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The World of Discworld
The Discworld series is a highly complex set of fictional books written by the talented author Terry Pratchett. Unlikie most novel sets which follow a select number of people, the Discworld series follows a whole range of characters, who make numerous background appearences in the books which they do not star in.
Whiel the Discworld series can be read in pretty much any order, However there are several storylines running throughout which will make more sense if you read the Discworld books in the correct sequence.
The Discworld books have created an intricate story which has enchanted readers young and old alike. With it's humor alternating rapidly between light and dark, adult and childish, the comedic value of the Discworld books will entertain all readers alike!
The Discworld Books
- The Colour of Magic
- The Light Fantastic
- Equal Rites
- Wyrd Sisters
- Guards! Guards!
- (Faust) Eric
- Moving Pictures
- Reaper Man
- Witches Abroad
- Small Gods
- Lords and Ladies
- Men at Arms
- Soul Music
- Interesting Times
- Feet of Clay
- The Last Continent
- Carpe Jugulum
- The Fifth Elephant
- The Truth
- Thief of Time
- The Last Hero
- The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents
- Night Watch
- The Wee Free Men
- Monstrous Regiment
- A Hat Full of Sky
- Going Postal
- Making Money
- Unseen Academicals
- I Shall Wear Midnight
The Characters of Discworld
The Rincewind character was the first main character to be created in the Discworld series. He has been paired with several other characters, most notably Twoflower and Death. Rincewind is a cowardly failed Wizard who falls in to a series of mishaps which lead to Rincewind saving the world a few times over. As well as these characters, Rincewind also finds himself entangled with Cohen, the semi-retired barbarian.
Death is a figure who appears in nearly all of the Discworld series, as well as staring in several of his own discworld books. Death is the anthropomorphic personification of death, who occasonally lapses in to the human world. The story of Death follows a fair number of characters. As well as Rincewind, death has a granddaughter called Susan, the death of rats, Albert (his butler), and Deaths Arch Enemy, The Auditors.
Susan is also a rather important character, and is involved in several Discworld books, although you only see her when she is grown in to a full adult.
Death can often be found in his home of Black, or riding on his Horse Binky, performing his duty as Death.
The Discworld series is filled with magic and witchcraft. It's largest presence in the majority of the Discworld books is the Witches. There are in fact four Three Witches, after one of the original Witches became Queen of Lancre.
Granny Weatherwax is one of the most prominent of the Witches characters. She has a stony personality, to match her reputation as the most powerful witch in Discworld, and frequently battles those who threaten Lancre Kingdom, be it Vampires, Sorceresses, or teenagers.
Nanny Ogg is the maternal mother of the witches. While she has a bubbly kind exterior, it hides a sharp wit and mean temper. Nanny Oggs family extends far and wide, the most prominent being Shaun and Jason Ogg. Nanny Ogg travels everywhere with her vicious cat Greebo, who is a still a Kitten in Nanny Ogg's eyes. Nanny Ogg is the most 'common' of the witches, who often gets drunk, sings and smokes.
Magrat Garlick was the third witch until she married the future king of Lancre. She is a soppy witch who romanticises witchcraft, but learns quickly throughout the Discworld series.Agnes initially avoids the witchcraft calling, however she has a natural talent, and a slight quirk which gives her a strange advantage, and continual annoyance.
The City Watch
The City Watch in the Discworld novels has probably been the one group which has grown the most in the whole Discworld series. Both the characters and the city watch of Ankh Morpork have developed over the years, from a small rabble to an organised force. Of course the advancement of the watch is not simply to do with the City Watch itself. The main character of the Watch, Samuel Vimes, starts off as a small ruined man, but it does not take long for him to grow in to a pure force of wisdom and power. Along with the Vimes, the City Watch has a myriad of characters, from the typical Sergeant Colon, to the insiduous Corporal Nobbs. As the City Watch progresses throughout the Discworld series, it slowly begins to become a cosomopolitan force, hiring everyone from Trolls to Werewolves and Vampires.
The Wizards in the Discworld novels are the male magic practitioners. Unlike the witches, who practice natural magic, the Wizards access the raw magic which permeates the Disc.
