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Title:Thief of Time
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:HarperTorch (2002), Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
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The rules of the universe are once again being bent to endanger life, but this time it is really Time itself that is being used as the weapon of choice. The 26th installment of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series finds many characters quite literally being a Thief of Time from certain points of view, yet only one can truly change history.

The Auditors of Reality attempt once again to organize the universe by getting rid of life by literally stopping everything by having a clockmaker construct the perfect clock. Unfortunately for the Auditors, Death catches wind of their scheming and once against enlists his granddaughter Susan to track down someone who might be able to correct their actions. Meanwhile the Monks of Time catch wind of the construction of the perfect clock as warning sign pop up like they did the first time such a clock was constructed. While Death and Susan take their own paths towards battling the Auditors, the famous Lu-Tse and his apprentice race to stop the clockmaker. And while these heroes race to save Time, the Auditors of Reality begin to learn about what it means to be human and that sudden immersion probably wasn’t the best way to do so.

Thief of Time follows a new pattern by Pratchett in which he focused more on plot and story structure, instead of jokes that string along the story. In fact while there is humor in this book it isn’t paramount to anything connected with the plot, it’s just that some funny things happen along the way towards the climax. This isn’t to say that the book isn’t good, in fact it continues Pratchett’s string of great work but the early sophomoric humor or plain repetitiveness of some jokes are thing of the past in the series. However while the events in this book clear up various timeline anomalies created earlier in the series, it also marks the ending of the Death subseries (though he continues to make appearances) and the last appearance of Susan Sto Helit which for their fans is a major disappointment as the series would continue for 15 more books.

Yet while Thief of Time does turns out to represent the last appearance for some fan favorites, it continues Pratchett’s string of great installments of the Discworld series. For anyone who is a fan of Pratchett you’ll love this book and if you’re new to the Discworld after reading this book you’ll be interested about his earlier installments. ( )
  mattries37315 | Nov 23, 2016 |
Lu Tze is awesome! Rule One! History Monks! A lowly sweeper, but with great skill! And now he has an apprentice who seems to understand time intuitively. More intuitively than any other human. Except for maybe the young clock maker in Ankh Morpork.

This book also stars Susan, granddaughter of Death. This is the first Discworld book with her that I’ve read. Probably not the best introduction, but it certainly whet my appetite for more of her story.

This book explores, in that very Pratchett way: time, history, humanity, and the end of the world. It reminded me quite a lot of Good Omens, but without the Gaiman grimness and with a Horseman who sells yogurt on the side. As always, Stephen Briggs is an excellent narrator. ( )
  jlharmon | Nov 3, 2016 |
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  anukrose | Nov 2, 2016 |
Great story. Susan (Death's granddaughter) is a wonderful character. ( )
  DLMorrese | Oct 14, 2016 |
The first leg of my Discworld re-read concludes with the final book in the Death subseries, Thief of Time. (Although, to be honest, as with the previous volumes, I kind of wish it had featured more of Death himself. He really is my favorite character in the entire series. Not that his granddaughter Susan, who gets more attention here, isn't also terrific, because she is.)

This one didn't give me the feeling of sheer, crazy delight that Hogfather and Soul Music did (although it does have some pretty great jokes), but it feels like a slightly more substantial story than those, and it does a lot of fun and interesting things with the concept of time. There are also some really great examples of something that Pratchett does very well: infusing his comic fantasy with some genuinely thoughtful, philosophical, and scientifically literate ideas. In addition to playing around with time, he also touches on chaos theory, and explores at some length the question of what it means to be human, specifically what it means to be both a consciousnesses and a body.

Rating: 4.5/5. Although, admittedly, I sometimes feel like I'm over-rating these books slightly, just because of my love of the series as a whole. Not enough to make me change that number, though! ( )
  bragan | Aug 9, 2016 |
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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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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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