Author Rating: A+

Photo by Robin Mathews

Photo by Robin Mathews

Terry Pratchett is one of my favorite authors. His Discworld novels are especially hilarious and delightful.

This first group are Pratchett’s non-Discworld novels (although some people claim that some of the children’s novels I list here are Discworld):

A Hat Full of Sky (read 7/07) Recommended

Not a Discworld novel. Written for the “juvenile” market, this is a reasonable offering for your ten to twelve-year-old.

The Wee Free Men (not yet read)

For children.

The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents (not yet read)

For children.

Good Omens (read 8/18/07)

I have always been a bit leery of co-authored novels but Pratchett and Neil Gaiman really pull it off.

It is the coming of the End Times: The Apocalypse is near, and Final Judgment will soon descend upon the human race. This comes as a bit of bad news to the angel Aziraphale (who was the angel of the Garden of Eden) and the demon Crowley (who, when he was originally named Crawley, was the serpent who tempted Eve to eat the apple), respectively the representatives of God and Satan on Earth, as they’ve actually gotten quite used to living their cozy, comfortable lives and, in a perverse way, actually have taken a liking to humanity. As such, since they’re both good friends (despite supposedly being polar opposites, representing Good and Evil as they do), they decide to work together and keep an eye on the Antichrist, destined to be the son of a prominent American diplomat stationed in Britain, and thus ensure he grows up in a way that means he can never decide simply between Good and Evil and, therefore, postpone the end of the world.

Nation (read 2/1/10)

Another of Pratchett’s novels for kids, but there is nothing juvenile about it.

Worlds are destroyed and cultures collide when a tsunami hits islands in a vast ocean much like the Pacific. Mau, a boy on his way back home from his initiation period and ready for the ritual that will make him a man, is the only one of his people, the Nation, to survive. Ermintrude, a girl from somewhere like Britain in a time like the 19th century, is on her way to meet her father, the governor of the Mothering Sunday islands. She is the sole survivor of her ship (or so she thinks), which is wrecked on Mau’s island. She reinvents herself as Daphne, and uses her wits and practical sense to help the straggling refugees from nearby islands who start arriving. When raiders land on the island, they are led by a mutineer from the wrecked ship, and Mau must use all of his ingenuity to outsmart him.

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The following are all Discworld, in order:

The Color of Magic (read 5/07) Recommended

Pratchett did not intend to write a series when he wrote this first one but it was so successful that he followed it up with a second.

The Light Fantastic (read 5/07) Recommended

Pratchett understood he was on to something. The rest is history.

Equal Rites (read 5/07) Recommended

Features the witches.

Mort (read 5/07) Recommended

One of my favorites, featuring Death.

Sourcery (not yet read)

Features Rincewind

Wyrd Sisters (read 7/07) Recommended

Pyramids (read 6/07) Recommended

Guards! Guards! (read 6/07) Recommended

Another of my favorites, featuring Captain Sam Vimes.

Eric (read 8/07) Recommended

I love Rincewind and the Luggage!

A variation on the Faust theme. Eric is a singularly inept sorcerer who conjures up an even more inept wizard, Rincewind, and a sentient (also treacherous, vindictive, and unruly) footlocker named, of course, the Luggage. Not having got anything like what he bargained for, Eric is fated to go through the usual zany ordeals of a Pratchett protagonist, until he wishes he’d never been born. Nor do things really all work out in the end, even if Eric is better off than he expected to be through most of the book.

Moving Pictures (read 7/07) Recommended

Reaper Man (read 11/26/08) Recommended

You got to love Death! In this one, Death gets fired and takes a vacation.

Witches Abroad (read 7/07) Recommended

Small Gods (not yet read)

Lords and Ladies (read 7/07) Recommended

Men at Arms (read 7/07) Recommended

Captain Sam Vimes has retired and Corporal Carrot is now in charge but someone wants to make him king.

Not since Stephen King’s “It” have clowns gotten such bad press as in “Men at Arms.” They seem to be the saddest creatures on Discworld. One of them, Beano is murdered and ends up playing ‘Knock Knock – Who’s There?’ with Death, who is trying to develop a sense of humor.

Humor will never be the strong suite of a hooded, seven-foot skeleton with glowing blue eyes, but Death does get in one inadvertently funny line. He tells Beano to think of his newly deceased state as being ‘DIMENSIONALLY DISADVANTAGED.’

Soul Music (not yet read)

Interesting Times (read 7/07) Recommended

This is one of my favorites and features the wizard Rincewind.

Maskerade (read 8/07) Recommended

Feet of Clay (read 8/1/07) Recommended

Another favorite.

Hogfather (read 8/30/07) Recommended

A bit chaotic but Death is an absolutely fabulous character.

Jingo (read 9/9/07) Recommended

This is another revolving around the Night Watch. Yay!

The Last Continent (read 9/29/07) Recommended

You have to read this one. Rincewind is hilarious.

Carpe Jugulum (read 10/4/07) Recommended

This is my favorite of the witch stories.

The Fifth Elephant (read 5/07 and 10/6/07) Recommended

One of Pratchett’s best.

The Truth (read 11/10/07) Recommended

Another Night watch — yay!

Thief of Time (read 11/18/07) Recommended

Not one of the best but still worthwhile.

The Last Hero (read 6/07)

Hilarious.

Night Watch (read 5/07) Recommended

The stories about Sam Vimes and the Night Watch are my favorites.

Monstrous Regiment (not yet read)

Going Postal (read 5/07)

This was the second Discworld novel that I read, features Captain Sam Vimes.

Thud! (read 5/07)

This was the first Discworld novel that I read and features Sam Vimes and the Night Watch.

Making Money (not yet read)

Unseen Academicals (not yet read)

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