[LMB] Tea Party - books discussed

Peter Hews Peterhews at protonmail.com
Sun Sep 12 11:49:57 BST 2021


On Sunday, September 12th, 2021 at 04:10, Gwynne Powell <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com> wrote:

> From: Jelbelser jelbelser at comcast.net
>
> > We talked about Terry Pratchett for a while. Some people hadn't read
> >
> > Pratchett at all and asked where to start - especially after we all said
> >
> > the first Discworld book, "The Colour of Magic", isn't very good. Then we
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> > promptly began talking about what is good in it - the Luggage! - and
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> > disagreeing what books were best to start with. I suggested Guards! Guards!
> >
> > or Witches Abroad or Going Postal. By the time we had (probably) mentioned
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> > everything Pratchett ever wrote, I think we had totally confused the
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> > newcomers. I should have mentioned The Wee Free Men as a good one to start
> >
> > with.
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> I was the one who asked, and I?m not confused; just happy that there are multiple starting places.
>
> Janet in TN
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> Gwynne: I have to say, if I'm starting a series I like to read them in internal
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> chronology order. And I think some of the books would lose a little if you
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> took them out of order.
>
I understand, but if you start with "Colour of Magic" on that basis, remember that he gets better.  CoM is a scattergun parody of classic fantasy, and while Pratchett does parody very well, it takes him a couple of books to put his own style on it.


Peter Hews

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