Or, Raven has discovered Discworld, twenty years after everyone else.
Well, not quite, seeing as I wasn’t born twenty years ago, but I’m definitely slow off the mark on this one. I’d read and enjoyed all of Terry Pratchett’s non-Discworld novels (Good Omens, the Bromeliad, the Johnny Maxwell Trilogy, etc) and it had simply never occurred to me before that I might like Discworld. But it has, and I do. Like it, that is. I’ve now read Pyramids, Mort, The Fifth Elephant and Hogfather, and I’m a few pages into Night Watch. I haven’t got the luxury of reading them in any kind of order, as I have no money to buy books at present, and so I’m attempting to borrow them from various sources. It seems that once you’ve announced your intention to read the entire Discworld canon, people fall over themselves to help you. All kinds of inter-library loans have been conducted on my behalf, and even my form tutor, who had never said more than a sentence to me before, offered to root through his garage and give me whichever ones he found. Therefore, I have Witches Abroad and Interesting Times to read once I’ve finished Night Watch.
In short, this is fun. I’m very much a fan of Death (I was pleasantly surprised to find the Death of the Discworld is different from the Good Omens version of him) and even more so of Susan Sto-Helit. Hogfather, therefore, is my favourite of the ones I’ve read, although I did like the Fifth Elephant. The characters of the Watch stuck in my head, particularly Carrot. I’m not sure I understand the way he is
the redundant heir to the throne of Ankh-Morpork.
What else did I want to mention? Oh… yes, the wizards of Unseen University. I read Hogfather on the train, mostly, and had to bite my tongue to keep from laughing at Ridcully, Ponder Stibbons and Hex. Particularly Hex. And the Bursar and his dried frog pills. And everything else. The point of this post is to just to squee a bit and ask opinions as to which books I should try to get hold of next. And I wouldn’t mind being told anything I absolutely must know about Discworld, and I’d like to know what the Millennium Hand Shrimp thing is, and just general stuff like that. Oh, and do any of the other books have Hex in them?
I could probably go on all night, so I’ll stop.