Welcome to the 2018 Discworld Giveaway!!!!!
I am going to try and make this an annual memorial/tribute to the late great Sir Terry Pratchett. I will do it as long as I’m able, and there’s an audience that wants it.
I made an extremely long post last year in my first ever Discworld mega-giveaway. Oooo boy, that post was insane. Giveaway 2017
I didn’t really know what I was doing, and on the back end trying to get all of those books sent out to everyone was nuts. I have come prepared this year! The organization will be far better … I think.
The last time I focused on new readers only, wanting people who are submitting to be fairly new and read less than a handful of the books or hadn’t read any at all.
This year will be different – I will have a grand prize for dedicated fans. It’ll be a surprise that I’ll announce when I have the winner.
u/SteveThomas has been generous enough to help out with this giveaway!!!!! Thanks, Steve!!!!!
Why I Love Discworld Enough To Do Out Of Pocket Giveaways
Terry is a giant in the Fantasy community for good reason, not only are his books amazing, but he was a genuinely kind and engaging author who loved his fans as much as we loved him.
Often times with comedy authors (not always) the story is light, funny, absurd, but not exactly impactful or ‘meaningful’. They are silly stories to make you smile, but the characters may not reach your favorites list no matter how much they make you laugh, and often times reading them once was enough. Lack of depth is a common complaint or detraction I see when I read reviews for comedy books, and I think this is why Terry’s work goes above and beyond and landed him as a staple in the genre, with people rereading his stories over and over again.
Terry’s characters are endearing, the dialogue they have is engaging, the relationships between them feel real, and even the side characters manage to have depth – even if they only appear for a few paragraphs.
Discworld started as a parody of the fantasy genre and it didn’t stand out so much from other comedies in Fantasy, however, as the series grew so did the characters and plotlines. It went from a parody of fantasy to a satire on modern society. This can go so horribly wrong if it’s pushed too hard, or beats you over the head with its message. Terry danced across a tightrope that would have most authors plummetting to their deaths.
His books gained him so much attention that the Queen knighted him for his contributions to literature, +1 for the Queen IMO. He had fun with that too, he forged a sword and made his own coat of arms complete with House words, “Don’t Fear The Reaper.”
Terry touched my life in a way no other author has, in my first giveaway, linked above, I went on and on with quotes, endorsements from authors, and many other things to try and convince people to try him out even if they didn’t win. If you’d like to read that click the link above – I’m trying to keep this much shorter this year.
I haven’t figured out a better way to honor his memory than putting his books into potential fans hands.
There are 41 Books, Where Do I start?
Discworld can be thought of as many different mini-series within one overarching series. It would be like if The Simpsons had been called Springfield, and The Flanders, The Simpsons, and The Wiggums all had their own storylines going that intersect from time to time.
I would not suggest starting with the first few books, and I say this with love. I’ve read dozens, and dozens, and dozens of times that people didn’t like Colour of Magic or The Light Fantastic which caused them to quit the series for a while… only to pick up Guards Guards! or Small Gods which they loved, and then continued on with the series. Plenty of people like the first few books, but plenty don’t as well.
To Quote Neil Gaiman:
Part of the problem with Terry’s fiction, is a lot of people wind up starting that <picks up copy of The Colour of Magic>…it’s a romp, and it’s a terrible place to start…it’s a collection of jokes and in The Colour of Magic, they aren’t even very good jokes. The Terry Pratchett of fine and beautiful plots built like Swiss watches was a long way from turning up.
Start with these gals if you like an overarching theme of friendship with a group of opposing personalities. The dialogue between Nanny and Granny is just to die for – I live for these two. My namesake comes from Granny Weatherwax, a tough as nails no nonsense witch who’s a good person despite her curmudgeon persona. Nanny couldn’t be more opposite, quick to make a lewd joke and rarely without her flask. She’s a town favorite who chats it up with anyone, easily making friends with complete strangers. Magrat is a ‘new age’ kind of witch who loves candles and other things Granny finds to be nonsense.
You could start with Equal Rites, but I would suggest Wyrd Sisters because Granny and Nanny are so much more developed at that point.
