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Terry Pratchett & Discworld
« on: March 19, 2015, 12:16:21 am »
Following Sir Terry's recent passing, I thought it was a teensy bit of a crime that there's no discussion thread for the Discworld series or indeed any of his works.

So, does anyone have any particular favourites? In no particular order, mine are Mort, Soul Music, Pyramids and Equal Rites.
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Re: Terry Pratchett & Discworld
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2015, 04:10:48 pm »
I haven't read any of Sir Terry Pratchett's book, but I found the adaptations for TV of his work really were excellent. I think he either wrote or co-wrote most of them.

His dry wit and clever characterisation usually shone through the TV movies.

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Re: Terry Pratchett & Discworld
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2015, 01:26:55 am »
I haven't read any of Sir Terry Pratchett's book, but I found the adaptations for TV of his work really were excellent. I think he either wrote or co-wrote most of them.

His dry wit and clever characterisation usually shone through the TV movies.

Yeah Going Postal was pretty cool maybe I should read the novel but gotta shake that bandwagon feeling that I'm only reading his books now he's dead   
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Re: Terry Pratchett & Discworld
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2015, 05:24:33 am »
Which is the best book to start with? Is there an "official" first book or does it not really matter?

(I feel the same way too, I think I should've started when he was alive)

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Re: Terry Pratchett & Discworld
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2015, 05:43:39 am »
Which is the best book to start with? Is there an "official" first book or does it not really matter?

(I feel the same way too, I think I should've started when he was alive)

I don't haven't started on any @Blizz will give us a recommendation
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Re: Terry Pratchett & Discworld
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2015, 05:51:09 am »
Any audio-book or BBC Radio 4 adaptations worth a listen too?

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Re: Terry Pratchett & Discworld
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2015, 10:01:01 pm »
The first official Discworld book is The Colour Of Magic, which leads directly into The Light Fantastic. There IS a continuity, but each book focuses on a different character or group of characters, like Rincewind the wizard who can't even spell 'wizard', Granny Weatherwax and co., Death and his granddaughter, the City Watch.... You don't necessarily need to read them in order, but it can help.

I'd recommend trying a selection of the books and following the storylines of whichever characters you like the most, my personal favourites being Rincewind and Death.
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Re: Terry Pratchett & Discworld
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2015, 10:32:38 pm »
A lot of folks mention Death. In the TV adaptations I liked the character.

Are there any other cool characters worth looking into too?

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« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2015, 11:28:43 pm »
A lot of people like Vimes, but he's never really done it for me.
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Re: Terry Pratchett & Discworld
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2015, 01:33:22 am »
I'd recommend trying a selection of the books and following the storylines of whichever characters you like the most, my personal favourites being Rincewind and Death.

Did you try the Adventure Games? They're quite old but still very good (and very funny). Rincewind is voiced by Eric Idle in them.
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Re: Terry Pratchett & Discworld
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2015, 06:53:21 am »
I'm pretty sure BBC Radio 4 has done a few adaptations. I'll have to check them out.

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Re: Terry Pratchett & Discworld
« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2015, 03:45:17 pm »

Did you try the Adventure Games? They're quite old but still very good (and very funny). Rincewind is voiced by Eric Idle in them.

I once came across Discworld 2 for PS1 in Gamestation. Not sure why I didn't pick it up, maybe I thought it was too expensive.
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Re: Terry Pratchett & Discworld
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2015, 06:11:16 pm »
Were the video game adaptations any good?

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Re: Terry Pratchett & Discworld
« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2015, 10:41:09 pm »
Were the video game adaptations any good?

Yes, quite.

The graphics age ok. You'll go "yeah, 90s resolutions..." but not "damn, that's ugly!". The voice acting is very good (Idle is Rincewind). The puzzles are logical in their silliness. The game takes timeouts to explain the Discworld to people who aren't familiar with it.

Go get DOSBox if you don't have it already and find a torrent of it (out of print and not on GoG).
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Re: Terry Pratchett & Discworld
« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2015, 04:57:45 am »
I'll maybe try and YouTube the game and give it a spy