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Small Gods (Discworld, Book 13) (original 1992; edition 1994)

by Terry Pratchett

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Title:Small Gods (Discworld, Book 13)
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:HarperTorch (1994), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback
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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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    Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett (electronicmemory)
  3. 21
    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.
  5. 23
    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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Religion is a controversial business in the Discworld. Everyone has their own opinion, and indeed their own gods. Who come in all shapes and sizes. In such a competitive environment, there is a pressing need to make one's presence felt. And it's certainly not remotely helpful to be reduced to be appearing in the form of a tortoise, a manifestation far below god-like status in anyone's book. In such instances, you need an acolyte, and fast. Preferably one who won't ask too many questions...
Having Tony Robinson narrate was an excellent choice, he brings the characters to life, close to my own mental pictures of them.
Well worth a listen !! ( )
  Jawin | Aug 18, 2018 |
Ging wel. Had op sommige momenten wel iets van "waarom moet dat nou gebeuren" maar al bij al was het een aardig boek. ( )
  EdwinKort | Jul 4, 2018 |
Funny how being at risk of being eaten - by an eagle or a voracious philosopher - can help a god find itself! Excellent satire with much wisdom. Or, at least a fun plot.."It didn't matter if you fooled yourself provided you didn't let yourself know it, and did it well." This is my first Pratchett and I am looking forward to other forays into his Discworld. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jun 13, 2018 |
In the Great God Om's new manifestation, he finds himself in the body of a tortoise, but manages to find a prophet, the simple but extremely loyal Brutha. I already love Pratchett's Discworld series, but this is easily my favorite so far. The satire is absolutely spot-on and so is the humor - I listened to this on audio and got more than one odd look from passers-by when I would laugh out loud in public. Don't bother collecting quotes, though - you'll have to highlight the whole book. ( )
  -Eva- | May 30, 2018 |
While this entry in the Discworld series had many amusing parts, it wasn't as funny to me as either the Guards or the Witches subseries. To balance that, I did find it provided more food for thought regarding the religion such as the difference between someone who truly believes in his/her God versus someone who is a good/powerful member of a religious structure. ( )
  leslie.98 | Apr 28, 2018 |
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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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Ittekot, VenugopalanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kirby, JoshCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lindforss, PeterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Planer, NigelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rayyan, OmarIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sabanosh, MichaelCover artistsecondary 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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