by Alida Hanson
Terry Pratchett has written 40 famous novels set in the mythical kingdom of Discworld, and is one of the best loved English language writers of the 20th and 21st centuries. So, it was silly that I had never read anything of his. I chose <i>Small Gods</i> on the recommendation of Mr. Gacs. And I am so glad I did! It's a hilarious book, kind of Monty Python-esque, about what happens in religion and the competitive ordeal gods have to endure to achieve and keep worshippers.
We learn about this through a downtrodden turtle and a dimwitted monk-novice who turns out to be a prophet. If you want to read something that treats big ideas with a fantastic sense of humor coming from a truly happy place, look no further than <i>Small Gods</i>--and probably every other one of Pratchett's 40-odd novels!