My favourite author is Terry Pratchett.
I’m pretty sure that he is one of those marmite writers, people tend to love or hate his style of writing.
Obviously I love it.
He is an award winning author, and most famous for writing the Discworld series which consists of 41 books.
I was extremely lucky to have attended a book signing in 2012 for the release of the Long Earth where I got to listen to him speak about his books, along with Steven Baxter (I mostly sat staring completely star struck).
I had the worst cold when the day came around but I drugged myself up and still decided to go because I couldn’t miss out on a chance to hear him speak in person.
It was a wonderful experience and I managed to get a signed copy of The Long Earth which I will hold dear forever!
The Discworld series is simply fantastic, I have read 40 of the 41 books as I cannot bring myself to read the last book in the series The Shepherd’s Crown, several of my friends say that there are poignant passages in the book which reflect his failing health at the time and I haven’t been able to pluck up the courage to read it (I’m a pansy I know).
They are described as: Discworld is a comic fantasy book series, set on the Discworld, a flat planet balanced on the backs of four elephants which in turn stand on the back of a giant turtle.
They are light, they are funny but they also have some seriously brilliant philosophical ideas and thoughts that will really get you. The characters are charming and completely flawed in the best of ways.
I think its hard to have an ultimate favourite from the Discworld collection, its easier to have a favourite from each group of people who are written about e.g. The City Watch, The Witches, The Wizards, Death etc.
My favourites change all the time depending on where I am in life or just how I’m feeling when I read them.
I can’t remember how old I was when I read my first Terry Pratchett book but I’m pretty sure that I started to read them a little too early because I definitely did not understand everything that was happening but I can remember being completely engrossed in this vivid and yet completely bizarre world. I was captivated by his style of writing. The books felt less formally structured than other books I had read and seriously some of the ‘footnotes’ are half a page long, absolutely just brilliantly odd.
The books in my opinion do not have to be read in order – I have a friend that says you should because of the progression but I read them all completely out of order and it never stopped my enjoyment. The first book that I read was ‘Interesting Times’ (which I think is the 17th book) and the rest I just read in whatever order I picked them off the shelf in.
I’ve read many books where there might be several in a series or all in the same fantasy world but I have never found another group of books where I’ve been so lost in the world, it almost feels like the Discworld is a real place. There is so much depth so many random details about this place so much history (which I guess could be the fact that I’ve read 40 books all based in the same world) but I think its an absolute testament to his abilities of a writer that this world is so real so believable in a completely fantastical way.
These books are like home to me, I like to read them when I’m feeling down or am in need of a pick me up and I really hope you will give them a try if you haven’t yet.
Do you have a favourite author or book series that you just could not do without?