The first and foremost reason I read TP (again and again) is because he makes me laugh. Any insighful comments on the human condition are an added bonus, but basically I like his gags.
This is completely subjective, but I like Lost Continent, Soul Music and Pyramids more than
Nightwatch, Small Gods and Monstrous Regiment. The former three have jokes on every page, whereas the latter three don't.
TP's gags are
the human condition. We humans are silly, vain things and Terry has a ball pointing out our self-righteousness to us.
I disagree that Small Gods isn't stuffed full of gags. Look at Brother Nimrod.
"What an idiot" was my first impression of him, but he's very, very human and very typical, not just of clergy.
Brutha himself is a joke. He's big, clumsy and stupid in his own special way. Brutha has no
social skills; can't lie or prevaricate at all. He is a complete innocent. Yet, because of his innocence and Zoon-like honesty, he becomes Omnia's leader. Wouldn't it be nice....
MR took a few readings to grow on me. TP's "gag" in this one (I think, but that and 2-bucks will get you a cup of coffee) is War itself. The nature of, the attention to, the wastefulness of. Etcetera.
However, don't hold me to that assessment of MR. Yet.
NW: the Watch of back-then is
a joke, they were typical cops trying not to get killed. Or spit upon.
Nobby and his spoon are precious.
Night Watch's first 20 pages read "differently" than the rest of the book in language usage and tone.
I would like swreader's take on this.