The whole book world is distraught at the death of Sir Terry Pratchett who led the literary world in his own, unique style. I don’t think there’s a person out there who thinks he’s replaceable but there may be those looking for authors along the same vein. With that in mind, we threw the question out to our readers, if you love Pratchett, who do you read now?
The results show just how unique Pratchett is in the literary world as they are so varied. While some of you loved Pratchett’s satire and cynicism and suggested authors to match, others suggested laugh out loud authors, and other fantasy writers. The results have now been added up, thanks to the 200+ of you who made suggestions, putting forward more than 60 authors!
In first place, with a whopping 31 votes is Neil Himself, as he calls himself over on his Twitter page. Neil Gaiman is acclaimed fantasy author of the Sandman series, American Gods and a whole host of other books too.
Next in the list is the late Douglas Adams of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy fame garnering 15 votes. Adams was already a cult hero when I was a child and he hasn’t lost any of its status with the passage of time.
In third place with 7 votes comes Christopher Moore and he definitely fits the genre of ‘comic fantasy’. The Stupidest Angel was recommended several times in this poll.
It was a joint fourth place with six votes each and the first author nominated was David Bowen, another comic fantasy author, two books into his Hell on Earth trilogy.
And the other author with six votes is Piers Anthony, science fiction author of the Xanth series.
They were the top 5, but we promised you 12 and here are the others:
Robert Rankin (5 votes)
Robert Asprin (5 votes)
Janet Evanovich (4 votes)
Tom Holt (4 votes)
Jim Butcher (4 votes)
Jasper Fforde (4 votes)
David Eddings (4 votes)
And that’s it!
Alternatively of course, and suggested by many commentors, you could just start Discworld again! If you haven’t already discovered Pratchett and all this is making you want to check out some of his books, we suggest reading this blog for the reading order of Discworld.