I was in the middle of reading other books, and had quite different plans, and then I made the mistake of picking up a Discworld book and read a few pages, found myself dragged into it and ended up reading it in a day or so. I then pulled the next one down off the shelf and read that similarly quickly. And now I just finished a third and picked up a fourth. These books are a bit like wine gums or Pringles. Hard to stop. I imagine I'll end up reading a fair way through these and have many on the shelf, and have picked up many more used from a good used bookstore near me, so I shan't run out immediately. I thought maybe I'd make a few short comments and give star ratings for each one I go through, and in time, I may offer a ranked list of best to worst. 'Cause, you know, folk like lists and ranks and stars don't they?
Before I get on with any individual book posts a couple of general comments. I was wondering after I read the first one what order to read them. I'm aware of how they could be grouped by theme (i.e. witches books, city watch, etc.), but I'm too OCD to choose a slightly arbitrary approach (should death books come before of after witches books?), so I've gone for publication chronology. I'm well aware that they are supposed to improve as Pratchett got into his stride, but I'm ready for that and have not been put off by the first three, despite obvious weaknesses, so now I'm over the early hump, I'm looking forward to the best ones to come. Its a shame that some of the best (by reputation and review on the interweb) are books 8, 11, 13 and so on, so I have some way to go, but I'm quietly confident I'll get there.
I'm hopeful this may also be mildly interesting to others as I'm not a longstanding Discworld fan. I read the first few once in the past (25-30 years ago) and remembered nothing* about them before getting back into them now.
* Literally nothing. Which is slightly odd, but I'm thinking I may have read them after visits to the pub back in the heavier drinking days of my youth. But in a sense that's a good thing, as my view of the first few this time was uncluttered by pre-existing bias.
Okay on to the short reviews...