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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett

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Offline Ray Kingfisher Reading No, Writing.
12 Mar 2015, 05:09 PM | Post: #1

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett

After a long battle Alzheimer's disease, Sir Terry Pratchett has sadly passed away. Another great British writer bites the dust.

I have to confess I've never read any of his books, but I attended a conference a few years ago and he was a superb speaker, talking about the childhood influences on his life and writings.

I feel I need to right my wrong. For those who are fans of Sir Terry's work, what's a good one to start on?
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12 Mar 2015, 05:43 PM | Post: #2

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RE: RIP Sir Terry Pratchett

All of his books are magnificent. I don't think I have ever come across another writer whose work is so prolific, touching, varied, profound, imaginative, funny, and human. His work influenced me and helped shape me from a young age all the way into adulthood.

You could do far worse than starting with The Colour of Magic, although my favourite out of his early books is Mort (also coincidentally one of the first books I owned as a child). I think his later books show greater complexity and maturity, but they're best enjoyed more or less in chronological order.

It genuinely feels like I've lost a lifelong, treasured friend.
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12 Mar 2015, 05:45 PM | Post: #3

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RE: RIP Sir Terry Pratchett

I'd go for Night Watch. It's not the first one, or even nearly the first (it's actually the 29th!) but it's firmly in the zone of "Middle Pratchett", where all the best books are.

If you have an Audible  sub, I'd recommend that edition. - http://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Night-Watch-Audiobook/B004FUH0W2 although full disclosure: the narrator is a chum.
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RE: RIP Sir Terry Pratchett

(12 Mar 2015 05:45 PM)Tim_A Wrote: Wrote:  I'd go for Night Watch. It's not the first one, or even nearly the first (it's actually the 29th!) but it's firmly in the zone of "Middle Pratchett", where all the best books are.

If you have an Audible  sub, I'd recommend that edition. - http://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Night-Watch-Audiobook/B004FUH0W2 although full disclosure: the narrator is a chum.
Night Watch is one of my favourites. One of the best and most subtle blends of fantasy and historical commentary ever written, I think.

The fantasy element of the Discworld books is like the tip of an iceberg. There's so much more underneath the surface.
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12 Mar 2015, 05:50 PM | Post: #5

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12 Mar 2015, 06:19 PM | Post: #6

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RE: RIP Sir Terry Pratchett

Yes, same here Kath. I tried to read 'The Colour of Magic' but didn't get on with it at all, and then my son who is also a big fan recommended I should start with the Watch books and then the Witches ones, so I have more or less stuck with these. Not sure if 'Going Postal' is exactly a Watch book but that's one of my favourites too.
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I still have the steam train one waiting to be read on my Kindle. I'm quite glad I haven't started on it yet now that this has happened.
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12 Mar 2015, 06:21 PM | Post: #7

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I read Colour of Magic, wasn't impressed and stopped there. Sounds like I started in the wrong place.
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RE: RIP Sir Terry Pratchett

Of the early books, Mort is probably the first one where he's really found his voice.
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RE: RIP Sir Terry Pratchett

Very sad to hear this, even though we knew it was coming. When reading the most recent in the Discworld series, Raising Steam, I got the sense that the news would not be far away.

Add me to those who first read The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic, and wouldn't have carried on had I not been assured that I'd enjoy the later books much more. Night Watch is my favourite in the main Discworld sequence. I also love the Tiffany Aching series (a Discworld setting, but more or less standalone). I Shall Wear Midnight is probably my favourite Pratchett book of all.
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RE: RIP Sir Terry Pratchett

I must admit I haven't actually read The Colour of Magic since I was about ten, so I might view it differently if I re-read it again now...

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