A Guide To Terry Pratchett’s Discworld

A Guide To Terry Pratchett's Discworld

Three years and two days ago, Terry Pratchett left us, but, he left behind a legacy. A legacy known as The Discworld – a series of books, beloved the world over for their quirky characters, bonkers world, and fantastical adventures.

The thing is, is that The Discworld as a whole is 41 books long (not including mini stories and spin-offs), and that’s a bit daunting, even to the most avid of readers. There’s talk of adaptions of The Watchman, already adaptions of three other books, none of which connect to each other. So where does one even start with a series that big? Is it the same characters the whole way through? And just what the hell is The Discworld all about exactly?

Well, this guide is going to help you with all that and more! I’ll start at the beginning.

What is The Discworld?

Simply put, The Discworld is a literal disc world, which floats through space. Not like a giant frisbee, of course not, that would be stupid.

It sits on top of the Great A’Tuin, a giant turtle, with four elephants on top of its shell. The Discworld sits directly on top of the elephants.

Yes, you read that right. A giant turtle flying through space, with four elephants on its back, with the Discworld on top of that. It sounds mad, but that may be one of the sanest parts of this weird and wonderful series.

“The philosopher Didactylos has summed up an alternative hypothesis as “Things just happen. What the hell”.”

Who are the main characters?

That would depend on which book you read. Each Discworld novel revolves around a different set of people – yes, there are some recurring characters, who have their own little ‘mini-series’ inside the entire series, but mainly, most characters turn up for one book and leave again.

But, if you are lucky, you can read about a couple of recurring characters. Characters such as:

Rincewind, a doddery (failed) wizard from the Unseen University who is utterly useless at magic, yet is somehow always dragged into the most ridiculous and dire circumstances. He has been described by scholars as ‘the magical equivalent of the number zero’. He’s also known for turning small, tiny problems into horrendous disasters.

“Rincewind tried to force the memory out of his mind, but it was rather enjoying itself there, terrorizing the other occupants and kicking over the furniture.”

Starring in 8 different books, including the first ever, The Colour Of Magic, and making appearances in a few others, he’s a great place to start. Through Rincewind, you’ll meet a few other recurring characters, such as the Unseen University Wizards, Moist Von Lipwig, and my personal favourite, DEATH.

I swear I’m not weird, or that I’m trying to be some sort of edge-lord, DEATH Himself is my favourite character in the entire Discworld series.

DEATH is who you expect – the skeleton in the black cloak and the scythe, who reaps dead souls. But he isn’t a completely flat character, he’s actually quite funny, and has a soft side. A soft side which loves humanity, kittens, and curry. A soft side, which leads him to adopting a human daughter, recreating his ‘world’ in humanities image, taking on a human apprentice, and ending up with a granddaughter with half his powers.

DEATH’s first appearance is also in The Colour Of Magic and continues through five more books. He was my first big Discworld character, as my first hit of Discworld was with the adaption of The Hogfather, which remains to be my favourite book of the series. He’s a lonely character, one desperate for friends and happiness, to understand humanity as a whole. But he’s a fun character to follow, utterly fascinating, brilliantly funny in a deadpan way, but with the obvious dark edge (and scythe) to look out for when the moment calls for it.


Then, if you want to get out of Ank-Morpork, the most famous city on the Disc, or a book for a younger reader, then look no further than Tiffany Aching and the Wee Free Men.

Tiffany is a 13-year-old witch at the start of her story, and she befriends the Nac Mac Feegle. They are an army of tiny, blue, drunk, Scottish ne’er-do-wells, and her series follows their adventures as she learns more about being a witch, and the troubles the Feegle can cause along the way.

“Zoology, eh? That’s a big word, isn’t it.”

“No, actually it isn’t,” said Tiffany. “Patronizing is a big word. Zoology is really quite short.”

There are a lot of other characters throughout the Discworld, which is to be expected with a series this long, but all are as loveable and brilliant as the previous. There won’t be one you won’t find captivating, I’d recommend any and all of them, even the ones I haven’t read yet. I have such faith in Sir Terry that I know I will love anyone he puts in front of me.

But where do I start with all this? There are so many books!

Wherever you want to, is the simple answer to that. There is no real order in the Discworld, you can read any book at any time, and still know what’s going on, even if you haven’t read that recurring characters back story.

As I said earlier, I started with The Hogfather, and by that, I mean that I watched the adaption Sky One produced about ten years ago. Blasphemous, I know, but I’ve since rectified this situation.

