Terry Pratchett's biography
He invented a weird world where it was obvious that the planet was carried on the back of a giant turtle and the sun went round the planet.
Oh yeah, and Magic works (when the Wizards aren't out to lunch).
Some people think these books are meant to be Funny. Some people think they are meant to be Metaphors. Either statement could be right. Either could be wrong, but the truth is probably somewhere in the middle.
The series is up to almost forty books and I own most of them bar Moving Pictures because I don't like it (sorry!).
You will note that the majority of the American covers may be a bit more tasteful than their British equivalents so you have a choice as which cover you buy.
One of the ways that Terry has managed to keep the series so fresh is in the way that many of the books are broken down into various sub series within the overall background of the Discworld itself. These sub series are usually thought of as being:
The books are:-
The Colour of Magic (Rincewind)
The Light Fantastic (Rincewind)
Equal Rites (Granny Weatherwax)
Wyrd Sisters (Witches)
Guards! Guards! (City Watch)
Lords and Ladies (Witches & Wizards)
Reaper Man (Death)
Small Gods (Stand Alone)
Men at Arms (City Watch)
Soul Music (Standalone)
Interesting Times (Rincewind)
Carpe Jugulum (Witches)
The Fifth Elephant (City Watch)
The Truth (Stand Alone)
Last Hero (Standalone/Cohen)
Thief of Time (Stand Alone)
The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents (Children's)
Night Watch (City Watch/Sam Vines)
Going Postal - A con-man finds his match (Moist von Lipwig/Ankh-Morpork)
Making Money - It's the turn of the Royal Mint to get the Post Office make over (Moist von Lipwig/Ankh-Morpork)
Unseen Academicals (Wizards)
I Shall Wear Midnight (Children's/Tiffany Aching)
Snuff (Sam Vines)
Raising Steam Steampower comes to the Discworld and Mosit von Ludwig finds himself with a new job (Moist von Lipwig/Ankh-Morpork).
The following are books I own or read, but have not yet got around to reviewing. They are listed alphabetically rather than in publication order.
Feet of Clay (City Watch)
Jingo (City Watch)
The Last Continent (Rincewind)
Witches Abroad (Witches)
Monstrous Regiment - The Discworld at war (Sam Vimes)
The Wee Free Men (Children's/Tiffany Aching). The main difference between Children's books and his adult books being the fact that these have chapters and are more scary than the adult books
Thud! - The Dwarves and Trolls have some issues to sort out... (City Watch)
Published but not read:
Nanny Ogg's Cookbook - As well as being one of the Ramtops' senior Witches, Nanny Ogg is a renowned Cook. Sample some of her delightful recipes...
A Hat Full of Sky (Children's/Tiffany Aching)
Wintersmith (Children's/Tiffany Aching)
Where's My Cow? (Children's)
Real world scientific principles are discussed in the differences between Discworld and Roundworld in the Science of Discworld series:
The Science Of Discworld
The Science Of Discworld II: The Globe
Science of Discworld III: Darwin's Watch
The Science of Discworld IV: Judgement Day: It's Wizards vs Priests in a Battle for the Future of Roundworld
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