Yep, I love his books: but I have a problem. I want to recommend them to Jay, but don't know where to tell her to start.
For those not in the know, Pratchett sets his books on the Discworld: literally a disc, carried through the heavens on four elephants standing on the back of a turtle. One can literally fall off the edge of the world. Magic is real (though wizards are pretty incompetent) and Death pops up as a recurring character WHO TALKS LIKE THIS.
These aren't just frothy fantasy, though; well, perhaps some of the early ones are. They are very, very, very funny. Pratchett uses the books to make all sorts of social commentary far better than most "serious" writers. The Discworld changes and evolves.
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So where to start Jay off? The latest book, Raising Steam, isn't where to start. It's a fun homage to steam trains and the railway boom of the 1800s. It has more recurring characters than one can shake a stick at. To a newbie, it would be utterly bemusing. It failed to grab even me to the extent of his earlier books. That's not to say that he's losing his touch: book 38 is stunning!
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So, Jay: The Colour of Magic. Off you go.
Captain's Log: Supplemental. Having finished this post I stumbled across this on the net. Look! Multiple start points! I'm still sending Jay back to the start, though.