Tuesday

I Have Finally Succumbed To Discworld

Over the years, I kept hearing or reading how good the Discworld series of novels were, and I kept putting off investing my time in them. The main reason was that I had seen part of the TV adaptation of the first couple of novels several years ago, and really did not like it - despite it featuring several actors that I usually enjoy. It's hard to put my finger on why, but I never even completed watching the thing. 

Some of the Discworld cast of characters, with Terry Pratchett reading

The book series was written by the late English author Sir Terry Pratchett over many years, and has a lot of titles (41, according to Wikipedia). I can't give you a proper idea of the breadth and scope of the collection of tales, as I am only three novels in, but it has been a revelation so far. If I may say so, there is also a nice "Douglas Adams" vibe so far - another author I enjoy greatly,

What also struck me is the change in tone between the first couple of novels, which are concerned with the hapless wizard Rincewind, and the third novel "Equal Rites" which follows a young rural girl Esk who tries to break into the strictly male profession of wizardry. The humor here is a little mellower and the story a bit less frantic, which fits the narrative well.

I am enjoying these via audiobook, and have been impressed by the voice talent so far. I can see myself plowing through many more (if not all) of these over the coming months and years.

I would definitely recommend these if you have a taste for British absurdist humor and gentle social commentary, graced by a wild imagination.

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