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NunyaBidnis (0)
Pratchett is read by annoying people who like annoying writers.

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BabakKaveh (0)
Never read any fantasy book as funny as those in the Discworld series. I read the first 26 books in unde 20 days! Terry, beside being a great writer, actually knows something about magic. His characters are easy to fall in love with, and the plots address many social and cultural issues around the world. Very recommendable!

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opal1971 (2)
He and Douglas Adams are geniuses in my opinion. They have written the most humorous books that I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

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Azadiel (0)
Terry Pratchett is just about the best satirist I've ever read. He not only write satire with a point, he manages to make it *good* satire with a good story to it, and then he goes and makes it funny. You have to have the right sense of humor, though. If you cracked up over Douglas Adams or Monty Python, this is for you.
His books are a bit like the Far Side in that the more you know, the funnier they are as you catch references to movies, music, books, and science.
He's my favorite author. Pratchett can have a decent message about war, or racism, or the dangers of being patriotic to the point of brainlessness, and still manage a decent story.
Pratchett is my fantasy author for laughing and thinking. David Eddings is for when I'm on an anti-Tolkien kick. R.A. Salvatore is for a heart-pounding action-fantasy story. Out of the three, though, I'd most like to meet Pratchett.

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jmul171 (0)
Pratchett's ability to write any generic storyline into his Discworld saga is part and parcel of his genious. The plot lines are the reason you should buy his books but not for the reasons a person would normally do so. Pratchett absolutely decimates the currently popular notion among editors and writers that strong character development can cover up a totally unoriginal storylines. Of course they can't, but Pratchett spends hundreds of pages making fun of the flat, over-emotional characters that generally inhabit sadly inept storylines that readers clearly crave. His books are the reason a trite testimonial using words like "uproariously funny" shouldn't be banned from use. His books represent just that. An uproariously funny look at society, expectations, and sick little authors whose imagination ran dry prior to the 1980's murder of originality. In some ways Pratchett represents what Harley Davidson attempts to, "If you don't know, you never will." If you read a book by him and don't enjoy it then you likely won't like any of them... and I feel really sorry for you.

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Darth Sparhawk (0)
This author is a vile, old man, who uses how works to mock the best genre in the world - fantasy. His attitude in his interviews is also disgusting. This is the author I hate most.

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jessecuster (0)
Funny. Nothng more nothing less.

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angrykoopa (1)
You like humor? Read stuff by this guy. You don't? Read it anyway.

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irishgit (138)
A humorist, by the rather nebulous standards of sci-fi/fantasy writers. Pretty dull humorist by any objective standard.

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otter68 (0)
Great quick reads. Funny and intelligent.

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freshlysqueezedcynic (0)
Terry Pratchett, is undoubtedly the funniest sci-fi/fantasy writer ever (Not that that is hard, just a contest between him and Adams) The constant evolution of things in the books, along with extremely well-drawn characters (Granny Weatherwax, Sam Vimes, and Death are some of the most complex and well drawn characters I have read.) make his books always a delight to read.

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Drethelin (0)
It seems to me that those who dislike his work have only read the first few of his novels. Although I am a great fan of his, I am very ready to admit that his first novels were relatively crappy compared to most of his later novels. It isn't until his later novels that really begins to find his voice as an author. Although the puns and humour continue to an extent, they tend to take a back seat to the plot and moral of the story.

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Snowe (0)
Terry Pratchett is one of those writers I love to hate. Pratchett's books always start out with a very interesting and original idea; however, as the book progresses it tends to get bogged down in a flood of novelty, iconoclastic ideals. It always takes awhile for me to finish one of Pratchett's books...I tend to dog it off toward the middle, then come back from time to time, forcing myself onward toward the ending, hoping that by the time I reach the last chapter, that the interesting and original idea that made me want to read the book in the first place makes a comeback.

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The Hedgehog (0)
Pratchett is a literary genius! I've nothing more to say appart from read the books.

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Sparhawk (1)
BORING. Stupid jokes, in every book. Only the Cat was cool, but his fantasy is one of the worse.

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wearyide (0)
I've only read the Discworld series. Clear and flowing non sequitor writing that can be as deep as you want. Skip the shallow parts; you can wade back to them later, and sink.

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Weirdmeister (0)
Quite a nice distraction from the real players Hobb, Modessit and Feist.

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Lord Luzifer (0)
terry pratchet's writing is one of a kind. the best way i can describe his so original sense of humor is a combination of sophisticated retardness with the mockery of logic.... now if that didn't turned on your interest than you are just wierd. :)

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mierin sedai (0)
The pizza-world-books were not the best I have ever read. They were funny in a way, but to really catching. I could easily put them down, to f.eks. go get something to eat. When combining Pratchett with Neil Gaiman, however, the story is quite another. Wonderfully hilarious

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ladymoonlight (0)
A very talented writer.One of the best fantasy novelists alive today!

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Jorram (0)
What a pity there aint 6 stars to use here...I could go and go and go about Terry but it still won't be enough. This is just the best author that the Earth has ever given birth to. I do still stare at amaze when i see people posting about not liking him. Hating him even, for god's sake?!?! This is pure madness. Not that there is anything wrong with madness but still...Wits, puns, references, philosophy, perfect chars, nice plots (whatever ppl say)...Terry is just the best.

