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I really, really, enjoy the Discworld books.
I started to read the Discworld series a couple of years ago, and they have been my fallback books ever since. There’s a whole debate going on in the Discworld community about the optimal reading order, as there are many cross-references and touch points of the otherwise distinct story lines. I am reading them in chronological order.
I am reading the books in English, for two reasons.
First, it’s the original language and the humour in Discworld book is very subtle and often literal. I once tried to listen to the German audiobook of the first novel, and it was awful.
Second, at some point in my youth, after having read hundreds of books (one Christmas my mom literally got me around 30 books and I read most of them within a few months), I decided to add a new element to reading by switching to English as my main language. This would add a novel effect and result in another positive side effect - improving my English.
I have to say though, it is really difficult as a non-native speaker to grasp all the wit, humour and story-telling Pratchett has put into the books.
Oftentimes, you can tell that “oh, this section is supposed to be funny” or “this sentence has at least 3 puns in it”, but you can’t exactly tell why! The quite advanced and uncommon vocabulary contributes to this difficulty. But see, it also contribute to your vocabulary 🤓
At the end, the joy and excitement I get from reading the books are totally worth it! If you like cynical & clever fantasy that gets bizarre and absurd at times while always being funny, you will love the Discworld novels.