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Offline Margaret Lake Reading Matchmaker 2.0
09 Oct 2010, 12:33 PM | Post: #11

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RE: Terry Pratchett

(05 Oct 2010 03:59 PM)plumboz Wrote:  
(03 Oct 2010 05:25 PM)bookworm72 Wrote:  Thank you all for your replies, I think I will add some to my wish list.

The first Pratchett I read was "Going Postal" and I was hooked. I will also say that some of my favorites by Pratchett are the books he has written for the younger crowd. His Tiffany Aching books are wonderful and the Wee Free Men books are enormous fun.

Has anyone mentioned "Good Omens", the huge cult classic Terry Pratchett cowrote with Neil Gaimen? That is one of my All Time Favorites.

I've only read the first three and then thought I would take a break. Otherwise, I don't think I would have read anything else for two years.

Can you tell me more about the "younger" books? I'm looking to load up my 12 yr old grandson's Christmas Kindle with samples.
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He's a nice guy. Spent a weekend at the Discworld Con back in 95 and TP was stuck in having a great time with all the Con goers. It takes a good Author to spend a whole weekend in a hotel with a load of readers dressed up in Disc Costumes.

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This post was last modified: 09 Oct 2010 03:03 PM by Terra.
(09 Oct 2010 12:33 PM)Margaret Lake Wrote:  Can you tell me more about the "younger" books? I'm looking to load up my 12 yr old grandson's Christmas Kindle with samples.

Hiya Margaret, his books for younger readers that i've read are:

Maurice and his educated rodents Discworld style pied piper with a bit more substance to the story. I liked it but wasn't wow'd by it on the first read, I liked it more on second read through. If you imagine it too vividly it can make your skin crawl a little bit towards the end though.

The Wee Free Men Is the first in the Tiffany Aching series, it's set on the discworld and most people that read it adore the Nac Mac Feegle (the wee free men of the title), little blue, funny, nutter pictsies in kilts that will fight anything and anyone, including (and often) themselves, who have names like Rob Anybody and Not-as-big-as-big-Jock. Tiffany is nine (although by the most recent book (I Shall Wear Midnight she's about 16), quite self-aware, and not phased by anything, including a monster appearing in the river, which she promptly hits with a frying pan and goes home for tea.

Non-Discworld there's the Truckers, Diggers, Wings series which tells the story of the nomes, tiny tiny people, who's world is the Store (Arnold Bros (est 1905)), a department store they've lived in for generations and have no notion of outside until some strange nomes from the fabled Outside show up. They have clans based on departments, like the Habadasheri, and seasons dictated by the in-store sales. But the world is changing, there's a new Sale, called 'Closing-Down Sale' and they're worried. The story follows them on their travels each book as their view of the world changes.

They're all clever enough stories with enough nods in them to various real world things and enough attitude that at 25, I still enjoy them immensely, so would recommend them all for your grandson. That said, many of the discworld 'adult' books would also probably be suitable, I was about 13/14 when I started with Colour of Magic I think.
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RE: Terry Pratchett

(09 Oct 2010 03:02 PM)Terra Wrote:  
(09 Oct 2010 12:33 PM)Margaret Lake Wrote:  Can you tell me more about the "younger" books? I'm looking to load up my 12 yr old grandson's Christmas Kindle with samples.

Hiya Margaret, his books for younger readers that i've read are:

Maurice and his educated rodents Discworld style pied piper with a bit more substance to the story. I liked it but wasn't wow'd by it on the first read, I liked it more on second read through. If you imagine it too vividly it can make your skin crawl a little bit towards the end though.

The Wee Free Men Is the first in the Tiffany Aching series, it's set on the discworld and most people that read it adore the Nac Mac Feegle (the wee free men of the title), little blue, funny, nutter pictsies in kilts that will fight anything and anyone, including (and often) themselves, who have names like Rob Anybody and Not-as-big-as-big-Jock. Tiffany is nine (although by the most recent book (I Shall Wear Midnight she's about 16), quite self-aware, and not phased by anything, including a monster appearing in the river, which she promptly hits with a frying pan and goes home for tea.

Non-Discworld there's the Truckers, Diggers, Wings series which tells the story of the nomes, tiny tiny people, who's world is the Store (Arnold Bros (est 1905)), a department store they've lived in for generations and have no notion of outside until some strange nomes from the fabled Outside show up. They have clans based on departments, like the Habadasheri, and seasons dictated by the in-store sales. But the world is changing, there's a new Sale, called 'Closing-Down Sale' and they're worried. The story follows them on their travels each book as their view of the world changes.

They're all clever enough stories with enough nods in them to various real world things and enough attitude that at 25, I still enjoy them immensely, so would recommend them all for your grandson. That said, many of the discworld 'adult' books would also probably be suitable, I was about 13/14 when I started with Colour of Magic I think.

Thanks, Terra. I'm off to download the samples. I can't use your links to the UK store because I'm in the US, but thanks for putting them in.
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RE: Terry Pratchett

I'll confess I adore Terry Pratchett and have almost all of the Discworld series. I tend to think of him as not only a truly wonderful comedy fantasy writer but also as a great satirist on human nature. He pokes fun at everything and I'm often caught laughing out loud reading his books - even the ones I've read before Smile

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