Discworld/Terry Pratchett

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eva lilith
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Discworld/Terry Pratchett

Post#1 » Mon Nov 21, 2005 12:02 pm

There have been several conversations about (or at least mentions of) Discworld and Terry Pratchett in other threads, so I thought it should have its own. So, what about it? What is your opinion of the books, your favorite quote/characters/book/whatever?

My favorite books are the ones with the night watch of Ankh-Morpork, especially Night Watch and Jingo. My favorite characters are Vimes, Carrot, and Vetinari, most of the time in that order. And the first quote that always comes to my mind? “There’s a saying that all roads lead to Ankh-Morpork. At least, there’s a saying that there’s a saying that all roads lead to Ankh-Morpork. And it’s wrong. All roads lead away from Ankh-Morpok; some people just walk along them the wrong way.” :elfbiggrin:

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Etharion
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Post#2 » Mon Nov 21, 2005 12:21 pm

Ah, i have too many favourites to mention. However, the first one i read was The Hogfather.
Carrot is one of the best characters, with his single sided view on the world, and his friendship, or at least respect that he gets unasked, with the whole city.
Some of the rarer characters in the book, that i really like, are the Nac-Mac Feegle clan( correct my spelling) Wee Mad Arthur, Cohen and Death.

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Post#3 » Tue Nov 22, 2005 7:07 pm

My favorite character is Esmerelda "Granny" Weatherwax, the elder of the witches three. :inlove:

I'm also partial to the food vendor who shows up in all the books with similar names relative to the nation he resides. You really don't want to know the ingredients in that sausage on a stick, let alone eat it. :elfbiggrin:
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Etharion
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Post#4 » Thu Nov 24, 2005 3:16 pm

Har har har!!! Grondy fancies Grany Weatherwax! Who would say? I got a picture of her Grondy, on the map of Lancre. She really is old! :elfbiggrin: Pretty thin too. And Nanny!! She really looks like a gummy walnut! (or perhaps a sultana)
Thats C.M.O.T. Dibbler your thinking about Grondy. :orcsmilie: Yeah...those sausages are LETHAL!!

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Post#5 » Thu Nov 24, 2005 3:48 pm

My favourite is Mrs Doubtfire, not to mention Mrs Pennyfeather.

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Vee
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Post#6 » Fri Nov 25, 2005 6:56 am

I love lots of characters in Discworld. They are all so bizarre in one way or another.

Dibbler, Carrot, Vimes, Vetinari, DEATH, WHO ONLY SPEAKS IN CAPITALS, the funny little guy who sweeps the temple, many more, not forgetting 'The Luggage'.

I wasn't quite as impressed with Going Postal as I was with the previous books but I still enjoyed it.

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Etharion
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Post#7 » Mon Nov 28, 2005 5:41 am

Im reading "Going Postal" as we speak. It seems okay for now..

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eva lilith
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Post#8 » Mon Nov 28, 2005 10:17 am

I thought Going Postal was not as good as many others, but much better than Monstrous Regiment, which preceded it. Actually, most of MR was okay… I just didn’t feel that the end was… ready?... believable. I always feel weird saying that, because I mostly feel that anything can happen in Discworld. But I think that only pertains to the world. The people are ordinary, for the most part… even more ordinary than you would expect people who live in a place like Discworld (or who are characters in a fantasy) to be, most of the time. Especially in this book, at least the main character. And I think the end, the part I didn’t believe, was a people thing… SEMI-SPOILER (I tried to be as discreet as possible. Those who have read the book should know what I mean)… I just couldn’t believe that that many people could get away with that with only one person knowing, or that they could get to be so important and still let that be forbidden. Especially if people mostly follow the Duchess…. I don’t think she would disapprove, even if whichever god does… (was it Nuggan? I know he forbids weird things… or was it the Duchess that disapproved anyway, or not a religion thing at all? I can’t remember, and I don’t really care to read the book again…) END OF SEMI-SPOILER
The Watch is better, anyway. Much deeper characters… probably the deepest books are all the Watch after the first one, Witches Abroad, and Reaper Man… :elfbiggrin:

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Post#9 » Mon Nov 28, 2005 5:17 pm

You don't think Granny Weatherwax is lovable? We old people have feelings too. :elfbiggrin:

I liked Monstrous Regiment and was expecting the end. Going Postal was okay, but I had trouble visulizing the piles and piles of unsent mail, but I did like the 'send a thief to catch a thief' simile. I'm trying to hold out for the paperbacked Thud. Is it about the Assassin's Guild (the sound of a sap on the head of a sap) or the Advertiser's Guild (the sound of an idea going over like a lead balloon.)

Small Gods is one of my favorites.
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eva lilith
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Post#10 » Tue Nov 29, 2005 10:28 am

I believe Thud! is about the sound of a club hitting someone’s head and has to do with the Battle at Koom Valley (the only one known to history where each side ambushed the other) and the Watch (yay!). And I like Granny Weatherwax! I said I really liked Witches Abroad! (well, actually I just said it was deep… but I do really like it.) I think that is the one that shows her off the best. Lords and Ladies is more about Magrat, and Maskerade and Carpe Jugulum are more about Agnes/Perdita. Really, after WA, the best sense of her comes from the Tiffany Aching books (Wee Free Men and A Hat Full of Sky). By the way, does anyone else think Tiffany seems too old for ten or twelve or whatever she’s supposed to be? Or is it just that I can’t remember being 12 accurately (it wasn’t that long ago, either…)?

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