Out of curiosity, which of Terry Pratchett's books would you recommend for someone who has never read any of his works? I happen to work for a used book dealer and there's a big sign up on the wall that says "Terry Pratchett!!!". It seems that if any of his books come in we're not supposed to just put them up for sale but take them post-haste to one of the bosses. I figured since he is apparently such a hot ticket I should see what all of the furor is about.
I loved The Bromeliad and am looking forward to reading all three novels to my son just as soon as he's old enough to sit still for a bedtime story. The two Tiffany Aching novels (Wee Free Men and A Hatful of Sky) are also well worth a look.
I discovered PTerry&Neil Gaiman via Good Omens. I enjoyed the book so much that I decided to get hold of other books from both authors too. And then I found out which among the 2 has got the funny bone. It's PTerry obviously, now reading and rereading his TDW novels keep me sane.
My personal favorites are the witches series (esp Lords and Ladies). When I grow up I wanna be like Nanny Ogg and sing the Hedgehog song, hihihi!
Yes, I was about to add this too, I find the character of Angua to be very intriguing, imagine an olfactory-enhanced watch-wolfwoman. And of course there's Vimes' complement in the person of Lord Vetinari, who is v Machiavellian in his schemes, methinks he does headology very well.
Angua is a good character, especially when you consider how rarely werewolves are well handled in fiction, but the stand-out character for me - as far as rhe Watch goes - is Sam Vimes. He's such a a great mix of cynicism and idealism that I really can't get enough of him.
Raymond E. Feist is my favorite but I also like David Eddings, R.A. Salvatore, Terry Brooks, Ed Greenwood, Margret Weis & Tracy Hickman as well as several other Forgotten Realms & Dragon Lance authors that I can't think of at the moment.