DIKSIA.COM - Discworld is a fantasy series by the late Terry Pratchett, one of the most prolific and beloved authors of our time. The series consists of 41 novels, several short stories, and companion books, all set in a flat world that rests on the backs of four elephants standing on a giant turtle swimming through space. Sounds crazy, right? Well, that's part of the charm of Discworld, a world where anything can happen, and usually does.
But where do you start with such a vast and varied series? How do you choose which book to read first, and which ones to follow? Do you have to read them in chronological order, or can you jump around and explore different sub-series and characters? And what are the benefits and drawbacks of each approach?
In this article, we will try to answer these questions and provide some guidance for newcomers who want to dive into the wonderful world of Discworld.
We will also give some suggestions for the best books to start with, depending on your preferences and interests. Whether you are looking for comedy, adventure, satire, or magic, there is a Discworld book for you.
Reading Discworld in Chronological Order
One way to read Discworld is to follow the chronological order of publication, starting with The Colour of Magic (1983) and ending with The Shepherd's Crown (2015).
This is the simplest and most straightforward method, as you can see how Pratchett's writing style and vision evolved over time, and how he introduced and developed various themes, characters, and settings. You can also appreciate the continuity and references that link the books together, and enjoy the overall arc of the series.
However, reading Discworld in chronological order also has some disadvantages. For one thing, the first few books are not the best examples of Pratchett's talent and humor, as he was still finding his voice and experimenting with different genres and influences.
Some readers might find them too silly, chaotic, or parodic, and miss the depth and nuance that characterize his later works.