Book Recommendations & Terry Pratchett

Book Recommendations & Terry Pratchett

In which I admit (once again) just how terrible I am at making book recommendations, and apologise to my lovely friend Lynda (whose blog you should really check out for lovely humour and fab editing tips) for basically suggesting she start reading Terry Pratchett by choosing any book at random. I then attempt to refine that recommendation a little, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t work.

Yeah, I’m entirely rubbish at book recommendations. Entirely.

I try to make up for it by waffling on about the different ways in which his books are good, and how re-reading them is an entirely different experience as an adult, choose my favourite character (sort of), and call the Stepper from the Long Earth series a time machine. Sigh.



So, help Lynda out here, lovely people – are you a Pratchett fan? What book would you recommend to a Discworld novice? Who’s your favourite character? let me know below!


8 Replies to “Book Recommendations & Terry Pratchett”

  1. The Discworld reading should start with Mort, which is when Pterry really started to hit his stride, and then he kept that stride up all the way through to Night Watch, which is really a dark and angry book into which the jokes don’t fit too well, and yes, he gets a bit preachy from then on, and I didn’t enjoy them half as much. (Oh, except for The Truth, which while very preachy was also very funny). And I never did take to Tiffany Aching … I liked the Feegles, but herself is a proper brat who I never warmed to. I did read The Long Earth, but found it too much Baxter and not enough Pratchett. Meh.

    My favourite of all Pterry’s books is Good Omens, but of the ones he wrote by himself, I’d go for Soul Music, just because of all the muso jokes. My favourite character is probably Gaspode. I kind of share his worldview. (Granny Weatherwax says she’s my favourite, but I’m trying to ignore her).

    1. I did find The Long Earth series took a little getting into, but once I’d settled it in my head (I think I was expecting more Pratchett too!) I really enjoyed it. And Soul Music – that’s been a while! I vaguely remember reading it, but I have a feeling that any jokes to do with music would have sort of missed their mark with me. Probably still would, to be fair. I mean, I listen to it, but as for knowing anything about it…

  2. No matter what the Stepper (or time machine) is, the important part I came away with is that it’s run by a potato, so that works for me.

    Fun, completely nonrelated fact: one summer, we couldn’t find the potatoes we’d planted in our garden. I’m not sure what happened to them, but weeds took over and by the time we got rid of the weeds (it was a really big garden) we didn’t see any potato greens. So one of my best friends suggested we go through the garden with a metal probe attached to a clock, poking the probe into the dirt, and if the clock started to run, we knew there had to be potatoes underground . . . yes, my friends think just like I do. And no, we didn’t actually do it. But I thought it was hilarious and pure genius.

    1. I have just spent a most entertaining ten minutes looking up potato clocks – I’m adding that to the things I’ve learnt blogging! (And I’m also probably going to buy potatoes later, because I don’t know how I missed that as a kid).

      Now the big question has to be: did you ever find the potatoes?

      1. We came to know that as the summer we lost the potatoes. Sad but true. I have no idea what would have happened to them.

        1. The Summer We Lost the Potatoes sounds like a good read. Shades of Gerald Durrell, perhaps? And if they weren’t actually spirited away by potato thieves, they likely live there still, spreading and growing under the earth, creating little families and communities of quietly ambitious potatoes, all fuelled by the knowledge that one summer, they escaped… 😉

          1. Someday there will be a famine, and my family will save the town because we’ll finally find the rogue potatoes—grotesquely sized from years of continual growth, but still deliciously fluffy with butter when cooked. That’ll learn ’em.

          2. Book 2: The Summer the Potatoes Saved Us.

            I think you’re onto something here…

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