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Small Gods: (Discworld Novel 13) (Discworld series) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00354YA7W
- Publisher : Transworld Digital; 1st edition (19 January 2010)
- Language : English
- File size : 2357 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 347 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 65,785 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It's denser and less free-flowing than his usual work, with a lot of side threads. You may need to read it twice to really get your head around it. If you're new to The Discworld, I'd recommend starting with a Three Witches or City Watch book to learn how the universe works before you tackle this.
Underneath the wit and satire about religion and politics is the love for the human condition, with all its frailties and idiosyncrasies.
I have read this book about five times already and each time there is something different to be found, such is the richness of this book.
I give this five stars, but it really is in a class of its own.
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Sadly there is never an eagle or a tortoise around when you need them.
True, the villain is a rather generic Pratchett villain (if you've read several other books, you'll find him irritatingly familiar), but there is little else to find fault with. As with many of his stories, Pratchett manages to weave in some trenchant observations on human nature, and a bit of philosophy, without messing up the plot or finger-wagging. I really have only one criticism: torture, even in the hands of a black-comedy master, is never funny. Particularly when it references real-world historical events. The violence in other Pratchett books tends to be slapstick and cartoonish, but here it's a bit too close to the bone.
In truth, it has its moments of pointed social commentary, some perhaps more pointed than others. Overall though, and what really elevates this material is how well it sticks to the good-natured tone whilst exploring the sharp end of theocracy, dogma and absolute bloody-mindedness in the face of better alternatives.
Its an exploration of mindsets. In the belief of hierarchies over gods, the subjective nature of belief and the innate need to believe in something over nothing. It's hefty stuff but never reads like a thesis on theology, psychology or culture.
In short it's quite the piece of work and a definite high point of the series. Gods large and small may impose themselves upon it's events but as is usually the case with these books it's the fundamental humanity of it's characters that always shines through. A solid recommendation.
Oh? You can? Then this the book for you, especially if you are fond of tortoises. This is Terry Pratchett on a soapbox, so it has dark tinges, but is still full of fun. A young novice in the One True Religion (aren't they all?) is sent out with a nefarious mission to a heretic (aren't they all?) neighbouring country. His survival is uncertain. The main question, though, is whether the truth can survive. A masterpiece by Terry Pratchett (aren't they all?). Lettuces also figure largely. And exploding steam-boats.
Unless i have suffered turtle amnesia.
Not one of the best, but still a fantastic read.
This book perhaps more than many others has some real relevance in the real world. Especially in this day and age of religious extremism, be it Muslim or Christian - either way it is a delightful read for Atheists and pacifists.