In honor of Terry Pratchett, I want to share with everyone, one of my favorite places in all the worlds – Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. If you know it, you love it. If you don’t know it, I highly encourage you to explore it. There are over 40 books in the series, and I’ve read them all – many more than once. Well, to be honest, many more than a dozen times. It is a world populated by many creatures including, but not limited to; humans, sentient luggage, dwarves, trolls, witches, wizards, vampires, werwolves, heros, gods, and one Nobby Nobs. These books never fail to inspire me, and I want to share them with you.
Fortunately, lots and lots of libraries around the world hold these books. To help you find them, I’ve compiled the complete* list of all the Discworld books with links to WorldCat (so that you can find them near you). Enjoy! and be warned – reading one book, usually leads to reading 3 or more. (It’s the original binge watching. I know, I’ve been binge reading Pratchett since the 1990s.)
Complete* List of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Novels
(In order of publication date)
- The Colour of Magic
- The Light Fantastic
- Equal Rites
- Wyrd Sisters
- Guards! Guards!
- Moving Pictures
- Reaper Man
- Witches Abroad
- Small Gods
- Lords and Ladies
- Men at Arms
- Soul Music
- Interesting Times
- Feet of Clay
- The Last Continent
- Carpe Jugulum
- The Fifth Elephant
- The Truth
- Thief of Time
- The Last Hero
- The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents
- Night Watch
- The Wee Free Men
- Monstrous Regiment
- A Hat Full of Sky
- Going Postal
- Where’s My Cow?^
- Making Money
- Unseen Academicals
- I Shall Wear Midnight
- A Blink of the Screen : collected short fiction
- World of Poo
- Raising Steam^
- The Shepherd’s Crown (coming in 2015)
Not Discworld – but I love it; Good Omens with Neil Gaiman.
There are more Discworld books that are not novels; mapps, cookbooks, portfolios, and handbooks. You can find these in your library too, WorldCat can help:
- WorldCat Identities – Terry Pratchett
- WorldCat Search for Terry Pratchett
- WorldCat Fiction Finder for Terry Pratchett
And now, if you’ll excuse me I have appointments with Rincewind, Commander Vimes, Tiffany Aching, Granny Weatherwax, Moist von Lipwig, and the Librarian**. I’ll send a clacks to let you know when I’ll be back.
Terry Pratchett, I will never forget you and thank you for sharing the Discworld with our world.
* The list is as complete as I could make it. But I’m only human, and the series is impressive, if not magical unto itself and does mysterious things. (I don’t have proof, but I think the books change a bit on every 3rd reading. Text can be slippery that way.) Whatever I’ve missed, please post it in the comments with a link to WorldCat if you can.
** the Librarian is a side character in many stories, but he’s a personal favorite. But don’t call him a monkey, unless you want your arm ripped off.
^ these two are, strictly speaking, picture books and not novels. But I put them on the list anyway.
*^Also, if you’ve never read Pratchett before, I recommend you just pick one and read. the Discworld series is actually made of several series and they do have a reading order. A quick internet search for “Discworld reading order” can lead you to some guides. You don’t really need it though. Read what you think looks interesting and just dive in. I don’t think the Discworld would approve of that much order imposed upon it anyway.
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