Author: Terry Pratchett

First Book: The Color of Magic

Sample Chapter: Color of Magic Prologue

Back Blurb: Twoflower was a tourist, the first ever seen on the Discworld. Tourist, Rincewind decided, meant idiot. Somewhere on the frontier between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a parallel time and place which might sound and smell very much like our own, but which looks completely different. It plays by different rules. Certainly it refuses to succumb to the quaint notion that universes are ruled by pure logic and the harmony of numbers. But just because the Disc is different doesn’t mean that some things don’t stay the same. Its very existence is about to be threatened by a strange new blight: the arrival of the first tourist, upon whose survival rests the peace and prosperity of the land. But if the person charged with maintaining that survival in the face of robbers, mercenaries and, well, Death is a spectacularly inept wizard, a little logic might turn out to be a very good idea…

Our Take: From the brilliant comedic mind of Terry Prachett, Discworld somehow manages to be unique and compelling fantasy while frequently parodying the works of Tolkien, Lovecraft, and numerous others. These are easy and enjoyable reads, averaging around 300 pages per volume.  Ready for Step #3?   Buy it now at Amazon.