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Small Gods (original 1992; edition 1993)

by Terry Pratchett

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Member:MarcusAverius
Title:Small Gods
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:Corgi Adult (1993), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 384 pages
Collections:Your library, Read It
Rating:****
Tags:Fiction, Fantasy, Comical Fantasy

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Small Gods by Terry Pratchett (1992)

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    MyriadBooks: For the necessity of belief.
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    souloftherose: Although The Blue Hawk is aimed specifically at children/young adults and Small Gods is an adult book, I think both books examine and raise interesting questions about faith and religion and readers who enjoyed one may well enjoy the other.
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    electronicmemory: Humorous but also insightful stories about ordinary mortals who find themselves caught up in the - often petty - fights of their gods.
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    People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks (catherinestead)
    catherinestead: A very different style of book from a very different genre, but an interesting commentary on the corruption/misuse of religious faith which complements this book's treatment of the same theme.
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While Small Gods is one of my favourite Pratchett books to read, I found the audiobook didn't resonate in the same way. Some books are meant to be read out loud, others work better when the words play off one another in one's head. I found the eccentric Discworld works better for me on the printed page than as spoken word.

Nigel Planer in the unabridged version is more expressive than Tony Robinson in the abridged version, with Planer providing various different voices for the characters.
  rakerman | Apr 10, 2016 |
I LOVE this book. Probably my favourite Discworld after Thief of Time. Well worth a reread. ( )
  thebookmagpie | Mar 13, 2016 |
Read this for a book group. The god of Omnia has become a grumpy tortoise with Brutha, his one believer. Original and thought-provoking. And I'm glad I have tasted a Terry Pratchett book at last. But don't feel inclined to read any more, and think I would have enjoyed this much more as a young teenager. ( )
  LARA335 | Mar 6, 2016 |
I LOVE this book. Probably my favourite Discworld after Thief of Time. Well worth a reread. ( )
  hoegbottom | Jan 30, 2016 |
I LOVE this book. Probably my favourite Discworld after Thief of Time. Well worth a reread. ( )
  hoegbottom | Jan 30, 2016 |
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The problem with Small Gods is that its plot is complicated without being especially deft, and many tiny scenes exist solely to move stage scenery. Since a fair number of Pratchett's jokes recur from one book to the next, and many of the jokes in this novel are of the running or repeating variety (virtually every character, seeing Om as a tortoise, remarks, "There's good eating on one of those things"), the reader can end up looking for the good lines, like a partygoer digging through a dish of peanuts for the odd cashew.
added by Shortride | editThe Washington Post, Gregory Feeley (pay site) (May 27, 1994)
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Terry Pratchettprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ittekot, VenugopalanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kirby, JoshCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lindforss, PeterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Planer, NigelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sabanosh, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sohár AnikóTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Now consider the tortoise and the eagle.
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And it came to pass that in time the Great God Om spake unto Brutha, the Chosen One: "Psst!"
The figures looked more or less human. And they were engaged in religion. You could tell by the knives (it's not murder if you do it for a god).
Gods don't like people not doing much work. People who aren't busy all the time might start to think.
Or, to put it another way, the existence of a badly put-together watch proved the existence of a blind watchmaker.
Because what gods need is belief, and what humans want is gods.
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In the beginning was the Word.

And the Word was: "Hey, you!"

For Brutha the novice is the Chosen One. He wants peace and justice and brotherly love.

He also wants the Inquisition to stop torturing him now, please...
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0061092177, Mass Market Paperback)

Discworld is an extragavanza--among much else, it has billions of gods. "They swarm as thick as herring roe," writes Terry Pratchett in Small Gods, the 13th book in the series. Where there are gods galore, there are priests, high and low, and... there are novices. Brutha is a novice with little chance to become a priest--thinking does not come easily to him, although believing does. But it is to Brutha that the great god Om manifests, in the lowly form of a tortoise. --Blaise Selby

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:42 -0400)

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Brutha is a novice who is content with growing melons for the temple monks until the great god, Om, manifests himself in the form of a tortoise and announces that Brutha is to become the chosen one.

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