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Book: Raising Steam

All Aboard! The steam engine has come to Discworld, and with it the prototype locomotive known as Iron Girder. It's new! It's flashy! It's noisy! It's smoky! It can get seafood from Quirm to Ankh-Morpork while it's still worth eating! It can easily kill you if things go wrong! It can let you work in Ankh-Morpork while living elsewhere! And it signals undeniable, major social changes for anywhere the tracks can get to. Moist von Lipwig has handled a lot of dangerous enterprises in his life, but he's never had to take on Dwarven terrorists before now... (Industrial Revolution #7, Discworld #40) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Feb 25, 2024 - 10 comments

Book: I Shall Wear Midnight

Well, it's the Chalk's annual Summer festival, and Tiffany Aching has no one to kiss, as her erstwhile beau Roland is now engaged to Leticia Keepsake, daughter of the Duchess. Not that it really matters, as Tiffany is busy enough with making the rounds, burying bodies, stopping lynch mobs, tending to the dying Baron, being accused of the Baron's murder, flying back and forth to Ankh-Morpork to find the heir, escaping from the castle dungeons, guiding two very different young untrained witches, and battling a foul-smelling demonic ghost that is turning the whole disc suddenly and viciously against her... (Tiffany Aching #4, Discworld #38) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Feb 22, 2024 - 2 comments

Book: Unseen Academicals

Lord Vetinari, the tyrant Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, hates Football. Everyone knows this. It doesn't stop the mob-rules sides from battling it out in the back streets of the city, but the chaos and violence that inevitably results is at odds with his ability to impose order. When the Wizards at Unseen University discover that their beloved food budget is dependent on them fielding a team at least once every twenty years, though, it seems like it's time for the disc to finally organize the beautiful game. And four lowly employees at UU get swept along in all the furor, catching a whiff of dreams they never would have previously thought possible... (Industrial Revolution #6, Discworld #37) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Feb 21, 2024 - 8 comments

Book: Wintersmith

Oh, to be on the cusp of thirteen, with all the attendant emotions swirling around that you can't quite comprehend yet, going to a dance for the first time and locking eyes with some handsome young beau... Of course, there's always the chance that the young man in question will develop an unhealthy fixation on you afterwards. And if you're a young witch-in-training, like for instance Tiffany Aching, that young man might also be the personification of Winter, and have a little trouble understanding rejection... (Tiffany Aching #3, Discworld #35) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Feb 20, 2024 - 5 comments

Book: A Hat Full of Sky

It's been about two years since her adventure into the Land of the Faeries to battle the Queen and rescue her brother, and Tiffany Aching is off to see a bit more of the world as an apprentice. Witchfinder Miss Tick brings her to the very curious Miss Level, who teaches her the ways of folk medicine and generally being a good person to have in a community, while the local girls teach her what they understand about witchcraft. But something is after Tiffany, a being as old as the universe itself, with no thoughts, no body, and capable only of craving and fear... (Discworld #32, Tiffany Aching #2). By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Feb 19, 2024 - 2 comments

Book: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents

A stupid-looking boy, an erudite cat, and a clan of intelligent rats taking the first steps in establishing their society travel into Überwald, to the town of Bad Blintz, to run their established scam: the rats infest the town as visibly as they can, and the boy acts as the Piper, leading them away in exchange for a good bit of gold. But the rats have been developing a sense of morality, and demand of Maurice that this be the last job of this kind that they take on, which may prove to be prophetic in any case... (Discworld #28) By Terry Pratchett [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Oct 31, 2023 - 3 comments

Book: Thief of Time

The Auditors of Reality have come up with a plan to finally rid existence of human unpredictability once and for all so that they may finally bask in a universe of perfect order, a plan which sweeps up the Disc's greatest clockmaker, a centuries-old temple-sweeper, a former thieves guild member turned troublesome apprentice monk, a very effective schoolteacher, and the schoolteacher's grandfather who also goes by the name of Death... (Discworld #26, Death #5) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Oct 17, 2023 - 15 comments

