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Love Discworld but don't like the "Guards" book...?


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Initial post: Feb 1, 2012 10:11:15 AM PST
marky77 says:
Okay so I have been reading the discworld series in order. I thought the first two books were just so-so but I have loved every book that I have read from number 3 - Equal Rites - onwards.
However, despite the Guards books being among his most popular, I really could not get into Guards! Guards! and ended up giving up with it half-way through.
I am now half-way through Men at Arms and am just not enjoying it at all.

I love the witches books, the death/susan book, the wizards, rincewind, etc, it's only the the watch books I just cannot get into.

Anyone else have this problem - or have the same problem with a different set of characters?

I don't know whether I should force myself to finish the book (but why bother if I'm not enjoying it) or just move onto the next one (Soul Music).

I'll probably still try to read the next The Watch book anyway...do they get better or are those particular books just not for me?

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 10:18:09 AM PST
Sirhc says:
Try reading Night Watch or Thud. It would be out of sequence but they are a lot better then the early ones in my opinion. If you don't like either of those then don't bother with the others, but if you do you like them you will be more motivated to go back.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 10:26:20 AM PST
Rev. Otter says:
yes: if you're not enjoying one, move on to the next. the Disc is big enough for everyone!

i hate to put anything Pratchett as "last", but the Watch stories are probably my least favorite in the Discworld series. don't get me wrong, i love the Watch characters, but for some reason all the plots run together in my head. the books just don't seem as distinct from each other, to me.

Wiz(z)ards > Witches > unaffiliated (Pyramids, Small Gods) > Death > deWord/Lipwig > Watch

/nope, not counting Tiffany on my list. sorry.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 10:40:46 AM PST
The nice thing about Discworld is you really don't have to read every book in order. If you don't like the Vimes books, then skip them.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 10:46:11 AM PST
marky77 says:
Thanks for the advice guys!
Gonna just move on and maybe go back to the watch books after I've read the others (I'm sure the craving or more discworld will drive me to it anyway! haha)

Oh I meant to ask: I tried getting Discworld books on kindle (kindle-aholic, your name reminded me of this) but I noticed (and I compared to my paper-books to check) that the notes don't appear at the bottom of a kindle page. You know, where where Pratchett will add a star* with an amusing comment at the bottom of the page? It sees to be missing from the kindle editions?

*like this.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2012 10:50:34 AM PST
I actually haven't read any Discworld in eBook form yet (despite the name, I still get both eBooks and print :) ). Sometimes eBooks have formatting probs (and when they reformatted, maybe the footnotes were left out). Might be worth mentionning to the publisher. You can send feedback to Amazon, too, but they can't go into the book to fix it. Hopefully that's not a problem with all of them (that would be a LOT of eBooks to fix).

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 10:53:05 AM PST
Sirhc says:
I noticed the same thing in Monstorous Regiment. Those notes were put at the back of the book in the kindle editions because the end of the page is different depending on what the font size is. I think you can click on the * to jump to it though, not 100% sure about that.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2012 12:04:30 PM PST
Rev. Otter says:
<<I think you can click on the * to jump to it though, not 100% sure about that.>>

i am 100% sure. that's exactly what you do. but with the amount of foodnotes Pratchett uses, it gets to be a chore ...

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2012 12:45:06 PM PST
G. Miller says:
I'd say the Watch are all enjoyable to me, but like others have said you won't miss anything by skipping them. The books I'm least fond of are the first two.

I also think it depends what kind of mood I'm in when reading a book. The first time I read Small Gods it wasn't very interesting to me, but when I went back and re-read the whole series it struck a more vibrant chord with me.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 12:48:42 PM PST
Steven Henry says:
Different Discworld books appeal to different people. For myself, the Night Watch series are my favorites, but they're very much done in the style of police procedurals (albeit with comic and fantasy elements), and that's not everyone's cup of tea. I personally can't stand Rincewind, especially in the first 3 (though I thought "The Last Hero" was excellent). So it goes. Just pick a different one; there's a lot out there.

I agree, however, with sirhc that Night Watch and Thud are the best of the Watch series. Guards, Guards! and Jingo were weaker than the others in that series, I think.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 1:54:09 PM PST
For myself, I did thoroughly enjoy the earlier Guards novels rather than the later. Just goes to show, we are all different.

I do rate Soul Music as one of Sir Terry's best efforts, though.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 12:13:18 PM PST
The Watch books are by far my favourites of the series - and the Witch ones my least favourite. Different tastes. It is good that Discworld is so wide so as to cater for them. It is just sad that there won't be a whole lot more :/

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 10:59:35 PM PST
I have a suspicion that Snuff may be the last.

Posted on Feb 4, 2012 2:26:15 AM PST
I like the Watch books, but I think there are a few too many of them, as compared to my favorite sets of characters. Or rather, I think there is a bit too much Vimes in them. I love Carrot! I want more of him!

For me:

Death > unaffiliated > Watch > Rincewind > Witches > Tiffany

(I really don't like later Tiffany Aching books, for some reason. I think they just get too serious for me; they lose even the barest hint of humor eventually. The reason I love Terry Pratchett is because he makes me howl with laughter, even while he is also making me think!)

Posted on Feb 4, 2012 4:16:56 AM PST
kcredwolf says:
the ones about death/susan are my faves- i dont really get into the Guards either. Like the witches alot. Best- GOOD OMENS :)
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