25 May: Pratchett VS Adams

The 25th of May is an auspicious day for fantasy and sci-fi lovers.

Not only is it the date of Diamond Valley Library’s Comic Con, it is also celebrated widely by fans of Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams.

Terry Pratchett was an English author of comic fantasy novels, best known for his hugely popular Discworld series. Pratchett fans celebrate The Glorious 25th of May, which references events in the book Night Watch, by wearing lilac flowers and donating to Alzheimer’s research.

Night Watch

The Discworld series is long and sprawling and contains many sub-series within it, and it’s often recommended that readers don’t begin at the beginning as the first few books are quite different to the later ones. Good entry points for this fun series include Guards! Guards!, Small Gods, Going Postal, and Wyrd Sisters – check out a full reading guide here.

For Douglas Adams fans, 25th of May is Towel Day, a day where fans openly carry a towel with them, like in Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and try not to panic. Douglas Adams was a comic sci fi writer best known for the Hitchhiker’s series and the Dirk Gently series.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Can’t decide which author you prefer? Maybe you could carry a lilac towel?!

Bring an old towel with you to Diamond Valley Library Comic Con on Towel Day and donate it to the Cat Protection Society in Greensborough.


The Hitchhiker's Guide...

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Where to start with the Discworld series? You could follow chronological order (below), or start with the City Watch books with Guards!, Guards!, or with the Witches with Wyrd Sisters or The Wee Free Men, or maybe the Death books with Mort. For more options check out one of the many available Discworld reading order guides like this one.

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