Pyramids — Terry Pratchett

Cover of Pyramids

Terry Pratchett
380 pages
published in 1989

A reader asks:

I’ve uh, never read any Pratchett before and have been wanting to tackle the Discworld novels for sometime but I’ve been intimidated by the reading order issue. It actually doesn’t help matters any that this is one of the most frequently asked questions, it all seems so confusing. Where to begin?

A good question. With a series that has almost forty novels, quite a few spinoff books and theatre, movie and television adaptations, the Discworld can look daunting to get into. Yet it’s not as bad as it looks. There are a couple of natural starting points: The Colour of Magic of course, but that’s not very representative for the rest of the series. A better starting point might be Guards! Guards! as that is the novel in which the whole Sam Vines/Night Watch/Ankh Morpork sub series was set up that has dominated the Discworld ever since. But of course since we’re discussing this question in a review of Pyramids, I’m going to make a case for it as the best starting point for getting into the Discworld.

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1 Comment

  • Barry Freed

    November 18, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    *Thanks Martin. Well, Pyramids it is. I can’t wait to begin this journey just as soon as this semester’s work is done; and I’m sure I’ll be back to ask what’s next.

    *That’s odd, I thought I left a comment here along these lines the other day. No matter.

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