If you have ever met a fantasy fiction fan in your life, you have probably heard a lot about Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. The Discworld is a fascinating creation of Pratchett’s- a world that is flat and carried by four elephants who rest on top of a giant tortoise A’Tuin. It’s fantasy and satire at it’s best and it is riotously funny.
There are a lot of Discworld novels, though. For the uninitiated, it might be really difficult to figure out where they should start from. Many of the books are standalone books, but some of them are a part of a series, with recurring characters are references to events that happened in a previous book.
It would be possible for one to divide the Discworld novels into the four main plotlines– Rincwind, Death, The Witches and the Watch. You can pick up one book that falls in each category, so that you find out which story line you like the best. Once you have figured that out, you can follow all the novels in that particular category. Death, for instance, is introduced in Mort, and is present in about 8 or 9 other Discworld novels that you can read if you are fond of the character.
It will be slightly more complicated than you expect it to be, but Discworld is a riot and you will not regret reading any single book of the series!
Reading this series was probably one of the most daunting tasks I’ve ever had to complete. The series stretches for 14 books (the last three written by Brandon Sanderson), and has been going on for about 20 years now. Robert Jordan is probably one of the finest authors out there, for he was able to publish these many book full of complex characters and plots, without losing track of the greater picture and introducing giant plot holes within his own work.
I was introduced to Wheel of Time by a teacher who told me I’d love the strong female characters in the novel. And boy, was she right. Wheel of Time has female characters who are full of depth,and highly unique. None of them are just used as plot points or as fillers. A lot of modern fantasy writers could take a few lessons from the way Jordan writes his female characters, for sure.
Jordan’s use of myths and legends throughout the series is also rather admirable. He weaves incredibly complex plots that deal with incredibly human issues that let us empathize with the characters and feel attached to the events occurring in the book.
Wheel of Time is certainly one of the best fantasy series I’ve ever read, for it acts a blueprint that other fantasy novels can follow in order to write a series that will certainly withstand the test of time.