Start with this mini series if you want an overarching theme of ‘redemption’ and a cops and robbers type plot line. Sam Vimes starts out as a joke, he’s drunk more often than not, terrible at his job, and is barely holding himself together. Of all the main characters through this series, he’s the one with the most growth over his series, he’s almost unrecognizable by the end of his arc. As The Watch develops from a 3 man team of idiots to a well-oiled machine with dozens and dozens of guards, we’re introduced to a slew of amazing characters. Carrot (a human who identifies as a Dwarf), Angua (A Werewolf who sometimes eats peoples chickens when she turns, but always leaves payment), Cheery (a female Dwarf who dares to wear a skirt) are all great characters who join The Watch as the series progresses. The Watch is the most ‘serious’ of the mini-series within Discworld, it goes the darkest and touches on things that can really pull at your heartstrings.
This is a series I insist that people start with book 1, you can’t fully appreciate Vimes unless you’ve seen where he came from. Guards Gaurds! starts this series off. I like that one, but omg the later books rank in my favorites, especially Night Watch.
This series will appeal to people who like more absurd type humor with some of the Wizard Professors holding positions like The Chair of Indefinite Studies or the Egregious Professor of Cruel and Unusual Geography. This will appeal to people who want to read about a bunch of crazy old Wizards doing ridiculous wizard things. Archchancellor Ridcully and his staff butt heads frequently – my favorite relationship is between Ridcully and Ponder Stibbons. Stibbons constantly drops random real-world scientific facts on Ridcully who just refuses to believe in such absurdity.
I would start try out Interesting Times or Reaper Man.
It’s kind of hard to go wrong with this mini-series, DEATH was voted the “best character” over on r/books in a thread that had 4K comments, and won by a large margin. He’s a character that explores the meaning of humanity, life, the universe, and everything. These books have a wide variety of seriousness vs silliness. DEATH lives outside of Time in his own dimension, and watches humanity from afar – but also has a human grandchild due to circumstances too lengthy to explain. His interactions with his granddaughter and humanity in general is endearing and manages to touch on some of the darker subjects while making you love. Also, he loves cats.
You could start with Mort, or my favorite, Reaper Man. (Reaper Man has two plotlines, one with DEATH and the other with the Wizards)
This is Terry’s YA series, and although I don’t generally like YA as much as I do adult fantasy, this series charmed my pants off. I love Tiffany, and I wish I had her as a role model growing up. There’s no angst, there’s no immature behavior – she’s an amazing and yet believable young witch who’s learning the ways of the world, and how to be a proper witch.
I would start with Wee Free Men
There are a few shorter mini-series, one which focuses on Industrial Revolution, and many stand alone novels as well. If you’d like to read about those please click the Giveaway 2017 link. This post is getting really long and I promised myself not to ramble on forever and ever. Some of the great “Others” would be Small Gods, and Going Postal.
WHEW OK, NOW HOW DO I ENTER?!
Just comment below on what book you’d like to receive!
You don’t have to pick a book I suggested, any of the 41 are up for grabs, and I’ll include Good Omens too, just because it’s awesome and co-authored by Pratchett.
I will be doing this internationally through Book Depository, so if that site delivers to your country feel free to enter. Please, check for me before you enter instead of asking if BD delivers to your country. I’ll link the list of countries here, it takes a lot of time looking up 20+ peoples “does BD deliver to XYZ?”
THE GRAND PRIZE ENTRY
Are you already a huge Discworld fan? Prove it 😀 Post pictures of your collection, write a gushing comment about how much you love Discworld, draw me a pretty picture of your favorite scene, rattle off about your favorite characters and how awesome they are. Show me your Discworld love, and I will pick a person to win the Grand Prize. I’m not sure how the shipping will work out for my grand prize idea, so if the winner is international I’ll figure something out. Hopefully, it will work for international as well.
If You Win Please Follow These Directions!
If you win, I will say “CONGRATS you’re winner #X, please send me your info!”
In your DM to me, please in your title list your number and the book you requested. Also, PLEASE format the address info like this:
I know that sounds simple, but last year trying to decipher what was what lead to a number of shipping errors. Many countries have different standards for formatting their shipping info, so please make it clear. That way I’m not googling what you sent me trying to figure out if what you listed was the city or the Providence, or if it’s the house number or the zipcode. I spent hours doing that last year. Please and thank you!