I'd never heard of Pratchett in Freedomville, and when I came here, to describe him someone said, "Terry Pratchett is the kind of author read by people who don't like books. Like Dan UPS."
Nah, that's just snobbery. Whatever else he is, Terry Pratchett is a real author. He might have disappointed me with his cosy morality and emerging dubious ideology recently, but not only can he write a page-turner and a good story, he also includes loads of really cool stuff: folklore, science, etc.
My favourite is probably reaper man. It marks a departure from the 'Rincewind saves the world again' stories, has the wizards and ankh-morpork in and is the first one that I feel is set in a properly fleshed-out discworld rather than just a made-up-as-he-was-going-along fantasy parody setting. That said, it's like picking a favourite child. I just can't bring myself to do it.
My least favourite is probably making money. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it and I re-read it recently, but it just never 'clicked' for me. The storyline about the thousands of golems never felt right to me and it just wasn't up to Pratchett's usual standard. Funnily enough though, I think unseen academicals marks something of a return to form.
The future is always bright. Bombs generate quite substantial amounts of illumination