Several Wizards make up the University Faculty who run the Unseen Eniversity of Ankh Morpork. The most prominent being Mustrum Ridcully, a loud mouthed down to earth man, who abhors the details of running the university, but loves the shouting. Most of the administrative trasks are handled by Pondor Stibbons, a young wizard who grows considerably through the Discworld series.
Other characters who often appear throughout the Wizard Discworld Novels are the Librarian (Who just happens to be an orangutan after a magical accident) as well the Dean, the Bursar and the Lecturer in Recent Runes.
The History Monks
The History Monks are a fairly late arrival to the Discworld series, although 'the Thief of Time' is possibly one of my favorite Discworld books. The The History Monks are the Discworld's caretakers, and occasionally intervene to ensure that things happen correctly. One of the most prominent History Monks is Lu-Tze, who has several adventures, and small parts in the Discworld series.
Moist Von Lipwig
Moist von Lipwig was a professional con man until he was press ganged by Lord Vetinari. He develops a little, but overall remains a bit of a scoundrel, just one which works for the city.
One of the latest characters in a book aimed at children is that of Tiffany Aching. She is a young witch who has drifted in with the Nac Mac Feegles, and has a series of adventures, which lead towards Granny Weatherwax. .
The Discworld Books
The Discworld series spans over thirty books, not including various maps, guides and side stories around the Discworld. While i is best to read the Discworld books in order, most people will read the the Discworld series in several sets, following one group of characters at a time, rather than following the true order of the books.
Often readers find themselves to continue following the story of the main characters such as Rincewind or Vimes, because I can guarantee you will grow to love characters like these!
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The Color of Magic (The Colour of Magic)
The Color of Magic (Or the Colour of Magic as it is known here in the UK) is the first installment in the Discworld series. Introducing the Rincewind character, and his foreign friend Twoflower, the Color of Magic and it's sequel are two of the most imaginative books published by Terry Pratchett. The Colour of Magic follows the tale of Rincewind as his adventures take him all over the Discworld's magical extremities. Only true luck, and a keen sense of when to run, save Rincewind from innumerable terrible fates.
The Color of Magic is a good book in it's own right, but it also gives you a keen insight in to the following Discworld novels. Whether you have read a Discworld book yet, or not, The Colour of Magic will give you a keen insight in to the discworld, as well as a whole lot of laughs.
The Light Fantastic
The Light Fantastic is the second of the Discworld books, and leaves off at the (literal) cliffhanger of the first novel. The Light Fantastic continues the epic saga of Rincewind, and his adventures across the disk. It becomes increasingly apparent how Rincewind holds not only his own life, but the fate of the world, in his head.
The Light Fantastic is another great fantasy fiction book from the acclaimed author Terry Pratchett. It contains a storyline which is as unpredictable as the fantasy world it inhabits, with twists and turns and fantastically imagined creatures which stunned the world with their brilliance.
The Light Fantastic sheds more light on the Discworld, while introducing new Heroes, Villains, and monsters of magical incomprehension. The Light Fantastic is a great read for children and adults alike, with humor to suit both equally!
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The novel Equal Rites is the first of the Discworld books to veer away from Rincewind. Equal Rites is based on a young girl who develops wizard like powers, something clearly forbidden by magical law.
Equal Rites is also noteable for introducing the Witches, and the Wizards (although they are not exactly the same wizards which you will meet in later Discworld books. It is however a great introduction to the magical world for Discworld fans, including how it is perceived and used by its practitioners, male or female.
If the first two Discworld books did not really appeal to you try out Equal Rites, it's new characters and refreshing outlook can draw you in to the Discworld series in different ways to the first novels, as can any of the different Discworld characters!
Mort takes the old theme of the apprentive turned Hero who battles to save a princess. In the fourth Discworld book however, Mort is apprenticed to none other than Death himself. Mort is an impressively entertaining book, not only for it's imagination and humor, but also for the angle it takes on the Death character itself.
The setting of Mort spawns the character Susan, who appears in her fair share of books!
Mort himself is a young boy who has a fairly uneventful future ahead of him, until his father takes him to the apprentices fair. Mort is the last left, and stubbournly waits until midnight (When the fair ends) which is when death himself makes an appearance. Mort soon warms to his role, however things soon take a turn for the worse, and Mort may have let himself in for more than he bargained for when death disappears.
