es-helene94 asked: Tumblr is incepting me into Discworld, mostly by drowning me in astonishing quotes..but I have no idea where to start! I'd like you're opinion (if you have one, of course). Should I line them up chronologically? By story arc? In some other system entirely? I'm asking you because I really like how you write about writing (and everything else), and I know you're a fan. Thanks!
Yay, new Discworld fan!
DO NOT do them chronologically. The first two books, while not objectively awful, are far subpar to the rest and will not be that entertaining if you’re not familiar with the many fantasy and sci-fi novels he satirizes (Dragonriders of Pern and HP Lovecraft among others).
I have an explanation and a guide here for how I would read the Discworld books, including summaries of the books and outlines of the various series arcs. I’d pick up a copy of Small Gods and if you like that, try either the Watch books or the Witch books. If you’d rather ease in with the one-offs, I’d read Small Gods, The Truth, Pyramids, and then go for the Going Postal/Making Money duology. Though if you read The Truth or GP/MM before the Watch books you miss Vimes’ spectacular rise to power, which is fun to read about as it happens rather than retroactively.
It kind of depends, too, on where your interests lie. The Watch books are very much about solving mysteries and fighting crime; the Witch books are about good vs. evil and folk magic; the Death books are mythology heavy; the Wizard books are more fantasy-satire. I think the Wizard books are the weakest by far, and the Death books are the hardest to follow, which is why I tend to recommend the Watch and the Witches, because I find them the most fun. :D
The Witch books are especially good if you are looking for female heroes, particularly female heroes that do not conform to the young-slender-hapless-pretty-princess trope.
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