Keeping humorous fantasy fresh and funny is tough. Somehow, British writer Terry Pratchett has managed it: his long-running Discworld series becomes more savagely hilarious with each volume. The Discworld novels take place on (naturally) a disc-shaped world which rests on the backs of four elephants standing on the back of the turtle Great A'Tuin, who swims through the inky void. The books parody not only the standard tropes of fantasy novels, but (particularly in the later volumes) our own historical, political, and cultural institutions. The first of the series, THE COLOR OF MAGIC, concerns the misadventures of the utterly incompetent wizard Rincewind, the hopelessly good-natured and na?ve tourist/inn-sewer-ants assessor Twoflower, and Twoflower's homicidal, many-legged sentient Luggage. Together, the three of them are a magnet for misfortune as they travel toward the very edge of the Disc itself.
Pros: Funny and imaginative Cons: Having trouble with this... The Bottom Line: Don't push me because I'm close to the edge. In terms of number of books sold, Terry Pratchett is the English equivalent of Stephen King. His books all take place in a fantasy land known as Discworld, a revolving disc carried on the backs of four elephants who are in turn carried around on the back of the giant turtle A'tuin, who is carried by absolutely … more