Top Discworld Novels
Sourcery follows the events which unfold on the Disc when an 8th son of an 8th son of an 8th son is born. It is a little known fact on the disc that this means only one thing, Sourcery (The reason why wizards are not allowed to have sex). When the young child sourcerer begins to exert his power, guided by his deceased father, the world becomes endangered by all out magical war.
Fortunately around this time Rincewind appears, and in an extravagent attempt to run away, finally confronts his fears to save the world, in a rather unconventional way.
Sourcery is possibly one of my favorite Rincewind books, with the exception of Eric. The entertaining adventures of Rincewind as he deals with the world of sorcery, and it's magical fallout show how brave a coward can be, especially when the rest of the wizards take sides in battles of Mage War.
The Witches in Discworld
Equal Rites builds on the Witches characters which were introduced in Equal Rites. in Wyrd Sisters, the three witches, Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick, are called upon by the kingdom in an intricate tale of deceit.
King Verence i of Lancre meets a deathly fate when his cousin murders him one night. as he takes the crown with his power hungry wife steering hm from behind. The kings son escapes with the help of a loyal guard and is given to the Witches, who pass it on to a caring family of travelling actors.
Wyrd Sisters is a great Discworld novel filled with magical mishaps, love, and plenty of plot twists. It is an entertaining read from start to finish, and is by far one of the best Discworld books based on the Witches.
Pyramids Discworld Book
Pyramids is one of the first Discworld books which does not really follow the main story lines of the majority of Discworld novels. Pyramids is set in an Egyptian style area which suffers in poverty due to excessive pyramid building. Pyramids is centered around a young Prince called Pteppic who is sent to Ankh Morpork to be trained at the Assassins guild, where he learns that he is no longer the center of the universe. Co-incidentally, as he completes his training, his father jumps to his death (in the unfortunate belief that he is a seagull) and Pteppic finds himself drawn back to the old Kingdom.
Pyramids is a fantastic read for the old and young alike, and can also be read comfortably without reading any other Discworld novels. It is set in the magical world of the Discworld series, and introduces a wide range of the characters, without overwhelming the reader. I would easily recommend this as one of my favorite Discworld books.
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Guards! Guards! is one of the best Discworld novels, because it introduces Samuel Vimes, one of my favorite Discworld characters! Sam Vimes is initially Captain of the Watch, throughout the Discworld series however he is reluctantly promoted from the dregs of the city authorities up to the Duke of Ankh-Morpork. i think I like the City Guards so much in the Discworld series because they all progress so much. not only does Sam Vimes progress personally, but the City Watch slowly expands from its humble beginnings, to protectors of the city.
Guards Guards follows Sam Vimes as he leaves the gutter and slowly pulls himself out of his drunken haze long enough to help defeat a Dragon which is summoned to the city by rather incompetent evil forces. In Guards! Guards! Captain Vimes is joined by Sergeant Colon and Corporal Nobbs, along with Lance Corporal Carrot. The three side figures are just as humorous, and entertaining as Captain Vimes, however it is Carrot who has the most important of the sub storylines, with a strange background, and a stranger intelligence for his simplicity.
Eric continues the tale of Rincewind as he is brought back from the dungeon dimensions by an amateur demonologist named Eric. Eric summons Rincewind through a portal, and confines him with a selection of spells he inherited from his grandfather.
As he commands Rincewind to grant him three wishes they are sent on a whirlwind voyage across the Disc, and bounced from one violent situation to another as Rincewind tries to escape from a fate about as worse as death.
Eric is a great continuation of the Rincewind Discworld books, and contains plenty of laughs, as well as entertainment.
Discworld Moving Pictures
Some of Terry Pratchetts most entertianing novels have been the ones which are free from the others in the Discworld series. While Moving Pictures does use a lot of the Discworld characters, it also introduces the one hit wonders, Victor Tugelbend and Theda "Ginger" Withel.
Moving Pictures is all about a strange attraction, which draws in people and creatures from around the Disc, all with the intention of creating Clicks. While the Clicks soon gain popularity, something does not seem quite right, and things soon take a turn to the magical. While the Wizards step in, it falls to Victor to save the day in this well written suspensful Discworld book from Terry Pratchett.
