Now, I am no particular Terry Pratchett fan. (Wow, he is famous enough that I got a spelling auto-correct for his last name!) I had only read Night Watch previously, because it was on a bookshelf and I was in need of a book. That one was alright, nothing special, and I didn’t really understand why so many people – especially my roommate Sam – thought Pratchett’s Discworld books were so amazing. But Sam, rational thinker and arguer that he is, convinced me to read Small Gods, holding it up as a better (maybe the best) example of Pratchett’s work in a single book.
I love it. Small Gods is wonderfully irreverent, while at the same time saying so much more about faith, religion and spirituality than many other texts designed for that purpose ever do. The characters are compelling, the integration of the story with the details of the world is excellent (and Pratchett’s world is quite impressive, and so it is even more impressive that it doesn’t overshadow the story), and it’s got quite a few laugh-out-loud funny moments. Before Small Gods, I was dubious at the prospect of “humorous fantasy,” which is the genre I have always thought of Pratchett belonging to, but now I am a believer.
I’m not sure that Small Gods made me want to read the rest of the Discworld books, so well-contained was its story, but it does leave the seed of interest in my mind where before they was disapproval. So that must also be seen as a success. I would definitely recommend Small Gods to anyone who is interested in fantasy and likes stories that make them think.
Balance of Philosophy and Fantasy: A+
Death’s Review: IT WAS PRETTY ALRIGHT, WOULD RECOMMEND