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


THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This is the late Pratchett's last book; even not-quite-perfect Pratchett is something to treasure and can proudly take its place in one heck of a literary legacy. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
"Cry ‘Crivens!' and let loose the clan Mac Feegle!" Read full book review >
A BLINK OF THE SCREEN by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 17, 2015

"One of the main draws of this collection for serious fans, or aspiring writers, will be the chance to trace the evolution of Pratchett's craft—but there's plenty here for readers who have never heard of him to enjoy."
A short story collection covering the entire career of one of our most prolific, and beloved, fantasy writers. Read full book review >
DRAGONS AT CRUMBLING CASTLE by Terry Pratchett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Juvenilia from a genius, showing bright signs of future masterworks. (introduction) (Short stories. 10-12)"
Fourteen rollicking tales, most of which were written when the author was a teenager and published over 40 years ago in his local newspaper. Read full book review >
THE GLOBE by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"It's baffling why this appealingly distinctive offshoot (there are two volumes still to come) of the wildly popular Discworld yarns took so long to cross the Atlantic."
This sequel to the fantasy/nonfiction hybrid The Science of Discworld (2014; U.K. 1999), wherein the bumbling wizards of Discworld's Unseen University accidentally created our universe and the planet Roundworld, aka Earth, first manifested in the U.K. in 2002.Read full book review >
A SLIP OF THE KEYBOARD by Terry Pratchett
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Lit throughout by the bright star of wonder."
The celebrated creator of the Discworld series of fantasy novels offers an eclectic collection of pieces and speeches from as early as the 1970s. Read full book review >
THE LONG MARS by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 17, 2014

"Panoramic and fascinating, if sometimes vexingly discursive."
Third in the series (The Long War, 2013, etc.) exploring the idea that alternate Earths exist and can be visited simply by "stepping" into them. Read full book review >
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 >
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
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"A passionately wise, spectacularly hilarious and surpassingly humane outing from a master."
Ask Tiffany Aching, and she'll tell you: It's not easy being a witch, especially when you're only almost 16 years old. 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

"A searching exploration of good and evil, fate and free will, both as broad and as deep as anything this brilliant and, happily, prolific author has produced so far. (Fantasy. 11 & up)"
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
Released: April 1, 2007

"Complex, funny and, above all, impassioned. (Fiction. 10-14)"
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
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"This one is verra weel done indeed. (Fiction. 10+)"
JOHNNY AND THE DEAD by Terry Pratchett
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Humor and honest pathos play off each other to make for an emotionally balanced whole, one whose resolution will be as satisfying to readers as it is to Johnny. (Fiction 10-14)"
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 >
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 >
A HAT FULL OF SKY by Terry Pratchett
Released: June 1, 2004

"By turns hilarious and achingly beautiful, this be just right. (Fiction. 12+)"
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
Released: May 1, 2003

"The Carnegie Medal-winner's fans will not be disappointed. (Fantasy. 12+)"
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

"Not a side-splitter this time, though broadly amusing and bubbling with wit and wisdom: both an excellent story and a tribute to beat cops everywhere, doing their hair-raising jobs with quiet courage and determination."
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

"Moderately funny, aimed primarily at Discworld addicts and holiday-season gift-givers."
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

"Excruciatingly funny, ferociously intelligent. (Fiction. YA)"
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

"Philosophical humor of the highest order."
Another Discworld yarn (The Truth, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
THE TRUTH by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"An above-average entry in this durable, funny, and occasionally razor-edged series."
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

"Pratchett's humor is international, satirical, devious, knowing, irreverent, unsparing and, above all, funny."
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

"This one, unfailingly amusing and sometimes hysterically funny, is recommended for anyone with the slightest trace of a sense of humor."
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 >
WINGS by Terry Pratchett
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Still, young readers who liked the earlier volumes will want to read this one. (Fiction. 10+)"
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

"Not quite the gleefully insane parody Strata (1981) 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 >