Much like Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett is pretty much universally loved as a fantastic storyteller. His Discworld series in particular has had tremendous success and packed as it is with clever, whimsical humor, it’s not hard to see why. Pratchett was knighted in 2009 and is also an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (so says Wikipedia).
Believe it or not, my first introduction to Pratchett’s writing wasn’t Discworld. It was Good Omens, coauthored with the above mentioned Neil Gaiman. I adore that book to itty bitty pieces; just thinking about it now makes me want to go back and reread it. I’ve read a handful of his Discworld books as well and have the opinion that–as an author–he can do no wrong. As I’ve mentioned in previous entries, Pratchett writes an amazing, entertaining Death, such that I look specifically for those books which feature Death as a character.
Really, it’s hard to pick a wrong place to start with Terry Pratchett’s books. I’ve read them all over the place where I could find them in the library or in book stores or on my friends’ bookshelves. Each one is a witty little adventure into a brilliant tongue in cheek fantasy world filled with complex societies, strong personalities, and a full, rich magic system. Pick one and dive in.
What’s your favorite Terry Pratchett book? Come on, I know you’ve read at least one. OK, none? Well, give me your favorite P author then. My bookshelf is a little heavy in one area where P is concerned.