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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2055 on: December 09, 2011, 04:32:04 am »
Just finished Good Omens.

That's a great book.

Have you read The Thief of Time. Its another Pratchett book focusing heavily on the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (although, unlike Good Omens, Pratchett wrote it by himself and its set in Discworld)
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2056 on: December 09, 2011, 11:00:22 am »
Just finished Good Omens.

That's a great book.

Have you read The Thief of Time. Its another Pratchett book focusing heavily on the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (although, unlike Good Omens, Pratchett wrote it by himself and its set in Discworld)

I've read the entire Discworld series. :)
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2057 on: December 09, 2011, 11:02:17 am »
Just finished Good Omens.

That's a great book.

Have you read The Thief of Time. Its another Pratchett book focusing heavily on the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (although, unlike Good Omens, Pratchett wrote it by himself and its set in Discworld)

I've read the entire Discworld series. :)

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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2058 on: December 09, 2011, 12:14:02 pm »
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2059 on: December 09, 2011, 02:36:08 pm »
Thief of Time is my favourite Discworld novel, but it's also one of the last ones in the series I read, I think I read all of them up to The Last Hero, which comes right after that, I don't recognize having read any of the later titles.

Unlike many people here, I actually didn't enjoy the Vimes stories that much (like Night Watch), but that might also have been the mindset + much younger me, as I read them many years ago. Always preferred Rincewind and the wizards (I really like Pratchett's take on magic, it's so ... tangible in his stories) and the "isolated" stories that are just about some part of the world with recurring characters only playing a minor role, if any, such as Pyramids and Small Gods (two of my other favourites).

I did like one of the very early ones, where the City Watch battled the dragon and they messed with that "one in a million chance" thing :)
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2060 on: December 09, 2011, 03:04:46 pm »
Thief of Time is my favourite Discworld novel, but it's also one of the last ones in the series I read, I think I read all of them up to The Last Hero, which comes right after that, I don't recognize having read any of the later titles.

Unlike many people here, I actually didn't enjoy the Vimes stories that much (like Night Watch), but that might also have been the mindset + much younger me, as I read them many years ago. Always preferred Rincewind and the wizards (I really like Pratchett's take on magic, it's so ... tangible in his stories) and the "isolated" stories that are just about some part of the world with recurring characters only playing a minor role, if any, such as Pyramids and Small Gods (two of my other favourites).

I did like one of the very early ones, where the City Watch battled the dragon and they messed with that "one in a million chance" thing :)


Vimes is one of my favorite characters in the series, actually. The best Discworld novels, in my not very humble opinion, are Going Postal and Men At Arms.
And re: the dragon. I find Pratchett's quote on that book absolutely hilarious: Pu in one LOUSY dragon, and they call you a Fantasy writer!
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2061 on: December 11, 2011, 12:54:15 am »
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2062 on: December 11, 2011, 04:43:51 am »
Thief of Time is my favourite Discworld novel, but it's also one of the last ones in the series I read, I think I read all of them up to The Last Hero, which comes right after that, I don't recognize having read any of the later titles.

Thief of Time also has the advantage of dealing with blatantly Discordian/SubGenius themes. Its all chaos and pseudo-zen-like statements, and yetis, and time-control.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2063 on: December 12, 2011, 08:24:21 pm »
Supergods demonstrates that Grant Morrison is actually literate, and not just pretending. It's not nearly as batshit crazy as you might think, but it's also not much of a straightforward history of superhero comics. It's about superheroes the same way that Cosmic Trigger is about UFOs. Totally worth the $20.


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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2064 on: December 12, 2011, 09:48:57 pm »
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« Reply #2065 on: December 12, 2011, 09:55:12 pm »
Thief of Time is my favourite Discworld novel, but it's also one of the last ones in the series I read, I think I read all of them up to The Last Hero, which comes right after that, I don't recognize having read any of the later titles.

