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Terry Pratchett's Discworld

Postby lingrem » Fri Apr 19, 2013 7:42 pm

I thought that Discworld could use its own thread!

Who are your favourite characters? Why? Any particularly favourite books?
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Re: Terry Pratchett's Discworld

Postby WastesTime » Sat Apr 20, 2013 5:57 am

My favorite characters are definitely the Witches of Lancre, but that is because the first novels I've read were about them. I like Rincewind although I've heard that he's Pratchett's least favorite character. I wonder why. The way he fumbles everything and somehow manages to do what needs to be done is a source of never-ending comedy!

Favorite books? Again, the Witches series. I love how Pratchett plays with classic English literature of the Shakespearean period.
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Re: Terry Pratchett's Discworld

Postby lingrem » Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:27 am

I'm a big fan of the Witches too!

Although I'm also rather a fan of the Watch. Sam's been growing on me, and I like Angua, Cheery, and Captain Carrot.
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Re: Terry Pratchett's Discworld

Postby Zambee » Sat Apr 20, 2013 11:31 am

Sam Vimes became my favourite character.
If I could go on a year long vacation to the Discworld, I'd see about getting a job in the watch. I like all the books where they feature as a major part.
Next comes Death, and Granny Weatherwax.

For the longest time though, I didn't want to read any of the Discworld books. I hated the illustrations on the cover, and I thought the writing style was far too silly. But then I picked up Thief of time one day from a second hand store and really got into it. Since then I went out and got the whole set and loved them. :)
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Re: Terry Pratchett's Discworld

Postby lingrem » Sat Apr 20, 2013 12:01 pm

I knew I wanted to read them... but I didn't have the time or money, so I waited until I finished uni. I own a lot of them and have read a few more, but I'm not sure WHICH ones I own as they're in anoher province... so have to read the back carefully! So far haven't bought a double that I am aware of!

Although I'm currently out of new books. I just read Feet of Clay and Thud! (I am reading Discworld spectacularly out of order as I purchase the ones I find!)
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Re: Terry Pratchett's Discworld

Postby LooksAndSmiles » Fri Apr 26, 2013 7:57 am

Hmm, I like quite a few of the characters, actually. The witches are cool, Ridcully is a funny chap, Susan and Death are also an odd but loveable family, and of course Samuel Vimes and the nightwatch are a good read, too. I quite like the Librarian, the Patrician, and to a lesser degree even Gaspode or CMOT Dibbler. I find Rincewind a bit annyoing with his never-ceasing whining, but he is also good in his own weird way (read Sourcery, ftw), so... it's a hard choice. Actually, there are new characters in about every book I have read so far, and I could relate to most of them - maybe that's the reason I like the series. Or maybe it's the witty humor. :D
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Re: Terry Pratchett's Discworld

Postby Zambee » Tue May 07, 2013 6:19 pm

I'm hoping Goodkind will be able to get out another dozen or more books before his alzheimer's gets him. He's a brilliant author and like many of the greats, just gets better with time.
I'm particularly looking forward to the next Moist Von Lipvig story. I think I heard tell it was to be titled "Raising taxes" or something similar.
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Re: Terry Pratchett's Discworld

Postby RidcullyJack » Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:18 pm

I like the witches, and my favourite is Tiffany Aching. Although I've used Ridcully-variant usernames in various places on the web, I'm probably most similar to Ponder Stibbons.
All of the Discworld books are great, but my favourite remains Small Gods.
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Re: Terry Pratchett's Discworld

Postby deathofbarney » Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:00 pm

my grandmother gave me the pyramids book by him and I wasn't impressed at that age. I was confused as to why the girl on the cover didnt really wear much clothing. I donated to the thrift shop after reading XD
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Re: Terry Pratchett's Discworld

Postby RidcullyJack » Sat Aug 10, 2013 2:00 am

Pyramids is a bit of a weird book; it's the 7th book, so they get a bit more sophisticated.
Also, If you've got this cover
http://stuffpoint.com/discworld/image/2 ... ramids.jpg
then it's by Josh Kirby, and they're all a bit like that when it comes to depicting the characters stereotypically.
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Re: Terry Pratchett's Discworld