Book: Carpe Jugulum

Come one, come all, to the naming ceremony for the new Princess of Lancre, daughter of King Verence II and Queen Magrat! The invitations have been sent out, beautiful and gilded, though Granny Weatherwax doesn't appear to have received hers, and is feeling a bit put out by the whole situation. And the Priest who was to perform the ceremony has been replaced by an Omnian (and they burn witches, you know!) And Count Magpyre definitely received his invite, and his retinue seems to have some sort of mind control powers that affect everyone but Agnes Nitt... (Witches #6, Discworld #23) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Oct 8, 2023 - 3 comments

Book: The Last Continent

The Librarian of Unseen University is sick, and in order to cure him, the Wizards need to know his real name which, uh... none of them do. And he's not telling, because the information could be used to change him back from his preferred form as an orangutan. But an idea! Rincewind might know it! But he accidentally got teleported to the continent of XXXX, and nobody knows where that is. So the Wizards go looking for XXXX, while Rincewind just tries to survive on terra incognita where everything is trying to kill him, well, about the same amount as is usual for Rincewind, really. (Wizards #6, Discworld #22.) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Sep 27, 2023 - 11 comments

Book: Hogfather

It's beginning to look a lot like Hogswatch! The Disc's midwinter celebration, held on the last day of the year, is a day of many traditions since time immemorial. You hang the mistletoe, you give the staff the day off, you exchange presents, and of course you await a visit from the Hogfather. But when Susan Sto Helit is visited on Hogswatch eve, the Jolly Fat Man is her grandfather in a fake beard and costume. And her grandfather is, of course, Death. Which means Susan has to fix reality again, while dodging the Assassins' Guild's most maladapted member... (Death #4, Discworld #20) By Terry Pratchett [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Sep 22, 2023 - 14 comments

Book: Maskerade

Agnes Nitt, the very model of a modern operatic soprano, has left the Ramtops for Ankh-Morpork, seeking her future on the stage, while also fleeing her future as the third witch in the Lancre Coven. Unfortunately, she's built like an operatic soprano at a time when the company wants beautiful waifs in the lead roles. Also unfortunately, the Ankh-Morpork Opera House is haunted, and the ghost has become murderous of late. And also also unfortunately, Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax are on their way into town to have a word with her... (Witches #5, Discworld #18) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Sep 19, 2023 - 5 comments

Book: Soul Music

Who's ready for MUSIC WITH ROCKS IN?!?!? The Band with Rocks In has arrived in Ankh-Morpork and turned the disc upside-down. Now every teenager with a carriage house to play in has picked up a guitar, the Wizards of Unseen University are wearing denim and leather, and CMOT Dibbler has a way to merchandize all of it. But The Band have a tough road ahead of them, being chased by screaming fans, vengeful enforcers from the Musicians' Guild, and Death himself. Well, not himself himself, but his granddaughter Susan, anyway... (Death #3, Discworld # 16) By Terry Pratchett [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Sep 17, 2023 - 12 comments

Book: Lords and Ladies

Ahh, Midsummer in in the Ramtops, where the Lancre Coven returns from Genua to learn that Magrat is due to marry the King in two weeks' time, and that in their absence a gaggle of young new witches has been consorting with beings that they may not fully understand. Magrat meets the Royal Beekeeper, learns some local history, and chooses a new hat. Nanny Ogg has a hot date, does a little spelunking, and gives out some candy. Nanny's sons shoe a horse for a stranger, put on a play, and defend the castle against an invasion. And Granny Weatherwax stares at the sun, comes to grips with what might have been, and learns to borrow the Swarm... (Discworld #14, Witches #3). By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Sep 12, 2023 - 8 comments

