Quite fancy starting to read Terry Pratchett but not sure which one to start with . . .

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BalloonSlayer Tue 07-May-13 17:21:53

any ideas?

kelda Tue 07-May-13 17:24:08

Probably the first witches one. I started with Wyrd Sisters, although Equal Rites is the first one in the witches series.

JeanBodel Tue 07-May-13 17:26:50

I would echo that - the witches are very accessible and contain some of his best writing. I'd probably go for Wyrd Sisters over Equal Rites, as he doesn't really get going until WS.

To quote Lewis Carroll, my advice would be "Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end" smile

The Colour of Magic is the first in the discworld series. But to be honest, it won't matter too much, other than you might miss some running jokes.

I'm a big fan, and have pretty much everything he's written. <gazes at bookshelf with misty eyes>

Another vote for Wyrd Sisters but tbh just go to the book shop/library and pick the one that you like the look of. It really doesn't matter which order you read them in although once you have them all you probably will want to read them in the right order

BrienneOfTarth Tue 07-May-13 17:39:11

Skip The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic - they aren't as interesting or creative as the later stuff and would be more likely to put you off and prevent you from discovering the delights of the later stuff. The best ones are the run from Mort to Lords and Ladies - though Equal Rites is certainly better than the first two he's not quite in his stride yet.

piprabbit Tue 07-May-13 17:43:23

You could also try the Tiffany Aching series - start with Wee Free Men. They are young adult books, but sort of encapsulate TPs story telling.

MissRenataFlitworth Tue 07-May-13 18:59:15

Doesn't matter where you start, really. I love the City Watch ones; Sam Vimes is a wonderful character. May I also recommend Reaper Man, in which you can read about me?

Slubberdegullion Tue 07-May-13 19:08:19

Wyrd Sisters.

The best stand alone book in the series is Small Gods imo.

superbagpuss Tue 07-May-13 19:10:14

start with Mort, its what got me started 16 years ago
they are amazing but once you start you won't be able to stop

Teladi Tue 07-May-13 19:10:16

I read Equal Rites first (I was 12), I didn't realise it was part of a series, but it read fine as a stand-alone and I was hooked from then on!

musickeepsmesane Tue 07-May-13 19:11:59

I think starting with The Colour of Magic then read them all in order. Kinda gives a foundation. I have read them all and would say don't be tempted at all by the new stuff with Steven Baxter cos it is pants. If I had to choose a favourite it would be Lords and Ladies

CMOTDibbler Tue 07-May-13 19:12:25

Oooh, imagine having all the TPs in front of you unread. Bliss grin

I'd start with the Wee Free Men as a nice intro too

Jux Tue 07-May-13 19:17:04

I agree with Brienne, skip those two, start anywhere else. You can go back to them later.

I think the first one I read - at my brother's urging, I had been resistant for years - was Sourcery, or it might have been Masquerade. Though Sam Vimes is my favourite character, I think you should save him until you've been in DiscWorld for a little while.

StrangeGlue Tue 07-May-13 19:20:09

The witches ones!

ItsallisnowaFeegle Tue 07-May-13 19:21:19

I second Mort, as a great starter, or Feet of Clay, or ANY of the books about the Witches... but to be fair, whichever you choose is going to have you hooked (except maybe The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic...I would say leave these until you're well acquainted).

Can I also say, leave 'The World of Poo' well alone. I was so disappointed. The Tiffany Aching series is ace and actually so is The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents.

How bloody exciting, please come back and let us know what you chose and what you thought.

<<Waves to all the TP quiche>>

Spero Tue 07-May-13 19:21:20

I completely agree about the first two. I didn't like them but the rest are fantastic and work fine as stand alones - but the development of Sam V would be better followed chronologically I think. He and the Witches are my favourites so,anything with them.

Sadly I think the more recent ones are slipping a bit but I have no criticisms of the middle ones. I think he is right to be pissed off he isn't accorded more recognition, he is an excellent writer.

Wyrd Sisters or Guards Guards.

I read, 'The Colour Of Magic' first and hated it so much I didn't try another for ages. Then somebody lent me, 'The Hogfather' and that got me hooked. I don't much like the Witches ones tbh - I'd say start with the first Sam Vimes one - somebody will remember what it's called on here but it escapes me right now. Is it Guards, Guards?

glorious Tue 07-May-13 19:31:05

Oh lucky you! envy I started with Going Postal but I'd go with an earlier one as others have said. I like the police ones the best but they're all good.

superbagpuss Tue 07-May-13 19:38:01

am I wrong to have started to read that's not my cow - picture book to my DT? I wanted to start them early, they are 3

Neil gainman wrote a children's book called chu I think, anyone read that?

I have told my dh he has to read good omens at some point or I will disown him

marissab Tue 07-May-13 19:57:03

I hate fantasy novels but love the police novels with sam vimes. Guards guards is a great one. Really great grin

I quite like The Colour of Magic & The Light Fantastic, if only for The Luggage!

NewFerry Tue 07-May-13 20:44:53

Another vote for wyrd sisters, we read it as our book club novel one month. It was my first intro to TP, and I was hooked!!

TallyGrenshall Tue 07-May-13 20:48:28

My favourite is Mort

Or Carpe Jugglum

The Wintersmith is good as well

The Hogfather is brilliant

Ah, just close your eyes and randomly pick one grin

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