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Which Pratchett book should we read in May?

Mort
6 (46.2%)
Wee Free Men
7 (53.8%)

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Voting closed: March 28, 2015, 11:08:51 PM

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Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open
« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2015, 08:45:15 PM »
I second Wee Free Men, Mort or Nation. All would work nicely.
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Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open
« Reply #16 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.
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Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open
« Reply #17 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?
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Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open
« Reply #18 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.
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Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open
« Reply #19 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 ;)
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Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open
« Reply #20 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...
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Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open
« Reply #21 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:

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Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open
« Reply #22 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 :)
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Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open
« Reply #23 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.
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Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open
« Reply #24 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?
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Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open
« Reply #25 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
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Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - VOTING is open
« Reply #26 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.
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Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - VOTING is open
« Reply #27 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?
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Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - VOTING is open
« Reply #28 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.
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Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - VOTING is open
« Reply #29 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.)

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