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on 1 October 2009
Dark Side of the Sun is an early Pratchett book ( circa 1976) predating the Discworld series.
The inheritor of a family company survives assassination attempts in his efforts to find the fabled " jokers" - a mythological race left evidence of their existence as giant towers. An institute has been set up to solve the mystery of the towers and to eliminate others who look like solving it. As usual there is the odd prophecy as to how things will unfold which is cunningly woven into the plot which twists and turns to a "predictable" conclusion.
A pleasant enough SciFi / sf fantasy (spoof?) showing elements of the Pratchett humour and inventiveness that was to crystallise in to the Discworld series some 7 years later. A book in a similar SciFi vein is Strata (first published 5 years later in 1981) which laid the foundations for the idea of Discworld .
If you like Strata you will like Dark side of the sun - and vice versa . Not a traditional discworld story however - so live dangerously and try it for yourself.
I bought this to complete my set of Pratchet books but was not disappointed.