Death Discworld Trilogy
Reaper Man is the second of the Discworld books to follow the personification of Death. In Reaper Man, Death is sent to live among humans after the Auditors claim he is not doing his job properly. Death spends his time in the human world working on a farm, and for the first time, Death has time to spend.
Reaper Man is a great story, with quite a lot of heart compared to most of the Discworld novels. I cannot say too much without giving the game away, but it is a great storyline, with a sad, but beautiful, ending.
The Reaper Man is a great change of pace in the Discworld series, and is definitely one which should be added to your Discworld collection. If you like the Death character, the Death trilogy can be a great set to keep you entertained time and time again.
The Witches in Discworld Books
In Wiches Abroad the three witches travel across the disc in one of the funniest Discworld novels. With their great ability to mis-understand, mixed in with the witches refusal to listen to anyone else, they embark upon an adventure of fairytales and worse.
In Witches Abroad the Magrat finds herself inheriting a magical wand from a deceased fairy Godmother. The only clause is that she must go to Genua to prevent a marriage which seems destined to happen, after an evil fairy Godmother intervenes. Throughout the adventures the three witches find themselves cast about a series of fairytale adventures, many of which are twisted by the evil doer who created them. Only when the three Witches reach the magical city of Genua is all revealed in Witches Abroad.
Gods Discworld Books
Small Gods is one of the Discworld books which does not follow the main storylines. Instead it focuses around a young Novice called Brutha, and the God Om, who is temporarily trapped inside a tortoise. Brutha is a rather useless young boy, although he is gifted with an unnaturally gifted memory.
Small Gods is a witty addition to the Discworld series, and is a very entertaining read. While it is not one of the best Discworld books, it is definitely up there, and can be read time and time again.
In Small Gods the country of Omnia is threatened when the head of the Quisition Vorbis is declared Prophet, and takes the country to war, bringing about its imminent destruction, as forces from over the disc arrive at its shores.
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Lords and Ladies
Lords and Ladies follows the three witches once more as the golden folk try to retake the kingdom of Lancre. As Crop circles start sprouting up over the kingdom it only becomes a matter of time until they break free from their winter prison in this fantastic Discworld novel.
The Lords and Ladies Discworld book gives a real insight in to both the kingdom of Lancre, and how it is more than just a mountainous terrain covered in trees. As the kingdom fights back against the invaders Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg convene to try and put a stop to the risk. However a young girl with a natural talent for magic could make things a whole lot worse.
Great Discworld Books
Men at Arms
Men at Arms sees the return of the City Watch and (Now Commander) Sam Vimes. This great Discworld novel follows Sam Vimes as he tracks down the mysterious Gonne and the person who stole it to prevent the assassination of the patrician.
The man who first stole the Gonne is an awkward young man who's father instigated their families fal from high society, He is on a quest to return the rightful ruler of Ankh Morpork to the throne, unfortunately it is not too long till he too turns up dead as the Gonne exerts its power over the human mind.
This intrigueing Discworld book is a great addition to your Discworld collection, and while it is a mystery, it provides a great read, time and time again.
Discworld Rock and Roll
Soul Music is a great book following death, and the emergence of Rock and Roll in the Discworld books. Soul Music revolves around Susan Death, Death, and the Wizards, as well as a young man from nowhere called imp Y Celyn, later known as Buddy.
Buddy finds an ancient guitar in a mysterious old shop. Slowly buddy gets taken over by the soul of Rock and Roll music, while avoiding the musicians guild, and Susan, who have opposite intents for the young musician.
Soul Music is by far one of the most entertaining Discworld books surrounding Death and Susan, it's parody of Rock and Roll, and how it affects people, is both hilarious and interesting!
The way Soul Music entwines itself in the Discworld series, and follows some fantastic characters, will keep you reading one of the best Discworld books repeatedly, and is definitely value for money!
Rincewind Returns in this great Discworld Book
As the Gods prepare their game, the Discworld Book Interesting Times brings together back some of the classic Discworld characters such as Rincewind, Twoflower, and Cohen the Barbarian.
Rincewind is sent to the Agatean Empire after a mysterious letter is received. Rincewind is soon flung together with Cohen and his Silver Horde who are attempting to invade the capital of the country to take control of it.
