Yeah, I'm actually not sure if the turtle should be visible to the albatross. I can always just stick in a rough outline model and see if it's visible from the camera position Fortunately, the Mapp includes a scale, so I can measure the radius of the Disc and build my model to the right size
Hmm, tricky. I actually read the Bromeliad Trilogy first, which introduced me to the writing style, then moved onto The Colour of Magic from there. (I have a real thing about reading stuff "in order".)
The Amazing Maurice is good too, or, as you said, Guard! Guards! I think that's the point at which the DW really starts to take shape, although it does then mean that people have less of an incentive to read the early books.
My fiancee's first* was Hogfather. She supports it.
*In interest of full disclosure, her *actual* first Discworld was Thud!, which she bought at random from our college bookstore. It was ... not a good introduction for her. Also, she may have read Good Omens before Hogfather, being a big Neil Gaiman fan.
The city watch/Sam Vimes books are east to get into and really fun to follow, so probably a good start. Maybe the Moist Lipwig books (Going Postal and Making Money) fit this easy to get into category as well?
My best bets for this: Wyrd Sisters, Guards! Guards!, Reaper Man, Amazing Maurice, Going Postal.
I started with Equal Rites myself. But it really depends on the person about to read the books, right? I was a girl, and magic/fantasy always had a strong pull, so I LOVED the Granny Weatherwax books immediately. The Tiffany Aching series might be a good start there too. If the person is more into murder/mystery then any of the Sam Vimes books. If the person goes around and TALKS LIKE THIS, then definitely Reaper Man! If you are looking for a more generalized introduction, then Maurice or Postal would be good.
I thought about that after I posted.... Some books that are more recent, for example Going Postal, would be full of worldly items (the clacks!) and events that need a little bit more history built up behind it.
Maybe a book from the Century of the Fruitbat? What Century are we in now, the Anchovy?
I'll be adding it to my Wish List, except they currently don't do electronic content as gifts. Which I don't see what the problem is - they know the buyer is buying it for my account, they know there's a Kindle attached to my account and they know my e-mail address to tell me that someone's bought me a book... not difficult to engineer LOL
I'm a few chapters into The Long Earth. Fascinating concept, but still too early to draw any conclusions. Every now and then I hit a sentence, a phrase, etc. and said, "Yeah, that was written by Pterry."