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The Discworld series is a rib-tickling fantasy book series authored by the critically acclaimed writer, Terry Pratchett. This book series is set in the fictional world of Discworld, a flat disc that balances on the backs of four elephants. The four elephants, in turn, balance on the back of a gigantic turtle. The works of J.R Tolkien, H.P Lovecraft, Williams Shakespeare and Charles Dickens, have inspired all the books in this series or been used as parody. Discworld book series also make use of folklore, mythology and fairy tales. All these aspects are then used as satirical parallels with the current political, scientific and cultural issues. The Discworld series proved to be a major success, with over 30 million copies being sold worldwide in more than 37 languages. To this date, at 41 Discworld novels have been produced.

Order of Discworld Series

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1The Colour of Magic1983Description / Buy
2The Light Fantastic1986Description / Buy
3Equal Rites1987Description / Buy
4Mort1987Description / Buy
5Sourcery1988Description / Buy
6Wyrd Sisters1988Description / Buy
7Pyramids1989Description / Buy
8Guards! Guards!1989Description / Buy
9Eric1990Description / Buy
10Moving Pictures1990Description / Buy
11Reaper Man1991Description / Buy
12Witches Abroad1991Description / Buy
13Small Gods1992Description / Buy
14Lords and Ladies1992Description / Buy
15Men at Arms1993Description / Buy
16Soul Music1994Description / Buy
17Interesting Times1994Description / Buy
18Maskerade1995Description / Buy
19Feet of Clay1996Description / Buy
20Hogfather1996Description / Buy
21Jingo1997Description / Buy
22The Last Continent1998Description / Buy
23Carpe Jugulum1998Description / Buy
24The Fifth Elephant1999Description / Buy
25The Truth2000Description / Buy
26Thief of Time2001Description / Buy
27The Last Hero2001Description / Buy
28The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents2001Description / Buy
29Night Watch2002Description / Buy
30The Wee Free Men2003Description / Buy
31Monstrous Regiment2003Description / Buy
32A Hat Full of Sky2004Description / Buy
33Going Postal2004Description / Buy
34Thud!2005Description / Buy
35Wintersmith2006Description / Buy
36Making Money2007Description / Buy
37Unseen Academicals2007Description / Buy
38I Shall Wear Midnight2010Description / Buy
39Snuff2011Description / Buy
40Raising Steam2013Description / Buy
41The Shepherd's Crown2015Description / Buy

Order of Discworld Companion Series

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1The Streets of Ankh Morpork1993Description / Buy
2The Discworld Companion1994Description / Buy
3The Discworld Mapp1995Description / Buy
4The Pratchett Portfolio1996Description / Buy
5Discworld's Diary Unseen University Diary 19981997Description / Buy
6Discworld's Ankh-Morpork City Watch Diary1998Description / Buy
7A Tourist Guide to Lancre1998Description / Buy
8Discworld Assassins' Guild Yearbook and Diary 20001999Description / Buy
9Nanny Ogg's Cookbook1999Description / Buy
10Death's Domain1999Description / Buy
11Discworld Fools' Guild Yearbook and Diary 20012000Description / Buy
12GURPS Discworld Also2000Description / Buy
13Discworld Thieves' Guild Yearbook & Diary 20022001Description / Buy
14Discworld (Reformed) Vampyre's Diary 20032002Description / Buy
15The New Discworld Companion2003Description / Buy
16The Art of Discworld (Short Story)2004Description / Buy
17The Discworld Almanac for the Common Year 20052004Description / Buy
18The Ankh-Morpork Post Office Handbook: Discworld Diary 20072006Description / Buy
19The Unseen University Cut-Out Book2006Description / Buy
20Lu-Tze's Yearbook of Enlightenment2007Description / Buy
21The Wit and Wisdom of Discworld2007Description / Buy
22The Folklore of Discworld2008Description / Buy
23The Illustrated Eric2010Description / Buy
24The Compleat Ankh-Morpork: City Guide2012Description / Buy
25Turtle Recall: The Discworld Companion... So Far2012Description / Buy
26Discworld Diary: We r Igors 2015: First and Last Aid2014Description / Buy
27Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook: To Travelling Upon the Ankh-Morpork & Sto Plains Hygienic Railway (Short Story)2014Description / Buy
28Discworld 2016 Diary: A Practical Manual for the Modern Witch2015Description / Buy
29The Compleat Discworld Atlas2015Description / Buy
30Terry Pratchett's Discworld Colouring Book2016Description / Buy
31Discworld Diary 20172016Description / Buy
32Terry Pratchett's Discworld Diary 2019 (Short Story)2018Description / Buy
33Death and Friends: A Discworld Journal (Short Story)2019Description / Buy

