In 1983, Terry Pratchett published his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic. It's not his best novel, and it's not very special in comparison to his other novels, but it's the most well-known because it's the first. I'm sure that when you started reading the Discworld novels, you started with The Color of Magic. It's the logical place to start, but it may not be the best.
The Color of Magic is very good, certainly, but many of Pratchett's books are better. For example, Monstrous Regiment and Wyrd Sisters are much more representative of the Discworld. I personally think that everyone should start off reading Guards! Guards! (the first novel about the Watch).
I've seen this sort of thing in other cases, too. If you want to play 'hardcore' board games, you try out Settlers of Catan first, despite the fact that every single Catan-like game published in the seventeen years after Catan has greatly improved upon it. It doesn't make sense, but everybody starts there so you start there too.
What book do you think new readers should read first? Tell me in the comments!
As you probably know from Wednesday's post, I recently read 'Monstrous Regiment'. At the end of the novel, Terry Pratchett does a big reveal that someone (I won't say who, for those of you that haven't read the book) is a girl. Specifically, this person is who you'd least expect to be a girl.
I can't think of any other books of his that have this type of reveal (although my memory might be a little off). It certainly works well in Monstrous Regiment. At the very end of the book, when almost everyone's stories have come to an end, the reveal finishes the last, possibly most interesting and heartbreaking story. It brings it all to a conclusion and gives you one last thing to think about. Personally, I liked the twist.
On a different note, 'Monstrous Regiment' is very obviously allegorical (like most of Pratchett's work) to our world, where women mostly don't serve in armies. It changes things up, and whether or not it's intended to, it makes you think about how Polly's world compares to ours (sometimes in a positive light, but also in a negative one) while you laugh.
Overall, I'm all thumbs up for the book and recommend that you read it if you haven't.
What's your opinion about 'Monstrous Regiment'? Tell me in the comments!
My second podcast! This one's about Going Postal and Terry Pratchett's amazing introductions. Enjoy and please comment!
Also, thank you to Chad Crouch for his awesome, free for non-commercial use music.
The Long Earth, written by Terry Pratchett and Stephen baxter, is startlingly new. It's unlike anything Pratchett's done before, filled with wild concepts and (gasp) set on our Earth (Well, sort of. In the beginning, at least.).
And it's a very good book. The Long Earth is filled with endless possibilities and wonders. As you read, you fell a strange curiosity. You want to know what's at the end of the worlds. You want to see all the other Earths for yourself, to feel their emptiness. You want Lobsang and Joshua to see what's at the end.
You certainly don't want them to turn around because of a giant whale.
I will admit, First Person Singular (who's technically not a whale) is a huge threat to Earth. She'll destroy everyone in her path (albeit unintentionally). But sending Lobsang down to talk to her and turninig around isn't exactly a satisfying ending. It leaves the reader wanting too much more.
Maybe, in reflection, that's what the authors wanted; to ensnare the reader and bring them back for the next book. It would certainly bring Pratchett and Baxter much more monetary profit, which I can't say they don't deserve.
Even so, I think that the story itself would have profited from a more satisfactory ending.
What do you think? Comment and tell me your opinion!