Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Rod Liddle Memorial Reading Project.

By way of paying my lack-of-respects to the opinions of wife-beating Limey columnist Rod Liddle, I'm re-reading through some of my favorite Pratchett novels. I hit the two deepest ones first: Hogfather and Reaper Man, both of which never fail to make me cry towards the end. The dialog between Death and Susan at the denouement of the former is simply wonderful.

I indulged in my favorite books with the witches, too (Wyrd Sisters, Witches Abroad, and Lords and Ladies.)

I'm going to ration myself two more before I get back to reading other stuff, but I can't make up my mind which two. Which ones do y'all think?

27 comments:

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

Wee Free Men

Mainly because I can't pick 2 Watch books. Sergeant Colon and Corporal Nobby Nobbs always entertain me.

reflectoscope said...

Guards, Guards!

I don't know what that article at Counting Cats is about, I wouldn't be surprised if your readership has amounted to pretty much an unwitting DDOS attack.

Jim

Pol Mordreth said...

Gotta be the old standby:

Pyramids.

Regards,
Pol

aczarnowski said...

I'll read Reaper Man again. I didn't get it the first time.

I've always been partial to Feet of Clay. And I think Going Postal brings a lot of modern geeky fun to the table.

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

Guards, Guards and Feet of Clay are my favourite re-reads.

Carteach0 said...

Because of the main character, I am partial to 'Going Postal' and 'Making Money', although 'The Truth' tickles my funny bone as well. All three delve into human nature in useful ways....

Ian Argent said...

Night Watch and The Truth

Sean said...

Any of the Death books- Mort, Reaper Man or Hogfather. I also really enjoy Eric.

CountingCats said...

Ian beat me to it:

Night Watch and The Truth.

rick said...

Crivens! I'm going to pitch three - Wee Free Men, Hatful of Sky, and Wintersmith. Just read them again recently - Pratchett at his best, IMO.

Anonymous said...

Soul Music. Music with rocks in, heh.

Stingray said...

If Night Watch isn't on your short list I may have to consider you a bad person. Then Soul Music for something relatively light. Because you're bigger than cheeses.

LabRat said...

Hogfather is one of my two regular Pratchett comfort foods for the treatment of depression and misanthropy, with Night Watch being the other.

If I were to pick another, it would probably be the non-Discworld Nation. If it had to be Discworld, Wee Free Men.

Anonymous said...

Thud! and Night Watch.

Mr. Shine - he *diamond*. And Sam Vimes isn't far behind.

Aegis said...

Night Watch and Thud!

Joe in PNG said...

Picking a favorite PTerry book...
That hasn't been listed so far...
-The Last Hero is kind of fun, especally the illustrated version.
-The Thief of Time- Remember Rule 1!
-Jingo- Vetinari teams up with Nobby and Fred. How awesome is that.

tweell said...

Night Watch and The Fifth Elephant. Vimes is my hero.

Charles Pergiel said...

chronically spackered?

Wade said...

"Small Gods" is a good choice if you're looking for the heavier stuff. "Guards, Guards" is fun and also has lots of satire about the nature of governments and people's response to evil.

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

And of course, this has inspired me to pick up Guards! Guards!, even though I was still reading another book (All the Weyrs of Pern by Anne McCaffrey). At least it's not unheard of for me to have 2 or 3 books going at once.

The Jack said...

Indeed Hogfather has a great bit on the end with some things that even the finest sive can't find.


What's interesting is to conrast Pratchett's views in Men at Arms with Night Watch.

In one "the gonne" becomes a mysical device with its own corrupting nature, due to its uniqueness and that its power comes from beyond human muscle.


In the other he, or perhaps just Vimes, is quite critical of the "Weapons Act" banning all weapons in civilian hands.

On yet another hand, Vimes himself is quite against the Spring Gonne, and dislikes a weapon with the purpose of killing as opposed to one with the purpose of looking threatening (and then killing).


The man is skilled at satire, and his characters are great.

Michael said...

Go with "Going Postal" and "Making Money"

How can you not love the scoundrel with a heart of gold (Though it's probably just lead and paint.)

mc said...

So many books...so little time like we all know.

I certainly have spent too much time reading the hideous news today, Kagan, oil spew, etc., etc.

I have never read Pratchett, and perhaps it would help.

PA State Cop said...

Small Gods, The Truth


Any of the Watch books. Mom is partial to the Wyrd Sisters theme, dunno why.

wrm said...

Finished _Nation_ last night. Recommended.

OK, it's not Discworld. But it's a lot closer to _Wintersmith_ than to the bromeliads.

It's also interesting to go back to CoM and TLF to see where he started and how it ran away with him.

Chris said...

I just finished Wyrd Sisters. The beauty of a bad memory is getting to re-read books constantly and enjoying them just as much each time. I regularly re-read Pratchett, as he is probably my single favorite author.

I'd go with Night Watch as well. Next to Death, Vimes is my favorite character, with Lord Vetenari close behind.

FTNuke said...

"Thief of Time" was the first Discworld book I ever read, and still remains my favorite re-read. You can't beat the idea of the monks of cool.