by reading Guards Guards to David when he was about 8 years old I think, and I read Wee Free Men aloud in the car on a trip to Dubbo a few years back and that was a huge hit.

    I’ve been enjoying Tansy Rayner Roberts’ Pratchett’s Women series of posts on her blog, I think they’ve been linked here before, well worth a read!

  6. Laughingrat
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    Ironically, Night Watch was my first Vimes novel and it really pulled me in! I felt like I learned enough about the man and his world in that book to get why he was who he was, and why the modern Watch was special. Admittedly, going back and reading the sub-series from the beginning helped a lot.

  7. Chris Kietzman
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    The Discworld Reading Order Guide has been updated to version 2.1 for 2012 and can be found on the Discworld Fanatics website here:

    Chris Kietzman (I made the thing :-)

  8. tigtog
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    Thanks for dropping by, Chris – sorry that the spaminator took a dislike to your comment!

    (I raised a Sybiline eyebrow in its direction )

  9. GemmaM
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    Let’s be fair — Susan Sto Helit is even more awesome in ‘Thief of Time’ than in ‘Hogfather’. I agree that the other ‘Death’ books aren’t quite as much fun, though. Death was always better as a side character.

  10. SunlessNick
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    Feet of Clay and Hogfather are my favourites. I’m not a tremendous fan of the series as a whole, though that’s more because comedy takes on genres aren’t really a thing I’m into. His character-building is excellent.

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