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Terry Pratchett

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This is a brief discussion of Terry Pratchett and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by Pratchett.

This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by Pratchett: it includes only those books that I both know and like. Just as with the author list itself, omission of a particular item may mean I didn’t think highly enough of the omitted item, or it may simply mean that I have not yet sufficient familiarity with it. (In a very few cases, I have listed some books merely on the strength of my opinion of the author: all such books are clearly marked below, as throughout these lists, with a hash mark (#) before the title so you know what’s what.)

I don’t pretend that this discussion is a deep analysis. My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales Pratchett tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Pratchett worthy; in sum, to help you rank Terry Pratchett (and the works by Pratchett listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.

A Few Words About Terry Pratchett

Regrettably, I have not yet had an opportunity to write an essay on this author, but the “Other Resources” section below will lead you to some information about the “Notable Books” listed farther down this page.

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Other Terry Pratchett Resources

Terry Pratchett Resources on the Web

Pratchett is amazingly popular and successful as an author: back in 1998, his novels accounted for 6.5% of all hardcover fiction sales in Britain. Naturally, there is quite a lot on the web about Pratchett. The listing below does not include the countless one-off book reviews (Google Is Your Friend), nor most of the several interviews: it tries to focus on sites and pages that may better help you understand and appreciate Pratchett’s works (which include a deal more than just Discworld.).

There are several dedicated sites, the foremost being The L-Space Web; there is also Terry Pratchett Books; and there is the Colin Smythe page (Smythe was Pratchett’s original publisher, then later his agent).

Of individual pages (or site segments), an excellent one is Terry Pratchett: An Appreciation by Neil Gaiman. Another highly valuable resource is the portal on the L-Space site, Analysis (essays, term papers, theses, and analytical work about Pratchett).

There are numerous interviews, a sampling of which includes a 2008 interview at Locus magazine (excerpts only), a 2005 interview at [archived copy], a 2002 interview at January magazine, and a 2000 interview at Writers Write.

There is also an interesting Pratchett essay on God and religion (at the Mail online).

There’s lots more, of lesser or varying quality: again, Google Is Your Friend.

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Terry Pratchett Resources in Print

There are at least these:

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Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by Terry Pratchett ****

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