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Terry Pratchett book with a lawyer dragon and sheep

I was talking to someone today who mentioned starting a Terry Pratchett book a few years before. They said that it was about a dragon who was a lawyer and involved sheep. They think that it is ...
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What order should I be reading the Discworld books in?

I've read some of the Discworld books, and they were referencing each other in an order different than what I've been reading. If I wanted to maintain chronology, and get all of the back references, ...
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What is a “shilicashe?”

On page 138 of my edition of The Light Fantastic, Cohen the Barbarian tells Twoflower and Rincewind about trolls, and tries to say a word that I cannot at all identify (emphasis added): "Trollsh ...
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What is Dios doing on the island?

I recently re-read the Discworld novel Pyramids and I noticed something I missed last time. The high priest Dios mentions an island a few times and how he has to do something there because his body ...
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Who are these Discworld wizards from this picture?

I haven't read many of the novels about wizards yet and would like to know who they are. [Image by Paul Kidby]
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Why did this happen to Maurice from Pratchett's novel?

In the Pratchett's book The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, there is a moment when the intelligent cat Maurice After that, Maurice wakes up and How is that possible? I think it is not ...
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Discworld quote about an “old couple” who having said everything to each other, can finally go about living their lives

There was a quote about an old couple (I believe it was Death and the character played by David Jason, I forget his name), who having lived together for a long time, and having said everything, are ...
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In Soul Music, where do the corn fields behind Death garden come from?

In Soul Music, Susan explores multiple times the area surrounding Death's cottage. Everything is how we are used to know it, with the predominance of black and the constant feeling that things are odd ...
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What does the ending of Monstrous Regiment mean?

I didn't fully understand Discworld "Monstrous Regiment". Polly is going back to war, presumably, but then what was the point of the book from Jackrum? If she was just going to blackmail people then ...
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How big is the Circumfence barrier?

In The Colour of Magic, it is shown there is a net on the edge of the Disc when How big is this net? In The Light Fantastic on page 13 it mentions ships falling off the world, so I guess it isn’t ...
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What was the inspiration for the 'draco vulgaris'?

Is the draco vulgaris (first described in Guards! Guards! (1989) inspired by the pseudodragons found in Dungeons and Dragons? I recently learned about them and find many similarities: small winged ...
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What are the sources of the imagery for the Discworld resting on the backs of the four elephants and Great A'tuin?

The turtle and elephant bit come from Hindu mythology. But the Vedas mention only one elephant and the world spins at the end of his trunk. I want to know if there are other mythologies Pratchett is ...
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What is this reference in wyrd sisters?

I am reading "Wyrd Sisters" by Terry Pratchett and came upon this paragraph: “Right!” He pointed a vibrating finger toward the stage and lowered his voice and, at that moment, a dramatic ...
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What term is being referred to with “reflected-sound-of-underground-spirits”?

In The Colour of Magic, on page 46 of my copy, Twoflower says this word: “Reflected-sound-of-underground-spirits?” What term is being referred to above? It seems to be like “in-sewer-ants-policy”,...
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What's the pyramid joke?

In The Light Fantastic, after talking about the dimensions of the Pyramid of Tsort, it says All in all, it was a lot of effort to go through just to sharpen a razor. What's the joke here?
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Pronunciation of “Teatime”

Mr. Jonathan Teatime's name is, as specified in the book Hogfather, pronounced "Teh-ah-tim-eh". But since there's no marks of pronunciation included, its pronunciation is still under question. The ...
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Did the characters in Moving Pictures not know about cameras like Twoflower's?

In Moving Pictures, video-cameras are invented... But they're essentially the same thing as Twoflower's camera which only took one picture at a time but Twoflower probably could've asked it to paint ...
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Why doesn't anyone remember the Eight Great Spells?

In Interesting Times, Arch-Chancellor Ridcully says that Rincewind is not technically a wizard because he failed at the University and has never performed any "great services to magic". Rincewind ...
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When and how does Samuel Vimes learn about his ancestor “Old Stoneface” Vimes

In Guards! Guards! Sam Vimes is surprised that Ankh-Morpork used to have a king: Vimes shook his head. The world was definitely going mad around him. "You've lost me there," he said. "Air," ...
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Why doesn't the Discworld run out of water?

It's mentioned many times in the Discworld novels that the oceans continually flow over the edge of the disc in great waterfalls, turning into mist. But where does the water go after that, and, more ...
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What should this conversation between Tiffany Aching and Preston mean?

At the end of the book I Shall Wear Midnight, this strange conversation takes place: I don't understand what Tiffany means by that. Of course, I got the message that but still why ‘Listen’? That ...
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The Muntab Question - Is Lord Vetinari asexual or incredibly discreet?

Considering that sexual indiscretion of politicians in Roundworld is not unknown and often a matter of interest (ala Bill Clinton), the sexual antics of the Discworld's Lord Vetinari seem to be non-...
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Correlation with trilogy of movies in Discworld timeline?

I was reading the timeline of "Discworld" on L-space, and I noticed this at the bottom of the page. Anyone note the years and their correlation with a certain trilogy of movies? Which trilogy are ...
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What's the target audience of Discworld and how was it pitched for a publishing house?

I'm not in the publishing area, but recently I've been reading up on middle grade and YA literature and the importance of target audiences, etc and then I started wondering about the Discworld series. ...
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What specific works of fantasy were parodied in The Colour of Magic?

