This book is quite hilarious and is really written in nonsense style like Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I loved it! Books typically keep me up at night, but this was something silly that I could read and put down without fear of being too involved. There are no chapters. This bothered John, but I didn't even recognize that. Pratchett has written many, many excellent books and this one is his first.
What I know about the author
Pratchett is reknowned for writing excellent humor like Douglas Adams, while at the same time, managing to write engaging characters and plot. Only this one, his first book, is more toward the Douglas Adams side - pure nonsense - without that much plot mixed in. For this reason, I was told not to read it first, as he wrote much better in his later years and his books stand alone. Yet, I disagree - it depends on your purpose for reading and I wanted a silly book at night to read.
About the book
The book is about Rincewood, the worst wizard in the world, who begins the book by falling off the edge of it. In this universe, the world is called 'the Disc' and it is literally flat. My favorite character is the Luggage. Made of 'sapient pearwood,' it's a piece of magical luggage that follows its owner on hundreds of tiny legs with near fanatical loyalty. And it occasionally eats people it doesn't like. I highly recommend this book as a light, silly, relaxing read, after a long day of seriousness that you want to get away from.