Books by Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe. Terry worked for ma


TURTLE RECALL by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 8, 2014

"Won't do you much good if you haven't read any of the Discworld books. But then, if you haven't—why haven't you?"
From Pratchett (Dodger's Guide to London, 2014, etc.) and collaborator Briggs: the fourth incarnation of the Discworld Companion, which is essentially an encyclopedia of a fictional world—perhaps the most popular and deservedly acclaimed fantasy creation of them all. Read full book review >
RAISING STEAM by Terry Pratchett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014

"Brimming with Pratchett's trademark wit, a yarn with a serious point made with style and elegance."
Pratchett's 40th Discworld novel brings in one—or, as it turns out, two—intriguing new characters and introduces a radical new concept: the railway. Read full book review >
THE CARPET PEOPLE by Terry Pratchett
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Small in scale but large in pleasure. (author's note; illustrations not seen) (Fantasy. 9 & up)"
Pratchett's first children's book has finally crossed the pond, 42 years after its initial publication and 21 years after its second, revised edition (which this edition mostly matches). Read full book review >
DODGER by Terry Pratchett
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"Unexpected, drily funny and full of the pathos and wonder of life: Don't miss it. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Pratchett leaves Discworld to bring us something that is quite nearly—but not exactly—actual historical fiction. Read full book review >
THE LONG EARTH by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 19, 2012

"Still, the authors have plenty of fresh insights to offer, and fans of either will want to tag along and see where it all leads."
Pratchett, author of the esteemed Discworld yarns (Snuff, 2011, etc.), and collaborator Baxter (Stone Spring, 2011, etc.) venture into alternate worlds. Read full book review >
SNUFF by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"A treat no fan of Discworld—and there are boatloads of them—will want to miss."
Pratchett's new Discworld (Unseen Academicals, 2009, etc.) novel—the umpteenth, but who's counting?—features the Duke of Ankh, otherwise known as Commander Sir Samuel Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, whose estimable wife, Lady Sybil, decrees that they shall take a vacation at her ancestral estate in the country. Read full book review >
I SHALL WEAR MIDNIGHT by Terry Pratchett
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

Ask Tiffany Aching, and she'll tell you: It's not easy being a witch, especially when you're only almost 16 years old.

It can't be easy being Terry Pratchett, either, an author known foremost, perhaps, for his screamingly funny Discworld novels, of which this is the latest. Read full book review >

UNSEEN ACADEMICALS by Terry Pratchett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"A witty addition to the long-running fantasy series."
Imagine Harry Potter rewritten by Monty Python: That's the mood of Pratchett's return to Discworld (Making Money, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >
NATION by Terry Pratchett
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2008

Pratchett's latest masterpiece chronicles a lad's struggle to survive, and far harder struggle to make sense of the universe, after a tsunami wipes out his entire people. Read full book review >

MAKING MONEY by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Far from Pratchett's best, but entertaining nonetheless."
Now that he's helped whip the post office into shape, what's a reformed criminal to do? Read full book review >
JOHNNY AND THE BOMB by Terry Pratchett
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2007

Johnny Maxwell, earnest English lad, and his friends take on the tricky ethics of time-travel paradox in this, the concluding volume of The Johnny Maxwell Trilogy. Read full book review >

WINTERSMITH by Terry Pratchett
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

Fresh from leading the ScreeWee fleet across hostile game space and back to their own territory, Johnny Maxwell returns to champion a more local group of beings in need: the dead denizens of the local cemetery, slated for redevelopment into Modern Purpose-Designed Offices by United Amalgamated Consolidated Holdings. Read full book review >

THUD! by Terry Pratchett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Bitingly relevant and laugh-out-loud funny."
More amiable mockery from one of our leading lights. Read full book review >
ONLY YOU CAN SAVE MANKIND by Terry Pratchett
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2005

An author's note explains that this volume, the first in the "Johnny Maxwell" trilogy, was written during the first Gulf War, though this is its first publication in the U.S. Johnny Maxwell is like many boys, spending his time after school busily blowing up alien ScreeWee fighters in his new computer game. Read full book review >

GOING POSTAL by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Sharp-edged humor—and wonderfully executed. "
Pratchett satirizes the modern telecom business in a deeply satisfying comedy about a man sent to a fate worse than death: the post office. Read full book review >
FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2004

Tiffany Aching and her loyal friends, the crazed six-inch Nac Mac Feegle, return in an outing rather less uproarious but more weighty, and thereby possibly more satisfying, than The Wee Free Men (2003). Read full book review >

