For thirty years, Terry Pratchett has been writing books about a massive motley menagerie of characters in his Discworld fantasy series. Filled with humor, magic, wit, and adventure, there's a little something for everyone. With thirty-nine books in the series so far, it can be a little daunting to find a place to jump in, so we'll point to a couple of good books for where to start your Discworld experience.
If you like crime solving, gruff but lovable policemen, and malicious secret societies, why not start with Guards! Guards! This is the first book about the lovable group of misfits known as the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, and their misadventures in attempting to save their city from a deadly dragon.
If you like witches, Shakespeare, and murder most foul, there's Wyrd Sisters. This is the first of the books about a group of three witches: the cantankerous Granny Weatherwax, the jovial Nanny Ogg, and the naïve young Magrat Garlick. The witches then have to deal with ghostly kings, traveling acting troupes, treacherous usurpers of the throne and more, and that's just in their first outing.
If you like con artists, stamps, and stories of love and redemption, there's Going Postal. This story begins with Moist Von Lipwig, a skilled con artist, finally caught by the law. He's given a choice, he can either face certain death or become the new head of the Ankh-Morpork Postal Service. From there unfolds a story of a man who quite accidentally manages to rebuild the entire dilapidated service, invent the postage stamp, and even fall in love.
Finally for the young adult readers, there's the Tiffany Aching series of books, starting with The Wee Free Men. Tiffany Aching is a young apprentice witch who ends up on rather dangerous adventures which she manages to triumph over as she grows and matures, with a helping hand from a group of six-inch tall angry blue pixie-like creatures known as the Nac Mac Feegle.
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