After sticking my neck out by trying to place the Discworld series into some sort of order, it’s your turn. Well, kinda. I have been grateful to each and every one of you who has taken the time to read, share and comment on my articles. I have also been fascinated to see what you have been reading. It has given insight into which Discworld novels you rate, and which you are less keen.
I have put together a top 41 of the most popular posts about the Discworld books on Pratchett Job, which includes my clunky attempt to explain why I have been doing this thing in the first place. You can read it after the jump, along with my Peter Snow on Election Night style analysis.
- Police Story – Men at Arms
- Death Might Be Your Santa Claus – Hogfather*
- No God, Only Religion – Small Gods
- I Love a Magician – The Colour of Magic
- Walk like an Egyptian – Pyramids
- Rebel, Rebel – Feet of Clay
- Toy Soldiers – Jingo
- Perfect circles – an apology
- The Rat – The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents
- Royals – Lords and Ladies
- I Fought the Law – Guards! Guards!
- Revolution – Night Watch
- The Modern Age – The Fifth Elephant
- Letter from an Occupant – Going Postal
- Hollywood Babylon – Moving Pictures
- Death Trip – Snuff
- Strange News From Another Star – The Truth
- East of Nowhere – Interesting Times
- Rebel Girl – Equal Rites
- Tick of the Clock – Thief of Time
- Death is not the end – Mort
- Cut Out Witch – Carpe Jugulum
- The Opera House – Maskerade
- Weird Era Cont. – Wyrd Sisters
- Sympathy for the devil –
- Strange Lights – The Light Fantastic
- Death and All the Rest – Reaper Man
- Strength of Strings – Soul Music
- Hero Worship – The Last Hero
- The End of the Line – Raising Steam
- War Pigs – Monstrous Regiment
- The Magician Versus the Headache – Sourcery
- Don’t Fight It, Feel It – Thud!
- Holiday Surprise – Witches Abroad
- And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda – The Last Continent
- Taxman – Making Money
- Kicker of Elves – The Wee Free Men
- Listen, The Snow Is Falling – Wintersmith
- Moon Witch Cartridge – I Shall Wear Midnight
- Way to Blue – A Hatful of Sky
First impressions: you could make an argument for this top 10 being a viable one. It includes a lot of the universally agreed greats – Small Gods, Pyramids, Lords and Ladies – and only The Amazing Maurice sticks out as a surprising inclusion. It is a fantastic book though, so I can’t be too miffed.
It was heartening to see The Colour of Magic in there. It has its flaws but I would not be here writing this without it. It’s an impossible book not to read without smiling.
As for shocks, I have two words. Witches Abroad. After a shaky start, this becomes one of Pratchett’s better Discworld novels, funny, intelligent and rather dark. It’s no Lords and Ladies, granted, but I was a bit surprised to see this as low as it was. Oh, and Snuff ranking rather highly was another surprise because it’s, um, not that great.
Finally, it is a DISGRACE that you are less keen on the Tiffany Aching series. I keep saying this – READ THE ACHING NOVELS. The new one is out on Thursday and if you start today you should be up to speed by then. I’ll be back, hopefully later this week, with my thoughts on The Shepherd’s Crown.
(One quick note on methodology. I have put this together based on views by using WordPress’s own statistics. So it will have a clear bias towards the earlier books, given those posts were published earlier. My maths is not great enough to have worked out some sort of weighted system. Sorry about that)