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Gosh! Thanks ungoliant!! But which ones are really great for a starter, you know, to make you wanna read the rest? Or should I start from the beginning? :P
After the Fifth Elephant, there's The Truth, The Thief of Time, The Last Hero and The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents.
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I didn't quite catch that Boring, what did you say? Wink Smilie
Wow! When did you meet him, Boring?

And I forgot Carpe Jugulum. That before or after Elephant?
just before. There should be 28 in all in the list now. And I met Pratchett before. He used to live down here and I bumped into him in the street, cos my mate knew him. I'd never heard of the guy, so my mate lent me one of his books (all of which were signed) and the rest, as they say, is history. Never seen him since I knew who he was though Big Smile Smilie
They only have Pyramids in the library, so I'll have to start with that one. Is it any good? Smile Smilie
Pyramids was a laugh, if your into Egyptology enough to get the jokes; I was and did.

Try to get the first two on Ungoliant's list; however, most of the rest can stand alone. But if you read them in order, you get to watch the characters' development(?) and will already know and appreciate their foibles when you again meet them in the subsequent books. Big Smile Smilie
Hrumph! So everyone's met him except for me! Damn! I'd like to meet him & ask him why he wrote Elephant.

Tommy: Like Grondie said. But Pratchett also wrote other books, but I didn't like them except for 'Good Omens'.
Working on 'Men at Arms' only others I own unread are 'Soul Music' and 'Fifth Elephant' (Amazon was pushing it for almost nothing if you also bought Good Omens--which I got a kick out of). Must go back and try for the missing #'s 9-13 before trying for #17 and beyond. Will save Fifth Elephant until I've read all the rest so as not to become disenfatuated with Mr. P, having been fore-warned by the eight-legged, and she shall be heeded. Big Smile Smilie
"Men at Arms" is hilarious! Usually a gut buster every page or two. I keep worrying that I'll wake the neighbors.

Picture a police force made up of multiple species who are normally at each others throat, some members are cowards, some are lazy, some light fingered, some so honest and dedicated it shows, put them in a semi-corrupt city where they are not expected and often ordered not to do much, especially since the Thieves Guild has an postAuthorIDized quota to maintain. And then fill the pages with delightful dialogue, puns, and play on words and top it off with a neat mystery to solve. And what do you end up with? At least one all nighter, unless like me you had to visit the dentist this morning (Monday). Oooh its now Tuesday, I better shut down pretty soon and go finish the book. Big Smile Smilie

*looks at bookshelf to see there aren't any Pratchett novels*
What you don't have, you can't miss, I always say! Smile Smilie
Ooooh! I'll have to think about that one while I'm working tomorrow....

And did you not even like the Cherry Orchard ladies from that book that we don't talk about?
Shoot, you've got me.

*says in a small voice*
I liked them.

MWA-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! Big Smile Smilie

Oh, forgot to put in the Science of Discworld. unlike your average science of books, it's a really good explanation of life, the universe and everything disguised as a funny story about wizards.
Eh? Old or new? Don't have that...has it got the UU wizards in it then?
Came out just after the heffalump book. Has all the UU wizards and Rincewind in it, splitting the thaum and creating the "roundworld project" interspersed with very funny and well written and interesting science bits about evolution, the cosmos, big bang theory etc. etc.
Hmm. Tempting, and tempted.
Good, then go and purchase it, my dear spider, you shall not regret it.
Done. Ordered it, should arrive by the 5th. Otherwise I shall get very cross with hubby. Smile Smilie
Hmmm... I thought of something that would tempt you to try the Truth last night, but I've forgotten now. ... Can I tempt you with Susan Death in a starring role in the Thief of Time (also featuring the old history monk with the Bonsai Mountains from Small gods). Or Cohen trying to return to the gods that which the first hero stole (while Leonard, Carrot and Rincewind inadvertently make the first moon landing) in The Last Hero. Or a cat, with some trained rats in Uberwald, ummm yeah, in The Amazing Maurice.
Will get back to you on that Truth thing, but it was really relevant to you in particular and everything....
I've remembered now!!! It's the amazing and exciting return of Wuffles!!!! As a Vetinari fan, surely you can't miss out on this? He has his most important role ever in a Discworld book. Hooray for Wuffles!
Done, my dear Plastic! Should get it tomorrow when hubby returns! Smile Smilie Can't wait!

He bought the Truth, but said the Science of Discworld was out of stock. Sad Smilie Boo! Next time, maybe. But he did get me a NEW copy of LotR, seeing that my mates haven't returned my old copy yet. Yippeeeee!
Have a slight problem here. Need to have read four books in two weeks.
1) Snow falling on Cedars - D. Guterson (nearly finished it, so that won't be a problem)
2) The remains of the day - K. Ishiguro (they still don't have it in the library!!!)
3) Some French book (haven't started it yet, and it's 200 pages, and with my French I'll need a year to read it all)
4) LOTR (have finished book I now, but I don't know how I'll manage to read the rest of it in two weeks, leave alone the others!!)

So I don't have time for Pratchett or the Sil now, hope you'll understand... Smile Smilie
Remains of the Day should be great, it's my favourite Ishiguro novel. You could cheat and watch the movie though, and just skim through the book. Wink Smilie It's one of the few book-based movies that I've ever really enjoyed, but then it's got Emma Thompson (my favourite) & Anthony Hopkins so it's understandable.

