The Best Terry Pratchett Books

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Vote for the Terry Pratchett novels you just couldn't put down. If you haven't read a book, don't downvote it.

List of the best Terry Pratchett books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that Terry Pratchett is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. In the 90's he was the best selling author in the United Kingdom, and is currently the second most read author in the UK as well. Prachett is best known for his Discworld series, of which there are around 40 books. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of Terry Pratchett who want to know which novels they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out his work if you're a big reader.

Books include Good Omens, Small Gods and many others. What are Terry Pratchett's best novels? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer that question.


  • Night Watch
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    115 votes
    Night Watch is the 29th novel in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, published in 2002. The protagonist of the novel is Sir Samuel Vimes, commander of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. A five-part radio adaptation of the novel was broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Night Watch placed second in the annual Locus Poll for best fantasy novel.
    • Author: Terry Pratchett
    • First Published: 2002
    • Subjects: Epic film, Time travel
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
  • Guards! Guards! is the eighth Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, first published in 1989. It is the first novel about the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. The first Discworld computer game borrowed heavily from Guards! Guards! in terms of plot.
    • Author: Terry Pratchett
    • First Published: 1989
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Fiction, Comedy, Science Fiction, Fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
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    76 votes
    Men at Arms is the 15th Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett first published in 1993. It is the second novel about the Ankh-Morpork City Watch on the Discworld. Lance-constable Angua von Überwald, later in the series promoted to the rank of Sergeant, is introduced in this book. Lance-constable Detritus is introduced as a new member of the watch as well, though he had already appeared in other Discworld novels, most notably in Moving Pictures. Also notable is the only appearance of Lance-constable Cuddy.
    • Author: Terry Pratchett
    • First Published: 1993
    • Subjects: Epic film, Drama
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
  • Going Postal
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    83 votes
    Going Postal is Terry Pratchett's 33rd Discworld novel, released in the United Kingdom on 25 September 2004. Unlike most of Pratchett's Discworld novels, Going Postal is divided into chapters, a feature previously seen only in Pratchett's children's books and the Science of Discworld series. These chapters begin with a synopsis of philosophical themes, in a similar manner to some Victorian novels and, notably, to Jules Verne stories. The title refers to both the contents of the novel, as well as to the term 'going postal'. The book was on the shortlist for both the Nebula and Locus Awards for Best Novel. It would also have been shortlisted for the Hugo Award for Best Novel, except that ...more
    • Author: Terry Pratchett
    • First Published: 2004
    • Subjects: Civil service
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Fiction, Fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
  • Small Gods
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    92 votes
    Small Gods is the thirteenth of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, published in 1992. It tells the origin of the god Om, and his relations with his prophet, the reformer Brutha. In the process, it satirises religious institutions, people, and practices, and the role of religion in political life.
    • Author: Terry Pratchett
    • First Published: 1992
    • Subjects: Religion
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
  • Mort
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    98 votes
    Mort is a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. Published in 1987, it is the fourth Discworld novel and the first to focus on the character Death, who only appeared as a side character in the previous novels. The title is the name of its main character and also a play on words: in French, mort means "death", so the French language edition is titled Mortimer. In the BBC's 2003 Big Read contest, viewers voted on the "Nation's Best-loved Book"; Mort was among the Top 100 and chosen as the most popular of Pratchett's novels.
    • Author: Terry Pratchett
    • First Published: 1987
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language