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Flyingskull (0)
The thing that's immediately clear about Terry Pratchett is that he's an author that's either loved od hated. Part of it is undoubtedly political, he has strong views and is not afraid to express them, so people who judge within the narrow confines of their prejudices do not like him. I know people who do not agree with his ideas, but love the books all the same, they argue with the books, but wouldn't stop reading them. Part of it is the style: full of puns, insights on language and its use, echoing the sound of voices, of people talking about just about everything, and, of course they are British voices. People who conmplain they don't get the jokes, forget TP's Discworld novels are not joke books. They are novels, there are living people in them who act and react to circumstances as well as they can. This is very very funny, we are very very funny most of the times, we just don't see it because we happen to be in the thick of what to us is a crisis or a catastrophe. Literature, definitely. As Swift is literature, or Horace or Dante whom he strangely resembles in being loved or hated, nothing in-between. On the other hand, he makes huge demands on the reader. You have to stay with him, stay focused on the book to follow all the chinese boxes levels of reading and appreciate his art. yes I wrote art. Allow me one word of advice. Try him.

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Arnold Layne (0)
Terry is without a doubt the most original and funny fantasy writer I've ever come across. I was hooked from the first moment I started to read the Discworld series.

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tdav9673rg (0)
It's almost impossible to describe Terry Pratchett to someone who hasn't read him -- except to appeal to Douglas Adams fans and urge them to give Pratchett (who's marginally funnier, far more prolific, and far more talented) a chance. His early work, like most parodies, specifically attacked genre cliches; as a consequence, it's lighter and less moving. By "Mort" and "Sourcery," however, Pratchett seemed to have found his voice -- one capable of melding pathos, solid characterization, and logical absurdity. Pratchett's greatest strength is that he is not forced to rely on Adams' penchant for complete silliness to create laughs; the subtle in-jokes and clever quips written into the texts, in particular, reward a careful reader (even in his children's books). New readers looking for some seriousness with their humourous fantasy are recommended to start with "Small Gods," "Mort," or "Good Omens" (which is co-written with Neil Gaiman of "Sandman" fame); those looking for more absurd pleasures should pick up "Wyrd Sisters," "Light Fantastic," "Guards! Guards!" or "Moving Pictures."

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whoi9604om (0)
I can't stand his comedic style, it bugs

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ch.h9560de (0)
How can anybody not like his work? It's parody, it's satire, and it's a mirror to our own world. He has a great view on people's manners and human character in general. And all this is presented in a really profound, entertaining and funny way. Definitely 'literature'.

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spic9452om (0)
pratchetti sthe best satireist writing today, discworld is brilliant but none of them compare to good omens, his best work.

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Erik9389om (0)
Funniest fantsy author there is. Should be read!

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drea8962et (0)
despite my low rating i think the first two discworld novels are actually quite good in a sub-Douglas Adams kind of way. everything the man has written since then has been the most godawful unfunny rubbish on the face of the earth. his idea of humour seems to be a combination of cringe-worthy puns and "oh, how witty am i, i'm plagurising shakespeare, how ironic".put quite simply, the man is a skank.

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Spiralingmarce (0)
Weirdness that frightens even me...

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Samm7270om (0)
i hate his guts

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deep6803om (0)
Put simply: Terry is the MAN!

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scsp6418du (0)
A parody writer... his wit and humor are interesting but his stories lack the heartfelt trueness of life.

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penc6385om (0)
The GREATEST!!!!! Interesting, funny, ironic. This black humor is super. Generally, super.

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crow6384om (0)
He is incredibly funny and entertaining, yet also quite insightful. The books are entertaining on so many levels.

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Derringer (0)
The man is without a doubt the funniest science-fiction writer there is, yet at the same time a great subtle (or not) moralist, and raises plenty of good points relevant to our soceity today. Plus, his discworld series have some of most imaginative and funniest characters and worlds in science fiction anytime, anywhere, notsimply carbon copies of previous fantasy works.

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mort6118om (0)
I simply worship Pratchetts Discworl series! Good omens with Neil Gaiman is also very cool.

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umma6039om (0)
I know you don't know me from Adam, but you have to trust me on this one: Terry Pratchett is one of the funniest authors you'll ever read. He is the creator of the Discworld series, which can best be described as Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy meets Lord of the Rings. But while Douglas Adam's Hitchhiker's petered out after three books, British author Pratchett has been going strong for decades, and each book is as well-written and hilarious as the last. My advice though is to avoid anything he's done outside of the Discworld (excluding the great book Good Omens he did with Sandman creator Neil Gaiman), as these tend to be not funny at all. Start with The Colour of Magic and prepare to laugh yourself silly.

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Rash5818om (0)
Terry Pratchett is one of the funniest writers I have ever read and has the most unique heros ever written

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brit5539om (0)
Terry Practchett is pretty good.

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Princess Bride (0)
These books are always excellent and Terry Pratchett is a great author.

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jwhi1808om (0)
Without fail, the funniest writer on the list.

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