Published in Britain at the end of 1986, this and its "prequel" (The Colour of Magic, above) were among the top five best-selling books on the 1986 Andromeda list. Moreover, Pratchett was Andromeda's best-selling author for the same year. It was also chosen as a lead title for Doubleday's Science Fiction Book Club. "Pratchett excels in both slapstick comedy and tongue-in-cheek wit." - Library Journal. "That rare event, a comedy sequel that is twistier, plottier, and funnier than its predecessor...The most hilarious fantasy since come to think of it, since Pratchett's previous outing." - Kirkus Reviews. "If you want a couple of hours of unadulterated fun, this is the book for you." - Science Fiction Chronicle.