Fantasy Faction

Fantasy Faction Book Clubs => Fantasy Faction Book Club => Topic started by: Arry on March 15, 2015, 01:48:14 PM

Title: [APR 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - VOTING is closed!
Post by: Arry on March 15, 2015, 01:48:14 PM
I thought it might be nice to offer up an organized read of one of Terry Pratchett's books. He obviously had a huge impact on the genre and will be greatly missed. This could be a nice way for fans to come together and enjoy revisiting a favorite, and an opportunity to introduce some new readers to his works.

We can either do this alongside a book club read, or I can dedicate a month to it (maybe slide the Kitschie's month to June to give people more time incase they need to order/import the book selected for it).

So, who is interested? And any preference for timing?
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett Memorial Read
Post by: Stars Cascade on March 15, 2015, 01:57:44 PM
I've started rereading Small Gods, but am definitely down with a read of any other discworld.

Would we vote on which book we read?
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett Memorial Read
Post by: Arry on March 15, 2015, 02:07:02 PM
I've started rereading Small Gods, but am definitely down with a read of any other discworld.

Would we vote on which book we read?

I was thinking we could do nominations/voting just like book club. Maybe people could include a bit why they think their choice would be a great memorial read or why they selected the book they did. I also wanted to see if people might be interested in doing this alongside a book club, so it could be held much quicker (April?). If not, I can slide The Kitschies month to June and hold this in May.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett Memorial Read
Post by: Nighteyes on March 15, 2015, 03:36:39 PM
I read Wee Free Men but it is rather hazy and don't think I read any more of his Tiffany Aching novels (and suspect the book that was finished in Summer 2014 is the 5th Tiffany Aching book) so I nominate the Wee Free Men and will carry on with the rest of the cycle afterwards leading to the release of the possible 5th if anyone wants to join me?
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett Memorial Read
Post by: Nighteyes on March 15, 2015, 03:43:59 PM
Other good suggestions would be Mort, Wyrd Sisters, Pyramids, Small Gods, Men at Arms, Going Postal or Nation.

And suggest we do Pterry month in May and Kitschies in June. But just my humble opinion.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett Memorial Read
Post by: Arry on March 15, 2015, 03:59:04 PM
And suggest we do Pterry month in May and Kitschies in June. But just my humble opinion.

Done. :)
Title: Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read
Post by: Arry on March 15, 2015, 04:00:31 PM
Just an update that this will be our official book club read for May.
Title: Terry Pratchett Memorial Read
Post by: xiagan on March 15, 2015, 04:01:01 PM
Reaper Man would be fitting too.

Quote
'Death has to happen. That's what bein' alive is all about. You're alive, and then you're dead. It can't just stop happening.'

But it can. And it has. So what happens after death is now less of a philosophical question than a question of actual reality. On the disc, as here, they need Death. If Death doesn't come for you, then what are you supposed to do in the meantime? You can't have the undead wandering about like lost souls. There's no telling what might happen, particularly when they discover that life really is only for the living... (goodreads)

Seconding Nation. It's not a discworld novel but it impressed me enough to write Pterry a snail mail letter to his home address.
Title: Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open
Post by: Saraband on March 15, 2015, 05:20:40 PM
I would love to take part in this  :)

As for which book, I still have a lot to read from him, so I'm up for anything. From the ones I've read, though, Mort is my favorite, and I feel as if it would be appropriate, given the circumstances.
Title: Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open
Post by: Lejays17 on March 16, 2015, 07:01:15 AM
I'm up for pretty much anything by him.  I'm currently reading my way through the Tiffany Aching books, but will re-read one of them if it's picked.

Other than that, Mort is a good pick, so I'll second that nomination.

Or Nation, as a non-Discworld book. 























