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Pyramids (original 1989; edition 1990)

by Terry Pratchett

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Title:Pyramids
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:Corgi (1990), Edition: paperback / softback, Paperback
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Tags:Fiction, Fantasy, Magic, Humour, 2012, 4 Star, Pyramids, Assassins, Gods

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Pyramids by Terry Pratchett (1989)

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Tepicc es el hijo del monarca de un reino tan antiguo como el tiempo que es enviado a la gran ciudad para recibir una educación de calidad en el Gremio de asesinos. Una vez completados sus estudios, recibe noticias importantes que le hacen volver al hogar para dirigir el destino de los habitantes del gran valle. Frases brillantes, mucho ingenio, y buenos chistes (el libro me ha hecho reir) son la causa de que Pirómides sea hasta ahora mi novela favorita de Mundo Disco. Además, y aunque el peligro al que se enfrentan los protagonistas no es original en el universo de Terry Pratchett, la ambientación sí que lo es. Un soplo de aire nuevo para la serie. ( )
  pablosuau | Jun 22, 2014 |
First e-reader book attempt. Lets see how it goes.
  BooksForDinner | Jun 2, 2014 |
Pyramids by Terry Pratchett is a hilarious satire about ancient Egyptian mythology with some Greek satire thrown in as well. Young Teppic, the heir to the Djelibeybi desert kingdom, is sent off to be educated as an assassin because it is one of the professions that provide the most all round education. Shortly after he graduates his father dies and he goes home to take his place as the new king. Wanting to be a dutiful son he decides to build a pyramid for his father that is twice as big as any previously built. The pyramids tend to generate weird quantum energy and the sheer size of the new pyramid being constructed starts to do some strange things to time and space. This book made me laugh a lot and as always I really enjoyed the humorous footnotes. ( )
  Kythe42 | Nov 27, 2013 |
Teppic is a marginal assassin who is also the King of a skinny kingdom that time has apparently forgotten. Well, not so much forgotten and more like "over which time's influence has been impeded." Teppic's kingdom is the Discworld equivalent of Egypt - which means that it's got all the basic stuff (pyramids, river, pharaohs, priests, silly walks, dancing girls) but too an extreme that makes it not like Egypt.

It turns out that in Discworld, Jim Croce would not have trapped time in a bottle, but in a pyramid. The shape of the pyramid and the cosmic ratios included in the construction of a proper pyramid end up bottling up time. Through the history of Teppic's kingdom, the pyramids built to provide a final resting place of the kings have ended up bottling just enough time to create a null-time zone inside the pyramids. So aside from the mummies being terribly bored, everything is fine until Teppic (under advise from his Grand Vizier) spec the construction of the largest pyramid ever built, which ends up doing all kinds of nasty things like shifting the kingdom into a right-angle dimension, loosing an entire mythos of gods and creating a time loop.

And being the King, it's up to Teppic to banish the gods, return the normal flow of time, free the mummies, save the girl, make the sun rise, avert a war, ride a camel and try not to die. It's good to be the king. ( )
  helver | Aug 1, 2013 |
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Pratchett, Terryprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ittekot, VenugopalanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kirby, JoshCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Paolini, Pier FrancescoTranslatorsecondary 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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