Order of Discworld Graphic Novels

#ReadTitlePublishedDetails
1The Colour of Magic1992Description / Buy
2Mort Big Comic1994Description / Buy
3The Light Fantastic1998Description / Buy
4Small Gods2016Description / Buy

Order of Discworld Picture Books

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1Where's My Cow?2005Description / Buy
2The World of Poo (Short Story)2012Description / Buy

Order of Discworld Plays

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1Mort: The Play1996Description / Buy
2The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents2003Description / Buy
3Going Postal2005Description / Buy
4Jingo2005Description / Buy
5Monstrous Regiment2005Description / Buy
6Hogfather2007Description / Buy
7The Colour of Magic2009Description / Buy
8Carpe Jugulum2010Description / Buy
9Guards! Guards!2011Description / Buy
10Interesting Times2011Description / Buy
11Men at Arms2011Description / Buy
12Mort2011Description / Buy
13Wyrd Sisters2011Description / Buy
14Lords and Ladies2011Description / Buy
15The Truth2014Description / Buy
16Making Money2015Description / Buy
17The Rince Cycle2015Description / Buy
18All the Discworld's a Stage2015Description / Buy
19Maskerade2015Description / Buy

Order of Discworld Plays

#ReadTitlePublishedDetails
1Mort: The Play1996Description / Buy
2The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents2003Description / Buy
3Going Postal2005Description / Buy
4Jingo2005Description / Buy
5Monstrous Regiment2005Description / Buy
6Hogfather2007Description / Buy
7The Colour of Magic2009Description / Buy
8Carpe Jugulum2010Description / Buy
9Guards! Guards!2011Description / Buy
10Interesting Times2011Description / Buy
11Men at Arms2011Description / Buy
12Mort2011Description / Buy
13Wyrd Sisters2011Description / Buy
14Lords and Ladies2011Description / Buy
15The Truth2014Description / Buy
16Making Money2015Description / Buy
17The Rince Cycle2015Description / Buy
18All the Discworld's a Stage2015Description / Buy
19Maskerade2015Description / Buy
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Order of Discworld Graphic Novels

#ReadTitlePublishedDetails
1The Colour of Magic1992Description / Buy
2Mort Big Comic1994Description / Buy
3The Light Fantastic1998Description / Buy
4Small Gods2016Description / Buy
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Order of Science Of Discworld Series By: Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen

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1The Science of Discworld1999Description / Buy
2The Science of Discworld II: The Globe2002Description / Buy
3The Science of Discworld III: Darwin's Watch2005Description / Buy
4The Science of Discworld IV: Judgement Day2013Description / Buy
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Order of Discworld Plays

#ReadTitlePublishedDetails
1Mort: The Play1996Description / Buy
2The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents2003Description / Buy
3Going Postal2005Description / Buy
4Jingo2005Description / Buy
5Monstrous Regiment2005Description / Buy
6Hogfather2007Description / Buy
7The Colour of Magic2009Description / Buy
8Carpe Jugulum2010Description / Buy
9Guards! Guards!2011Description / Buy
10Interesting Times2011Description / Buy
11Men at Arms2011Description / Buy
12Mort2011Description / Buy
13Wyrd Sisters2011Description / Buy
14Lords and Ladies2011Description / Buy
15The Truth2014Description / Buy
16Making Money2015Description / Buy
17The Rince Cycle2015Description / Buy
18All the Discworld's a Stage2015Description / Buy
19Maskerade2015Description / Buy
Print: Print PDF

