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Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

Small Gods (original 1992; edition 1993)

by Terry Pratchett

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

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Small Gods by Terry Pratchett (1992)

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    American Gods by Neil Gaiman (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For the necessity of belief.
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    The Blue Hawk by Peter Dickinson (souloftherose)
    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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    Divine Misfortune by A. Lee Martinez (electronicmemory)
    electronicmemory: Humorous but also insightful stories about ordinary mortals who find themselves caught up in the - often petty - fights of their gods.
  4. 22
    People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks (CatyM)
    CatyM: 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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  JosieRivers | Dec 28, 2014 |
I libri di Pratchet sono davvero dei capolavori e questo lo è più di altri. Per adesso solo Il Tristo Mietitore aveva raggiunto queste vette.
Consigliatissimo!! ( )
  Iacopo.Venni | Nov 14, 2014 |
I LOVE this book. Probably my favourite Discworld after Thief of Time. Well worth a reread. ( )
  humblewomble | Oct 19, 2014 |
Small Gods by Terry Pratchett is the story of a dimwitted novice priest of the god Om, named Brutha, with an eidetic memory who becomes a prophet rather against his will. Unfortunately when Brutha meets his god, Om happens to be trapped in the form of a tortoise and is almost powerless. It's up to Brutha to help Om figure out why this happened and to help restore his god to his former glory. In the process Brutha learns the truth about his religion and that much of what he had been taught was false.

This is a very funny religious satire. It made me grin a lot and at times even laugh aloud. I'd definitely recommend this book to Discworld fans as well as anyone who enjoys British humor, provided you aren't sensitive about the subject matter. ( )
  Kythe42 | Aug 5, 2014 |
The Great God Om is down on his luck and forced to team up with the only person alive who still believes in him. Unfortunately for Om, it's the village idiot. Now all Om needs to do is raise this kid up to become the next Prophet, and his problems should be solved, but the church has other plans.

Sounds pretty promising, doesn't it? It's a situation ripe for kicking large holes into some of my favorite things that need large holes kicked into them. But at the 2/3 point, I'm still bored and I'm not really laughing much - not as much as people tell me I should be, anyway.

This is the third time I've tried to get on board the Pratchett train and the third time I've been left standing at the station wondering what all the commotion is about. Clearly, he is well loved by a great many - enough so that it's earned him a Knighthood, so I'm certainly not going to criticize his writing or his imagination. I am quite willing to say, "It isn't you, Terry. It's me."

I mean, I see the wry commentary and the curmudgeonly asides. I get the various aspects of modern culture that he is lampooning. I even get the very occasional chuckle. But it just feels too forced for me, like that kid I knew in high school who just kept telling jokes and throwing witty barbs at people, hoping one of them would stick and get a laugh. The sheer sense of desperation overwhelmed any actual funny he might have struck, and left me exhausted more than amused.

Now, I'm not pleased with myself about this. Not in the least. I wanted to like Pratchett. I was hoping that maybe this time around, he would finally "click" for me, and I would be the proverbial kid in a candy store, eyes a'glaze, looking out over the vast plains of his delectable works, eager to gorge myself on his books of plenty. But it didn't happen, and I'm disappointed.

If you've enjoyed other Pratchett books, then I'm sure this one will work just as well for you. And if you're a fan of curmudgeonly sacred cow tipping, then by all means, give this a shot. But if you like your humor to arise more directly from character, rather than from the sheer audacity of what he's lampooning, then you might understand my disappointment.

Good-bye and God Speed, Sir Terry. We shall not meet again.

( )
  Jefficus | Apr 25, 2014 |
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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.
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Now consider the tortoise and the eagle.
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 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:48:42 -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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