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Old 17th December 2006, 09:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Where to start?

Hi all new member here,

I'm a big fan of The Lord of the Ring's, also David gemmell and Elizabeth h Bower.

My question is, having not read any of Terrys book's could someone recommend where to start, you know, some kind of order so as not to spoil later plot's.

Thank's in advance, Lee
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Old 17th December 2006, 10:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the Chronicles Lee, the good thing about TP is that you could pick up any book and start reading and not be missing anything important. Everybody has there favorite sets check out the bibliography for more info. Personally I would start with the guards series starting with guards, guards then men at arms but you could start at the beginning with the colour of magic, which is part of the rincewind series TP's first book but I am not really a fan of Rincewind. If you just want a couple of books to try I would suggest

Guards, Guards (guards series)
Witches Abroad (Witches series)
Pyramids (stand alone)

once you have read them you should be hooked enough to want to read them all.

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Old 17th December 2006, 12:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Mort is also a great starting point. It is relatively serious, but hilarious all the same. It introduces Death as a main character.
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Old 17th December 2006, 01:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I echo the Mort book, as well as Small Gods which is another fav of mine and requires no knowledge of Discworld before reading it.
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Old 17th December 2006, 02:06 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I would still start with Rincewind- I thought the humour was brilliant but by TP's own admission he wrote them in a hurry when he was with the CEGB.
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Old 17th December 2006, 03:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The Colour of Magic is the first book so it might be a good idea to read it first. I did, and confess I wasn't overly impressed with it. I perservered with the series, and after a few more books I loved it - then I re-read The Colour of Magic and appreciated it a lot more.

Though if you want to get straight to some of Terry's best works, the aforementioned Guards! Guards!, Witches Abroad and Mort would be good choices.
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Old 17th December 2006, 03:41 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Rincewind is even better on the PC, there are a few games out there which have kept the humour - Disk World Noir, I think one of them is called (can't find it on my shelf, must have moved it). I would try this after reading the Rincewind books.
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Old 17th December 2006, 09:57 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Lee,

Welcome to Chronicles! I asked a similar question to yours a few months back, and got some great answers. You may want to have a look at that thread too - it's at:

http://www.chronicles-network.com/fo...ld-novels.html

Cheers,
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Old 22nd December 2006, 02:13 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Chees Patrck, and everyone else for the advice.
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Old 22nd December 2006, 02:58 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Although each book has a story of it's own, I still think it's a good idea to start from the beginning so that you won't miss any development and background knowledge. However you can also read by themes but follow the order within it.
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is it necessary to start with book one or can you read them in any order bar the ones that are actual continuations of each other like the Witches series?
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Old 31st March 2008, 08:46 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Either way. But I'd say it's still better to start from book one as there are developments in the characters and their lives.
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Guards, Guards (guards series)
Witches Abroad (Witches series)
Pyramids (stand alone)
that should be Equal rites for the Witches, although Weird Sisters is the first of the books with all the Witches (one of my favourite story arcs after I got over the shock of a whole new cast for those books)
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Re: Where to start?

Welcome to the forum Lee from a relative newbie. I was a classic fantasy novel reader until a few years back when I was post op. On the way home from hospital I realised I had nothing to read and persuaded OH to stop by the local library. It's a small library and the only books they had that could be considered fantasy were The Redemption of Althalus by the Eddings (don't bother) and Night Watch. I was totally absorbed in Night Watch and promptly sent OH to buy me more Pratchett books. Although far from the start of the City Watch books it still remains my favourite.
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Ok, I tried reading Colour of Magic and gave up and found out it's not his best book. My buddy told me Terry gets better as you progress through the series. Is it true? And when does he start getting "good" (no offence to Mr Pratchett but I would just like to know).
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