I absolutely adored Night Watch, and I want everyone to read it. It’s a bit difficult to understand without proper context, so I’ve put together a somewhat short reading list to get you up to speed before you dive into it.
Here’s my Discworld Reading List So You Can Read Night Watch As Soon As Possible:
3. Small Gods
4. Guards! Guards!
5. Men At Arms
6. Feet Of Clay
7. The Fifth Elephant
8. Thief Of Time
9. Night Watch
That will basically take you from the beginning of Discworld to about the early 00’s. Mort, Pyramids, and Small Gods get you glimpses of other parts of the Discworld, and are very quality examples to ease you into his writing style. You can read these three in any order, but I’d recommend starting with Mort. Stuff that comes after will make more sense that way.
Guards! Guards! begins the City Watch/Sam Vimes cycle of Discworld novels, and then it takes a slight detour with Thief of Time, which isn’t directly related to anything else on the list, but connects to Night Watch. It’s also a thrill on its own.
There you have it. That’s my own personal reading list, and it worked out well for me. There are other books I want to try, but I’d recommend these if you’re curious.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments!