Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett was an English author of fantasy novels, especially known for his Discworld series. He was born on April 28, 1948, and passed away on March 12, 2015. Pratchett's writing is characterized by its wit, inventiveness, and satirical tone, often using the fantasy genre to explore complex social and philosophical themes. Over his career, he published over 70 books and was awarded a knighthood for services to literature in 2009.

Books

This list of books are ONLY the books that have been ranked on the lists that are aggregated on this site. This is not a comprehensive list of all books by this author.

  1. 1. The Colour of Magic

    This book introduces readers to a flat, disc-shaped world balanced on the back of four elephants who stand on a giant turtle. The story follows an inept and cowardly wizard named Rincewind who is tasked with guiding a naive tourist through this chaotic and fantastical world filled with dragons, trolls, and magic. The narrative is a satirical take on fantasy genre clichés, with humorous and witty commentary throughout.

  2. 2. Good Omens

    "Good Omens" is a humorous take on the biblical Apocalypse, following an angel and a demon who have grown fond of Earth and its inhabitants, and are not too keen on the impending end of the world. As they try to locate the misplaced Antichrist and prevent the Four Horsemen from bringing about Armageddon, they encounter an array of quirky characters, including witch-hunters, modern-day witches, and the Four Horsemen themselves. The novel combines comedy, fantasy, and philosophical themes, offering a satirical critique of religious prophecy and human nature.

  3. 3. Night Watch

    "Night Watch" is a satirical fantasy novel that follows the story of Sam Vimes, a city watch commander who is transported back in time. He must navigate the complexities of the past, assume the identity of his old mentor, and prevent a violent revolution, all while trying to find a way back to his own time. The book is filled with humor, social commentary, and a detailed fantasy world.

  4. 4. The Wee Free Men

    In this humorous fantasy novel, a young witch named Tiffany Aching embarks on a quest to rescue her kidnapped brother, armed only with a frying pan and the assistance of the Nac Mac Feegle—a clan of rowdy, blue-skinned, six-inch-tall pictsies. As Tiffany ventures into the realm of Fairyland, she must rely on her wits, courage, and newfound magical abilities to navigate a world filled with dreams and nightmares, where nothing is as it seems. Along the way, she learns valuable lessons about responsibility, the power of knowledge, and the importance of standing up for oneself and others.

  5. 5. Small Gods

    In a satirical fantasy world, a once-powerful god finds himself nearly forgotten, his power diminished to almost nothing as he's left with a single believer, a novice monk. This unlikely duo embarks on a journey to confront the corrupt religious institution that has lost sight of true faith, challenging dogma and hypocrisy. Along the way, they encounter a host of quirky characters and navigate philosophical quandaries, ultimately seeking to restore genuine belief and the god's rightful place in the hearts of the people. The narrative cleverly explores themes of religion, belief, and the nature of power through a humorous and thought-provoking lens.

  6. 6. Mort

    In this comedic fantasy novel, a young, clumsy boy named Mort is taken on as an apprentice by Death, the grim reaper himself. As Mort learns the ropes of the family business, he struggles with the responsibilities of ushering souls into the afterlife. His compassion leads him to interfere with fate, causing a rift in reality that he must repair. Along the way, Mort encounters a colorful cast of characters, explores the peculiarities of the Discworld, and ultimately discovers his own place within it. The book combines wit, satire, and a deep exploration of the nature of humanity and destiny.

  7. 7. Guards! Guards!

    In a satirical twist on the fantasy genre, the story unfolds in a chaotic city where the inept and often ignored Night Watch finds itself facing an unexpected challenge when a secret society summons a dragon to achieve their political ambitions. The motley crew of guards, including a naive new recruit, a cynical captain, and a nobleman in disguise, must navigate through absurdity, corruption, and incompetence to save the city from fiery destruction. Along the way, they encounter a diverse cast of characters, including a formidable lady librarian and a magical swamp dragon, all while poking fun at the tropes of fantasy novels and exploring themes of duty, heroism, and the nature of power.

  8. 8. Reaper Man

    In this satirical fantasy novel, Death finds himself unexpectedly unemployed when the universe decides that even the Grim Reaper needs a replacement. As he explores the meaning of life from a mortal perspective, taking on the guise of a farmhand named Bill Door, the world struggles with the consequences of a reality where the dead are no longer being collected. Meanwhile, a surplus of life force leads to a series of bizarre and comedic events, including the rise of a sentient mall and the mischief of poltergeists. As the fabric of reality begins to unravel, it's up to Death, with his newfound humanity, to confront his replacement and restore the natural order.

  9. 9. Hogfather

    In a fantastical satire of holiday traditions, the very existence of the Discworld's version of Santa Claus, known as the Hogfather, is threatened when a sinister plot is hatched to eliminate him. As belief in the Hogfather wanes, the personification of Death steps in to fill his boots, delivering presents to the children of the Discworld in an attempt to keep the spirit of the holiday alive. Meanwhile, Death's granddaughter, a plucky and resourceful young woman, works to unravel the conspiracy and restore the natural order. The story humorously explores themes of belief, tradition, and the nature of reality through a quirky and whimsical narrative that is both entertaining and thought-provoking.

  10. 10. Wyrd Sisters

    In a fantastical realm where witches hold sway over the common folk's superstitions and destinies, three eccentric crones find themselves entangled in royal intrigue after a throne is usurped by a power-hungry duke. The trio, guided by their own peculiar brand of wisdom and the manipulative hands of fate, must navigate the treacherous waters of politics and prophecy to restore the rightful heir to the crown. With a cauldron bubbling with satire and wit, the story cleverly subverts the tropes of Shakespearean drama, fairy tales, and fantasy conventions, all while exploring themes of power, destiny, and the nature of storytelling itself.

  11. 11. Men At Arms

    In this satirical fantasy novel, the city of Ankh-Morpork's Night Watch faces a period of change and expansion, as it is forced to open its ranks to a diverse group of new recruits, including a troll, a dwarf, and a werewolf, due to a new affirmative action policy. The motley crew of guardsmen must navigate the intricacies of their own interpersonal dynamics while simultaneously unraveling a plot that threatens the city's very existence. As they delve deeper into the mystery, they encounter a lethal weapon with a mind of its own, and the group must overcome prejudice and personal shortcomings to prevent chaos from consuming the city they are sworn to protect.

  12. 12. Soul Music

    In this satirical fantasy novel, the world of Discworld is introduced to rock and roll—or "Music with Rocks In"—when a young harpist's life is forever changed after his guitar is imbued with a soul of its own. As the music feverishly spreads across the land, it brings with it a wave of rebellious youth culture, shaking the foundations of society. Meanwhile, Death, one of the book's central characters, goes through an existential crisis, leading to his temporary abdication of duties and the subsequent chaos in the natural order. The story humorously explores themes of fame, destiny, and the transformative power of music, all while parodying the real-world music industry and its icons.

  13. 13. Thief Of Time

    In this satirical fantasy novel, the concept of time is personified and at risk as a young clockmaker is tricked into creating a time-stopping clock, which could bring about the end of the world. Meanwhile, the history monks, guardians of time, along with the anthropomorphic personification of Death and his granddaughter, work to prevent this temporal catastrophe. The narrative weaves through multiple storylines filled with quirky characters, including a martial arts monk with a talent for baking, as they confront the nature of time, the importance of living in the moment, and the challenge of managing an increasingly unstable reality. The book combines humor, philosophy, and a richly detailed world to explore the complexities of time and human existence.

  14. 14. The Fifth Elephant

    In this satirical fantasy novel, a member of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch is sent as an ambassador to the politically unstable region of Überwald, where he must navigate the complex social dynamics of werewolves, dwarves, and vampires. The mission is to secure peace and trade agreements, but the situation quickly escalates when a sacred artifact goes missing, threatening to ignite a civil war. With his unique blend of diplomacy and detective skills, the protagonist must solve the mystery, recover the artifact, and prevent chaos in a land where tradition clashes with progress and dark secrets lurk beneath the surface.

  15. 15. The Truth

    In this satirical fantasy novel, the story revolves around the accidental establishment of the city's first newspaper by a young entrepreneur and his talking dog. As the newspaper begins to uncover and report the truth, it finds itself entangled in a plot involving political intrigue, murder, and the machinations of the city's elite. The protagonist must navigate the treacherous waters of news and information, dealing with the moral dilemmas of journalism and the power of the written word, all while the very fabric of the city's society is threatened by the stories his paper brings to light. The novel humorously explores themes of media power, truth, and the responsibility of those who control the flow of information.

  16. 16. Witches Abroad

    In this satirical fantasy novel, three witches embark on a journey to a distant land to prevent a fairy godmother from forcibly creating a "happy ending," regardless of the consequences. The witches, each with their own distinct personality and approach to magic, navigate through a world filled with twisted fairy tale tropes, encountering talking animals, voodoo, and the power of stories along the way. As they travel, they grapple with the nature of destiny and the importance of free will, ultimately aiming to subvert the godmother's manipulative narrative and allow the people to shape their own lives. The novel humorously explores themes of fate, storytelling, and the subversion of traditional fairy tale conventions.

  17. 17. A Hat Full of Sky

    "A Hat Full of Sky" is a young adult fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett. The story follows Tiffany Aching, a young witch who leaves her home in the Chalk to become an apprentice to Miss Level in the big city. Tiffany quickly learns that being a witch is not just about casting spells, but also about understanding people and the world around her. She must also confront a dangerous creature known as a hiver, which seeks to take over her mind and use her powers for its own purposes. With the help of her friends and fellow witches, Tiffany must learn to control her magic and defeat the hiver before it's too late.

  18. 18. Going Postal

    In this satirical fantasy novel, a notorious con artist is given a second chance at life by being forced to revive the defunct Ankh-Morpork Post Office. As the new Postmaster, he must contend with outdated mail systems, a haunted post office, and the competition from a powerful, unscrupulous clacks communication company. Using his wits and a motley crew of postal employees, he embarks on a madcap journey to restore the postal service, outmaneuver the corporate villains, and ultimately redefine the meaning of communication in a city teeming with magic and mayhem.