Enter the satirical fantasy world of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series!
In a previous post, I mentioned Rincewind, the inept wizard from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. While he is my favorite character from that series, I really can’t do the series justice just by mentioning him.
Within Discworld, Terry Pratchett has created the most elaborate fantasy world, that not only satirizes standard fantasy genre tropes but also problems and absurdities of modern-day life.
I think that Pratchett created this world on the premise of what if all the things that man believed in medieval times were actually true? In other words, all the superstitions that science had debunked over the ages in the real world were never debunked in Discworld because there the superstitions are real and science is not.
Now, generally, I am not a huge fan of the sword and sorcery genre, but Discworld is the rare exception because it goes to such great lengths to make fun of it.
And while Rincewind may not be everyone’s cup of tea, different novels center on different characters. Many other fans of the series like Sam Vimes, Commander of the City Watch, which is the gendarme of Discworld’s largest city, Ankh-Morpork, think CSI: Ankh-Morpork, as it combines sword and sorcery with your typical British police procedural. There are also three witches loosely based on the witches from Macbeth who take center stage from time-to-time, and even the personification of death in the form of the traditional Grim Reaper leaves his usual place on the sidelines (of all the novels) to become the main character in a couple of the books.
All of the novels with the exception of the first two can be read and enjoyed as standalone works even though there are reoccurring characters. I would suggest starting with the first two novels, The Color of Magic and the Light Fantastic to help understand the framework of Discworld, but after that just pick any of the titles that you think may be of interest to you.
Cloud Library seems to have the most comprehensive collection in e-book form. Hoopla has quite a few titles as well and they are always available from that service. There are not too many titles on Overdrive, but enough to get you started.