The Hogfather is the 20th Discworld novel, and 4th in DEATH’s series, and yet it made perfect sense as I watched and read the book. DEATH’s granddaughter, Susan, is one of the main characters, and while it would have helped to have read Mort first, her lineage is explained in-book, as is anything else you may be sat there thinking ‘huh?’ at.

The same goes for any other book you want to read in The Discworld, if there are no recurring characters, then you start afresh, if there are, they always mention anything relevant to the plotline so you aren’t left behind. The lore of the Discworld stays the same, so all you ever have to remember is what A’Tuin is, and that the people of the Discworld live similar lives to ours, only their world is filled with magic, and is a little more violent than our own.

So, essentially, you can start anywhere, and go on from there. You could follow Rincewind, or DEATH, or the Ank-Morpork watch, or Tiffany. You could pick and choose whichever book you fancy. Or, you could do the simple thing and read from A Colour Of Magic, all the way through to The Shephard’s Crown in order if you like. It’s up to you.

Personally, I pick and choose, depending on my mood. But that’s just me. There’s no right or wrong way to read Discworld.

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Any recommendations?

The Hogfather, that one I will crow about until the end of time if I’m honest. I adore the book and the adaption – watch the adaption and read the book every Christmas. It’s got a special place in my heart, and always will. If you like unconventional Christmas stories, inappropriate people playing Santa (aka The Hogfather himself), assassins with the most questionable sanity ever, and badass women, definitely go for this book.

Going Postalthis one was another I watched the adaption of first, simply because I only just found the book last month in a shop. But this book follows the aforementioned Moist Von Lipwig, a con artist forced to save the post office. And by save it, I mean having to build it from the ground upwards. Assassins try to kill him, Gollems try to help him, and the post office saves him. All in all, a brilliant story, definitely one to read when you’ve got a bit of time on your hands – the book is a brick. 

Mort, a shorter book, but a fun one to read if your interest in DEATH has been piqued. It follows Mort, a boy apprenticed by DEATH himself, and what happens when the powers go to his head. A wonderful way to get to know DEATH a little better, and while Susan does not appear in this book, it gives a great explanation as to why she is like she is.

Really though, pick whatever you want. There’s a book for every occasion, and an audiobook adaption for every one, all read by the wonderful Tony Robinson, who just adds to the books perfectly.

You mentioned adaptions, which ones can I watch?

The Hogfather, to start with. Starring David Jason as Albert, Michelle Dockery as Susan and Marc Warren as an unforgettable Mr Teatime. It’s almost word perfect from the book, with very few scenes missed out, and runs at 3 hours long. It’s where I started so I cannot recommend it enough. I’d say watch it at Christmas though, it is set during Discworld Christmas after all.

The Colour Of Magic, also starring David Jason, this time as Rincewind. Sean Astin stars beside him as Twoflower, the first tourist of the Discworld, and Tim Curry as Trymon, a power-hungry wizard from the university. This also combines the sequel The Light Fantastic so you won’t be left hanging, and is incredibly enjoyable. It’s not as good as The Hogfather, but still, a great way to spend 3 hours.

Going Postal, no sign of David Jason in this one, but still an all-star cast of Charles Dance, David Suchet and Claire Foye. Again, 3 hours long, but absolutely brilliant to watch. Funny, great comedic timing, and just generally brilliant. I loved watching this one.

The Watch, I can’t speak for these ones yet, as they haven’t actually started filming. This has been in development since 2011, with stops and starts all over the place, but I have faith. From what I can tell, the scripts have been written, overseen by Terry Pratchett himself before his death, and his daughter is apparently going to be overseeing the BBC’s production of it. Who knows though, it’s taken 7 years to get this far, so you’d probably be better reading the books first.

And, because I can, Good Omens. Yeah, I know that this isn’t a Discworld novel and that it’s actually set on Earth during the apocalypse and is co-written by Neil Gaiman, but come on guys, this is one of my favourite books, I had to mention it! BBC and Amazon Prime have joined forces to adapt Good Omens, overseen by Neil Gaiman, on a promise to Sir Terry before he died so I can promise accuracy in this one. And the cast, oh the cast, it’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. FotoJet (1)

David Tennant as Crowley.

Michael Sheen as Aziraphale.

Sian Brooke as the mother of the Antichrist.

Jack Whitehall as Newton Pulcifer.

And guests such as Mark Gatiss, Reece Sheersmith, Josie Lawrence, Miranda Richardson and Nick Offerman. Could this be any better? No. No, it cannot! It comes out next year on Amazon Prime and is going to be aired on the BBC later in the year. Filming wrapped just last week, and I am beyond excited to see this adaption come to life!

