craftADDchick: you can read "Hogfather" on its own, no problems. Also if you want to know anything about any of the character WE your reading rainbow pals will happily fill you in.Thanks! I'm just soooo afraid that I will get sucked in by the characters and then become obsessed about reading the whole series... So, when the time comes, as it inevitably will, and I need to know the order of the books in the series, I'll be sure to ask my Reading Rainbow buddies!
Almost all the Discworld books can be read safely without reading the others. It's pretty much the Watch books and the Witches books that need the previous ones to understand. Even then, it's pretty easy to pick up on whats happened before.
OMG- I am insanely jealous over the autographed RA Salvatore books. He is one of my favorite authors!!! (Tied with Robert Jordan) Have you met him?
Discworld...ah, now I understand what people have been talking about! And, I've never met RA Salvatore. I wouldn't even know him if I bumped into him!
Any discworld book can be read as a separate entity, however, the events in previous books is likely to effect the events in later books - people grow and change, the world evolves, and all this is reflected in the books. However, only the first two are serially dependent - really only the second is completely dependent on the first. After that, they're basically free. But having read Mort and Soul Music, and possibly Reaper Man, gives a sort of "get to know the characters" thing to Hogfather. Death's love to people for example, and who Susan Sto Helit is... And in Mort I believe it was.. you get to know who Albert, the butler, REALLY is, and why he is where he is...
Such a tease! Now you're making me want to start at the beginning! Arrrgggghhhh! I have a love/hate relationship with series books...I love reading how the characters change and grow, but my life stops until I finish the series!