Book: Witches Abroad

Desiderata Hollow, an old Witch of the Ramtops, has died, and left her most notable possession to Magrat Garlick, along with instructions to travel across the Disc to the city of Genua to prevent a young woman from marrying the Prince, and to not take Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg along with her. Thus begins a road-trip comedy to a land of Fables, Voodoo, Pumpkins, Mirrors, and Fairy Godmothers, desperately in need of some Wicked Witches to save the day... [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Sep 11, 2023 - 7 comments

Book: Reaper Man

Discworld's Death is forced into retirement, and shortly thereafter a man calling himself "Bill Door" comes a-knocking at elderly Miss Flitworth's farmhouse to work as a farmhand. Windel Poons, oldest of the Wizards of Unseen University, is due to die at half-past nine, and excited to be reincarnated, but that doesn't go quite as expected. And Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler comes across a big case of snowglobes that nobody seems to be claiming... (Discworld #11, Death #2.) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Sep 9, 2023 - 8 comments

Book: Interesting Times

The Agatean Empire, on the Disc's gold-rich Counterweight Continent, is at a crossroads. The Emperor (May He Live for a Thousand Years) is old and mad, and at death's door. The Five Noble Families are positioning themselves for what will come afterwards. A group of revolutionaries called The Red Army are busy sloganeering. A new book called "What I Did on My Holidays" is making tons of waves. Barbarians are within the gates of the Forbidden City. And into all of this, Ankkh-Morpork's Unseen University sends Rincewind, who may not be the "Great Wizzard" the Agateans are expecting. (Discworld #17, Wizards #5.) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on May 17, 2023 - 10 comments

Book: Eric

Rincewind returns from hell at the behest of a 13-year-old Demonologist looking to make a deal with a devil, and Rincewind will just have to do. Along the way to seeing about the young man's wishes, they'll visit the Discworld's versions of the Aztec Empire, the Trojan War, and Corporate Bureaucracy. (Discworld #9, Wizards #4.) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on May 1, 2023 - 6 comments

Book: Small Gods

The Great God Om has a problem. Several problems, really. Despite a theocratic nation worshiping, warring, torturing, and avoiding all manners of pleasure in His name, he's all but faded away and died. Confined to the body of a decrepit tortoise, he must join up with Brutha, an illiterate youth with a phenomenal memory who is also his only remaining actual believer, to save his own existence and, if the chance comes along, change the course of history for all of Omnia for the better. (Discworld #13, Standalone.) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Apr 27, 2023 - 21 comments

Book: Moving Pictures

IN A WORLD GONE MAD, where Alchemists have just devised a way to film performances and screen them for enraptured audiences, Unseen University drop-out Victor Tugelbend leaves Ankh-Morpork for Holy Wood, a new community of like-minded dreamers devoted to the Clicks industry, but something is lurking under Holy Wood that should not be awakened! Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler also stars. (Discworld #10, Stand-Alone.) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Apr 19, 2023 - 7 comments

Book: Pyramids

King Teppicynon, Pharaoh of the Kingdom of Djelibeybi and all it's lands (which stretch all of a mile on either side of the river Djel) and God in charge of making the sun rise over his peoples (though no one, including the King, is quite sure how he does that) is dead. Long live the King! Both the new one, Teppicynon's son Teppic, a recent graduate of the Ankh-Morpork Assassins' Guild School with no interest in killing anyone, and Teppicynon himself, who in death is learning that the massive tombs Djelibeybi is bankrupting itself to erect might not be all they're cracked up to be... (Discworld #7, Stand-alone.) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Apr 14, 2023 - 11 comments

Book: Snuff

Ankh-Morpork City Watch Commander Sam Vimes is forced very much against his will to take a holiday, heading with Lady Sybil, Young Sam, and of course Willikins out to Crundells, Lady Sybil's age-old family estate in the country. After puttering around the rural area for a while pissing people off for either being a Lord or not being Lordly enough, he comes across a whole lot of blood, which leads him and a young local Constable down a path into the area's dark history with Goblins... (Discworld #39, City Watch #8.) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Apr 12, 2023 - 13 comments

Book: Making Money

Who can convince the people of Ankh-Morpork that slips of paper are as valuable as gold? Who can take on the most cunning blue-bloods and open up Finance to the masses? Who can bust out a death-row prisoner but twice get caught "breaking into" his own office? Who can withstand the love of a woman who digs up hordes of Golems as a hobby? And who can do it all while rocking a gold suit and hat? Why, Moist von Lipwig, of course! (Discworld #36, Industrial Revolution #5.) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Apr 5, 2023 - 4 comments

Book: Thud!