MONSTROUS REGIMENT by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Surprisingly meaningful but never short of hilarious: a monstrous success for Pratchett."
Twenty-ninth in Pratchett's Discworld series (Night Watch, 2002), kicked off twenty years ago with The Color of Magic. Read full book review >
THE WEE FREE MEN by Terry Pratchett
FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2003

There will be upheavals in the human and fantasy worlds of elves and witches, with drastic consequences, and Tiffany, with only a frying pan for a weapon, is caught in the middle. Read full book review >

NIGHT WATCH by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 12, 2002

Another Discworld yarn—#28 if you're counting (The Last Hero, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

THE LAST HERO by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

A new, albeit rather short, Discworld yarn (Thief of Time, 2001, etc.), profusely illustrated by popular Discworld artist Kidby in an oversized format. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

Satiric adult SF superstar Pratchett (The Last Hero, p. 1254, etc.) resets the Pied Piper tale on Discworld, with predictably unpredictable results. Read full book review >

THIEF OF TIME by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 4, 2001

Another Discworld yarn (The Truth, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

THE TRUTH by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

Pratchett's latest Discworld romp (The Fifth Elephant, p. 27, etc.) is a mystery-cum-satire. Read full book review >

THE FIFTH ELEPHANT by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2000

More gloriously uproarious doings from Discworld (Carpe Jugulum, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

INTERESTING TIMES by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1997

"Fun, especially for those susceptible to Pratchett-inspired nostalgia."
More comic fantasy from Pratchett's Discworld (Men at Arms, 1996, etc.) featuring another aspect of the unending strife between humans, fates, and the god that "generally looked after thunder and lightning, so from his point of view the only purpose of humanity was to get wet or, in occasional cases, charred." Read full book review >
MEN AT ARMS by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1996

"An about average installment in this always entertaining, sometimes hysterically funny series."
In Pratchett's latest Discworld fantasy romp (Lords and Ladies, p. 1068), Captain Vimes of Ankh-Morpork's City Watch is retiring in order to marry the city's richest lady and become a Gentleman. Read full book review >
LORDS AND LADIES by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A so-so addition to a mostly hilarious series."
So you think elves are handsome and high-minded, or cute, cuddly, and bring good luck? Read full book review >
SOUL MUSIC by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

Perhaps best considered as parody, with strong infusions of farce and satire, Pratchett's Discworld fantasies (The Light Fantastic, 1987, etc.) consist of elliptical jokes and mad puns delivered in an unobtrusive English accent, and move to their own inimitable logic. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 1991

In book three of the "Bromeliad," the nomes recover their spaceship and leave Earth. Read full book review >

DIGGERS by Terry Pratchett
Released: Feb. 1, 1991

"The imminent third volume will be eagerly awaited."
Second in the Bromeliad trilogy about the desperate quest of Nomes to outwit the enormous, ponderous humans and escape Earth. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 29, 1990

"It could catch on with the Douglas Adams crowd."
This publisher's first novel is a gay, demented eschatological farce in which the Antichrist doesn't really have his heart in it. Read full book review >
TRUCKERS by Terry Pratchett
Released: Feb. 1, 1990

"Though Masklin settles the Nomes in an old quarry, sequels are obviously planned."
A four-inch Moses leads his people in the general direction of the Promised Land—in this funny satire from the author of The Colour of Magic (1985, published for adults but also enjoyed by young people). Read full book review >
THE LIGHT FANTASTIC by Terry Pratchett
Released: May 29, 1987

"The most hilarious fantasy since—come to think of it, since Pratchett's previous outing."
That rare event, a comedy sequel (to The Colour of Magic, 1983) that is twistier, plottier, and funnier than its predecessor. Read full book review >
THE COLOUR OF MAGIC by Terry Pratchett
Released: Oct. 21, 1983

"EWSLUGp1981 was, but frothy, inventive, and fun."
Pratchett borrows from Babylonian cosmology for his second, wacky flat-Earth yarn—set on an Earth.disk that rests on the backs of four elephants, who themselves stand on the shell of an enormous turtle. Read full book review >
STRATA by Terry Pratchett
Released: Oct. 1, 1981

"With everything from dragons to robots: bright, bubbly fun."
A well-handled, inventive, gleefully madcap flat-Earth jaunt where things are never quite what they seem. Read full book review >