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Sir Terry Pratchett: Until the ripples die away

Terry Pratchett sold more than 70 million books during his career.   He was one of my favourite authors and my literary hero. I still see the Discworld characters as some of the best friends I will ever have.   The Watch and DEATH helped me through a really tough time in my life and if you ask me who had a huge influence in my life Terry Pratchett will always be in my top ten.

It was a sad day for me when I heard the news that he died on March, 12, 2015.   In typical Terry Pratchett style he said farewell to the world in a way that true fans can appreciate by announcing his own death on social media with a tweet from DEATH.

 

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Source:  Terry Pratchett/Twitter

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Source:  Terry Pratchett/Twitter

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Source:  Terry Pratchett/Twitter

 

The world will be a far less interesting place without him.  Rest in Peace Sir Terry Pratchett.

I invite you to celebrate his life and the wonderful books and words he left behind with a few of my personal favourite quotes straight from the Discworld books.

 

Thoughts on Love:

 

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Thoughts on Stupidity:

 

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Thoughts on Education:

 

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Thoughts about Books:

 

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Thoughts on Life:

 

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And a truth about Death:

 

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Only in the Discworld Series would you find a condom factory, great philosophical questions about life and a much beloved character called DEATH.  If these quotes convinced you to start reading the Discworld books the best way would be to do it in some sort of order.

If you are new to the series and are unsure of where to start I would recommend starting with The City Watch.  They are are the friendliest introduction into Discworld.  Discworld can be loosely divided into several mini-series:

  • The City Watch
  • Death
  • Witches
  • The Wee Free Men
  • The Post Office
  • The Wizards (Rincewind)

 

Do not expect the wizards and witches in Discworld to behave like those in the Harry Potter books or the vampires to be anything like Twilight.   Terry Pratchett has a satirical way of looking at the world and some of the jokes you might only catch on the third read through.    Here is the reading order I would recommend for someone new to Discworld:

Read The Night Watch

1.   Guards! Guards!

2.   Men At Arms

3.   Feet of Clay

4.   Jingo

5.   The Fifth Elephant

 

Before reading the book Night Watch it is a good idea to read the Monks of History book:

6.   Small Gods

 

Before you read the next Monk of History book read the DEATH books:

7.   Mort

8.   Reaper Man

9.   Soul Music

10. Hogfather

 

Then read the other Monks of History book:

11.  Thief of Time

 

You can then continue with the Night Watch with:

12.  Night Watch

13.   Thud!

14.   Where is my cow?  (Children’s book)

15.   Snuff

 

I suggest to follow this up with the Witches of Lance:

16.  Equal Rites

17.  Wyrd Sisters

18.  Witches Abroad

19.  Lords and Ladies

20.  Maskerade

21.  Carpe Jugulum

 

If you enjoyed the Witches follow this up with the Wee Free Men

22.  The Wee Free Men

23.  A Hat Full of Sky

24.  Wintersmith

25.  I Shall Wear Midnight

 

Then read the books about the Post Office:

26.   Going Postal

27.   Making Money

28.   Raising Steam

 

You can then read the Rincewind/Magician Books:

29.  The Colour of Magic

30.  The Light Fantastic

31.  Sourcery

32.  (Faust) Eric

33.  Interesting Times

34.  The Last Continent

35.  The Last Hero

36.  Unseen Academicals

 

And then there are some books that stand on their own:

37.  Pyramids

38.  Small Gods

39.  Moving Pictures

40.  The Truth

41.  The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents

42.  Monsterous Regiment

 

Terry Pratchett wrote other books, but the Discworld series will always be my favourite.  These are not just books to me, but my friendsR.I.P.  Sir Terry Pratchett your ripples in my world will last a lifetime.

 

If you enjoyed this post you might enjoy reading about Dr. Seuss:   Unforgettable Dr. Seuss Quotes

 

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  1. Mama Herself
    Mama Herself says:

    It was indeed a sad day when Terry Prachett died.

    I enjoyed your quotes. This is one of my favourites:

    “If complete and utter chaos was lightning, then he’d be the sort to stand on a hilltop in a thunderstorm wearing wet copper armour and shouting ‘All gods are bastards!” Colour of Magic.

    I enjoy the Susan books and the Witches books the most, but the Watch books are also fab and… well, actually all of them really.

    *sigh*
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    • Mariet
      Mariet says:

      There is a new Discworld book coming out later in the year. It is so sad that it is the end of a world that I love. I love that quote and the fact that the gods plays dice for our lives.

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  2. Alex
    Alex says:

    I love reading Pratchett and you picked out some very good quotes. My favorite books are those about the Watch, Moist von Lipwig and Death and all characters related to him are enjoyable reads for me too. Personally I have never gotten into the Witches and I couldn’t imagine reading a full book about the wizards, happy about their guest appearances in other books so.
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    • Mariet
      Mariet says:

      Thanks for stopping by Alex. I think every fan has a favourite series in Discworld. I’ve decided to re-read all the books this year and love getting lost in the world again.

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  3. Lisa (mummascribbles)
    Lisa (mummascribbles) says:

    This is a wonderful tribute and fantastic for anyone thinking of reading his stuff. In fact, I may well send it onto my Nephew – I’m pretty sure I bought him the first two Discworld books for Christmas. I never really read Pratchett but feel that it’s never to late to do so! My other half was a massive fan and was very upset when he found out about his death. A real talent gone. Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday
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