Interesting Times follows the characters through the twists and turns which often follow the unfortunately lucky characters which appeared in the very first Discworld books..Rincewind yet again managed to save the day through a mixture of cowardliness and luck.
This is Rincewinds first appearance since Eric, when he had to escape the Dungeon Dimensions, but Pratchett is still in good form as he writes about his greatest character.
The Witches Return in Maskerade
In Maskerade the Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg travel to Ankh Morpork in search of Agnes Nitt, a young girl who they are looking to replace Magrat Garlick (Who became Queen).
Agnes Nitt is a talented young singer who is on the large side but has a rather unique voice. Agnes ran away from her home in Badass (A village with a name behind it) in search of a better life. This does not foil the remaining two witches however, who travel to Ankh-Morpork to search for her (under the pretense of getting some royalties for a book which Nanny Ogg wrote some time ago).
Maskerade loosely follows the story of the Phantom of the Opera. When the Witches arrive at the opera house they meet a young man named Walter Plinge, as well as some colorful characters who inhabit the illustrious Ankh Morpork Opera House. Maskerade follows a tale of mystery and murder in this great Discworld novel.
The Guards Return in Feet of Clay
Feet of Clay
The City Watch are mystified again when a series of grisly murders occur in this amazing Discworld novel. The Discworld Book Feet of Clay follows the City Watch and Samuel Vimes as they try to follow the path of the gruesome crimes to its disturbing conclusion.
This brilliant Discworld book introduces a new kind of creature to the City of Ankh-Morpork, one that has been around for years but has been laying low for decades. The Golems, clay people who work tirelessly as slaves. But as they dream of freedom, despite the rules written in to their human crafted skulls, they dream of a king, and they are skillful masters of the clay.
As Sam Vimes is faced with the horrendous murders, and screaming white golem in the streets, he is also faced with the mysterious poisoning of the Patrician, a seemingly unsolvable case which puts his very name in jeopardy.
The Hogfather comes to Discworld
In the Hogfather the Disc is threatened yet again by the Auditors as they try to stifle life. The Discworld Book Hogfather follows this tale as the Auditors hire the Assassins guild to eliminate none other than the Hogfather (The Discworld equivalent of Santa Claus).
The Hogfather brings Susan Death in to an intricate mix of fairytale stories and how they came about, and grew to their current incantation. As the story progresses, the tale quickens its pace as the murderous Assassin and his henchmen complete a devious plot to kill off Santa Claus and control the Tooth Fairy.
The Hogfather is a fairly diverse, but slightly disturbing story which follows the Discworlds slightly more real fantasy world. The story is however highly entertaining, and contains that unique humor which made the Discworld series!
Jingo sees the return of the City Watch to the Discworld books. At a time of particularly tense relations between Ankh-Morpork, an island rises out of the sea. As both countries vie for control of the small island, things come to a head. As Ankh Morpork prepares for war, despite it being a guaranteed loss, the City Watch step in to prevent the destruction of their beloved city.
In this great Discworld novel the City Watch embark upon an adventure to save the city, and keep the peace. The City Watch adventures across the seas in an attempt to avert disaster in these tremulous times.
This is one of the Best Discworld books to follow the city watch, it shows a true change in Captan Vimes, as well as a more intricate look at the Patrician of Ankh Morpork. The story has a fair number of twists and turns, enough humour to keep you laughing, and an ending which says it all!
Australia in Discworld
The Last Continent
The Last Continent follows on from Interesting Times, Rincewind finds himself lost on the continent of XXXX or Fourecks. Searching for grubs, building flip flops, and trying to avoid death by natives. The Last Continent is a dangerous place, in fact, it does appear that the only thing which does not prevent danger is some of the sheep.
As Rincewind traverses Fourecks he encounters a kangaroo named Sxrappy, who leads him in to a huge adventure to bring rain back to the dried up land.
While Rincewind is busy in Fourecks, the Wizards at the university decide to try and get him back. As they search for help they find a window through to a deserted island, They find themselves in a rather singular paradise, before being transported to Rincewind after a drunkenly performed magical stunt.
The Last Continent is a hilarious Discworld books which parodies Australia, and the theory of evolution.
