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  • Death :) He gets all the most clever quips and lines and, of course, he is in every book since once can never escape death. I've been meaning to read his carpet people books...ever read those?

    • Have I read them? Ho ho. They're okay, but not great. His non-Discworld books didn't do as much for me as the Discworld ones. The exception was the Johnny pair of young adult books--I can see myself giving them to William in a few years.

      Death is easy. Vetinari is my second-favourite character :-)

      --Nat

      • I haven't read them which is why I asked :) I've heard mixed reviews and they're a bit of a challenge to find in the states. You might also consider the 'amazing maurice' as well as 'the last hero' book for William too as the illustrations are impressive. :)

        • William and I read "The Last Hero" around Christmas time, and we're reading "The Amazing Maurice" now. Was it just me, or was "The Last Hero" not well edited? I found a lot of cases of repeated words that made it really clumsy to read out loud. William's a bit too young for the complexity of "The Amazing Maurice", but I'm reading it to him anyway just to get him used to complex stories and sentences. He could take "The Last Hero" more easily because that book had lots of pictures :-)

          Hard to find? Ama [amazon.com]

  • I too love Terry Pratchett's writing. I heard of him in one of your journals (yes use.perl.org must take the blame for many things), and stumbled across the Gnome series in our local library. The family loved them, and I was hooked!

    Not too many of the discworld series are translated into danish, so I would love for someone, who has access to the whole lot, to point out the major works - so I can pester the library to get them for me. OK I could read them in english (and I do prefer it myself), but the rest
    • Honestly, everyone has a different favouriate. The classics you should read are: "Equal Rites" (which introduced the witches), "Mort" (which really fleshed out Death's character, so to speak), "Guards! Guards!" (which introduced Vimes), and "Small Gods" (which was Pratchett's first foray into the very weighty topic of religion). "The Color of Magic" started it all, and is well worth reading (the contrast between early Discworld and late Discworld is very interesting to observe), and it's a good introducti
  • I've never ever in my life met anybody who liked Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchet or P.G.Wodehouse, let alone all three! Unbelievable.
    • If I'm not real, I'm a good enough AI that I'm fooling myself :-) If you like all three of those, you might like another very funny English author: Tom Sharpe. I don't know that you can get his novels in America, but his four best are: "Wilt", "The Wilt Alternative", "Wilt on High", and "The Throwback". The latter isn't part of the Wilt series, but is just as funny. All my mental images of Comet (Ajax) in condoms come from that book.

      --Nat