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Couldn't have said it better! I upgraded to 4 stars as well after this reread.
BrokenTune 2 weeks ago
That really was a lot of fun. Can't wait to get acquainted with the DEATH series. :)
Yup. Even if we've all read several Discworld novels already, it does make a difference, after all, to read them in sequence.
Tannat 2 weeks ago
I think for me it's the ending that drives down the rating for me. Pratchett tries to wrap things up too well but then nothing ever happens in the novels to any of the character except Granny so it seems like a meaningless wrap up and out of cannon.
BrokenTune 2 weeks ago
I see where you're coming from. It's like he wasn't sure yet if the series would continue. Ironically, this is one of the reasons that this works for me. I'm not keen on series that leave things open from one book to the next.
It *was* the third book of the series, and many book contracts are for 3 books -- to be reviewed and renewed at the publisher's discretion after book 3. Could that be a factor? (He did wrap up the Rincewind story at the end of "The Light Fantastic", too, after all.)
BrokenTune 2 weeks ago
That could very well have been a reason!
Tannat 2 weeks ago
I don't think so in this case, but I'd have to do some research to find out. I think he was following the paradigm of the day that said things should be neatly wrapped up but later he decided that he would just find good endings. In the later books, I'd say he still manages to resolve everyone's story at least up to that point, but he doesn't necessarily wrap it up with a bow and present it to the reader? I'm not sure if I'm making sense.
You are -- that is precisely the difference between the first books and the later books!