Hi, friends. Letâ€™s celebrate the end.
Itâ€™s been about three and a half years since I did my last Discworld Q&A, and at that point, Iâ€™d read 19 books in about two and a half years. This second â€œhalfâ€ took longer, both by virtue of the Science books and the change in my schedule last year, but here we are. Itâ€™s been such an incredible journey for me. This is the longest single series Iâ€™ve ever done for Mark Reads, and I highly doubt Iâ€™ll ever top that. I meanâ€¦ forty-seven books. (Because I also read The Amazing Maurice, Whereâ€™s My Cow, and the four Science of Discworld books.) There are many, many things I want to get to on my list, so I think Iâ€™ll spend a couple years bouncing around and not doing anything bigger than a trilogy for a while. So much to read!
More on that in a bit. These posts usually serve one chaotic function. I review books in a strange, drawn-out way, and this is how I can reflect on a series from a macro level, since itâ€™s harder for my reviews to capture an overarching sense. But before we get to that, one of my lovely readers (hello, Stevonnie!!!) sent me what I believe is the most Kudosâ€™d fic on Archive of Our Own to read. Iâ€™ve largely stayed away from Discworld fanfiction out of fear of spoiling myself, as I never could know if somethingâ€”even a tiny somethingâ€”would bias me against a future book. While I am fully expecting some recs below, I loved the chance to read a oneshot that is so damn clever that I cackled out loud when I reached the big twist.Â
â€œMister Vimesâ€™d Go Spare!â€ by Lunik is written in a style that feels like Pratchettâ€™s. Which is a hard thing to do in a fic; I donâ€™t think fanfiction necessitates that anyway. Everything should be written in the style you want, and we certainly donâ€™t have to imitate the original text. That being said: when someone does it well, itâ€™s a treat. Sometimes, I want a fic that feels like itâ€™s able to slip right into canon and not feel any different. This fic does that in two ways. On a sentence level, itâ€™s a lot like Pratchettâ€™s third-person style. But itâ€™s the humor that really nails it. Especially because for like the first half of it, I wasnâ€™t sure where this was going! It was all new characters (with tiny references to canon ones), and while it was cool to see what the Watch became, I didnâ€™t quite get it.
And then I did, and itâ€™s the kind of joke that Pratchett would play on his own characters.Â
I kinda donâ€™t want to talk about the twist openly because it makes this such a fun read, but suffice to say: YES. This was immensely pleasing, especially because OF COURSE VIMES WOULD HATE THISâ€¦ right up until he didnâ€™t. And it captures the spirit of Vimes (ha!) in a really clever way.Â
You should check it out.
So, below this post, letâ€™s have our big Discworld free-for-all. Itâ€™s time to celebrate this multi-year journey ending! Iâ€™ll be around today and throughout the weekend (in between writing reviews and preparing the next Patreon commission post) answering questions and reflecting on this massive, massive body of work.
Starting on Monday is a journey through a NEW series: The Broken Earth trilogy by N.K. Jemisin! As a reminder, there are NO videos attached to reviews anymore, so this is just reviews only. I hope youâ€™ll join me as I return to the writing of N.K. Jemisin!!! Iâ€™m so excited.
Thank you, Discworld friends, for over six years of conversations, conventions, discussions, and joy. I have no reservations about dedicating this much of my life to one body of work, and yâ€™all have helped make that a reality. Please let me know what outstanding adaptations there are so I can begin to plot to do some Mark Watches stuff with them.
I hope youâ€™ve enjoyed this ride.