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    Didn't know there WAS one of these!

    So, I've been reading the Discworld series, by Terry Pratchett.

    anybody else read any of them, and got any suggestions for other similar authors (Douglas Adams and Piers (X)Anthony come to mind)

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    Re: Didn't know there WAS one of these!

    Douglas Adams isnt too bad, his Hitchikers guide trilogy is funny, but getting on in years. Worth the read. Been a few years since i read any Terry Pratchett, think MORT and SOURCERY were some of the better ones.

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    Re: Didn't know there WAS one of these!

    Ive only read Pies Anthony once. He was ok. Dont read much tho, and have never came across this author.

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    Re: Didn't know there WAS one of these!

    Quote Originally Posted by tuathal
    Douglas Adams isnt too bad, his Hitchikers guide trilogy is funny, but getting on in years. Worth the read. Been a few years since i read any Terry Pratchett, think MORT and SOURCERY were some of the better ones.
    Heh, yeah, they were the fourth and fifth books, respectively, so I read them recently (I just finished Guards! Guards!, which is book 8.)

    You ever read Adams' Dirk Gently series?

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    Re: Didn't know there WAS one of these!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky Bob
    Heh, yeah, they were the fourth and fifth books, respectively, so I read them recently (I just finished Guards! Guards!, which is book 8.)

    You ever read Adams' Dirk Gently series?
    Just his first two, DGs Holistic detective agency and The long dark teatime of the soul. Comical, both of them. Definetely worth a look.

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    Re: Didn't know there WAS one of these!

    I think that's all there is in the DG series... and I've read both of them (although not recently)

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    Re: Didn't know there WAS one of these!

    Your right, there was only two. I've heard Tom Holt is supposed to be good enough aswell, along the Pratchett lines.

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    Re: Didn't know there WAS one of these!

    Fantasy-cum-satire?

    (and YES, for all you twits, that is the proper use of the word "cum"!)

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    Re: Didn't know there WAS one of these!

    From what i've heard, yeah. Not as good as pratchett, but not bad either. Satire - fantasy - real world, apparently.

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    Re: Didn't know there WAS one of these!

    Fantasy and real world? Howzat supposed to work?

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    Re: Didn't know there WAS one of these!

    Most of his books are set on earth it seems, found this review on him

    " Tom Holt has often been compared to Terry Pratchett and I suppose he does have some similarities, both of them write comic fantasy for example. The authors do differ in quite a few ways though, wheras Terry Pratchett tends to mainly write books on another world (excluding books such as the excellent Good Omens) Tom Holt tends to set his books on Earth and include a variety of fantasy elements into the settings. In this book he has a lake which grants your hearts desire if you fall in it, everything on this side of the lake is normal Earth but everything on the other side is a fantasy world and he can basically do what he likes there, within the fantasy world though he tries to put comic elements into why things exist, so goblins aren't just there but are there because of a accident caused by a major pharmaceuticals company, prince charming is the leader of a country with an impressive military arsenal etc. Tom Holt also writes slightly more adult books, they are suitable for most people and don't contain a great deal of violence (well they do contain a lot of violence at times actually, but not in a serious unsuitable-for-children way) or sex but they do contain a bit of swearing, it's not that common really but probably still not suitable for younger children. Chances are though that if you like Terry Pratchett you will be more likely to like Tom Holt than someone picked entirely at random from the non-liker-of-Pratchett section of the population. "

    Gonna get 1 or 2 of them later, see what i think.

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    Re: Didn't know there WAS one of these!

    Hmmm... sounds good. Thank god for campus libraries, and (essentially) free books!

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    Re: Didn't know there WAS one of these!

    I'd recommend American Gods" or "Neverwhere" by Neil Gaiman...he also co-wrote "Good Omens" with Terry Pratchett. Amazing writer with a dark, twisted sense of humor.

    Also, anything by Jon Courtney Grimwood is also high on the recommended list.

    That's just what I think...

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    Re: Didn't know there WAS one of these!

    The Phule books by Robert Asprin It's more scifi but in a verry similar vane

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    Re: Didn't know there WAS one of these!

    My favorite Pratchett book is The Truth. I laughed all the way through it.

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