Unlike many people here, I actually didn't enjoy the Vimes stories that much (like Night Watch), but that might also have been the mindset + much younger me, as I read them many years ago. Always preferred Rincewind and the wizards (I really like Pratchett's take on magic, it's so ... tangible in his stories) and the "isolated" stories that are just about some part of the world with recurring characters only playing a minor role, if any, such as Pyramids and Small Gods (two of my other favourites).

I did like one of the very early ones, where the City Watch battled the dragon and they messed with that "one in a million chance" thing :)

Ricewind is my favorite recurring character, though I do like the Vimes stories equally much as the Rincewind ones.
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« Reply #2066 on: December 12, 2011, 09:58:20 pm »
Thief of Time is my favourite Discworld novel, but it's also one of the last ones in the series I read, I think I read all of them up to The Last Hero, which comes right after that, I don't recognize having read any of the later titles.

Unlike many people here, I actually didn't enjoy the Vimes stories that much (like Night Watch), but that might also have been the mindset + much younger me, as I read them many years ago. Always preferred Rincewind and the wizards (I really like Pratchett's take on magic, it's so ... tangible in his stories) and the "isolated" stories that are just about some part of the world with recurring characters only playing a minor role, if any, such as Pyramids and Small Gods (two of my other favourites).

I did like one of the very early ones, where the City Watch battled the dragon and they messed with that "one in a million chance" thing :)

Ricewind is my favorite recurring character, though I do like the Vimes stories equally much as the Rincewind ones.

Blarg.  Vimes is amazing, as is Death, etc, but Rincewind just isn't funny for some reason.
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« Reply #2067 on: December 12, 2011, 10:04:47 pm »
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« Reply #2068 on: December 12, 2011, 10:39:58 pm »
Thief of Time is my favourite Discworld novel, but it's also one of the last ones in the series I read, I think I read all of them up to The Last Hero, which comes right after that, I don't recognize having read any of the later titles.

Unlike many people here, I actually didn't enjoy the Vimes stories that much (like Night Watch), but that might also have been the mindset + much younger me, as I read them many years ago. Always preferred Rincewind and the wizards (I really like Pratchett's take on magic, it's so ... tangible in his stories) and the "isolated" stories that are just about some part of the world with recurring characters only playing a minor role, if any, such as Pyramids and Small Gods (two of my other favourites).

I did like one of the very early ones, where the City Watch battled the dragon and they messed with that "one in a million chance" thing :)

Ricewind is my favorite recurring character, though I do like the Vimes stories equally much as the Rincewind ones.

Blarg.  Vimes is amazing, as is Death, etc, but Rincewind just isn't funny for some reason.

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« Reply #2069 on: December 12, 2011, 10:40:34 pm »
Thief of Time is my favourite Discworld novel, but it's also one of the last ones in the series I read, I think I read all of them up to The Last Hero, which comes right after that, I don't recognize having read any of the later titles.

Unlike many people here, I actually didn't enjoy the Vimes stories that much (like Night Watch), but that might also have been the mindset + much younger me, as I read them many years ago. Always preferred Rincewind and the wizards (I really like Pratchett's take on magic, it's so ... tangible in his stories) and the "isolated" stories that are just about some part of the world with recurring characters only playing a minor role, if any, such as Pyramids and Small Gods (two of my other favourites).

I did like one of the very early ones, where the City Watch battled the dragon and they messed with that "one in a million chance" thing :)

Ricewind is my favorite recurring character, though I do like the Vimes stories equally much as the Rincewind ones.

Blarg.  Vimes is amazing, as is Death, etc, but Rincewind just isn't funny for some reason.

Oh of course DEATH!! Been so long since I read them and I was racking my brain "Rincewind's pretty good but there was another recurring character I liked even better ...". I take it back, DEATH is my favourite character, Rincewind's mostly funny because of the way Pratchett describes magic and the places and situations RIncewind finds himself in (I don't like him so much as a character as the stuff that happens around him, the character's pretty annoying in fact when he really gets the spotlight).
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