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12 Recommended Authors for Lovers of Pratchett

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!

Neil Gaiman


Sandman (vol 1) (US)
Sandman (vol 1) (UK)

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.

Douglas Adams


The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (US)
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (UK)

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.

Christopher Moore


The Stupidest Angel (US)
The Stupidest Angel (UK)

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.

David Bowen


Hell on Earth (US)
Hell on Earth (UK)

Review of Hell on Earth

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.

Piers Anthony


A Spell for Chameleon (Xanth 1) (US)
A Spell for Chameleon (Xanth 1) (US)

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.

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  • Kymberley says:

    I would have suggested Rankin, Holt and FForde. I’m also reading the Charles Stross “Laundry files” books which have some of the flavour of Pratchett’s more recent books.

    I’ll check out some of the ones above I haven’t read



    • scott perry says:

      I quite like the Stross. I do think that Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London books are actually a little closer to Pratchett.

      • Andrew says:

        I’ve noticed a few Pratchett jokes in the Rivers of London series. For example, at one point, the main character sent “a quick prayer to Sir Samuel, the patron saint of policemen”.

  • Sharon says:

    I would recommend David Walliams and Diana Wynn Jones. I think ? Neil Gaimen is a given.
    Sharon x

  • Brann says:

    I would add A. Lee Martinez, Jim C. Hines, and C. Dale Brittain to that list.

  • allan says:

    What no Ben Aaronovitch, a very surprising omission

  • Nic says:

    Eric Frank Russell and James White (Sector General)

  • Nils-Fredrik Pedersen says:

    You should also consider Ben Aaronovitch or the relatively new The Invisible Library by Cogman (?)

  • nancy walker says:

    All of those are great. But , has anyone asked just what Mr Pratchett’s own choice would be? What did he read for enjoyment?

  • graham littlewood says:

    Definitely give Robert Asprin’s Myth series a go (no comparisons with other apprentice wizard stories please). The Phule series is also worth a look.

  • Mark says:

    I would add Rachel Aaron’s The Spirit Thief.

  • Sam says:

    How about China Mieville. Not comedy; shares a lot with Neil Gaiman, although the parallel worlds he creates bring a flavour of Pratchett too.

  • Ingrid says:

    I have recently discovered Jodi Taylor, she writes about time-travelling historians in The St. Mary Chronicles. Absolutely readworthy! And definitely Ben Aaronovitch, as some others above also mentioned!

  • Loookeski says:

    Daniel O’Malley – The Rook

  • Clare says:

    I’d recommend Carpet Diem by a new author, Justin Lee Anderson. Flavours of Pratchett and Tom Holt for sure, it’s great!

  • Einar Steinn Valgarðsson says:

    Kurt Vonnegut.

  • Laura says:

    For a sublime read “I Lucifer” by Glen Duncan. The Bryant & May series by Christopher Fowler, also “Spanky” by CF.

  • Logan says:

    It irritates me that Sir Terry Pratchett is dead. I will travel to an alternative dimension where he didn’t get Alzheimer’s and go read the books he makes there.

    That’ll learn me.

    PS: Thanks for the recommendations in story and comments.

  • Shannon Curtis says:

    Waiting For The Galactic Bus and The Snake Oil Wars by Parke Godwin should be on here, too. Hilarious, tongue in cheek reads.

  • Phil Rowley says:

    Jack Vance’s excellent ‘dying earh’ series are excellent. I particularly recommend Rhialto the Marvellous and Cugel’s Saga to try first.

  • Falon says:

    Please add A. Lee Martinez. He is a little obscure but very similar in style.

  • James says:

    Im suprised no one said spider robinson?

  • Viv Payne says:

    What, no Ben Aaronovitch? Come on, folks!

  • Julie Mercer says:

    There’s a series called The Parasol Protectorate, for the life of me I can’t remember who wrote it, but although it’s dystopian it’s also funny , so it possibly falls into this category, I would recommend it to anyone who likes Sir Terry Pratchett’s books as it’s a good read.

  • MrsArcanum says:

    If you can find the copies James Bibby’s Ronan the Barbarian series has very similar characters and sense of humour. Complete with Puss the carnivorous talking donkey.

  • Kaytaki says:

    And how about The Chrestomanci Series by Diana Wayne Jones ..

  • Hilary says:

    David Eddings, but no David Gemmel?
    How about Simon R Green?

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