Still, that's no excuse not to read Silm..Big Smile Smilie
What are you doing on the Forum today young lady, you have got work to do, lets get cracking on those books! Big Smile Smilie

I know, you needed a break. Smile Smilie Just don't make it too long. Wink Smilie
Hmm. Just finished the Truth. I'll have to think about that one - not sure if I like it or not. There's something about it that puts me off....can't put my finger on it right now.
There's just no pleasing some people.
Still can't figure it out. I liked the Watch, loved Vetiniari...didn't quite like de Worde though. Too New Labour-ish for me. Pratchett is turning too pc for my liking.
You don't have to like de Worde, I rarely like the actual "hero" of the book, you've got Gaspode, Ron, Wuffles and Mr Tulip and his mate to make up for it all.
Ungoliant: the reason I wanted to read the book (Remains of the Day, I mean) was cos I loved the film. Hopkins was really great there... Big Smile Smilie

Grondy: I know, but I have a week holidays now, so I should be all right. Should be, mind you... Smile Smilie
Oh, I thought you had to read it for school & was too lazy...well, have you read it then? True, Hopkins was great.

I've always liked his heroes though Plastic, so that's the problem. I liked Otto the Vampire though, he's lovely.
I have read it, yes. And it was even better than the film. (mostly they are). Even funny sometimes! :o
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Don't mind me, I'm just reviving this thread in honour of the publication of "Nightwatch" the latest in a long line of topnotch funny books by Pterry. I've nearly finished it, and I think it's ****ing fantastic. So there. And I don't care what you lot think, I find Discworld Novels very funny, and I prefer them to Tolkien so Nah-nah na na na!
okay, short of sounding really stupid, but can somebody explain to me why there are multiple Igors? (I'm new to reading Pratchett)
It is a family name and as body parts are handed down, there is a little bit of Igor in everyone so it is simplest to call each zombi Igor. Be warned though, I didn't look that up; it is what I remember from reading the story where Sam Vines and wife go to Umberwaldt(sp?) as ambasadore and spouse and there meet an Igor or three. Obviously, I don't remember the title of the book.
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so it is simplest to call each zombi Igor.


Igors are not zombies. Wash your mouth out.
Well, I have bought and read the first two books from the Discworld series, and I must say I had a great laugh. I love the Luggage. lol

I don't know Igor yet, but I'm looking forward to meeting him. Very Big Grin Smilie
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I don't know Igor yet, but I'm looking forward to meeting him.


Them. They are plural. Every one an Igor (or Igorina).
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Igors are not zombies. Wash your mouth out.
Okay, I don't remember what they were other than they were made up of body parts and I can't find my copy of The Fifth Elephant .
Er... Hello all!

Ok, I'm new Angel Smilie

I am supposed to be saying my first 'hello' somewhere in the Prancing Pony & my eyes fell on this one (Pratchett)! Just thought I'd pop my head in as I too am a Pratchett fan. I find it absolutely amazing - the way their (Tolkien & Pratchett) minds work! The things they came up with ... The way history & stories came together... WOW!

I also have my first question... I spotted someone, somewhere talking about 'lessons' ...? They had notes for someone else who had missed it...? What's that all about - Do we get lectures too then? Where are these classes?

Ok, that was more than one question - Dunce Smilie Apologies.

That's me - I don't think these are supposed to be huge essays are they? So I'll be off.

Hope you are all well & ciao for now! Waving Hello Smilie

Ps. Is there anyone here forn Ireland? (north/south)

Hi Legolaslass!

The lessons are under the heading MIsc in the Message Board section. Ask Val for more info - he knows all.
Thanks Vee.

I'll check it out

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Hi Legolaslass, welcome to Planet-Tolkien. Happy Elf Smilie Now we will have to be more careful, but if you see someone talking about "Lego-lass" were talking about the fop in the mullet, not you or Tolkien's Legolas. Elk Grinning Smilie
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This may seem really ignorant of me & I'll probably feel really silly , but....

fop....... mullet..... ?!?!

What's that all about? Dunce Smilie

Look forward Wary Smilie to your reply & thanks for the welcome!

Take care.
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This may seem really ignorant of me & I'll probably feel really silly , but....

fop....... mullet..... ?!?!

What's that all about? Dunce Smilie

Look forward Wary Smilie to your reply
I was just making fun of the pretty-boy movie characterization of one of our favorite elves; the one the teeny-boppers got all stary-eyed over. Elf With a Big Grin Smilie
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Hey Grondmaster Waving Hello Smilie

I get it! Don't worry - I'm not one of those 'Teeny-Boppers' - I am an 'original' Legolas fan, in the literature-y sense! ie: I had a 'thing' for Legolas, in all his Elf-like splender, before the, er... 'pretty boy' portrayed him on-screen.

Actually - that kinda makes me look a little sad - Having a 'thing' for a character in a book! In Love Smilie Read Smilie In Love Smilie

Oh well, I've said it now - No going back! Ignore Smilie

Having said that, I did quite take a shine to Orlando as Legolas, but not so much to Orlando himself!

Would it be possible to change my screen name, to make the point clear, to:

*Legolaslass - I'm not a teeny bopper (Think I'm too old for that anyway), I loved him before the screen version*

???

Ok, thought not. Wink Smilie

Seeya Big Smile Smilie
I use to read the Discworld novels but lost interest in em. Just didn't enjoy em no more. I think I might have overdid at one point. But thats the way it goes
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I use to read the Discworld novels but lost interest in em. Just didn't enjoy em no more. I think I might have overdid at one point. But thats the way it goes
I limited that problem by reading two intervening books before returning to another Diskworld book. I do that with all books in a series except LotR, which is really one book, not a series.
As do I, Grondmaster..... Especially the Discworld lot!

Bye.

Ps. Hello all! Waving Hello Smilie
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