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Why I Am Taking My Slow Time Reading Discworld // #wyrdandwonder

You’d think with my love for Discworld that I happily share overall, I would scramble to read all the books right away. But I don’t. Why is that? (AKA I just wanted to talk about Discworld/Pratchett a little).

Linking this up with the month long fun Wyrd and Wonder fantasy event.

What is Discworld?

So for those that have no idea what I am talking about in the title, Discworld is a large fantasy series written by Terry Pratchett, an English author. Discworld is the world that all the books take place on and it is a flat large disc. And hey, it is on the back of a giant turtle. Beat that. I see Discworld as a parady/satire on our own world and it is still relevant to this day.

There are a total of 41 books with novella’s and non-fiction titles relating to the series not counted. That is a lot of books. Most of the book can be considered standalones though there are certain character arcs that are advised to read in order for the timeline. The first book was published in 1983. The last in 2015.

How It Started

I started reading Discworld in 2014 after a livejournal mutual friend, Carol, kept talking about these books. I was curious about what had sold her over so completely. So I bought The Colour of Magic and read it. It was a 3 star read. You’d think that would temper my want to read on but it did the exact opposite.

You see even the author himself didn’t think that his first two books were great places to start seeing as his writing was still developing then. Strengthened by that knowledge I jumped into the Death arc with the book Mort and fell in love

Nothing Entirely New is Coming Our Way

However 2015 came around and on March 12th came the devastating news that Terry Pratchett had passed away. He had been diagnosed with the early on set of Alzheimers in 2007 and it was what finally caught up with him.

While months later his 41th Discworld book was still published, there aren’t going to be more books in this world. Not by the man himself. I think my biggest regret would be that I didn’t discover his books sooner. He seemed like an amazing man

I Want to Continue Discovering Pratchett in the Years to Come

I think my biggest reason for taking things slow with this series is that I just want to have some ‘new’ Pratchett ever year. While there is of course the option of rereading (and I am sure I will do that) I am now still at a point where I just want to enjoy his works. His books, while satire, hold so much truth even about our world now. There is always something in each book that hits me.

I don’t want to devour. I want to savour.

And yes I know, he wrote so much more, and I want to get to that as well. But right now I just want to savour these books.

Mood is Important

Another thing is that Pratchett has a very unique style, not using chapters for instance with the exception of the Tiffany Aching books. As humoristic as his books tend to be for me, I do always need a bit of time to settle into them. It requires more of a commitment on my part than I sometimes have with other books. This is also one of the reasons I can’t read Pratchett endlessly in a go. But that is okay. His books need time to settle in your mind anyway.

I Want to Keep Talking About Discworld in the Years to Come

One of the things I love is that even three years after his death he is still a much remembered and loved  figure/author in the fantasy community. Even so I think Discworld is a collection of works that scares newer readers away with its 41 books.

It is up to older readers to still steer newer readers towards these great books and help them figure out where to start their reading. I love telling people about how the arcs work in Discworld and that you don’t need to start with book 1. But it is easier to keep up with talking about a series you are actively reading than when you’ve already finished it.

What I’ve Read So Far

The Colour of Magic / Mort / The Reaper Man / Eric / The Last Hero / Soul Music / Hogfather / Thief of Time / The Wee Free Men / A Hat Full of Sky / Wintersmith / I Shall Wear Midnight / The Shepherd’s Crown / Equal Rites

Arcs Finished: Death / Tiffany Aching
Arcs Reading: Rincewind (at random)/ The Witches

So that is 14 out of 41 books and I clearly still have a long way to go. But as I said, that is okay. We don’t always have to rush through every series.

Is there or were there series you have been or were taking your time with?

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43 thoughts on “Why I Am Taking My Slow Time Reading Discworld // #wyrdandwonder

  1. I discovered and started reading the Discworld series when “The Light Fantastic” came out in paperback in Germany (1989), so I really had no choice about taking it slow. I switches to the English edition in the mid-90s and reread all published books at that time, the puns worked so much better. But since I still was in nursing school, again I had to take my time. I do rereads, but never the whole series, only arcs. My least favourite are the Rincewind stories (except for Luggage), my most favourite (and the most reread by far) is the City Watch series. Something about Sam’s desperate struggle for justice resonates with me. There are parts, especially in Thud! and Snuff, that can still make me cry.
    I love to chuckle along, but even more I love the way Terry Pratchett took our social issues and made fun of them in a way that stays with me and makes me think.

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    1. Oh yes Rincewind is a bit of acquired taste haha. But luggage is great. I still have to start the City Watch books but I’ve heard great things about them. And yes that is why I love these too.

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      1. I’m not saying I don’t like Rincewind, although at times he’s so painfully inept it makes me cringe… It’s just that I like other characters so much more. 🙂

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  2. I’m taking my sweet time with this series, too! And, to be honest, I’m reading and rereading it without rhyme nor reason, just as the mood strikes, because with this series you can do it 😍😍😍

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  3. I was reading nothing but Discworld in 2018, but at some point I felt like they didn’t make me laugh as much as they used to. When I realized that I was simply approaching ‘Pratchett fatigue’, I promised myself that only every other book I read in 2019 would be a Pratchett book.
    I kept that promise and it almost immediately revived my love for the series, seeing as the humor felt much more fresh when I read other stuff in-between 😀 And I even tear through my other reads, simply because I’m excited to get to the next Discworld-book!

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    1. Ah yes I totally understand Pratchett fatique. It is one of the reasons why I am also taking a slower take on reading them. There is only so much you can binge of one author/series in one go. I’m glad your love was revived!

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    1. Yeay I’m glad! Though I’d suggest not reading the colour of magic first but start with either Mort, Equal Rites or The Wee Free Men. Just because the colour of magic is harder to get into. You don’t hae to read this series in order so no worries about that!

