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You No Longer Have an Excuse Not to Read Terry Pratchett

March 19, 2012

Not that you did before–but now you especially don’t have an excuse.

I learned a bunch of pretty awesome things the day I discovered this link.

1. There’s a Discworld fansite called “Discworld Fanatics”;

2. There are short stories set in the Discworld that I haven’t read (shocking!); and

3. The lovely folks over at aforementioned Discworld Fanatics have made a beautiful color-coded flowchart (flowchart! AND TERRY PRATCHETT!) to guide you through the various arcs and timelines of the Disc.

They provide several solid jumping-off points, which work equally well for newcomers to the whole series and newcomers to a particular story arc. The chart also covers a bunch of rather non-linear associations among various novels, the non-linearity and squiggly arcing about of which suit the spirit of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld perfectly. I would try to recommend a preferred starting point of my own, in case you decide to start reading the series from scratch–but the moral of this post is, if you couldn’t tell, that I don’t particularly care where you start, as long as you do.

Here’s a small version of the chart, so you can see how pretty and colorful it is. (You’ll have to head over to Discworld Fanatics for the–huge!–full version.)

Discworld is a much looser amalgamation than your average fantasy series; the vast majority of the novels stand quite well on their own. But with scads of inside jokes, recurring characters, and the like, the books improve exponentially as you read more and more of them. So what are you waiting for?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Lindsay Shugerman permalink
    March 19, 2012 10:08 PM

    The truth is there never really was a valid excuse to NOT read his books! Nuff said! :-)

  2. krzysztofkietzman permalink
    March 20, 2012 7:24 AM

    Hi! I’m Chris Kietzman from “Discworld Fanatics”, I maintain the “Reading Order Guide”. I’m so glad you like it!

    • March 20, 2012 9:57 AM

      Awesome! Thanks for putting that together! (It even helped me discover a few installments I hadn’t been aware of/read myself… must rectify that immediately!)

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