Observations, Learning, and Activities for the New "Over 21s"

It’s been a week now since Terry Pratchett, author best known for his Discworld series, took DEATH’s hand and steppedĀ into his creation for eternity. The day before his death, I finished re-reading all 40 of the Discworld novels, and wondered when the next one would be offered on Amazon.com for pre-order. I had already pre-ordered the fourth of the Long Earth series, which Pratchett co-authored with Neil Gaiman; and the fourth volume of the Science of the Discworld is due for sale in the US soon (also pre-ordered). But I learned the next day that I would never know where the lives of so many of my favorite fantasy characters would lead them next.

And I was deeply saddened…

For those of you who have never heard of Discworld–or for those who know Discworld but not the order of books–I’ve listed the books in order, including the young adult (YA)/juvenile novels which are as much a part of the overall development of the series as are the young-at-heart novels. It helps to read them in order, as each novel builds on the past–just like Roundworld people develop and grow over time…

  1. The Color of Magic (the book that started it all in 1985)
  2. The Light Fantastic
  3. Equal Rites
  4. Mort
  5. Sorcery
  6. Wyrd Sisters
  7. Pyramids
  8. Guards! Guards!
  9. Eric
  10. Moving Pictures
  11. Reaper Man
  12. Witches Abroad
  13. Small Gods
  14. Lords and Ladies
  15. Men at Arms
  16. Soul Music
  17. Interesting Times
  18. Maskerade
  19. Feet of Clay
  20. Hogfather
  21. Jingo
  22. The Last Continent
  23. Carpe Jugulum
  24. The Fifth Elephant
  25. The Truth
  26. Thief of Time
  27. The Last Hero (illustrated; not yet available for electronic media)
  28. The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents (YA)
  29. Night Watch
  30. The Wee Free Men (YA)
  31. Monstrous Regiment
  32. A Hat Full of Sky (YA)
  33. Going Postal
  34. Thud!
  35. Wintersmith (YA)
  36. Making Money
  37. Unseen Academicals
  38. I Shall Wear Midnight (YA)
  39. Snuff
  40. Raising Steam (The book that leaves us hanging from 2014)

Although Sir Terry Pratchett is no more, the Discworld will remain for a long, long time…


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