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The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
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Mar 05, 2012

it was amazing
Read from March 05 to April 04, 2012

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Mark Read Terry Pratchett. Just do it. You won't regret it. Everything he writes is superior to most anything else. Even this (technically) young adult series of books about witch Tiffany Aching, which did NOT begin as a response to Rowling -- Pratchett is smarter, funnier and writes more believable characters; however, he's also not at all attempting the same sweeping, heroic mythology -- is charming and fine for all ages.

Harlan Ellison wrote something like "Terry is the wisest, kindest and funniest teacher you can imagine." And if that cranky bastard warmed to TP, you will too.

Seriously: This is your Christmas gift for the next five years. Especially early in his career, TP was enormously prolific. His Discworld series now runs to something like three dozen novels, including the Tiffany books and a few other oddball offshoots.

Discworld is a lot like our world, only where we have myth and legend, they have the everyday. Trolls work as bouncers and mafioso. Vampires attempt to go black-ribbon (eating blood sausage and drinking lots and lots of coffee). The city Watch of Ankh-Morpork (the great city-state of Discworld, somewhat equivalent to New York City in the 19th century or London in the 18th) contains all of the above plus dwarves, werewolves, gnomes and other folk who are just trying to get ahead.

You can pick TP's books up anywhere and enjoy. But if you choose to start chronologically, give "The Colour of Magic" and "The Light Fantastic" time to grow on you. Early efforts, but with the glimmer.

If you want to see where he really kicks into high gear, pick up "Wyrd Sisters," which in the most simplistic sense, is "Macbeth" from the point of view of the witches. Who are much funnier than anything in Shakespeare. And I say this as the co-founder of a summer Shakespeare group.

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