Review of The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett

The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★ The Shepherd’s Crown is the forty-first and final Discworld novel. This is an emotional experience. While I’m sad that the Discworld series is over, I feel like The Shepherd’s Crown is an appropriate ending. If you haven’t read at least the witch novels (starting with Equal Rites or Wyrd Sisters) and the Tiffany Aching novels…

Review of Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett

Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett. ★★★ Raising Steam is the fortieth book in the Discworld series and definitely not one you should start with! While it’s the third following Moist, there’s significant appearances from characters from other arcs, such as Vimes. Raising Steam is a book you’re better off reading if you’re already familiar with the majority of the Discworld…

Review of Snuff by Terry Pratchett

Snuff by Terry Pratchett. ★★★1/2 On reread, Snuff wasn’t as bad as I remembered, although that’s not saying a whole lot. Its the 39th Discworld novel, and the series has definitely descended in quality for various reasons. If you’re interested in the Discworld series, try earlier novels such as Going Postal, Guards! Guards!, Monstrous Regiment, or The Wee Free Men. In Snuff, Vimes…

Review of I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★★ I Shall Wear Midnight is the fourth book following Tiffany Aching, a young witch. While the plot of I Shall Wear Midnight is completely separate, I would suggest reading the earlier books, which start with The Wee Free Men, so you can see how Tiffany ages over the course of the series (so…

Review of Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett

Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★1/2 Unseen Academicals is the thirty-seventh book in the Discworld series, and not one I’d recommend starting with. While Unseen Academicals does stand alone, it contains a plethora of references to other books in the series, possibly the most self referential of any Discworld novels. Thus, I would suggest starting with Guards! Guards!, The Wee Free…

Review of Making Money by Terry Pratchett

Making Money by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★ Making Money is the thirty-sixth book in the Discworld series and the second following Moist von Lipwig. While you could plausibly read Making Money with no prior Discworld experience, I’d suggest having read the first book about Moist, Going Postal, first. The Ankh-Morpork banking system is hidebound and not up to snuff for Vetinari’s…

Review of Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett

Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★★ Tiffany Aching, the protagonist of The Wee Free Men and A Hat Full of Sky, is now almost thirteen and working for Miss Treason, a hundred and seventeen year old witch. When Miss Treason and Tiffany go to watch the dark Morris dance, where summer gives way to winter, the unprecedented happens: Tiffany, for reasons…

Review of Thud! by Terry Pratchett

Thud! by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★★ I love Thud!. It’s one of my favorite Discworld novels, right up there with Night Watch. However, it is the seventh Discworld novel following Vimes, so you’d be better off starting with Guards! Guards! if you haven’t read the rest of his arc. Or if you’re more generally wanting an introduction to the Discworld, you could…

Review of Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

Going Postal by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★★ Going Postal is the thirty-third Discworld novel and a fairly good one to start with as it follows a new character. There’s some references to other characters, but new readers should have no trouble keeping up. Moist von Lipwig is a conman and a thief, and he’s about to die. But when…

Review of Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett

Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★★ Monstrous Regiment was the first book in the Discworld series I ever read. This stand alone Discworld novel got me hooked on the series and has been a beloved favorite of mine for many years. Monstrous Regiment takes the classic trope of a girl disguising herself as a man to join the army…

Review of The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★ The Wee Free Men is the first book in Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching series, a YA series that’s sort of a sub-series of the Discworld books. They can be read independently or as an introduction into the larger world. In the Wee Free Men, Tiffany is a nine year old…

Review of Night Watch by Terry Pratchett

Night Watch by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★★ When I’m asked what my favorite book is, I say that it’s Terry Pratchett’s Night Watch. It’s hard for me to say why exactly this is. Possibly it’s because Night Watch is the darkest Discworld novel. Possibly it’s because Night Watch is so focused on my favorite character of all time, Sam Vimes. Possibly it’s because…