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Re: Moist Von Lipwig
« Reply #50 on: 04 Feb 2008, 09:23 »

So, say I have never read Discworld.  Is the first book the place to start?

(I ask because I know they aren't all explicitly connected.)
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Re: Moist Von Lipwig
« Reply #51 on: 04 Feb 2008, 09:39 »

OMG, adora vs susan face off. Who would win?...

Cut this out before you start writing slash.

I didn't mean that kind of face off.

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Re: Moist Von Lipwig
« Reply #52 on: 04 Feb 2008, 09:43 »

Personally I tend to advise people to read "Thief of Time" first but that's because it's gotten the most consistently good responses from the widest audience, in my experience.  "Guards! Guards!" is also a good spot because it kicks off one of the best sets of characters in the series.  I think that as you go back farther into his career chronologically, his jokes get more and more dry and British, and his references get less and less recognizable.  I'd recommend "Thief of Time," "The Truth," "Guards! Guards!," "Pyramids," or "Mort," which is an older one but definitely really really good.
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Re: Moist Von Lipwig
« Reply #53 on: 04 Feb 2008, 11:25 »

I was never a big fan of Pyramids, but the others I agree with.  My first was Hogfather, which is new enough to make sense (20).  Mort isn't a good first book in my opinion, but it is good when you want to start reading the series that's about Death- the character.
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Re: Moist Von Lipwig
« Reply #54 on: 04 Feb 2008, 12:46 »

I started off reading "Guards Guards" and that got me hooked. Although starting off at the start would be a good idea as the first couple of books with rincewind are brilliant.
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Re: Moist Von Lipwig
« Reply #55 on: 04 Feb 2008, 13:09 »

Yes, zero, that is awesome. I like some of the quotes from him that I have never been able to find online, I think I will download that thing.

The quote on weapons from the fifth elephant, especially.
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Re: Moist Von Lipwig
« Reply #56 on: 04 Feb 2008, 14:38 »

I feel like we'll be getting something fun with Nation, which will hopefully be something he will be able to finish. I truly hope he doesn't go away for a while, unlike Robert Jordan, who left with his twelfth Wheel of Time book unwritten. Poor guy. Imagine spending your life on such a huge story, and not being able to finish it.
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Re: Moist Von Lipwig
« Reply #57 on: 04 Feb 2008, 15:11 »

I don't feel bad for Robert Jordan.  He padded his books out to the point that literally nothing happened in the tenth book.  He could have finished the series, he just chose to milk it and constantly throw in sideplots that even he knew would never be resolved.
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Re: Moist Von Lipwig
« Reply #58 on: 04 Feb 2008, 15:41 »

Yeah, no offense, but by book 7 I was dead certain that he was just fucking with us.
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Re: Moist Von Lipwig
« Reply #59 on: 04 Feb 2008, 15:45 »

The main virtue of the series later on was that they were good enough that I would continue reading them, and that they took up about a week each at the rate I read (about an hour before bed).
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Re: Moist Von Lipwig
« Reply #60 on: 04 Feb 2008, 16:02 »

kai so: There's this one Terry Pratchett book that I had ages and ages ago, and loved, but I've no idea where it is and no idea, at this point, what it was called. This is where helpful folks such as yourselves come in.

These are the things I can remember: it involved a race of hermaphrodites (possibly green?) and some sort of bio-regenerative technology, and a person being squeezed through a black hole the size of a dime. Or something like that.

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Re: Moist Von Lipwig
« Reply #61 on: 04 Feb 2008, 16:28 »

The only thing that I can think of that comes close to that is The Last Continent.
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Re: Moist Von Lipwig
« Reply #62 on: 04 Feb 2008, 20:48 »

It doesn't sound like a diskworld novel, try Strata or the Dark Side of the Sun, I've never read either of them so I'm not sure.
The only others it could be would be jonny and the dead, or jonny and the bomb, but I doubt it.
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« Reply #63 on: 04 Feb 2008, 20:55 »

Definitely not the Johnny books that I can remember.

Maybe Strata or Dark Side... I haven't read them in about ten years.

Incidentally, here an English friend of mine once got yelled at for getting lost while taking a short-cut, and walking through Terry Pratchett's property. He pulled up beside them in a black four-wheel drive. He was wearing a big, purple velvet hat and he had a live hawk on his arm.

