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Les Annales du Disque-Monde, Tome 27 : Procrastination (original 2001; edition 2005)

by Terry Pratchett, Terry Pratchett (Auteur)

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Title:Les Annales du Disque-Monde, Tome 27 : Procrastination
Authors:Terry Pratchett
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Info:Librairie L' Atalante (2005), Broché, 414 pages
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Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett (2001)

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Just when I think I'm reading Terry Pratchett for fun, I find myself mulling over the ideas he presents. Time. How do we see time personally? How do we imagine history? Don't we cover up the holes in history? Don't we spend time, waste time, agonize over the use of time while it drains away? What is a perfect moment? And while some of Pratchett's characters wrestle with time, others are figuring out what it means to be human. Having a body that has orifices, various demanding needs, and necessity of "I"? And, finally, being Pratchett, there's chocolate. ( )
  Colona | Apr 1, 2014 |
LIBRARYTHING's highest rating is 5 stars, and I've awarded that rating to numerous books in the past. Vanna, can I buy another handful of stars to award this one?
Absolutely fabulous read, with Pratchett's usual humor, satire, and wonderful imagery and phrasing. All I'm going to say about this one is that the Four Horsemen of the Apocalpyse reunite with the forgotten Fifth Horseman. So Famine, Pestilence, War, and Death are joined by . . . Ronny, the Milkman. That's when it starts to get really weird. ( )
  dickmanikowski | Feb 23, 2014 |
Part of the Discworld series. Since everyone wants more time, its care and management is entrusted to experts who disperse it where needed. But someone is creating a special clock that may ruin it all. ( )
  pmlyayakkers | Sep 9, 2013 |
This was one wacky book. Hard to follow, as I'd never read Terry Pratchett before and had no idea what I was getting into, but as even the non-human characters took on more and more convincing human characteristics, the story evolved and the social commentary began to really deliver some amazing food for thought. What a fascinating man Mr. Pratchett must be. Incredibly imaginative! I'd love to see what a truly creative film-maker might do with this. ( )
  nancyfreund | Apr 19, 2013 |
Death has a problem - the world is due to end next wednesday. Tradition demands that the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse ride out, but War has married a valkryie and is encouraging an ant world war in is spare time, famine and pestilence have also got other things to worry about, so it looks like Death's on his own.



And then there's the 5th horseman, the one who left due to "artistic differences" before they got famous... And he gets tied up in the end of time, as he happens to be right in Ankh Morpork when time stops.



And then there's the history monk and his apprentice. Lu Tse has been round the block a bit and knows the tricks that time can play, his apprentice appears to be a natural at it. They're searching for the perfect clock, the one that will stop time, and they almost get there in time, but Lobsang Ludd doesn't make the cold blooded decision, and the clock strikes, just the once.



Time (the characterisation)0 is a creation of humans, and time had a child. In fact, time had twins. The offspring of time is able to operate separate from time, as are the other deities and anthropomorphic personifications in the discworld - and there's a fair few of them running round Ankh at this particular time! Also present are the auditors of reality, and they're at the root of the trouble (as usual). But this time they get more than they bargined for, and discover that there are perils in becomming human, including learning the real meaning of death by chocolate! ( )
  Helenliz | Apr 1, 2013 |
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According to the First Scroll of Wen the Eternally Surprised, Wen stepped out of the cave where he had received enlightenment and into the dawning light of the first day of the rest of his life.
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Sometimes thinking is like talking to another person, but that person is also you.
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Time is a resource. Everyone knows it has to be managed.

And on the Discworld that is the job of the Monks of History, who store it and pump it from the places where it's wasted (like the underwater - how much time does a codfish need?) to places like cities, where there's never enough time.

But the construction of the world's first truly accurate clock starts a race against, well, time for Lu Tze and his apprentice Lobsang Ludd. Because it will stop time. And that will only be the start of everyone's problems.

THIEF OF TIME comes complete with a full supporting cast of heroes, villains, yetis, martial artists and Ronnie, the fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse (who left before they became famous).
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0061031321, Mass Market Paperback)

If you were helpless with laughter over Shanghai Noon, enjoy satirical British humor and terrible puns, or just need your Pratchett fix, grab this book. Unfamiliar with Terry Pratchett and his Discworld series? It's time to discover one of the funniest, most literate, and most thought-provoking authors writing today.

The Monks of History live in a Tibetan sort of area known as "enlightenment country." Their job: "to see that tomorrow happens at all." A mysterious Lady wants time-obsessed Jeremy Clockson to build a totally accurate glass clock. It will trap time and stop it, eliminating humanity's irritating unpredictability. This would make the Auditors, who observe the universe and enforce the rules governing it, very happy. It would also put Death out of a job, which the Grim Reaper isn't happy about. Fortunately, the History Monks have encountered this situation before; in fact, Lu Tze, the Sweeper, has personally dealt with it before. Even better, he has a new, gifted apprentice, Lobsang Ludd, the "thief of time." This time, they'll stop trouble before it can start! To add chaos to the mix, there's the Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse--the one who quit before they became famous.

Although there are 25 other Discworld novels and many of the characters appeared first in previous books, you don't need to have read even one to enjoy The Thief of Time. (If you're the sort of reader who hates to miss any references, you might want to track down a copy of The Discworld Companion.) As a bonus, this book is a painless introduction to what quantum physics says about the nature of time. --Nona Vero

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In Discworld, time is a resource managed by the highly capable Monks of History. Everybody wants more time, which is why on Discworld only the experts can manage it. While everyone always talks about slowing down, one young horologist is about to do the unthinkable. He's going to stop. Well, stop time that is, by building the world's first truly accurate clock. Which means esteemed History Monk Lu-Tze and his apprentice Lobsang Ludd have to put on some speed to stop the timepiece before it starts. For if the perfect clock starts ticking, time, as we know it, will end. And then the trouble will really begin.… (more)

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