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Terry Pratchett is even better, eugrus, when you have a chance to try him.
Actually, I've never really given DA or Tom Holt a chance. Tried reading them both at a time when I was tired of reading fiction and so put the books aside after a few chapters. It was surely me and not them.
Thank you! I also like Wiktionary for really many reasons!
In fact, the verb "rend" is also present in my usual dictionary (ABBY Lingvo), I just mistakenly thought, "rent with" was a past participle of the verb "to rent" in some unknown phrasal construction.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - it is mentioned above the message :)
The books are only loosely related and there is no need to read them all in order. There are recurring characters, however. If you like one of the books mentioned above (or whichever book you read first) you might take up the suggestion under "Reading Order" in this wikipedia article; it refers to "Storyline" and a chart earlier on the page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discworld#Reading_... .
The juveniles he has written are just as good as the adult books (IMHO), and they have the advantage of being divided into chapters. The "Nome Trilogy" is perhaps my favorite among them, along with Nation.
Helen, I'll give JF a try. Really, the only English-language fiction I now read I read aloud to my wife in the evenings, a chapter or two a night, as a television substitute. Is there anything you'd recommend among his books for that kind of reading?
She also loves Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching novels, starting with "The Wee Free Men". Don't read this aloud unless you are prepared to do some really outrageous Scottish accents.
My wife has read all the Terry Pratchett novels, including The Wee Free Men, which she enjoyed. I don't read them to her, as she wouldn't want to wait until we should finish whatever our current book might be at that time. . . . We did read Nation together, a non-Discworld novel, which was great. Don't neglect the Nome (or Bromeliad) trilogy (Truckers, Diggers, Wings). I read those to our children about 20 years ago; some people don't like his juveniles so much, but I think they--and this trilogy in particular--are extremely amusing. There are several catch-phrases from it that our family still uses.
As we're on the subj.: we are currently reading Behemoth, book II of a YA trilogy by Scott Westerfeld. The first is Leviathan. It has a steampunk setting, taking place at the beginning of WWI in an alternate Europe where the Entente Powers are "Darwinists"--they biologically engineer all their machines, and the Central Powers are "Clankers" who utilize machine technology. The plot depends on a good deal of coincidence, and it's a The Black Arrow sort of situation, but granted that, it's great. Wonderful characters. The female protagonist is particularly good; she probably has a bit of an accent, but I don't attempt it. The author is American, so who knows if he does things British well, but it works for us. Great stuff.