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Sarasa
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The Book Group choice for December is Terry Pratchett's Hogfather . I'll post some questions later in the month, maybe a little earlier than the 20th so as not to clash with the start of people's Christmas celebrations.

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andras
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Brilliant!

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I'm in!
[Yipee]

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Nicolemr
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I'm in!

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Marama
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I've never read anything by Terry Pratchett (yes, I know ...!) and think this might be my opportunity to try one. Is there anything I need to know first, or should I just leap in?
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I'm in

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andras
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quote:
Originally posted by Marama:
I've never read anything by Terry Pratchett (yes, I know ...!) and think this might be my opportunity to try one. Is there anything I need to know first, or should I just leap in?

Only that he's bl**dy brilliant!

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Indeed he is, generally speaking - but (just to cast an early sour note on the proceedings), I don't think this is one of his better books.

YMMV - enjoy the discussion!

I'm off to continue renewing my acquaintance with some of Wilkie Collins' more obscure novels, given that I can't get out much at the moment....

IJ

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quote:
Originally posted by Marama:
I've never read anything by Terry Pratchett (yes, I know ...!) and think this might be my opportunity to try one. Is there anything I need to know first, or should I just leap in?

I think Pratchett explains everything you need to know as you go along, probably better than anyone can do on the internet.

It's the second or fourth or twentieth book in a series depending on how you count, and the series started out as a parody of the cliches of seventies and eighties fantasy fiction. So summarising everything you might possibly want to know would take some time and be not really worth it.

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Bishops Finger
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Good advice - just go for it!

[Big Grin]

IJ

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Sarasa
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I've not read a lot but don't find not having the books that might (or might not) have gone before a disadvantage when reading Pratchett.
If you do want to explore further than the confines of this book here is the link to his official website.

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I'll just leave this here, although I'm sure the august readers of this site are not in need of assistance.
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Marama
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And with that guidance, I'll jump in and join you.
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Trudy Scrumptious

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quote:
Originally posted by Marama:
I've never read anything by Terry Pratchett (yes, I know ...!) and think this might be my opportunity to try one. Is there anything I need to know first, or should I just leap in?

I'm going to try it too, on the same grounds -- never read Pratchett before; always kind of meant to. Maybe not the best place to start but it will be fun to read it along with others.

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Not my favourite, but a good time for a re-read!

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Will do some Pratchett hunting when I next get a chance - co-ownership of the set between me, the maternal Knotweed, and my brother, means that books may be on any of 3 different sides of the cattle crossing depending on who was reading them last...

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Nicolemr
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I have to admit I agree with those who say this might not be the best to start on... but better to read any Pratchett than to not read Pratchett at all!

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I didn't think it was one of his best when I first read it; when I reread it my opinion improved.

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andras
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quote:
Originally posted by Dafyd:
I didn't think it was one of his best when I first read it; when I reread it my opinion improved.

I agree with that view, but will keep my reasons to myself until the discussion gets under way.

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louis crandall
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have read hogfather several times and it is a brilliant book I also have the film version that was made for television on dvd. Ian Richardson as the voice of death is excellent. or as death says near the end of the film ASTONISHING.
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Nicolemr
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So when is this going to start?

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Sarasa
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I've just finished reading it, but I don't want to post up questions too early to give others to the chance to finish it. I was thinking of Monday 18th.

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My copy of this is packed in a box somewhere, but I've ordered a library copy and will crack on with reading it soon.

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Nicolemr
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OK, Sarasa, sounds good.

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quote:
Originally posted by louis crandall:
have read hogfather several times and it is a brilliant book I also have the film version that was made for television on dvd. Ian Richardson as the voice of death is excellent. or as death says near the end of the film ASTONISHING.

The TV version is being shown over Christmas in the UK on Pick (Freeview channel 11) on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 December 6-8pm.

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