Your least favorite 'setting' for Discworld?

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    zorcarepublic

    zorcarepublic Seeker of wisdom

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    Hi everyone.

    Im wondering what everyone's least favorite setting in Discworld is. Last time I was here (bloody hell, I'm sounding like a pensioner now...:D), I remember a thread about our favorite Discworld books, now lets see what your least favorite are.

    I have to admit that, for some reason, I just can't get into the whole Lancre setting. There doesn't seem to be as much humour in them as with other settings.
     
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    Culhwch

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    I've never gotten into the Witch books, wherever they are set...
     
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    Who's Wee Dug

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    Brutha in the Small gods area setting type of thing did not work for me,the book was Ok but not one of my favorite settings.
     
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    The Ace

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    I'm with WWD. I don't think there was much wrong with the setting of, "Monstrous Regiment," just the plot and characters.
     
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    Winters_Sorrow

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    Well, you didn't get to see much of it, but I found the Lost Continent very much undeveloped and so irritating. The kangaroo was pretty funny though.
     
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    zorcarepublic

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    I liked the nod towards Mad Max though (you know, the dwarf from NoThingfjord?)
     
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    The Sweeper

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    That's Lancre.

    I've never been able to get into Quirm, except for the cabbage scenes. Do you PTerry have a conspiracy against cabbages, he always seems do be destructing them.:p
     
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    Patrician

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    I have to agree with Winters_Sorrow, The Last Continent is so slow...The whole book could have fitted nicely in about 100 pages, no more. It has it's moments though.
     
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    Marky Lazer

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    Only finished up to Wyrd Sisters so far. Can't say any of the settings bothers me (so far).
     
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    Princess Ivy

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    although i love the books, rincewind is my least fave setting (he really works on my last nerve)
     
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    pyan

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    EcksEcksEcksEcks for me, too....just not a strong enough place to carry a whole book, and definitely my least re-read PTerry.
     
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    Joel007

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    I've always liked the settings in the books, and I can't say there was one that I didn't like. The whole "Holy Wood" setting seemed a bit weak, but I can't complain as it all moved back to the big wahoonie after that.
     
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    celestia

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    There are only 2 that I have never really gotten into, Guards! Guards! and Jingo. Guards! Guards! I didn't finish the first time I started reading it, then it was about 3 years before I gave it another go, it still even had the bookmark in it from my first attempt!
     
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    Who's Wee Dug

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    With Carrot the Dwarf, one of my favorites where as Jingo was a much darker tome, for whom the bell was ringing (OK I WILL GET MY COAT.)
     
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    celestia

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    I really enjoy all the other Watch ones, just for some reason those two I just couldn't get into. I really Like Thud! and I read "Wheres my Cow" to my little boy every night.
     
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    Essie

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    I totally agree about the Witches books and The Last Continent. Guards! Guards! however was the book that got me hooked. Also completely agree about Jingo - I dragged myself to the end of that one. That and Small Gods were are a real chore.:(
     
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    The Procrastinator

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    Even as an Aussie I have to say I found the setting of The Last Continent the least enjoyable. It had its moments - like the accidental invention of Vegemite by Rincewind - that was hilarious - but overall, and despite getting all the "in jokes" about Oz, I thought it wasn't much chop.
     
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    Thadlerian

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    My least favourite would unfortunately have to be the "Industrial Revolution" setting: Non-Watch Ankh-Morpork books like The Truth, Going Postal, and Making Money. I am all for a Fantasy world that actually develops technologically and socially, and although I feel that the city is losing some of its charm, I appreciate this as something that must necessarily be - a passing from one age to another.

    But my problem with these books, perhaps unrelated to the facts of their setting, is that they're bringing about a new and unsatisfactory writing style. In Going Postal and especially Making Money, I feel Pratchett is leaving genuine character intrigue behind, and is reducing the stories to mere "clever versus clever" - impossibly ingenious characters pulling an endless series of clever tricks and counter-tricks against each other, and then that's that. Characters don't as much talk as endlessly spout immortal and insightful statements. New characters seem to be created not to play a role, or to relate to the protagonist, but merely to allow Pratchett to pull off some witty and intricate gimmick.

    And in the end, I just don't care. Pratchett doesn't seem inclined to change the basic formula where books always end in "no harm done", with no major characters dead, nor with any substantial changes made, and with main conflicts solved in a way that requires the reader's sense of humour to be closely correlative to the writer's (just consider the Where's My Cow scene near the end of Thud! and Mr. Bent's coming to terms with his identity in Making Money). This makes it increasingly hard to feel involved with the story, which I haven't been since Night Watch and A Hat Full of Sky.

    Also, seeing as we can expect more Moist titles in the future (Raising Taxes), I can't help but get the feeling that Pratchett writes these books more because he needs to implement these concepts in Ankh-Morpork, rather than because he has a genuine story which he wishes to tell us. With a writer of Pratchett's caliber, I think this is unfortunate.
     

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