Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Random Thread: April 2015

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“The world rides through space on the back of a turtle. This is one of the great ancient world myths, found wherever men and turtles were gathered together; the four elephants were an Indo-European sophistication. The idea has been lying in the lumber rooms of legend for centuries. All I had to do was grab it and run away before the alarms went off.

There are no maps. You can’t map a sense of humour. Anyway, what is a fantasy map but a space beyond which There Be Dragons? On the Discworld we know There Be Dragons Everywhere. They might not all have scales and forked tongues, but they Be Here all right, grinning and jostling and trying to sell you souvenirs.”

Users’ Manual: Obey The Rules. Consult The Guide. Have fun!

My best friend introduced me to Discworld when I was in college, when I had pretty much given up on finding new fiction to read–most of what people around me were reading seemed to be soap operas in book form.  She lent me Going Postal, and from that point on, I was hooked.

I’m not going to try do describe the whole series here, since that would take way too long and I wouldn’t do it justice anyway.  What I will say is that these books have made me, and who knows how many others, laugh, cry, and think.  If you haven’t read them, I highly recommend that you do.  I’ve heard that Guards! Guards! is a good one to start with, but IMO, you can start anywhere, the chart below notwithstanding. (Click to enlarge)

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–Groundhog


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