Terry Pratchett brings back the Witches in Discworld
The Witches return in Carpe Jugulum to battle an invading family of modern vampires, or "Vampyres" as they like to be called. As the tale unfold the Witches, Nanny Ogg, Granny Weatherwax, Agnes Nitt, and Queen Magrat Garlick, have to band together to fight the charm that the Vampires place over the country.
Carpe Jugulum conveys much of the comedy fiction which made the Discworld novels famous. The sharp humor and witty characters give an entertaining read as the characters prepare to defend their country from the invading Vampires. In the end it is only the dual mind of Agnes Nitt which protects her from the compelling charm of the Vampires which helps avoid an early death sentence, but does attract the attention of the young son vampire who finds her ability to resist his charm as an intriguing challenge.
All in all this great Discworld novel is a great read and a brilliant story for adults and children alike. It has a fairly unpredictable story line which keeps the readers attention strung tight as the story progresses to its thrilling conclusion.
Vimes Returns in Terry Pratchett's the Fifth Elephant
The Fifth Elephant
The Duke of Ankh-Morpork (Sir Samuel Vimes) is sent on a diplomatic mission to Uberwald with a small entourage to ensure the fuel from the Dwarf mines continues unabaited. The visit comes at a time when a replica of the Dwarves most sacred of stones is stolen, and tensions are rising in the dwarf community.
The Fifth Element is a particular marking point in the Discworld series, as Terry Pratchett focuses more on the story itself than any real attempt at constant humour. While the Fifth Element does have several moments of hilarity, it does not match up to the previous novels for laughs.
Where the Fifth Elephant excels is in its story line. Filled with action, plot lines, and a political story line which excels in relating to the real world, the Fifth elephant brings a breath of fresh air to the Discworld books, although the lack of comedic value may disappoint some of the Discworld fans.
Printing comes to Discworld Books
The Truth brings a new character (William De Word) to Discworld, and printing to the city of Ankh Morpork. As William has a chance encounter which throws him in with some enterprising dwarves with a printing press, the Patrician is unknowingly ready to be the victim of a clever plot to dethrone him.
The Truth is a fantastic Discworld book which I have read at least ten times, the characters are fantastic, and the storyline enthralling. The Truth is a great addition to your collection thanks to its huge array of Discworld characters which have been thrown in to the mix.
As two hired killers enter the city to complete their job, they get mixed up with the new paper (The Times). As things come to a head threats are made, and connections formed in a fantastic storyline, and an annoyed city watch.
Susan and Death Return as the Auditors Return!
Thief of Time
The fantastic book Thief of Time is my all time favorite Discworld book. in the Thief of Time the Auditors attempt to stop time by creating the Glass Clock, an item out of a fairy tale whhich was once real, and fractured time itself.
Fortunately Lzu Tze the Sweeper and the young apprentice Lobsang Ludd are on the case, which is also unwittingly followed by Susan Sto Helit in an attempt to destroy the clock before it is started. As the clock nears completion, Susan attempts to track down the clock maker, and the two from the History monks journey to Ankh Morpork, the story line intwines in to one greatly told story from Terry Pratchett.
As I mentioned, this is by far the greatest Discworld novel I have read, and read, and read again. It's a story of love, adventure, and humanity. And humanity os one of the things it portrays best, when the Auditors come to the Disc in human form, they suddenly discovery what life is really all about, literally.
The Discworld Graphical Novel
The Last Hero
The Last Hero is a brilliant graphical novel, written by Terry Pratchett and illustrated by Paul Kirby. Unlike the other Discworld books, the Last Hero is pretty short text wise. However each page, with text or not, is beautifully illustrated and decorated.
While it still has a great story behind it, the Last Hero is a feast for the eyes as well as the mind. On top of that, it brings together a lot of the Discworld characters, from Cohen, to Rincewind, to Carrot, to the Librarian. THis great mix fo characters brings a whole new level of life to the last hero, and gives great imagery to the story line.
While Graphical Novels are not something in which I hold a particular interest. The great mix between the Discworld series and the complex illustrations does come out incredibly well.
The Pied Piper comes to Discworld
The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents
What do you get when you mix a young boy, a talking cat, and some talking rats together? An ingenious scam thats what!