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  4. I discovered Pratchett with his Johnny series way back when and I loved them and Discworld is amazing. I want to read them all but at the same time I don’t. I already know I’m not going to ever read the last book because it is too painful but I’m going to read as many as I can.

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  5. I love the Discworld books! I still haven’t read all of them (I think I started reading them in 2009) and I agree, the thought of some day having read them all and not having any new ones to look forward is daunting.

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  6. I very sadly tried to read Terry Pratchett and couldn’t get into it – I often struggle with books that I know are trying to make me laugh – but you’ve made me want to give Pratchett’s work another try, especially as my tastes have changed since the last time I tried reading these books. I love that, for the readers who love his work, there’s so much there to explore even though he’s no longer with us. 🙂

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    1. That I a 100% understand. You can divide the series in arcs and standalones if that helps? I find it makes it more managable. It feels more like I am making progressing.

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  7. I felt the same as you, I really didn’t get on with Colour of magic and nearly didn’t read any more. Then I discovered Mort and I was hooked. So far witches abroad has been my out and out favourite. I cry laughing. I still have sommany more to discover as well

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    1. So many are so great. I really loved The Tiffany Aching books and need to continue on with the witches books (I only read Equal Rites so far).

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  8. Totally understand you wanting to take it slow to savor the experience of reading those books. That’s a great reason (and just wanting to publish a post to talk about Discworld, lol).
    I’m new to Discworld. I’ve read only one of the books – Equal Rites – because I wanted to start with books that focused on witches. I enjoyed it and intend to read the next in the Wytches series. I like the humor.

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    1. Haha one must talk about Discworld every now and then.
      Yes I love the humor too. I’ve only read Equal Rites as well but I did read the whole Tiffany Aching arc and that kind of deals witht the witches too.

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  9. I have to admit that Discworld has scared me off a little! There’s just so much of it, and so many different opinions about where to start and the right reading order…

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    1. True. Mostly you just need to know that you don’t nessecary need to read them in order. There are a few character arcs and it is suggested to read those in order, but honestly you can just pick whatever book interests you. 🙂

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  10. I’m not familiar with this series but I can definitely understand taking your time. Even though 41 books may sound like a lot, if it’s a favorite author’s final 41 books. I’d want to savor them too, knowing there wouldn’t be anymore coming.

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  11. I am very much an oddity, I guess, because I remembered loving The Color of Magic, ha ha. I’m happy bloggers, like you, and a few people on MyLeaky were talking about him because I had all but forgotten about that book, and how I had attended on reading more. I did not however know how many books were in the series! 😄

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  12. you’re exactly voicing my thoughts here! While I’d love to go and read them all now, I also don’t want it to be.. over just yet. I discovered them around 2015, when my (now) boyfriend borrowed me his Colour of Magic and told me he thought I’d like it. Fast forward to now, we’re living together, and we’ve got almost two entire collections (mostly of the original coverart, which is why they’re not complete yet), and I still haven’t read them all. I think I’ve read 20 in total now, if not a bit less, and while I do want to read further, I definitely agree with you when you said they need some time to take in. Let’s continue slowly and enjoy!

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    1. Yes it’s hard to part with something that you love. It’s great that you have two almost entire collections together like that. It must be quite a sight to see. 😀

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  13. The one thing i need to get used to with his books is the footnotes. It’s ok in printed books, but in ebook it’s not always the best. The one i saw was jumping back & forth… hopefully they updated this since.

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    1. Oh yes footnotes in ebooks rarely work well. I know when I was doing the readalong with the bartimaeus books and my friend told me all the footnotes were in the back or something. Its not exactly appealing.

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  14. Short answer: there are 1932430 Discworld books, and we are but small, humble human creatures. xD I have the same regrets re: Pratchett. D: I actually didn’t discover Discworld until about a year after his death, so it was extra disappointing to me. I agree with you, I don’t actually want the Discworld to end, so I’m not in a hurry to rush out and read through the whole series, knowing that’s it. That’s all that we’re going to get. Which makes enjoying it all the more important to me. Great post! (And I’m always up for listening to you talk more about Discworld, so yay!)

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  15. Yes yes yes to all of this! I have been in love with Discworld for years but still haven’t read them all. I actually started WAY into the series, with Thud! – and it completely hooked me. I read that one, and then went back to the beginning with Colour of Magic and could hardly believe it was the same guy writing! It definitely gets better after the first two.

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  16. Bij de meeste reeksen die ik volg lees ik het volgende deel zodra het verschijnt. Toen ik minder las als nu herlas ik alle eerdere delen als voorbereiding op het uitkomen van het nieuwe boek maar daar kom ik nu niet meer aan toe. Wel zijn er series die ik graag ooit nog eens opnieuw wil lezen. Enkel de Alien-series van Gini Koch loop ik momenteel nog wat achter maar eigenlijk vind ik het wel een fijn idee dat me daar nog wat verhalen te wachten staan.

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    1. Het is erg fijn als je inderdaad gelijk verder kan lezen als er een deel uit komt. Helaas kwam ik discworld pas tegen toen er al 40 boeken uit waren haha.

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  17. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this idea of taking time with an author’s work! I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone talk about this before. I felt a similar way about tackling The Silmarillion. I know that there is a finite amount of work by Tolkien, and that I could only read The Silmarillion ‘for the first time’ once. I put it off for about six or seven years, from when I first thought ‘I will read it this year’. As for Pratchett, I haven’t read any of the Discworld books but have The Wee Free Men on my TBR – I might tackle Tiffany’s arc someday…

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    1. Yeah I can totally understand that, especially if you’ve really loved an authors previous work. Its weird to get to a point where you’ve read it all and nothing else is truly coming.

      Tiffany’s arc is a great place to start!

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