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PostSubject: Discworld topic!   Sat Apr 30, 2016 12:54 pm

As we have discovered, there are several fans of Terry Pratchett's Discworld books here! So let's discuss our favorite books and characters and so on. study

And if you haven't read Discworld yet, give it a try! Good ones to start with are 'Guards! Guards!', 'Mort', 'Wyrd Sisters'... and others. Although it's a series, most of the books are stand-alone and can be read in any order.

My favorite Discworld novel is 'Monstrous Regiment', and my favorite character is from that one also, a certain caffeinated vampire called Maladict.

Characters I identify with include Ysabell, Agnes Nitt, and Glenda Sugarbean. And I think it is quite likely that when I get older I will become Nanny Ogg. *insert Hedgehog Song here*

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PostSubject: Re: Discworld topic!   Sat Apr 30, 2016 2:17 pm

I'm very fond of Susan. The inner babysitter!

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PostSubject: Re: Discworld topic!   Sat Apr 30, 2016 2:30 pm

Oh yes. Teatime never stood a chance! rofl

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PostSubject: Re: Discworld topic!   Sun May 01, 2016 5:30 am

I discovered Discworld through "Mort", which I randomly picked up in a bookstore on a trip to the Oregon coast in 1989.

"Witches Abroad" is my favorite, although I'd recommend any of the books with the witches or the City Guard to start with. "Jingo" was great because it took the City Guard and Lord Vetinari out of their element, with some very colorful results.

Favorite characters? Oy, where to begin!... Smile
- Nanny, of course-- because the hedgehog can never be buggered at all. Also, bananananana dakrys.
- Sam Vimes. (I love the illustrations where he resembles Clint Eastwood, even if that's not who Pterry envisioned for him. Can I plead being a Yank?)
- Death, who really deserves a hug.
- Granny Weatherwax, the most badass witch on any world.
- Mustrum Ridcully, who's quite a decent guy once you get past his robust lack of sensitivity.

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PostSubject: Re: Discworld topic!   Sun May 01, 2016 1:30 pm

If I remember right, the first one was 'Mort' for me also. I was 16 at the time and found a lot of myself in Ysabell. I read them first as translations in Finnish, but decided to try one in English, and never looked back. I think they improved my English grammar and vocabulary. Also, I joined some Discworld-themed mailing lists on the internet and was soon discussing the books with fans all over the world. I have three big fandoms in my life: ElfQuest, Discworld, and Tolkien. I like/love a lot of other stuff too but those are the ones I consider myself to have actively participated in.

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PostSubject: Re: Discworld topic!   Sun May 01, 2016 5:19 pm

I just love almost each and every book by Terry Pratchett I read. Trouble is... I read only the translation into French ( which, very much UNlike the translation of Elfquest, was incredibly GOOD, for it even managed to keep much of the initial sense of humour ! A miracle ! )

Therefore, I happen to be a little lost about the names, sorry.

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PostSubject: Re: Discworld topic!   Sun May 01, 2016 5:24 pm

I shouldn't tell it but Granny Weatherwax TERRIBLY resembles my grandmother. Attitudes and behaviour and sayings and the like...

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PostSubject: Re: Discworld topic!   Wed May 04, 2016 12:54 pm

Well, like it says in Equal Rites, Granny Weatherwax is everyone's grandmother! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Discworld topic!   Wed May 04, 2016 10:46 pm

@PCoquelin wrote:
I shouldn't tell it but Granny Weatherwax TERRIBLY resembles my grandmother. Attitudes and behaviour and sayings and the like...

Lol, in that case, I'd say you've got a good thing going there. It might not always be comfortable, but you want a woman like that in your corner Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Discworld topic!   Fri Aug 05, 2016 11:09 am

My cosplay of the Dean, worn at Finncon this year. I won an award for 'most realistic beard'. Razz


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PostSubject: Re: Discworld topic!   Fri Aug 05, 2016 3:32 pm

Looks FAB! Like And absolutely unrecognizable.

... you - not the character! Tho I have no clue how the character is supposed to look like. What I see is great, Leanan. *claps and bows* Congratulations for the award!

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PostSubject: Re: Discworld topic!   Fri Aug 05, 2016 7:37 pm

Awesome! And awesome beard too XD

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PostSubject: Re: Discworld topic!   Sat Aug 06, 2016 3:42 pm

I haven't read that many -- maybe a dozen? I like the witches because they know you don't need a friggin' +5 volcanic glass athame, just the right attitude. I also like the guards because by and large they attempt to maintain whatever integrity a bunch of mostly-degenerate mostly-morons can manage. Sometimes I like the moralistic aspects in his later books and sometimes I don't so much; either way, the earlier Rincewind nonsense isn't my cuppa. And I like the clacks for the nerdiness of character encoding and mechanical hacking.
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PostSubject: Re: Discworld topic!   Sun Aug 07, 2016 2:44 pm

Thanks for the cosplay comments! Yeah, most people mistook me for a guy I think... Razz

Anj, I share your dislike for the Rincewind nonsense. Can't make myself read the first two books ('Colour of Magic' and 'Light Fantastic') anymore because they're kind of silly.

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PostSubject: Re: Discworld topic!   Sun Aug 07, 2016 2:50 pm

I've never read them. I might have tried and failed at some point!
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PostSubject: Re: Discworld topic!   Fri Apr 28, 2017 3:01 pm

I'm listening to Equal Rites right now, and I love Granny. I kind of relate to her. Which probably says something about me. XD

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PostSubject: Re: Discworld topic!   Sun Apr 30, 2017 2:57 pm

I'm halfway through The Colour of Magic.
Have a pretty small collection so far.
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PostSubject: Re: Discworld topic!   Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:16 pm

Small Gods, Reaper Man and Lords and Ladies are my favorite Discworld books.
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