Apparently he was quite nice once he realised they were lost.
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Re: Moist Von Lipwig
« Reply #64 on: 04 Feb 2008, 20:59 »

I started with the Rincewind books and never looked back*.



*Except later, when I re-read them.
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Re: Moist Von Lipwig
« Reply #65 on: 04 Feb 2008, 21:08 »

It might be strata, I don't think so though. Try dark side of the sun first.

I just got Making Money from the library today, haven't read it yet.
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Re: Moist Von Lipwig
« Reply #66 on: 05 Feb 2008, 06:23 »

It's Dark Side of the Sun.

I have the Discworld Map. And the map of Ankh Morpork. and Lancre. And Deaths Domain. And the cook book.
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Re: Moist Von Lipwig
« Reply #67 on: 05 Feb 2008, 08:34 »

I can't seem to find that stuff in any of the bookstores near me.  I'll order it all online when I get more money, I guess.
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Re: Moist Von Lipwig
« Reply #68 on: 05 Feb 2008, 08:36 »

Your profile says you live in Maryland.  Any bookstore should have dozens of Pratchett novels.  Are you looking in the right section?  They're usually in the "Fantasy/Sci-Fi" section.
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Re: Moist Von Lipwig
« Reply #69 on: 05 Feb 2008, 10:36 »

The books are easy to find.  I'm talking about Khar's Maps and Cookbook.
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Re: Moist Von Lipwig
« Reply #70 on: 05 Feb 2008, 14:14 »

My local Waterstones has about a third of its sci-fi/fantasy section devoted to Pratchett. I own everything by Pratchett except the yearbooks, and several other ephemeral discworld things (both art books, both quiz books, etc.).
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Re: Moist Von Lipwig
« Reply #71 on: 05 Feb 2008, 16:53 »

It's Dark Side of the Sun.

Thanks! Definitely going to be buying a copy next time I drop buy a book store.

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Re: Moist Von Lipwig
« Reply #72 on: 05 Feb 2008, 17:05 »

Or I could just buy another book. Making Money sounds good.

I enjoyed it a lot.
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Re: Moist Von Lipwig
« Reply #73 on: 05 Feb 2008, 20:34 »

I got a second hand copy of the last hero from my old work for $.50, that's a quarter for those of you in the USSA.
How good is that?
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Re: Moist Von Lipwig
« Reply #74 on: 07 Feb 2008, 14:49 »

That is really good, but where do you live that your currency is less than the US dollar? I think even the yen is catching up to us.
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« Reply #75 on: 09 Feb 2008, 19:42 »

He lives in NZ. Their currency is pretty crappy because they insist on sticking to the sheep standard.
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Re: Moist Von Lipwig
« Reply #76 on: 09 Feb 2008, 22:37 »

Deepest darkest Nu Zild.
Yeah, second hand in reasonably good condition for a book that normally sells for $60 here... :D
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Re: Moist Von Lipwig
« Reply #77 on: 10 Feb 2008, 23:52 »

I was never a big fan of Pyramids, but the others I agree with.  My first was Hogfather, which is new enough to make sense (20).  Mort isn't a good first book in my opinion, but it is good when you want to start reading the series that's about Death- the character.

OMG, yes I adore Death. He's my favorite character! The swing-set and the tree... the rocking horse, the drinking the horizon and the blue sky <3 <3 <3

Hogfather was definitely a great read. It starts with Mort and then Reaperman... and I'm not sure which one of his is after that.

Pratchett's new book for Moist is coming out sometime this year right? Raising Taxes. I'm looking forward to it!

Oh, Good Omens is also an awesome read. Pratchett wrote it with Neil Gaiman, way back in the good ol' days.
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Re: Moist Von Lipwig
« Reply #78 on: 11 Feb 2008, 00:05 »

Death is a sexy beast.

I loved Good Omens. I liked how Death was simultaneously a somewhat darker character in that book yet still took the time to go feed some ducks.
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Re: Moist Von Lipwig
« Reply #79 on: 11 Feb 2008, 10:09 »

Pratchett's new book for Moist is coming out sometime this year right? Raising Taxes. I'm looking forward to it!

No, Nation is coming out this year (it is not a Disc book).  The next Disc book he has talked about as having set notes down for is Unseen Academicals.  So unless he has already finished Raising Taxes (doubtful, since Making Money is so recent) then it will likely not be out for another year or two.
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