Order of Discworld Companion Series

#ReadTitlePublishedDetails
1The Streets of Ankh Morpork1993Description / Buy
2The Discworld Companion1994Description / Buy
3The Discworld Mapp1995Description / Buy
4The Pratchett Portfolio1996Description / Buy
5Discworld's Diary Unseen University Diary 19981997Description / Buy
6Discworld's Ankh-Morpork City Watch Diary1998Description / Buy
7A Tourist Guide to Lancre1998Description / Buy
8Discworld Assassins' Guild Yearbook and Diary 20001999Description / Buy
9Nanny Ogg's Cookbook1999Description / Buy
10Death's Domain1999Description / Buy
11Discworld Fools' Guild Yearbook and Diary 20012000Description / Buy
12GURPS Discworld Also2000Description / Buy
13Discworld Thieves' Guild Yearbook & Diary 20022001Description / Buy
14Discworld (Reformed) Vampyre's Diary 20032002Description / Buy
15The New Discworld Companion2003Description / Buy
16The Art of Discworld (Short Story)2004Description / Buy
17The Discworld Almanac for the Common Year 20052004Description / Buy
18The Ankh-Morpork Post Office Handbook: Discworld Diary 20072006Description / Buy
19The Unseen University Cut-Out Book2006Description / Buy
20Lu-Tze's Yearbook of Enlightenment2007Description / Buy
21The Wit and Wisdom of Discworld2007Description / Buy
22The Folklore of Discworld2008Description / Buy
23The Illustrated Eric2010Description / Buy
24The Compleat Ankh-Morpork: City Guide2012Description / Buy
25Turtle Recall: The Discworld Companion... So Far2012Description / Buy
26Discworld Diary: We r Igors 2015: First and Last Aid2014Description / Buy
27Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook: To Travelling Upon the Ankh-Morpork & Sto Plains Hygienic Railway (Short Story)2014Description / Buy
28Discworld 2016 Diary: A Practical Manual for the Modern Witch2015Description / Buy
29The Compleat Discworld Atlas2015Description / Buy
30Terry Pratchett's Discworld Colouring Book2016Description / Buy
31Discworld Diary 20172016Description / Buy
32Terry Pratchett's Discworld Diary 2019 (Short Story)2018Description / Buy
33Death and Friends: A Discworld Journal (Short Story)2019Description / Buy
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The first book to be released in the Discworld series was The Colour of Magic, which was released in 1983. As well as being the first book in the Discworld series, it was also the first book in the wizard Rincewind’s series of adventures. As well as being a series unto itself, the Discworld series also features sub-series featuring the storylines of various different characters, which sometimes overlapped. Rinewind’s series continued with The Light Fantastic, then Sourcery, Eric, Interesting Times, The Last Continent, The Last Hero, and finally Unseen Academicals. Rincewind’s story focused on his ineptitude at being a wizard, and the fact that he is pretty much useless in his studies at the Unseen University. He is also followed around by the monstrous Luggage, a massive trunk on legs which has a predisposition for violence.

Perhaps the other beloved character in the Discworld series is that of Sam Vimes and his City Watch. Vimes epitomises the every-man in his role as a guard in the City Watch, before he rises through the ranks due to his bravery and courage, as well as his great ability to solve crimes. The City watch first feature in Guards! Guards! Men At Arms is the next book to feature Sam Vimes and the City Watch, followed by Feet of Clay and Jingo. The Fifth Elephant and The Truth are the next books in the City Watch series, then The Last Hero and Night Watch. The final books in the City Watch series, and the storyline of Sam Vimes are Monstrous Regiment, Thud!, Snuff and Raising Steam.

There are other characters that get their own series of adventures in the Discworld series, such as Death, The Witches, The Wizards and Tiffany Aching. In fact, the last book to be publish in the Discworld series is The Shepherd’s Crown, featuring Tiffany Aching. The book was completed in the middle of 2014, and was released posthumously after the death of author Terry Pratchett in September 2015.

Sadly, after Pratchett’s passing, his daughter, Rhiannon announced that although there would be spin-offs and tie-ins that may be released in the future, there would be no more books released in the Discworld series. However, with over 40 books in the Discworld series alone, along with other related products such as maps, science books and companions, fans of the Discworld series are never short of reading material.

The Discworld series of books are a series of fantasy books written by the late Terry Pratchett which take place on the realm of the Discworld – a planet the shape of a disc floating through space, supported by four elephants, floating through space on the back of a giant turtle, the Great A’Tuin. The series of books have often comic in style, although they also deal with more serious topics and darker themes.