Koom Valley Day is fast arising, the anniversary of an ancient an historic battle between the Dwarfs and Trolls that serves as both symbol and cause of all of their mutual animosity ever since then. The Watch has finally brought on its first Vampire as an officer. It's also being audited by an inspector sent by Lord Vetinari. And a Dwarf-supremacist firebrand preaching Troll-extermination has been fund murdered in the mines. Can Commander Sam Vimes deal with all of this and still manage to be back home by six to read to his son? (Discworld #34, City Watch #7.) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Apr 4, 2023 - 16 comments

Book: Going Postal

Ankh-Morpork's postal system has been defunct and decrepit since long before the Clacks Towers (think telecommunications via Semaphore) went up, but the Clacks has changed the world, and people depend upon it now. Unfortunately, the Clacks has been taken over by a group of corporate raiders running it into the ground. Service is spotty, rates are rising, and worker mortalities abound. So Lord Vetinari gives a condemned young career con-man a new lease on life, provided he will take up the role of Postmaster. (Discworld #33, Industrial Revolution # 4.) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Apr 1, 2023 - 23 comments

Book: Monstrous Regiment

Borogravia, a small mangy cur of a country with nothing much to speak of, is at war. It's always at war, of course, but now they've torn down the Clacks Towers, which brings His Grace Duke Samuel Vimes in as ambassador to hopefully finally put a stop to things. And William de Worde of the Ankh-Morpork Times in to cover the stories on the ground. And Polly Perks, a young barmaid, chops off her hair and puts a sock in her trousers to enlist in the last company Borogravia can hope to recruit in this struggle, every member of which seems to have a secret. (Discworld #31, Industrial Revolution #3.) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Mar 30, 2023 - 17 comments

Book: The Truth

ANKH-MORPORK - Lord Vetinari arrested by City Watch after an apparent attack on his chief clerk, Rufus Drumknott. Vetinari's aged dog Wuffles missing after the altercation. Two criminals for hire calling themselves the "New Firm" have set up shop in the city. William de Worde, previously of a monthly newsletter to a handful of the Disc's influential nobles, joins with Dwarfs to create Ankh-Morpork's first Newspaper, though rivals are hot on his heels Details forthcoming. (Discworld #25, Industrial Revolution #2.) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Mar 28, 2023 - 14 comments

Book: Night Watch

In the midst of chasing Ankh-Morpork's most punchable psychopath across the rooftops of Unseen University, a freak lightning strike plays havoc with the magical temporal energy around, sending both Sam Vimes and his quarry thirty years into the past. This was a time when the Patrician wasn't quite so sane, the Watch not nearly so upstanding, the City was ready for a Revolution, and a young Sam Vimes had just joined the force but was desperately in need of a decent mentor. (Discworld #29, City Watch #6.) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Mar 27, 2023 - 21 comments

Book: The Fifth Elephant

THE LOW KING IS DEAD! LONG LIVE THE LOW KING! Commander Sam Vimes, in his new role as Duke of Ankh, has been sent to lead a delegation to Überwald for the Coronation of the new Low King of the Dwarves. Coming along with him are Detritus the Troll, Cheery Littlebottom the Dwarf, and... well nobody seems to know where Angua is, so Carrot resigns his position of Captain to find her. A replica relic has been stolen and the proprietor of a condom factory has been murdered, but Fred Colon is in charge of the Watch for the time being, so everything's in good hands. It's all very political... (Discworld #24, City Watch #5.) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Mar 24, 2023 - 13 comments

