Terry Pratchett is one of my favorite authors and his Disc World series is unrivaled. Pratchett writes with the imaginative and fantastic qualities of Tolkien and the satirical edge of Stephen Colbert. From dragons, zombies and talking dogs, Pratchett uses it all. The Disc World features recurring characters that the reader falls in love with throughout the series. Each book satires a different topic and the plot builds with suspense as multiple story lines are woven into one another. Since there are dozens of books in the series, it is difficult where to jump into. I would not recommend starting with his first book, The Color of Magic, which focuses on tourism. It is a great read but is not the best representation of Pratchett’s style. Here are a few good ones to start with.
Reaper Man looks at time, relationships and death, even featuring Death as the main character. Death’s dry humor and logical approach to situations make him a favorite player among Disc World readers and this is one of his best stories. Witches Abroad addresses the ironies found in fairy tales and features the exploits of three witches, who are another favorite recurring set of characters. Going Postal satires the post office and will introduce you to the town of Ankh-Morpork, a London-like urban sprawl that is the main city in the Disc World books.
Each book is about 300 pages and the witty writing and fun characters make these books an easy read. To match Pratchett’s wit and English-style of humor, try one of his books alongside Monty Python’s Holy Grail Ale by Black Sheep Brewery. This light English pale ale has a soft fruity aroma and a crisp, biscuit malt character that compliments these cheerful, fun books.