Anything else to add?

Apart from saying that The Discworld is one of my favourite novel series of all times, that Terry Pratchett is a genius and that you all need to read his books ASAP? Nope, I think that’s it!

Phew, this was a long one, but I guess I’m that passionate about Discworld! If you’ve got any questions you’d like to ask me about the series, leave a comment below and I’ll give my best answer. Or leave a comment if you have a Discworld book you’ve read and loved, I’d love to know where to go next in this world!

Until next time guys, happy reading, and enjoy your trip to The Discworld!

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Most Anticipated Books Of 2018

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, not Christmas, but World Book Day! A day dedicated to books and book lovers, and what better way to celebrate this wonderful day than to talk about my most anticipated books of 2018?

Of course, I’ve already missed several big book launches, and there are several highly anticipated books coming out this month, but I’ve chosen to ignore these ones to focus on some lesser-known books. You guys all know about The Cruel Prince and Children Of Blood and Bone, let’s celebrate some ‘smaller’ books and give them some love!

Eve Of Man – Tom And Giovanna Fletcher – May 31st, 2018

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Now, if you’ve been reading this blog, or watching my youtube channel for more than five minutes, you’ll know just how much I love Tom Fletcher. I’ve been a fan of everything he’s done for the last nine years, I’ll be celebrating being a McFly fan for 10 years in August, so it’s safe to say I’m a little bias. But, I can’t help it, I love Tom’s work, from his music to his books, he always entertains me. His stories hold beautiful messages, and I’m really excited to see what he does when he teams up with his wife, Giovanna, who’s writing I have never actually read, and when he graduates from Middle Grade to Young Adult.

When The Curtain Falls – Carrie Hope Fletcher – July 12th, 2018


Okay, so I’m a complete sucker for everything the Fletcher family does, they’re slowly bankrupting me by doing so many amazing things I want to read/listen to/watch. But one thing I do always look forward to is Carrie releasing new books, and not just because I’m a die-hard Fletcher fanatic. Carrie’s books are so grounded in reality, yet have a beautifully magical twist to them. Her last book All That She Can See gave a fascinating insight into our emotions and the causes for them, I can’t wait to see what she does with the ghosts of forbidden love in a West End theatre.

Seafire – Natalie C. Parker – August 28th, 2018


Pirates. All female crew. Seeking revenge against a warlord. If that isn’t a concept that doesn’t make you immediately want to rush out and buy this book, I don’t want to be friends with you. I’ve been desperate to find a book about pirates for so long, so to find one, let alone one entirely populated by women on a mission, had me practically losing my mind with joy. Couple that with the LGBT representation, and the concept of women taking back control from their abusers, something very apt for current events, and I am so excited for this book I can barely wait for its release date.

A Blade So Black – L.L. McKinney – September 25th, 2018


I haven’t had the best of times with Alice In Wonderful, from the original to retellings, I’ve only ever found one which I’ve actually enjoyed, but I have a good feeling about this one. A Blade So Black plays more with the idea that Wonderland is a monstrous place, filled with terrifying creatures, and Alice is the warrior sent to fight them. But this Alice is still a normal girl juggling a normal life, and her ventures into Wonderland could cause her to literally lose her head. I don’t know about you, but to me, that sounds like an Alice retelling I could get behind!

The Beast’s Heart – Leife Shallcross – May 3rd, 2018


So this time last year, I watched the new Beauty And The Beast film, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, and utterly fell in love with the story. I hadn’t ever watched the original animated Disney film, or really had anything to do with it, apart from watching Rumple and Belle in Once Upon A Time. But I went out and watched the remake, because I’m rather fond of Dan Stevens, and fell so hard for the characters and story that I’ve become a little obsessed. I’ve bought countless retellings and planned my own, but none have ever told the story from the Beast’s point of view. The Beast’s Heart changes that and tells Beast’s side of the story. It’s something I’ve wanted ever since I watched Dan Stevens sing Evermore for the first time, and this book is giving it to me. I cannot wait to see for myself just how Beast came to be as he is, and just what it is about Belle that inspires his change.

Naturally, there are many, many books I am looking forward to being released this year, but these are my top five, lesser-known books. What books are you looking forward to reading this year? Let me know down in the comments!

Happy World Book Day!


Strikebackvideoathon Blog – Week 1 – 5 Sequels I Want To Read

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Recently, the Booktube community decided to fight back against the new algorithm on youtube, and thus created the Strikebackvideoathon! It basically means that us booktubers are trying to upload one video a day to our channels, to protest against these new rules.