Book: Jingo

TO ARMS! Ankh-Morpork gears up for War! The Fabled Island of Leshp has arisen in the Circle Sea, discovered simultaneously by fishermen from Ankh-Morpork and Klatch! Assassination attempt made on Prince Khufurah! Lord Vetinari runs off with Leonard of Quirm! Captain Carrot coaches local youths in Football! Corporal Nobbs tries to understand Women! Sergeant Angua receives a new Collar! And Commander Vimes grabs the wrong Dis-Organizer on his way out the door. (Discworld #21, City Watch #4.) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Mar 22, 2023 - 8 comments

Book: Feet of Clay

Ankh-Morpork in the Balance! Lord Vetinari Poisoned! Forensic Science comes to the City Watch! A Priest and a Baker Murdered! The Tireless Laborers known as Golems have Run Amok! Oh, and Commander Samuel Vimes has an appointment to have a Coat of Arms made, which brings with it some very interesting news for Corporal Nobby Nobbs... (Discworld #19, City Watch #3.) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Mar 20, 2023 - 10 comments

Book: Men at Arms

Ankh-Morpork's City Watch is growing, with Cuddy the Dwarf, Detritus the Troll, and Angua von Überwald taking their oaths as part of the Patrician's initiative that the Watch reflect the ethnic make-up of the city itself. Carrot Ironfoundersson has been promoted, though there are some in the City who see even bigger things in his future. And Captain Vimes, just a few days away from both marriage and retirement to a life of leisure, has been prohibited from investigating a series of seemingly unconnected murders perpetrated by use of a singularly dangerous weapon... (Discworld #15, City Watch #2.) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Mar 18, 2023 - 13 comments

Book: Guards! Guards!

The Ankh-Morpork City Watch is a relic of times before Lord Vetinari's guild-system self-regulated trade, thievery, and assassinations. It consists of a drunk, a petty thief, and a workaday sergeant avoiding his wife. But something big is coming. Two big things, actually, and both will change the Watch forever after. (Discworld #8, City Watch #1.) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Mar 17, 2023 - 21 comments

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch  Season 1, Ep 0

An angel and a demon must join forces to find a way to save the world as the end of time grows near with the approaching Armageddon. Adapted from the book by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
posted by vverse23 on May 31, 2019 - 228 comments

Book: Good Omens

According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner. So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth's mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . . [more inside]
posted by vverse23 on Mar 12, 2019 - 36 comments

Book: Wyrd Sisters

Wyrd Sisters - Book 6 in our Publication Order read through of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on Apr 11, 2017 - 5 comments

Book: Sourcery

Book 5 in our Publication Order read through of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on Mar 25, 2017 - 9 comments

Book: Mort

Book 4 in our Publication Order read through of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on Mar 7, 2017 - 9 comments

Book: Equal Rites

Book 3 in our Publication Order read through of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on Feb 22, 2017 - 19 comments

Book: The Light Fantastic

Book 2 in our Publication Order read through of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on Feb 1, 2017 - 12 comments

Book: The Color of Magic

Book 1 in our Publication Order read through of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on Jan 6, 2017 - 21 comments

Terry Pratchett Book Club

I'm interested in reading through Terry Pratchett's excellent Discworld novels with MeFites. This post is to gauge interest, and make a plan for the order in which to read his (fairly extensive) Discworld oeuvre. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on Dec 30, 2016 - 25 comments

Book: The Shepherd's Crown

Terry Pratchett's final Discworld novel, and the fifth to feature the witch Tiffany Aching... You've read it, you have feelings, let's talk! [more inside]
posted by latkes on Apr 19, 2016 - 15 comments

New Group - SSFF

When books launched originally I suggested a Douglas Adams based group, and in the recent thread oneswellfoop went further and suggested a Silly Science Fiction Fantasy Group. Who's interested? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Mar 10, 2016 - 12 comments

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