This question about magic in Discworld set me thinking a bit. The earliest books in the series are qualitatively different from the later volumes. The Colour of Magic is an episodic tale, parodying ...
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Terry Pratchett's Discworld: is there an inconsistency in the treatment of magic?

In The Colour of Magic, we learn that: "Can't tell you. Don't really want to talk about it. But frankly," he sighed , "no spells are much good. It takes three months to commit even a simple one ...
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Pratchett Quote about Research and Development

I'm looking for a quote by Terry Pratchett. I'm pretty sure that the patrician was speaking about Leonard of Quirm and giving funds to Research and Development. It was something along the lines of: ...
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In what country are the cities of Ankh and Morpork located?

What country is the city of Ankh Morpork located in?
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Who is the little girl in Raising Steam who blocks the railway meant to be a reference to?

In Raising Steam, about 80% of the way in, a girl named Edith and her brothers intentionally block the railway so as to be able to save the train and be heroes. “I dare say you do, but I don’t ...
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What happened to Fred Colon's sugar lumps?

In "The Fifth Elephant" Acting Captain Colon (normally known as Sergeant Fred Colon) is obsessed about missing sugar lumps. During the course of the story more and more sugar lumps go missing. It ...
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Why does Moist von Lipwig pull this trick against Reacher Gilt?

At the end of Going Postal, Moist von Lipwig makes a bet that his post office can deliver a message to a town thousands of miles away before the Grand Trunk company can. Immediately before the race ...
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Is Angus from Small gods really a small god?

In Pratchett's novel Small gods, there is this character, Angus. Because he saves St. Ungulant from the lion attack it is clear that he is not only fictional (as opposed to what we could think when ...
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Does Terry Pratchett's Discworld follow on from Strata?

I've only recently read Strata, and I've heard it repeatedly mentioned that Strata not just inspired the Discworld setting, but the two universes are the same. Is this proven/stated ever? Are there ...
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Why did Pratchett name Maurice Maurice?

In the Czech translation of Pratchett's book The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (which I read) the name of the cat is Mauric. Also, there is a word from the translator at the beginning of ...
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Is there evidence to suggest (from Going Postal) that Terry Pratchett worked at BT during the privatisation?

In the book Going Postal we read of a telecommunications company that has a new CEO who acts like a pirate (ie a Merchant Banker). The book encompasses large parts of the horror of employees who see ...
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What is headology in Discworld?

In Discworld, Granny Weatherwax discusses "headology" fairly often as one of the keys to her power. What exactly does she mean by the term?
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What does the city name Ankh-Morpork in Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels mean?

I would assume that someone has asked this question before but I haven't found any discussion about the name of Ankh-Morpork. Ever since I read my first Discworld book, I kept wondering about this ...
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Do we have any evidence that there were plans for an Ankh-Morpork Underground?

I'm going to have to add details and quotes later for this as I don't currently have access to the books, but I remember noticing some things I thought were foreshadowing for an underground system in ...
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Which Discworld book to start a newbie on [closed]

If you were going to loan one Terry Pratchett book from the Discworld series to someone, which book would you use?
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What is the physical size and population details of Ankh-Morpork?

For a project, I am currently working on, I have been trying to find out the size of Ankh-Morpork. How many houses/dwellings are there, what's the population and the physical size of the city? There ...
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Who is depicted on this image showing major Discworld characters?

Source: https://twitter.com/PaulKidby/status/857882705165524992. I only recognize Twoflower the Tourist, Death, the Luggage and the Librarian. However, I'm only a couple of books in the series, so I'...
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Why does Detritus not become disabled in daylight?

It is established in novels such as The Light Fantastic and Moving Pictures that Discworld trolls turn to stone in daylight, or at least become disabled, and become active at night. This does not seem ...
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Why is “Equal Rites” misspelled on two pages?

In the HarperTorch paperback of Equal Rites the title of the book is misspelled on the heading of two different pages as "Equal Rights” (I don’t have the book with me at the moment). This seems likely ...
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Who said “One person, one vote. I just happened to be the person voting”?

This quote is probably misquoted, but I remember this as a Blake's 7 quote from Servalan. However, I have also read elsewhere a similar quote from Terry Pratchett's Discworld. Is there a quote like ...
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Death's motivation in part of Terry Pratchett's Hogfather

There is a scene in which Death enters the toy store (shopkeeper played by Terry Pratchett himself) and buys a wooden horse, outbidding whoever ordered it. That boy outside in the frost with his nose ...
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Which Discworld book has the Chief of Police engaging in a war?

The Chief of Police becomes the head of the army. He crosses a sea to do "battle", but when he gets there they all call the war off. Which book is that?
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Is Vorbis a God?

This question relates to Vorbis in the 13th Discworld novel, Small Gods. Reading beyond this point will spoil the ending.
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Which Discworld books feature the gods looking down on the world?

Several Discworld novels feature interlude/prologue/epilogue chapters which show the gods talking amongst themselves atop Cori Celesti. I think in some cases they are wagering on a game. Where in ...
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Was it ever stated why Susan quit being a governess between Hogfather and Thief of Time?

During the events of Hogfather Susan Sto Helit was the governess of Twyla and Gawain Gaiter. But in the next book she appears in, Thief of Time, there was no mention of the children nor her previous ...
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What are the TV/movie Discworld adaptations?

So... I've seen the Hogfather and Colour of Magic/Light Fantastic via YouTube... think they were pretty good, but the video/audio quality was poor. And I understand Going Postal is out there as well (...