Maurice is a smart cat who befriends a piper named Kieth and a group of rats. with Maurices smarts the group go from town to town scamming the residents for all they are worth. The intelligent rodents get up to all kinds of mischief, making the town go haywire in desperation as they try to get rid of the pest problem. Just as all seems lost Kieth appears, charging for his services, he leads the rats away with a few short whistles on his pipe.
As they move from their most recent town things begin to go wrong soon enough. They come across the town which is so poor even the mayor seems slim, and strangely enough, there is not a rat to be found, even though the twon is meant to be having a problem with rats.]
This great Discworld story is a fantastic read, although it is aimed more towards younger readers. Nevertheless, it is a great read for both adults and children!
Time Travel for Samuel Vimes in this great Discworld Novel
Night Watch is a great Discworld book which starts just as Sir Samuel Vimes is getting ready to settle down. With a child on the way and a wife days away from labour, its time he should take it easy. When the cities most vicious killer, Carcer, is cornered, Vimes runs to the scene, and chases the suspect right in to a thunderstorm above the Library at the unseen University.
The storm mixed with the magical forces of the university create a strange occurrence, and when both Vimes and Carcer fall through the glass dome roof they fall backwards through time. When Vimes awakes he is back in Ankh Morpork just before the revolution against the current Patrician Lord Winder. Events unfold and history tries to revert itself (With the help of the History Monks) as Carcer kills Vimes' old boss, and he has to take his place, ready to teach the young Sam Vimes everything he knows.
This great tale from the Discworld series brings in some of the most well known characters in their youth. As well as the unusual setting, the historic Discworld provides plenty of laughs, and an incredible storyline!
The Nac Mac Feegles Return to the Discworld Books
The Wee Free Men
As Tiffany Aching stars in her first ever Discworld book she is brought in to a world of fantasy and danger. When the Queen of the Elves captures Tiffany Achings brother she acquires the help of the warmongering Nac Mac Feegles to help her rescue him from the queens evil clutches, with the help of her second sight, and inherited witches powers.
As with all the Tiffany aching books, they are geared to younger readers, this means adults may find the reading a little bland. Despite this, the latest Discworld book is a great read for children, and has the power to keep adults entertained as well.
As Tiffany battles the winter world, she has to overcome a wide variety of challenges in an attempt to rescue her brother and defeat the Queen of the Fairies. The gripping tale will keep you and your children following the tale from start to finish.
Young Girls go to War in this Fantastic Discworld Novel
The Discworld series has covered a large number of aspects of the real world. Monstrous Regiment follows the story of Polly Perks who is a young girl living in Borogravia. Borogravia is a small country which constantly makes war on it's neighbours. Polly Perks' brother goes missing during the war, and with him gone, she stands to lose the pub which her family rely on.
In an attempt to save the family Polly dresses as a young man and joins up to the army, as the story progresses, Polly and her regiment go forward to save the country from Sir Samuel Vimes and his invading army (Or peace keeping force as they are known to the rest of the world).
As Polly goes on her adventure, she finds out a lot of things, about reality and propaganda. in a story which mirrors real life tales, and real life behaviour, Monstrous Regiment makes the reader think, as well as providing hours of entertainment.
The Nac Mac Feegle Return with Tiffany Aching in this Great Discworld Book
A Hat Full of Sky
Tiffany Aching returns in her second Discworld Book, and yet again faces another mythical creature. A Hat Full of Sky is another Children's Discworld book, as always though, A Hat Full of Sky is a great read for both children and adults.
In A Hat Full of Sky Tiffany gets taken in to a stranger than average witches house as an apprentice. During this stay she attracts a Hiver, and with the help of Granny Weatherwax and the Nac Mac Feegle she defeats the mythical Hiver.
This great Discworld novel shows the strength of Tiffany and her destiny as one of the discs greatest witches. As with a lot of Terry Pratchett's novels, A Hat Full of Sky reminds people how much perception affects their daily lives, and he brings this in a format which is digestible to both children and adults.
A Young Discworld Crook gets a Second Chance in Going Postal
Going Postal is a brilliant novel in the Discworld series. Going Postal introduces the character Moist von Lipwig, a brilliant conman who has been unfortunately caught, and hanged. Due to a brilliant hangman, and Lord Vetinari's devious mind Moist awakes to find himself in a chair sat in front of the Patrician. The Patrician offers him two choices, either a job in the post office, or the door.
