Pratchett Recommendations (was Re: Why _Wuthering Heights_ is so awfully awful)

Dorian E. Gray israfel at
Wed Jan 15 14:38:30 EST 2003

Sallyo asked...
> You're right, Robyn. I found his earlier books *too* consciously funny for
> my taste. It is just personal taste, but I've never really liked constant
> barrage type humour (Xanth annoys me too, and so does Mything Persons and
> its sequels). I prefer humour that's a bit less deliberate. The humour in
> Howl is exactly at my wavelength. I did like Good Omens though, and if the
> later Pratchett is at that sort of leve... well! Could you recommend some
> really good examples of the later titles?

I'm not Robyn, but I *am* a Pratchett fan.  I'd recommend his very latest,
"Night Watch", which isn't really a "funny book" at all, though it does have
humour, and is also just incredibly good.  It has time travel and assorted
musings about the nature of heroism and a revolution.  There's more in it
for those who've read the earlier "Watch" books (because you get to see a
bit of the past of several recurring characters), but I think a complete
newcomer could also enjoy it a lot.  (I don't *think* that's too

Other recent-ish ones I liked a lot include "Thief of Time" (already
mentioned on this list), which has martial time monks and Death's
granddaughter; "Hogfather" (much mythicness in a sort of Xmas setting); and
"The Truth" (newspapers come to the Discworld and wreak havoc).  Oh, and
"Carpe Jugulum" which is Pratchett's take on vampires.

Until the sky falls on our heads...

Dorian E. Gray
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