For more information on this, I’ll leave the link to ThatBookie’s video on the subject:

Now I can’t upload every day, so I’m posting Wednesday’ prompt answers on here and then answering everything else I want to answer in a long video on Friday’s, as that’s the only way I can really fit it all in!

So, without further ado, let’s get onto the first Wednesday prompt – 5 Sequels I Want To Read:

This is quite a hard one for me at the moment because last year I made a real effort to get through a load of sequels I hadn’t gotten round to. But, luckily, there are still a few I haven’t gotten round to, which I’m determined to get to this year.

  1. Skulduggery Pleasant, Dark Days. Anyone who watches my channel knows that I adore Derek Landy’s Skulduggery series – it’s a middle-grade series about a skeleton detective, and his human assistant, Valkyrie, as they face down terrifying monsters, such as The Faceless Ones, using magic. It’s a brilliant series, one that I thoroughly enjoy. I only read the first two as a kid, but recently picked up the series again, and the last book I read left things on a HUGE cliffhanger, one that had me nearly screaming with the desperate need to read the next one. Sadly, I couldn’t read it, as I had other books planned, so I had to wait. And I’m still waiting now, but this year, I am getting to Dark Days, and hopefully the next book afterwards while I’m at it!
  2. Discworld, Terry Pratchett. Yeah, I know that’s a huge number of books, there’s at least thirty of this series I have yet to read, but I really want to get to at least two more in this series this year. I’ve adored the Discworld for years, especially The Hogfather, but I want to explore more of this fantastical world. I want to explore more of Ank-Morpork, train with the Wizards of the Unseen University, help Death on his travels and befriend his granddaughter, Susan. And I can only do that if I read more of these wonderful books. So, I’m going to pick up a few this year, most probably The Colour Of Magic and it’s sequel The Light Fantastic. 
  3. A Series Of Unfortunate Events, Lemony Snicket. I adored these books when I was a kid, but for some reason, I never went past book 6, so now I’m trying to get to the rest of them over the next few years. I just finished The Austere Academy, so I’m making reasonably good headway, but I’d still like to continue with this, and not get stuck again.
  4. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, Library Of Souls. I have a love/hate relationship with these books. I read the first one and adored it, thought it was brilliant, though I would have liked a little more detail in places. But then the film came out, and butchered the second half of the book entirely… and then I read the second book Hollow City and really lost my way. I couldn’t get past the Peculiar Animals, they were one step too far for my literal brain to process and deal with. I’m usually pretty good at suspending my belief, but the animals totally and utterly stopped me in my tracks, and so I sort of gave up on the series. But at the same time, I want to finish it. There’s only one book left, and I do want to know if they all live/how it all ends. It’s just getting past the Peculiar Animals, which is proving very hard to get over for me.
  5. Xandri Corelel, Tone Of Voice. If you haven’t heard of the new series, Xandri Corelel by Kaia Sønderby, then you really need to check it out. The series is a SciFi, based around Xandri, the last autistic person in the universe, and it’s brilliant. As someone with Asperger’s, I found her to be the most relatable character I have ever come across, and the rest of the book to be so beautifully diverse I couldn’t help but adore it, without even considering the brilliant storyline. I fell entirely for Xandri and her friends, and am now desperate to read more of her story. There’s a prequel I’m going to buy for my birthday to tide me over, but I really cannot wait for the sequel to come out, whenever that may be.

That is currently my top 5 sequels I want to get to! All of them apart from Tone Of Voice are currently in my possession, so I’m prioritising them this year, and I cannot wait to get to each of them, for various reasons.

Have any of you guys read these books? If so, tell me what you thought of them in the comments, I’d love to know what you thought of them!

Monsters Of Verity by Victoria Schwab Review

Monsters Of Verity by Victoria Schwab Review

This time last year, I bought a trilogy called A Darker Shade Of Magic by an unknown author to me – V. E Schwab, and I quickly became obsessed with them, devouring every word, feeling like I couldn’t get through it quick enough and find out what happened.

Since then, I’ve had this desperate urge to read more of her work, to see what other stories Schwab could tell, and so, I decided to start 2018 with her duology Monsters Of Verity. 

All I have to say is wow. 

I’ve spent this week essentially binge reading This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet, and both are simply incredible. In concept, storyline, world building, and just about every other way possible.

The books tell the story of Kate Harker and August Flynn. Kate is a human from North City, the daughter of Callum Harker, who keeps monsters as pets and demands payment from citizens for their protection.

