The Colour of Magic, Discworld Post #1

I have decided for no very good reason that I am going to read all 41 of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books in chronological order.  I have read two of the discworld books in the past, but both were so long ago that I only have fuzzy recollections of laughing aloud, but no real sense of what was so damn funny.  I will encounter them again on my journey and may experience some not so mild deja vu.  So be it.

There are as many theories about the order in which the discworld books should be read as there are fans of the series and I checked out some of these recommendations, but the rules are as complicated to the uninitiated as the magical world itself.  So, I decided that it will be simpler to have the discworld unfold for me as it did for readers who were with Pratchett from the beginning.

I borrowed the table below from Wikipedia and read The Colour of Magic first. It was so very fun.  Flunky not-quite wizard Rincewind and happy idiot tourist Twoflower go on a buddy comedy style adventure.  They narrowly escape Death, who speaks in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, more often than anyone has a right to.  The story is good and funny and clever, but the world… the Discworld is what intrigues me.  Even in this first book it is clear that Pratchett’s Discworld is Tolkienesque in its complexity and that the characters are far funnier and more complicated than Hobbits.

This book introduces some characters that I understand will recur including Rincewind and Death.  It also begins to explore the mythology of the Discworld and features some of its gods as supporting characters who are actually orchestrating many of the main events (they are gods, after all).  The general geography of the Discworld is described early in the book, but the description leaves lots of room for the reader’s discovery of new nations and people as the series progresses.  So far, this seems like a great place to start.

Look for more Discworld posts as I move through the series and please share your thoughts about the series with me.

No. Title Published Groups Notes
1 The Colour of Magic 1983 Rincewind 93rd in the Big Read.
2 The Light Fantastic 1986 Rincewind Continues from The Colour of Magic
3 Equal Rites 1987 The Witches, The Wizards
4 Mort 1987 Death 65th in the Big Read
5 Sourcery 1988 Rincewind, The Wizards
6 Wyrd Sisters 1988 The Witches 135th in the Big Read
7 Pyramids 1989 Discworld Cultures (Djelibeybi) British Science Fiction Award winner, 1989[7]
8 Guards! Guards! 1989 The City Watch 69th in the Big Read
9 Eric 1990 Rincewind Published in a larger format and fully illustrated by Josh Kirby
10 Moving Pictures 1990 Miscellaneous (Holy Wood), The Wizards
11 Reaper Man 1991 Death, The Wizards 126th in the Big Read
12 Witches Abroad 1991 The Witches 197th in the Big Read
13 Small Gods 1992 Discworld Cultures (Omnia), The History Monks 102nd in the Big Read
14 Lords and Ladies 1992 The Witches, The Wizards
15 Men at Arms 1993 The City Watch 148th in the Big Read
16 Soul Music 1994 Death, Susan Sto Helit, The Wizards 151st in the Big Read
17 Interesting Times 1994 Rincewind, The Wizards
18 Maskerade 1995 The Witches
19 Feet of Clay 1996 The City Watch
20 Hogfather 1996 Death, Susan Sto Helit, The Wizards 137th in the Big Read; British Fantasy Award nominee, 1997[8]
21 Jingo 1997 The City Watch
22 The Last Continent 1998 Rincewind, The Wizards
23 Carpe Jugulum 1998 The Witches
24 The Fifth Elephant 1999 The City Watch 153rd in the Big Read; Locus Fantasy Award nominee, 2000[9]
25 The Truth 2000 Ankh-Morpork, The City Watch, The Ankh-Morpork Times 193rd in the Big Read
26 Thief of Time 2001 Death, Susan Sto Helit, The History Monks 152nd in the Big Read; Locus Award nominee, 2002[10]
27 The Last Hero 2001 Rincewind, The Wizards, The City Watch Published in a larger format and fully illustrated by Paul Kidby
28 The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents 2001 Miscellaneous (Überwald) A YA (young adult or children’s) Discworld book; winner of the 2001 Carnegie Medal
29 Night Watch 2002 The City Watch, The History Monks Received the Prometheus Award in 2003; came 73rd in the Big Read; Locus Award nominee, 2003[11]
30 The Wee Free Men 2003 Tiffany Aching The second YA Discworld book; also published in larger format and fully illustrated by Stephen Player
31 Monstrous Regiment 2003 Discworld Cultures (Borogravia),The City Watch, The Ankh-Morpork Times The title is a reference to The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women;[12] 2004 nominee for Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel.[13]
32 A Hat Full of Sky 2004 Tiffany Aching, The Witches The third YA Discworld book
33 Going Postal 2004 Moist von Lipwig, Ankh-Morpork Locus and Nebula Awards nominee, 2005[14]
34 Thud! 2005 The City Watch Locus Award nominee, 2006[15]
35 Wintersmith 2006 Tiffany Aching, The Witches The fourth YA book.
36 Making Money 2007 Moist von Lipwig, Ankh-Morpork Locus Award winner, Nebula nominee, 2008[16]
37 Unseen Academicals 2009 The Wizards, Rincewind, Miscellaneous (Nutt) Locus Award Nominee, 2010
38 I Shall Wear Midnight[17] 2010 Tiffany Aching, The Witches Fifth YA book, Andre Norton winner, 2010[18]
39 Snuff 2011 The City Watch (Sam Vimes) Third fastest selling book in first week of publication[19]
40 Raising Steam 2013 Moist von Lipwig, Ankh-Morpork,The City Watch
41 The Shepherd’s Crown[20] 2015[21] Tiffany Aching Completed mid-2014, due to be published posthumously in 2015[22]

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