Terry Pratchett is a must read regardless of whether or not you like fantasy. His work is pure genius. His work defies definition. At times it’s laugh out loud funny and in the next moment he has the reader lamenting a certain aspect of human nature. His characters are satirical, yet dynamic and realistic. I cannot adequately describe Terry Pratchett’s work and I cannot recommend it enough.
That said, looking at a list of all the books Pratchett has written can be a bit daunting. “Do I really have to start all the way back at book 1?” a reader might ask. The good news is, no, you don’t have to read every single book Pratchett has written to appreciate what’s going on in the most recent book. It doesn’t hurt, but it’s far from necessary.
Pratchett’s Discworld books can be divided into several sub series: the Wizards, the Witches, the Death books, the City Watch books, the Moist Von Lipwig books, the Wee Free Men books, and a few stand alones thrown in here and there. I would recommend the City Watch books and the Death books to start, but the rest are brilliant too. My favorite stand alone book would have to be Monstrous Regiment, a book every feminist or fan of girl-power books should read.
To read my thoughts on Sir Terry’s Passing on March 12, 2015 click here.