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All the Discworld books rely on the reader understanding a few basic principles:-

- The world is flat and carried through space on the back of 4 elephants who ride on a giant space turtle.
- Magic is real, and can be a career choice.
- So is psychic ability.
- Death is quite a kind personage, really. He likes parties.
- Eight is the magic number.

I've only read "the Wee Free Men" (and it's sequel who's name i 'don't remember) but for those two "Magic is real and can be a career choice" is the only of those you'd need to know (which really could be called a need to know for much of fantasy) :D

And although there may have been things I "missed" from not having read any of the others it was nothing that affected the book at all.

The Wee Free Men was excellent btw.

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