Title: Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open
Post by: ultamentkiller on March 16, 2015, 10:21:09 AM
So you don't have to read the Discworld novels in chronological order to understand what's going on? That would be my only concern. I'm very interested in joining, but I'm skeptical about diving into the middle.
Title: Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open
Post by: JMack on March 16, 2015, 10:24:40 AM
So you don't have to read the Discworld novels in chronological order to understand what's going on? That would be my only concern. I'm very interested in joining, but I'm skeptical about diving into the middle.
My first TP book was Going Postal which was not chronological. And what a blast. From what I can tell the novels are pretty self-contained. But I do think that those in the know should guide us to one that is strong in that way.
Title: Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open
Post by: Victoria Hooper on March 16, 2015, 10:52:58 AM
This is a lovely idea for the book club.  :) I'd be happy with any of his books, and people have already recommended some great ones! I'd second any of those. I haven't read Nation yet, so would also be really interested in that one too. In terms of places to start if you're new to the Discworld, I actually wrote an article about that for Fantasy Faction once. I'll link it just in case it's helpful to anyone. There's a link in the comments section to a flow chart as well.

http://fantasy-faction.com/2013/discovering-discworld
Title: Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open
Post by: Idlewilder on March 16, 2015, 11:26:53 AM
Great idea, obviously I'll be in for this (plus The Kitschies month - kudos on that one too!).

Guards! Guards! is a great one to start with but I think we did it before?

Any of the following would work:

The Colour of Magic/The Light Fantastic (would suggest both together as it's one story)
Equal Rites
Mort
Wyrd Sisters
Small Gods
The Truth
The Wee Free Men
Monstrous Regiment
Going Postal

Mort is probably the ultimate entry book to the Discworld. But the others are all brilliant.

My first TP book was Going Postal which was not chronological. And what a blast. From what I can tell the novels are pretty self-contained. But I do think that those in the know should guide us to one that is strong in that way.

Even though it's a really late entry it's one of the best, imo, and actually a really good starting point. New main character, kinda it's own little trilogy, really gives a good overview of Ankh Morpork and has one of his best plots.

Xiagan - Reaper Man is hilarious, one of his funniest but having reread it last year I'd say you need a bit of grounding in the books up until that point to really get a lot of it.

And I'd be equally as happy to read Nation as amazingly I've never read it! I actually have a few of his newer novels still to read and now I'm glad of that as I've still got new pTerry to experience.  :)
Title: Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open
Post by: xiagan on March 16, 2015, 08:41:23 PM
Xiagan - Reaper Man is hilarious, one of his funniest but having reread it last year I'd say you need a bit of grounding in the books up until that point to really get a lot of it.

And I'd be equally as happy to read Nation as amazingly I've never read it! I actually have a few of his newer novels still to read and now I'm glad of that as I've still got new pTerry to experience.  :)
Hm, haven't read it in ages so I don't remember if you need some grounding. If that's the case we should read Mort AND Reaper Man. ;) According to the discworld reading guide (big image: http://i.imgur.com/qHa8Zf5.jpg) that should do it.
Or Going Postal, or Nation, or, or, or...
Title: Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open
Post by: Nighteyes on March 16, 2015, 08:45:15 PM
I second Wee Free Men, Mort or Nation. All would work nicely.
Title: Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open
Post by: JMack on March 16, 2015, 08:50:56 PM
I second Wee Free Men, Mort or Nation. All would work nicely.
I third Nation. A lot of us have read Discworld; I like that Nation is other.
Title: Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open
Post by: Raptori on March 16, 2015, 08:52:18 PM
Would it matter much that I've never read any of his books? I take it they're not a continuous series, but are there any problems with just starting with one chosen at random?
Title: Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open
Post by: Nighteyes on March 16, 2015, 08:54:30 PM
Would it matter much that I've never read any of his books? I take it they're not a continuous series, but are there any problems with just starting with one chosen at random?

No it doesn't matter. The veteren Discworlders are carefully trying to pick only good entry level Pratchetts.
Title: Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open
Post by: Raptori on March 16, 2015, 08:55:06 PM
Would it matter much that I've never read any of his books? I take it they're not a continuous series, but are there any problems with just starting with one chosen at random?

No it doesn't matter. The veteren Discworlders are carefully trying to pick only good entry level Pratchetts.
Cool, I thought as much. Will probably take part in that case ;)
Title: Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open
Post by: JMack on March 16, 2015, 11:55:41 PM
Earlier, I thirded Nation.

But I want to nominate Guards, Guards.
In Victoria's article from 2013, she recommends it as a great entry point for Discworld.
Though I suspect many have already read it...
Title: Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open
Post by: Arry on March 17, 2015, 12:13:29 AM
But I want to nominate Guards, Guards.

This may be the only ineligible Pratchett book. The book club read it in Sep. 2012. You can definitely still revisit/revive the discussions if you do read it:

http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/(sep2012)-guards!-guards!/
Title: Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open
Post by: ScarletBea on March 17, 2015, 01:21:15 PM
I think I'd like to do this one too - I've got the first 10 (until Moving Pictures), so would like for the chosen book to be one of these.
Mort or Eric sound appropriate :)
Title: Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open
Post by: Idlewilder on March 17, 2015, 01:36:12 PM
I think I'd like to do this one too - I've got the first 10 (until Moving Pictures), so would like for the chosen book to be one of these.
Mort or Eric sound appropriate :)

Eric is so good and hilarious but I wouldn't suggest it as a book club read. It's far too short, was originally designed as an illustrated short novel and so many of the jokes revolve around the already well established (in The Colour of Magic/The Light Fantasic/Sourcery) Rincewind.

Mort is the quintessential Discworld book though - probably the 1st one that is really Discworld as we'd come to know it.
Title: Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open
Post by: Nighteyes on March 21, 2015, 07:41:23 PM
Seems like people want either Nation or Mort, with some tentative interest in Wee Free Men. A 3 way vote off then?
Title: Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open
Post by: Arry on March 21, 2015, 11:10:17 PM
Seems like people want either Nation or Mort, with some tentative interest in Wee Free Men. A 3 way vote off then?

I saw a couple of mentions of Wyrd Sisters so I threw that one is as well.

So, the poll is open! Come vote for the book we should read for our Pratchett Memorial Read in May
Title: Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - VOTING is open
Post by: Arry on March 23, 2015, 07:43:21 PM
I narrowed it down to Mort or Wee Free Men :) Update your vote if you voted for one of the others.
Title: Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - VOTING is open
Post by: xiagan on March 23, 2015, 08:35:56 PM
I didn't get a chance to vote for Nation. :(
I know we are late for making a decision, bu narrowing it down so fast? How many people voted already?
Title: Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - VOTING is open
Post by: Arry on March 23, 2015, 08:48:22 PM
I didn't get a chance to vote for Nation. :(
I know we are late for making a decision, bu narrowing it down so fast? How many people voted already?

11 votes were cast. 0 for Nation, 5 for Mort, 5 for Wee Free Men and 1 for Wyrd Sisters. Seemed a wide enough spread to narrow it. The number of total votes at poll close for the last several months: 11 13, 12 and 13. So, seeing that, it seemed safe to go ahead and eliminate the two with 0 and 1 vote.
Title: Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - VOTING is open
Post by: xiagan on March 23, 2015, 08:53:36 PM
Yeah, if that was the spread you're absolutely right.

A pity, since Nation is one of his best books and it's thoughtfulness and epic themes fits Pratchett's later years way better than the silliness of Mort or other early discworld books. (Don't get me wrong, Mort and Wee Free Men are fantastic books - I just think that Nation would've fit our book club better.)

Anyways, voted!
Title: Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - VOTING is open
Post by: Arry on March 23, 2015, 08:55:13 PM
Yeah, if that was the spread you're absolutely right.

A pity, since Nation is one of his best books and it's thoughtfulness and epic themes fits Pratchett's later years way better than the silliness of Mort or other early discworld books. (Don't get me wrong, Mort and Wee Free Men are fantastic books - I just think that Nation would've fit our book club better.)

Anyways, voted!

Oh, that is too bad. If I had realized, might have voted for it. But doesn't seem like it would have made a difference over all though :(
Title: Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - VOTING is open
Post by: Nighteyes on March 24, 2015, 08:18:23 PM
Shall we call this by tomorrow morning so people can get ready since it is April we are doing this now?
Title: Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - VOTING is open
Post by: xiagan on March 24, 2015, 08:21:18 PM
It's awfully close and I don't think it's going to change. So better close it soon before we get a tie again. ;)
Title: Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - VOTING is open
Post by: Arry on March 24, 2015, 09:17:05 PM
Aliright, decision made! Wee Free Men it is :D
Title: Re: [APR 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - VOTING is closed!
Post by: Arry on March 24, 2015, 09:28:55 PM
Here's the sign up post, hope lots of people can join in. To anyone who might have missed voting, it was a close race between Pratchett and Pratchett. Pratchett won, so come join in!

http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/(apr-2015)-wee-free-men/the-wee-free-men-by-terry-pratchett-who's-reading-with-us/new/#new