I’ve seen a bunch of people mention they haven’t read Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, and that they’d like to start, but are intimidated by the 41 books he’d published in the series. (You’ll be missed, Sir Pratchett!)
It’s a lot of books, true. And if you’re one of those people who must do things in order, they’re numbered–good luck!
This post is for everyone else. The series arcs are character-focused, so you can read one and then move onto another without missing anything. Or only read the character arcs that appeal, since there are only so many hours in a day.
This is one of the shorter series, and also the most modern. It follows Moist von Lipwig, reformed con artist, as he struggles to make the city of Ankh-morpork’s Post Office, Mint, and then a train system work.
Going Postal. Moist Von Lipwig, confidence man, is facing the hangman’s rope in the morning. Then Vetinari, the Patrician, offers him a choice–hang, or save the post office. This won’t be an easy task–possibly an impossible one.
Making Money. Now Moist Von Lipwig has to save the Mint–he’s counterfeited money before, and now he has to figure out to prevent similar crimes.
Raising Steam. The steam engine comes to Ankh-Morpork. And the city isn’t too pleased with the progress. But you can’t halt time…