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Introducing Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett has crafted an amazing and bizarre universe. Discworld he calls it. It's certainly not from any plane of existence I've ever visited. It's Tolkiens Middle Earth meets a world of sarcastic wit.
For the uninitiated it can be a daunting task to immerse yourself the first time into Pratchett's vivid imagination. After reading most, though not all of his Discworld series of novels I would suggest one of the most recent as an excellent starting point: Going Postal.
As well as a rollicking good romp, sharp and whimsical wit, you follow the misadventure of the unfortunately named Moist Von Lipwig. A con artist on death row offered a chance for redemption he is given the task of resurrecting the Postal Service. His journey sees him pitted against the technologically cutting edge Clacks. Towers which send messages via a semiphore system. Keep in mind Discworld is set in a land of wizards, trolls, dwarves, and sword carrying men. The most advanced weapon being the automatic crossbow. So the Clacks is to the citizens of Ankh-Morpork what the internet is to us mere mortals. During this adventure Moist also is credited with inventing the Postage Stamp.
Dive in and enjoy the controlled insanity... The beauty of a Pratchett novel is you don't need to read them chronologically in order of when they were published. Familiar characters weave in and out of the various stories, but each is a complete story arc unto themselves.
Terence David John Pratchett OBE, (born 28 April 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England). He is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. As of February 2007 he had sold approximately 50 million books worldwide. Source
Terry Pratchett is the man!
After being knighted he had a sword made. Because knights have swords.