Sir, Terrence Pratchett was an English writer of fantasy novels especially comic books. Pratchett sold his very first novel when he was only thirteen years of age. The money that he obtained from the novel, he used it to purchase a second-hand typewriter. Collin Smythe published Pratchett’s first novel, a satirical fantasy that, was titled Carpet People, in the year 1971. Pratchett has worked for several years as a press officer and a journalist, writing during his spare time. During this period, Pratchett published a number of novels including the first installment in the Discworld book series, The Color of Magic that was published in the year 1983. Five years after releasing The Color of Magic, Terry Pratchett became a full-time writer.

Discworld Series Awards

Regarded as one of the top English language satirists, Terrence Pratchett is one of the most decorated authors who has not only scooped numerous literary awards but has also been named as a British Empire Officer for his contribution to literature. The 29th Installment Nightwatch in the book series Discworld, scooped the Prometheus Award while the 28th Installment in the series, The Amazing Maurice, a children’s book won a Carnegie Award. Other books in the Discworld series that have won several awards include Going Postal, which won the Best Young Book at the Locus Awards, A Hat Full of Sky, Shepherds Crown, and Wee Free Me scooped best Young Adult Books in the year 2007, 2004 and 2005.

Because of his outstanding work in the Discworld book series and his contribution to literature in general, Pratchett has received honorary doctorates from the University of Portsmouth, University of Warwick, University of Bristol, University of Dublin and many others. In the year 2010, Terry Pratchett was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Discworld Books into Movies

Due to the complexity of the Discworld series, it has been exceedingly difficult to adapt the entire series into a film. Nonetheless, there are several installments in the book series, which were successfully adapted. In the year 1996, Cosgrove Hall adapted two books in the series for channel four into six, 30 minutes short films. A fan movie adaptation for Mort was adapted into a 26 minutes film by Orange Cow Productions. Lords and Ladies were adapted by a German based production house, Almost No Budget Films in 2005. Sky One, which is based in the UK commissioned approximately 6 million pounds for the creation and adaptation for Hogfather. David Jason was selected to play the role of Albert. Other books in the series, which were adapted for a screenplay, include Run Rincewind Run, Going Postal and the Color of Magic. Novels that have been planned for adaptation include Troll Bridge, Wee Free Men, and the Watch.

Best Discworld Series Books

One of the top performing books in the Discworld series is the Color of Magic which is the first installment in the series. The Color of Magic is a quick and fun read. You will undoubtedly enjoy reading about the somewhat cartoonish world which is populated by intriguing and unlikely characters. The author has successfully been able to create an interesting and original multiverse and mythology. Hidden in silly actions and tongue in cheek humor is an insightful and intelligent view of a mythological world and our world as well. Many of the references in the book are actual magic and occult concepts. However, the author has managed to portray all these in a loose, entertaining and humorous manner. By including real world concepts, the author has managed to make this book an interesting read.

Another book that has performed extremely well is Mort which is the fourth installment in the series. In this book, the author introduces Mort to the reader. He is an exceedingly lovable character, who is not only distant but also sensitive, a big fan of cats and immovable. Since he has been working for quite some time, Mort begins to suffer from some understandable languor. Thus a solution, Death comes and picks up young Mortimer at a fair job and all of a sudden we are off to an adventure with the Death’s gangling teenage trainee. With that being said, the plot can at times prove to be a little bit jolting and disjointed at times. Nonetheless, the author has still managed to create an exceedingly interesting story which is filled with laughs and some pretty interesting characters.

Discworld FAQ

Q: Who wrote the Discworld series?

A: The Discworld series was written by the late, great Terry Pratchett.

Q: What is the final book in the Discworld series?

A: The final book in the Discworld series is The Shepherd’s Crown, which features the character of Tiffany Aching.

Q: What is the first book in the Discworld series?

A: The first book in the Discworld series is The Colour of Magic, which was released in 1983.

What Is The Next Book in The Discworld Series?

There doesn't seem to be an upcoming book in The Discworld Series. The newest book is The Shepherd\'s Crown and was released on August, 1st 2015.

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  1. I’ve always wanted to read this series, but it is just so intimidating. 40 books, untold number of spinoff books, graphic novels science and companion novels. It just felt overwhelming, but I finally bit the bullet and started this off.

    After reading the Color of Magic, I want to say to my old self “What took you so long!?” This is, no joke, one of the funniest books I’ve ever read and I had no idea it was possible to laugh so hard from a single sentence on a paperback. It’s crazy. There is a great mix of that humor and fantasy and Discworld shouldn’t feel overwhelming to read. It is actually very welcoming, jump right in.

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