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Terry Pratchett: Thief of Time (Discworld book 26) Kindle ebook £1.99 @ Amazon
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A new month, a new Discworld book on sale, this time the fifth book in perhaps my favourite sub-series, Death.

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The Discworld is very much like our own - if our own were to consist of a flat planet balanced on the back of four elephants which stand on the back of a giant turtle, that is . . .

Time is a resource. Everyone knows it has to be managed. You mess with it at your peril. You can let it move fast or slowly but what you mustn't do is allow it to stop.

The Monks of History have the glamorous job of time management in the Discworld. They store it and pump it from the places where it's wasted (like the underwater - how much time does a codfish need?) to places like cities, where there's never enough time.

But with the construction of the world's first truly accurate clock starts a race against, well, time begins for History monk for Lu Tze and his suspiciously talented apprentice Lobsang Ludd.

Because a truly accurate clock will stop time.

And when time stands still, everything in human existence stops with it. Then, there really is no future.
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RIP Terry mate. Still mourned by your legions of fans the world over.
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RIP Terry mate. Still mourned by your legions of fans the world over.
Got quite a collection of these on Kindle now even though I've already got the physical books.
Great book
pb-live01/02/2020 10:09

Got quite a collection of these on Kindle now even though I've already got …Got quite a collection of these on Kindle now even though I've already got the physical books.


I'm aiming for another full set eventually.
Illusionary01/02/2020 10:20

I'm aiming for another full set eventually.



Got a full set of unseen library editions here (well, all the ones they did, include the amusing misprint title!)
sam_cat01/02/2020 10:49

Got a full set of unseen library editions here (well, all the ones they …Got a full set of unseen library editions here (well, all the ones they did, include the amusing misprint title!)


A comment like that positively *demands* a photo.
sam_cat01/02/2020 10:49

Got a full set of unseen library editions here (well, all the ones they …Got a full set of unseen library editions here (well, all the ones they did, include the amusing misprint title!)


What amusing misprint?
Peak Pratchett in my view. He'd honed his writing pretty completely by this point, but it was before the moral message of each book started to dominate. (Jingo, I'm looking at you...)
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Lionyone01/02/2020 15:14

What amusing misprint?


Maskarade / Maskerade..
They literally got the title of the book wrong, on the front cover.
Cost them the contract, which is a shame as they are beautiful books!

abebooks.co.uk/Mas…/bd
sam_cat01/02/2020 18:49

Maskarade / Maskerade..They literally got the title of the book wrong, on …Maskarade / Maskerade..They literally got the title of the book wrong, on the front cover.Cost them the contract, which is a shame as they are beautiful books!https://www.abebooks.co.uk/Maskarade-Unseen-Library-Edition-Maskerade-misprint/22455146607/bd


That's a pity, though I'd probably cancel the contract too. What a basic mistake to make!
Thanks for posting; we have added this thread to the Highlights pages
Never read any of his books before but saw Snuff in a charity shop and thought I'd give it a go...do his books have to be read in order or is each book it's own story?
minxx01/02/2020 20:25

Never read any of his books before but saw Snuff in a charity shop and …Never read any of his books before but saw Snuff in a charity shop and thought I'd give it a go...do his books have to be read in order or is each book it's own story?



A bit of both really. Some books are about the same character so they would be best read in order, but you could read them on their own without reading any of the others. Each book, though, is a complete story so you don't have to know what happened before, you just might not understand some of the references to previous stories.
Aren't they usually 99p?
Pratchett at (one of) his peaks.
minxx01/02/2020 20:25

Never read any of his books before but saw Snuff in a charity shop and …Never read any of his books before but saw Snuff in a charity shop and thought I'd give it a go...do his books have to be read in order or is each book it's own story?


All individual though there is a little coherence. Go to Night Watch, one of the best but the Moist books (going postal etc) are all a pleasure. TP like many authors went through many phases of development over the years. You may find one you prefer. All have been a pleasure for me, desperately sad I will not read a new one ever again.
minxx01/02/2020 20:25

Never read any of his books before but saw Snuff in a charity shop and …Never read any of his books before but saw Snuff in a charity shop and thought I'd give it a go...do his books have to be read in order or is each book it's own story?


You have managed to pick one of the toughest to start with, I must say.
raincatcher9901/02/2020 23:06

Aren't they usually 99p?


Often, but it varies between £.99 and £1.99. Seems oddly consistent to the book specifically, too. By which I mean if it's £1.99 it probably won't go lower.
EndemicAlarm01/02/2020 23:46

Often, but it varies between £.99 and £1.99. Seems oddly consistent to the …Often, but it varies between £.99 and £1.99. Seems oddly consistent to the book specifically, too. By which I mean if it's £1.99 it probably won't go lower.



ok, thanks for the clarification
EndemicAlarm01/02/2020 23:45

You have managed to pick one of the toughest to start with, I must say.


I'm 3/4 the way through and am quite enjoying it
minxx01/02/2020 20:25

Never read any of his books before but saw Snuff in a charity shop and …Never read any of his books before but saw Snuff in a charity shop and thought I'd give it a go...do his books have to be read in order or is each book it's own story?


I found the first book, Colour of Magic, to be the hardest to finish (many failed attempts) mainly because the main character, Rincewind, is pretty crap. Book 2 onwards were easier. Do them in order if you can.
banjomike02/02/2020 08:34

I found the first book, Colour of Magic, to be the hardest to finish (many …I found the first book, Colour of Magic, to be the hardest to finish (many failed attempts) mainly because the main character, Rincewind, is pretty crap. Book 2 onwards were easier. Do them in order if you can.



That's a bit unfair on Rincewind. Imagine how your life may have turned out if YOUR mother had run away before you were born?
markjean02/02/2020 21:55

That's a bit unfair on Rincewind. Imagine how your life may have turned …That's a bit unfair on Rincewind. Imagine how your life may have turned out if YOUR mother had run away before you were born?


But we don't know that in the first book. In the first book he is just a crappy character.
banjomike02/02/2020 23:03

But we don't know that in the first book. In the first book he is just a …But we don't know that in the first book. In the first book he is just a crappy character.



I wasn't trying to make a serious point you know? It was an attempt at humour. I see for you at least, it failed.
markjean03/02/2020 09:19

I wasn't trying to make a serious point you know? It was an attempt at …I wasn't trying to make a serious point you know? It was an attempt at humour. I see for you at least, it failed.


It didn't fail.
Worth mentioning this is the final book for both Death and Susan Sto Helit.

With the exception of Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic all Discworld books have self contained stories, however there are lots of mini-series following the same groups of characters and any growth or changes persist throughout these series.

If you pick up a later book in a series you miss out on character introductions, backgrounds and elements that were unexpected twists in previous books will be just casually mentioned. The Watch series (probably the most popular series) in particular should be read in order due to the character growth during them.

If in doubt, read through the series in publication order. If you only want to watch one particular series, this is a good guide:

bookriot.com/201…er/
It misses out on the stand alone books (Small Gods, Pyramids and Moving Pictures) but those can be read at any point as they only have minor cameos from other characters in them.
I love Rincewald. We're all crappy wizards.
My fave Discworld book!
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