Postby deathofbarney » Sun Aug 11, 2013 11:21 am

Yeah it was that one...
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Re: Terry Pratchett's Discworld

Postby Iron Sun 254 » Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:46 am

I've been reading them for years. I originally thoguht the covers were silly (I didn't care for Josh Kirby's art) but I picked up a copy of Small Gods with a very basic cover and then was hooked.
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Re: Terry Pratchett's Discworld

Postby Unlucky-for-Some » Mon Sep 09, 2013 1:32 am

Esme Weatherwax without a doubt is my favourite - although I have plenty of others that come a close second, third and fourth :)
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Re: Terry Pratchett's Discworld

Postby Hertzyscowicz » Mon Sep 09, 2013 1:52 pm

For some weird reason, I was rather partial to Nutt, even though he only got one book so far. I'm sort of itching to see where Pratchett would go with that one.
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Re: Terry Pratchett's Discworld

Postby T' Northerner » Mon Dec 02, 2013 5:10 pm

So since this is the Pratchett thread, I've recently finished his latest discworld book and was wondering what everyone else's thoughts on it where.

[spoil]I liked it, but that was pretty much a given. My favorite thing about it is that Vetinari actually seemed to be scary again, as in recent books he's been far too nice and gooey for my liking. He didn't seem as totally in control as he typically does in the watch books, but that makes sense given that Moist is more insightful than Vimes. On that note, I think this is the first book where Vimes gets more than a cameo which isn't from his perspective.

A couple of criticisms are that the 'villains' did seem a bit cartoonish, and the 'message' of the piece 'progress=good, tolerance=good' seemed to be laid on a bit thick. I also didn't get the much feeling of peril. Whether its because I've spent to much time on tvtropes, or because Moist pulled it out the bag twice before, I never felt like there was any chance of failure. It was like the stakes where so high that he couldn't lose, which is ironic since that attitude got soundly lampooned in Going Postal.

However, it was a fun romp, and a good bit of escapism. Frankly, it was nice just to have a short holiday back on the Disc 3.5/5[/spoil]
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Re: Terry Pratchett's Discworld

Postby RedwoodElf » Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:07 am

Unlucky-for-Some wrote:Esme Weatherwax without a doubt is my favourite - although I have plenty of others that come a close second, third and fourth :)


Who couldn't love a no-nonsense curmudgeon like Granny Weatherwax?

Come on, she can beat anyone else in the books, with the possible exception of Death, by just messing with their heads and making them defeat themselves.

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Re: Terry Pratchett's Discworld

Postby Glemp » Wed Apr 09, 2014 6:43 am

Eh, they've been getting worse lately - starting with Unseen Academicals, Snuff, then Raising Steam.
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Re: Terry Pratchett's Discworld

Postby BadgeAddict » Fri Sep 12, 2014 6:02 am

Have any of you or would any of you be interested in playing the Discworld mudd (a text based game with millions of rooms and 1000's of players). I've been thinking of getting back into it, used to play several years ago, but not having people to play with makes it not as fun.
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Re: Terry Pratchett's Discworld

Postby legobrick » Thu Sep 18, 2014 7:52 am

My favorite character is totally the luggage. Why can't I have something that cool?
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Re: Terry Pratchett's Discworld

Postby featheredfeath » Sat Feb 14, 2015 11:26 am

Vimes is probably my favourite, followed closely by Susan.
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Re: Terry Pratchett's Discworld

Postby lingrem » Tue Feb 17, 2015 6:26 am

I've just been reading the Tiffany Aching books. Again, spectacularly out of order!

I really quite enjoy her and the Nac Mac Feegle!
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Re: Terry Pratchett's Discworld

Postby gilleyvanweirden » Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:00 am

I haven't read enough of them to have a favorite yet. I do, however, have a remarkably talented baker for a friend and she may be making a Duchess Cake in the form of the Discworld. I'll post pics if that happens - because what reader doesn't also enjoy cake?
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