August, on the other hand, is a monster, a very rare form of monster, from South City, the adopted son of the leader of the FTF – a group trying to protect humans from the monsters bite. The two meet in school, and soon find themselves on the run, hunted by the monsters Kate’s father is supposed to control, as the cracks of so-called peace start to appear.

What follows is an incredible story, one I couldn’t help but adore every single second of.

At first, I was slightly wary of this duology – it’s a YA, whereas A Darker Shade Of Magic is a more adult series. So I was worried that there was going to be something missing from Schwab’s writing, that it could be dumbed down a bit, possibly sanitised for a younger, more impressionable audience.

Not true.

Not true in the slightest.

This duology is dark, dealing with murder and massacres, fights and fear, bombs and blood. It’s thick with it and doesn’t shy away from talking about it. About the consequences of violence, the sacrifices people make in war, of the ruthlessness of humanity and what that can create. It’s all there, never once talking down to the reader, never treating the reader like they’re anything but intelligent human beings.

From the first page, I was swept up into the story, constantly wanting to read more, entirely engrossed in events unfolding on the page. Just a quarter of the way through book one, I was already telling my mum and best friend to read the books. By the end, I’m not going to let it go until they do.

These books are a must read for any fan of Schwab’s more adult work. They’re a must read for urban fantasy readers. They’re a must read for anyone who likes reading about monsters and violence.

They’re simply a must read.

And, they’re also proof of V. E. Schwab’s writing power. She’s a powerhouse who produces two books a year on average, all high quality, well thought out, and utterly engrossing. I cannot speak highly enough of her writing skill. She’s in my top 3 favourite writers, fighting with the big guns Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

I cannot recommend this duology enough, it is rare that I find a series I want to devour so fast, and this was definitely one of them. If you ever get the chance to read these books, do it. You will not regret it.

Top 5 Wednesday – Books You Didn’t Get To In 2017

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Ohh, get me, managing two Top 5 Wednesday’s in a row! And two blog posts in a row too! I’m doing better than I imagined here!

To be honest though, I’ve got nothing on the next three Wednesday’s topics, so you’re going to have to stick with my reviews for a while. Still, it’s better than nothing at all!

This week’s topic is ‘books you didn’t get to in 2017’ and while I could say a tonne of books for this one, I’ve got a few that I rediscovered last year that I really want to get to this year, so here goes:

  1. The His Dark Materials series, Phillip Pullman. Don’t kill me, but I’ve never read this series, and I still have no idea why I haven’t. In my defence, the books have been in our shed for a year, but before then they were constantly out on easily accessed shelves, and yet I never read them. So this year I’m knuckling down and reading them. I’m currently thinking about focusing on them around February/March time, at least as soon as I’ve finished Monsters Of Verity and Melrose.

2. Skulduggery Pleasant 4 – Dark Days, Derek Landy. I read the third book in this series back around October/November time, and it left the series on a frankly massive cliffhanger and I’m desperate to read the next one in the series. The only thing that stopped me last year was the themed books I wanted to read after that one. It’s safe to say, that when I get to Dark Days, I’m planning to read book 5 – Mortal Coil straight away afterwards to avoid this situation again!

3. Six Of Crows, Leigh Bardugo. My best friend has been raving about this book for at least a year, I’ve owned it for at least six months. I keep on telling her that I’ll read it, and still haven’t done it yet. So this year I’m prioritising it, before I get disowned, or beaten over the head with it.

4. Sabriel, Garth Nix. I probably won’t get to the rest of this series this year, but damn it if I don’t read this soon I’m going to beat myself over the head with it. I bought this book ages ago, as a present to myself for getting a 2:1 in my degree, promised myself I’d read it the next week, and never did. I’ve heard so many good things about this book and the resulting series, I have to read it and see for myself just how good it is. Also, there’s an asexual in one of the later books, I’m desperate to see some asexual representation in books!

5. A Series Of Unfortunate Events 6 – The Ersatz Elevator, Lemony Snicket. Every time I try to read this series, I get to book 5 and stop reading. I think I managed to get halfway through this book before, but I’ve never finished it, and I’ve certainly never gotten further. This year, I’m actually going to finish this book at the very least, hopefully, get to book 9. I need to actually take steps to finish this series this year, if I don’t, I never will, and I need to see what happens to Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire.

I could have mentioned a load more, but these are my top five. Any of you read any of these books, tell me down below what you thought of them! Or tell me what books you’re determined to get to this year!