September 25th, 2005


Discworld entry points, please have your passports ready

A couple of people asked in the comments of my recent klog post about where to start reading Pratchett's Discworld books, since I'd made a point about where not to start. Here's my EUR0.018 worth:

Cutting a lot of blather about the different plot cycles and whatnot, I'd say either Guards! Guards or The Wee Free Men would serve as a good entry point. If you don't like one or both of those books, you're not going to care for his style enough to read the others. The main thing to keep in mind is that it's not a series, it's a group of stories with a common continuity, within which there are several subseries. So except for some of the subseries (such as the one that starts with Guards! Guards, the Watch series), it doesn't matter enormously the order in which you read them.

More than you ever want to know about the books can be found here:

Dept of Important Safety Tips

Updating the "we suffer so you don't have to" subtheme of this lj, I proffer another Important Safety Tip. I suspect this is primarily for the y-chromosome carriers in the reading audience.

Don't clean the lint filter on your dryer with damp hands.

That is all. You may shop as usual. No need to return to your homes.

Fiber arts goodness

Well, the Child and the Child's Mother were at the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival today. The Child's Mother showed three of her felted wool pieces in the novice category. Her wool jewelry came second in "Accessories" and two of her doll projects came in first and second in "Sculpture." The Child's Mother will have a Web site soon featuring her fiber art.

I'm terribly pleased for her. The Child was pretty stoked too.