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Pyramids (original 1989; edition 1989)

by Terry Pratchett

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An unspectacular adventure into the Discworld. None of the characters really leap out; they're amiable enough but indistinguishable from previous (better) entries into the series. The humour is a little off, seemingly aiming for irreverence rather than hilarity. It has its moments but also some groan-worthy puns and laboured comic scenarios, and whenever it comes to hit-and-miss humour, the misses always seem to outweigh the hits even when there are more of the latter. That's just the way it is, sadly.

The plot was also a bit too high-concept. Normally this would not be a problem in the hands of Pratchett: rather, the problem is that Pyramids has multiple high concepts, so it doesn't know which one to focus on. Is it the multiple-dimensions stuff and the magical instability of the pyramids? (As a side note, the mathematical stuff certainly wasn't any fun.) Is it the prodigal son trying to reform a desert kingdom which is quite literally stuck in the past? Is it the nature of belief and what happens when you find out your gods really exist, with all their inconsistencies and character flaws? I quite liked the satirical angle of this latter concept, and because of the book's themes I should like it more than I do. But it's trying to run all these huge concepts on one set of runnels and (much like the Great Pyramid in the book) it can't stand the weight.

Pyramids' fatal problem is that it is too long. I don't think it's any longer in page count than previous books but it seems longer. As it wrestles with all its themes and concepts, the plot takes a long time to establish itself. But by the time you've started to figure out what it's all about and started to be able to engage with it, you're already a bit tired of it. Usually when Pratchett's not on form there are still some choice moments that can keep you interested and it's over before it has outstayed its welcome, but Pyramids is so hefty that its good moments can't provide enough sustenance through all the rest. It is not a bad book to read but it is the least of the seven Discworld books I have read so far. It can be seen as a solid entry but it is unlikely to be anyone's favourite as – alas – it achieves its solidity not by powerful, quickly-applied Force of Pratchett but by a sort of slow coagulation. ( )
  MikeFutcher | Jan 9, 2017 |
Hardback, First edition of Terry Pratchett's 1989 classic. ( )
  Indra_Sinha | Dec 15, 2016 |
Read February 2004
Read September 2007

2007 Review:
reading this felt very familiar, but I couldn't place it. Then I checked my reading list, and sure enough, I had read it back in '04. Figures. It was enjoyable and I'm used to his stuff enough now that nothing grated :-)


2004 Review:
light, humorous, irreverant. Definitely to be taken in small doses. His humor could get on your nerves after a little bit. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Not my very favorite Pratchett, but still so. Much. Fun. ( )
  gayla.bassham | Nov 7, 2016 |
I have a love/hate r'ship with the Discworld books.
I enjoy every encounter I have with Rincewind, the Luggage, and the Librarian.
Carrot is mildly interesting
Bits of concepts throughout the series are clever.
Pretty much the rest of the characters, and books, annoy and/or frustrate me. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
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Pratchett, Terryprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ittekot, VenugopalanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kirby, JoshCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Paolini, Pier FrancescoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Planer, NigelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sweet, Darrell K.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Nothing but stars, scattered across the blackness as though the Creator had smashed the windscreen of his car and hadn't bothered to sweep up the pieces.
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All assassins had a full-length mirror in their rooms, because it would be a terrible insult to anyone to kill them when you were badly dressed.
The ancestors pressed forward, muttering. When you've been dead for hundreds of years, you're not inclined to feel generous to those people who assured you that you were going to have a lovely time.
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Pteppic geht nach Ankh-Morpork um Assassine zu werden. Dann wird er Pharao und baut eine Pyramide. Doch dabei gibt es Ärger und er muss feststellen, dass es sehr schwierig ist eine Pyramide zu töten.
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It's bad enough being new on the job, but Teppic hasn't a clue as to what a pharaoh is supposed to do. After all, he's been trained at Ankh-Morpork's famed assassins' school, across the sea from the Kingdom of the Sun.First, there's the monumental task of building a suitable resting place for Dad -- a pyramid to end all pyramids. Then there are the myriad administrative duties, such as dealing with mad priests, sacred crocodiles, and marching mummies. And to top it all off, the adolescent pharaoh discovers deceit, betrayal -- not to mention aheadstrong handmaiden -- at the heart of his realm.

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Unlike most teenaged boys, Teppic isn't chasing girls and working at the mall. Instead he's just inherited the throne of the desert kingdom of Djelibeybi-a job that's come a bit earlier than he expected (a turn of fate his recently departed father wasn't too happy about either). It's bad enough being new on the job, but Teppic hasn't a clue as to what a pharaoh is supposed to do. After all, he's been trained at Ankh-Morpork's famed assassins' school, across the sea from the Kingdom of the Sun. First, there's the monumental task of building a suitable resting place for Dad-a pyramid to end all pyramids. Then there are the myriad administrative duties, such as dealing with mad priests, sacred crocodiles, and marching mummies. And to top it all off, the adolescent pharaoh discovers deceit, betrayal-not to mention a headstrong handmaiden-at the heart of his realm.… (more)

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