Wintersmith begins with another storm (once the book gets going after the glossary). This is a common PTerry openning. I wonder if he did it first to prove that a good book could begin with" a dark and stormy night" and kept doing it because he was right. Why return to it now? Probably because of the title character but maybe to tie it to other discworld novels, or to comfort and reward fans reading thier first YA novel or maybe because it's worked before. I begin each novel admiring his prose then noticing it less as I get pulled into the story so I read them twice to start. Opinions on PTerry opennings and storms anyone?