Since the door led to a cavernous drop, Moist took the job with plans of escape, though a dogged golem, soon dashed his hopes. It did not take long for Moist to start enjoying work at the post office, soon things began to unravel though, and it turned out that the post office might have several skeletons in its abandoned closets.
As Moist gets to grips with the post office, he not only gets it back in working order, but also challenges the Clacks company, and its crooked owners.
Going Postal is a great Discworld book, which shows that Terry Pratchett is still on form when it comes to adult comedic fantasy ficton. Going Postal is funny, clever, and a great read.
Tensions between dwarves and trolls are high in Thud!
Thud! is an interesting discworld novel which mixes a mysterious crime with political upheaval. As the anniversary of the notorious Koom Valley arrives, dwarves and trolls are up in arms, and ready for war. After one of the dwarves more vocal leaders is killed, things suddenly take a turn for the worst, and Vimes is forced to embark upon an adventure to cease the arguing between the races.
Thud! brings in a few firsts to the Discworld series, This includes a more in depth look at the Dwarf mines (in and out of Ankh Morpork) as well as the notorious Mr Shine, the diamond based King of the Trolls.
Thud! is a great read, and definitely one of the better Discworld books out there. It also introduces 'Where's My Cow?' which is also available to buy for younger children! Vimes reads this book to his young son every day at 6pm, when he finally fails to do this, being trapped in a cave somewhere in Koom Valley, the monster taking hold of Vimes finally becomes free.
A Sacred Dance Interupted means a year of winter for Lancre in this great Discworld book.
The Wintersmith sees Tiffany Aching return once again, this time however her own mistake gets her in to some rather serious trouble. as she steps in to a folklorish dance despite warnings, she finds herself dancing with Winter himself. Winter mistakes Tiffany for the Lady Summer and begins to follow her around, unable to comprehend why they should not be together.
The constant presence of Winter brings an incessant snow to Lancre, and there seems to be little anyone can do to prevent the freezing of everything around it. Fortunately both Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg are at hand. While Nanny Cares for Tiffany, Granny Weatherwax tells the nac Mac Feegle to find Roland, a childhood acquaintance, and turn him in to a hero to bring back the Lady Summer, to restore the balance of the seasons.
While the Wintersmith is another children's Discworld book, I find it a little bit more engaging than some of the previous Tiffany Aching Discworld books, and think of it as a great addition to my Discworld collection.
Moist Returns to Run the Ankh Morpork Bank
After the Post Office success Moist von Lipwig becomes bored with his current stature. Fortunately Vetinari is ready with a new post at the Royal bank of Ankh-Morpork. Initially Moist von Lipwig refuses the post, it does not take long for the post to be pushed in to his hands though.
Making Money is a delightfully plot line filled book which keeps the reader alive and interested while Moist battles to solve the cities financial crisis and fend off those who wish to seize the power from him. Most notable Cosmo Lavish, who develops an unhealthy obsession with the Patrician Lord Vetinari.
Football (Soccer) comes to the fore in this great Discworld Book
One of the Latest Discworld books Unseen Academicals, brings the world of Football, or Soccer to the americans, to the city of Ankh Morpork. The Wizards of Unseen universities are shocked to find that their financial situation may be under dire threat if the university does not form a football team immediately.
Unfortunately this is easier said than done, pulling not only the wizards in to a team, but changing the rules so points are scored by more than kicking, biting and punching, is a huge challenge.
While the Unseen Academicals story does focus a lot on the wizards, it also follows the story of a young orc brought in by Lord Vetinari, who learns to overcome his background and become accepted by Ankh Morpork. The story also introduces two noew characters to the Discworld series. Trevor Likely and Juliet Stollop are two star crossed lovers from different football teams. Trevor, the son of a famous footballer, and Juliet Stollop, who becomes a model of magnificent fame. Their romance blossoms, but only truly becomes real towards the end of this fantastic Discworld book!
I Shall Wear Midnight
I Shall Wear Midnight is a continuation of the Tiffany Aching series. While we do not know much about it just yet, Terry Pratchett has announced that the book is near completion, and that we can expect more information on this anticipated children's Discworld book in the very near future!
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