Your about to embark on a journey through space and time.... Disk time and L-Space. And your right, start one of these books and kiss many hours goodbye, fall hopelessly in love with the librarian, just don't call him a monkey.... Oook, wonder if Corporal Nobbs really is human and marvel at the many other splendid oddity's that occur on the Disk, which by the way is carried through space upon the back of the mighty star Turtle, the great Great A'tuin (genus Chelys Galactica). The Discworld is supported atop A'tuin's back by the four great elephants Berilia, Tubul, Great T'Phon and Jerakeen.
Hahahahaha now your really interested......
Don't forget Greebo, the highly feared tom cat who's got more scars than skin, fights bulls and eats vampires, is sometimes a handsome pirate-like man, and who's owned by a drunken fat witch who says he's just a silly old kitten really
If you do start reading the Discworld series from the start, note that the author evolves with the story as much as the characters do. The first books were marvellously bizarre and funny, but really not that well written. Fantasy satire, where the rules he invented were forgotten by the next chapter. They're written down more than authored (I don't even know if that's a word). But they're a build up that cause the rest, independent though they are. The later books have evolved. As Pratchett himself stated, "I am sometimes accused of literature." My boyfriend likes to read "some", but his speed is less than a fifth of mine, because he doesn't read a lot in one go... So I made sure to put him on reading Going Postal (the most independent book character wise, in my opinion, while still being one of the later ones) first of all, before I let him read Color of Magic, because I knew he wouldn't be too impressed by the flow of that one...
So...who is going to send me the first book in the Discworld series in the swap?
Looks like I'll be waiting to read Hogfather after all
I'd love to post pics of my books, but...they are mostly confined to one room in the house, affectionately known as "The Book Room." When I looked for a house, I knew I needed a room for my books (okay, it will double as a guest room, too). My brother refused to move my books, so I bagged them all up in brown paper shopping bags and made a whole bunch of trips up the stairs! The book room, at the moment is a total wreck...not enough bookcases for all of the books. Plus, a lot of other stuff in there that needs to be moved out. When I get it all squared away (maybe by the end of this swap, but I think I'm dreaming), I'll take pics
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!
I used to love the library! A friend of mine used to live right across the street from the library and I was so jealous! The library (and the local video store and Chinese food place) got me through 2 very tough years of teaching (fortunately, I had already had a great experience, so I knew it wasn't always horrible). On the worst days, I'd swing by the library, check out 3 books get some Chinese food and camp out on the couch until the books were done.
I live in a city now and there is a small branch library that is on the way home. But, due to budget cuts, they started having weird hours so I stopped going. The main branch library has been re-modeled relatively recently, but I haven't been in there. Parking downtown is a pain...but, since I really need to stop buying books (EEEEEKKKKK!!), I should dig out my library card and start stopping in. My main gripe about libraries is that they only have one copy of a book, and when I get it in my mind that I want to read something, it kills me to have to wait weeks or months for it. Once I get a book, I usually read it right away...not because I have a time limit, but because I just want to read it. I do like to have copies of some of my favorite books, however, because I feel like they are special friends and I just like having them around.
Oh, and I have an answer to the "book I thought I wouldn't like but then did like" question: The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Materpiece by Jonathan Harr. I had the opportunity to go and hear him speak about the book (which I usually wouldn't do, but my friend's daughter works at an art museum and the museum director was one of the men who was involved in the "discovery" of the painting), so I wanted to read it before I went to the talk. I thought that it would be boring and full of blah, blah, blah. But, it was very well written and I actually learned a lot from it. After the talk, he was available for signings (another thing I don't usually do), so I got my book signed and had a chance to talk to him.
I just took a peek at Hogfather on Amazon and I have a question...is this one of those series books that you could read without having read the rest of the series? It said that it was the 21st book in the series! Wow! I don't know if I have the fortitude to read the 20 that came before. I'm not a huge fantasy buff (ironic since I am just about halfway through Philip Pullman's The Amber Spyglass and expect to finish it by tomorrow).
I work with RA Salvatore's sister-in-law (he is from the town I teach in), and we had several autographed books of his in our school library last year, but I've never read any of them...mostly because if I'm going to read a book in a series, I want to read the series in order...and I don't think we had a whole series, or the first book in a series.