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    • Kenny

      The Discworld, resting upon the shoulders of the four mighty World Elephants as they stand atop the shell of Great A'Tuin the Star Turtle.

      Terry Pratchett's writing is a constant source of enjoyment for me, from the almost irresponsible amount of puns to the incredibly deep moments of insight into human nature. With 41 novels and a whole slew of companion books to go along with them, getting into the series can feel like a daunting undertaking. I put off reading them for years, myself, until I hit a drought of anything else to read and finally chose one (Mort) to test out the series. Over the following year, I chewed through the books voraciously. I had never encountered a fantasy world with such a wide range of stories and characters that felt so real. 'Real' might seem like a strange choice of word to describe a flat world flying through space on the back of a turtle and where Death is known to stop in for a late night curry, but the masterful character development and dialogue breathes a type of life into the series that other works of literature often struggle to achieve.

      For those of you who have read any or all of the series, what are some of your favorite moments or quotes?

      And for any of you who haven't yet dived into the series, what are you waiting for? If you comment with a bit of information about your interests, I will make suggestions to pair you with the perfect starting point for your tour of the Discworld.

      “One day when I was a young boy on holiday in Uberwald I was walking along the bank of a stream when I saw a mother otter with her cubs. A very endearing sight, I'm sure you'll agree, and even as I watched, the mother otter dived into the water and came up with a plump salmon, which she subdued and dragged onto a half submerged log. As she ate it, while of course it was still alive, the body split and I remember to this day the sweet pinkness of its roes as they spilled out, much to the delight of the baby otters, who scrambled over themselves to feed on the delicacy. One of nature's wonders, gentlemen. Mother and children dining upon mother and children. And that is when I first learned about evil. It is built into the very nature of the universe. Every world spins in pain. If there is any kind of supreme being, I told myself, it is up to all of us to become his moral superior." - Terry Pratchett, Unseen Academicals.

    • Chris
      Chris MacAskill

      Great post, Kenny, thanks so much. I can't wait for the day when we have enough Terry Pratchett fans to jump in a conversation like this and really light it up. Maybe you can invite a few?

      Your post got me chasing around to Goodreads and Amazon's Terry Pratchett page and it just seems astonishing that anyone could be this prolific over such a broad range of books.

      He has written quite a few young adult books and we have two young heavy readers who love fantasy, a 10-year-old girl crazy about Harry Potter and 12-year-old boy. Anything there for them?

    • Kenny

      Thanks, Chris. I figured Discworld would be a good topic for making a test post on this platform. It seems pretty good so far.

      The quantity and quality of Pratchett's writing is incredible. He wrote about two books per year up until his death a few years back, which makes waiting upwards of 6 years for a new book from certain other authors (cough RRMartin cough Rothfuss) seem a little ridiculous.

      Pratchett's young adult books are just as good as his other books, with some people even considering them the crowning achievement of his series. If your daughter likes Harry Potter, she will love Tiffany Aching. In the first book in her series, The Wee Free Men, Tiffany is 9 years old and decides to become a witch after seeing an injustice done to an old woman, and then has to save her brother who was kidnapped by the Queen of the Fairies. The subsequent books follow her as she grows up and learns more about witchcraft, so it's similar to Harry Potter in that respect. It's a great series with plenty of strong female characters. It should be just as enjoyable for a 12-year-old boy, if he's not too cool for a story with a girl as the lead. Maurice and his Educated Rodents is his other YA book, but doesn't have any direct sequels. Otherwise, one of the other story arcs might be a good place for him to start. The City Watch arc, starting with Guards! Guards!, is a great crime thriller series.

      None of his books ever go above PG-13 type content, so they're all safe for young readers. That being said, Tiffany's books are very earthy stories, with Tiffany growing up on a sheep farm, so there are subjects like lambing and small hands being useful during difficult births mentioned in passing.

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