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Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett

Thief of Time (2001)

by Terry Pratchett

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Series: Discworld (26), Discworld: Death (5)

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  JosieRivers | Dec 28, 2014 |
This was an interesting Discworld novel. It's unlike any I've read before. The plot revolves around Lu-Tze and his apprentice Lopsang, monk/sweepers at a dojo of the History Monks. The "wisdom" passed on from master to apprentice is where you'll find most of the humor here. And the book is humorous. Not as laugh out loud funny as some other Discworld books, but still humorous. In it, the evil Auditors have plotted to have a clockmaker named Jeremy build the perfect clock that will tell time to the point of stopping it, thus freezing history in place permanently. Death makes his usual appearance (he's my favorite Discworld character), but it's his granddaughter Susan who's the star here, as she works against time to find Jeremy and stop him. Along the way, she encounters Lopsang, who has been traveling with Lu-Tze for the same reason. Some pretty big metaphysical stuff happens toward the end of the novel, and I don't want to give away the ending, but it's largely satisfying. And it involves chocolates, so it can't be too bad, right? If I were just starting out with Discworld, this isn't the book I would start with, but if I were a vet, I would certainly read it. It's pretty good. Recommended. ( )
  scottcholstad | Oct 10, 2014 |
Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett is the 26th Discworld book. It's also the thematic prequel, if you will, to The Long Earth.

Lu Tze, a Monk of History, has taken on a new pupil, Lobsang. Together they must prevent the End of Time. Helping out is Susan, now working as a teacher, and still as ever, frustrated by the fact she's Death's granddaughter.

The man everyone is after is Jeremy. He can do to time what Joshua can do with the stepwise Earths. I point this out because Lobsang the automaton claims to be a reincarnated Tibetan. Mind you, he says he was a motorcycle repairman in Tibet, but if he's really as human as he claims, he can lie.

But I'm getting ahead of myself and Pratchett as Thief of Time was published eleven years before. And of course we can't ignore Stephen Baxter's role in the creation of The Long Earth.

Nonetheless, Thief of Time isn't about a multiverse of multiple Earths. It is instead about a multiverse of multiple Discs, all being mucked about by a devious clock, it's maker, and lots of wibbly wobbly timy wimy bits (minus the Doctor, his TARDIS, or any of his companions).

As with the majority of the Discworld books, this one lacks chapter breaks. Like Thud, the breaks are all marked with something relevant to the plot. Here it is a TOCK, the counting down of the clock to doomsday. ( )
  pussreboots | Jul 17, 2014 |
Just when I think I'm reading Terry Pratchett for fun, I find myself mulling over the ideas he presents. Time. How do we see time personally? How do we imagine history? Don't we cover up the holes in history? Don't we spend time, waste time, agonize over the use of time while it drains away? What is a perfect moment? And while some of Pratchett's characters wrestle with time, others are figuring out what it means to be human. Having a body that has orifices, various demanding needs, and necessity of "I"? And, finally, being Pratchett, there's chocolate. ( )
  Colona | Apr 1, 2014 |
LIBRARYTHING's highest rating is 5 stars, and I've awarded that rating to numerous books in the past. Vanna, can I buy another handful of stars to award this one?
Absolutely fabulous read, with Pratchett's usual humor, satire, and wonderful imagery and phrasing. All I'm going to say about this one is that the Four Horsemen of the Apocalpyse reunite with the forgotten Fifth Horseman. So Famine, Pestilence, War, and Death are joined by . . . Ronny, the Milkman. That's when it starts to get really weird. ( )
  dickmanikowski | Feb 23, 2014 |
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Briggs, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cazenove, ChristopherNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
De Cuir, GabrielleNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ellison, HarlanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Time is a resource. Everyone knows it has to be managed.

And on the Discworld that is the job of the Monks of History, who store it and pump it from the places where it's wasted (like the underwater - how much time does a codfish need?) to places like cities, where there's never enough time.

But the construction of the world's first truly accurate clock starts a race against, well, time for Lu Tze and his apprentice Lobsang Ludd. Because it will stop time. And that will only be the start of everyone's problems.

THIEF OF TIME comes complete with a full supporting cast of heroes, villains, yetis, martial artists and Ronnie, the fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse (who left before they became famous).
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If you were helpless with laughter over Shanghai Noon, enjoy satirical British humor and terrible puns, or just need your Pratchett fix, grab this book. Unfamiliar with Terry Pratchett and his Discworld series? It's time to discover one of the funniest, most literate, and most thought-provoking authors writing today.

The Monks of History live in a Tibetan sort of area known as "enlightenment country." Their job: "to see that tomorrow happens at all." A mysterious Lady wants time-obsessed Jeremy Clockson to build a totally accurate glass clock. It will trap time and stop it, eliminating humanity's irritating unpredictability. This would make the Auditors, who observe the universe and enforce the rules governing it, very happy. It would also put Death out of a job, which the Grim Reaper isn't happy about. Fortunately, the History Monks have encountered this situation before; in fact, Lu Tze, the Sweeper, has personally dealt with it before. Even better, he has a new, gifted apprentice, Lobsang Ludd, the "thief of time." This time, they'll stop trouble before it can start! To add chaos to the mix, there's the Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse--the one who quit before they became famous.

Although there are 25 other Discworld novels and many of the characters appeared first in previous books, you don't need to have read even one to enjoy The Thief of Time. (If you're the sort of reader who hates to miss any references, you might want to track down a copy of The Discworld Companion.) As a bonus, this book is a painless introduction to what quantum physics says about the nature of time. --Nona Vero

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In Discworld, time is a resource managed by the highly capable Monks of History. Everybody wants more time, which is why on Discworld only the experts can manage it. While everyone always talks about slowing down, one young horologist is about to do the unthinkable. He's going to stop. Well, stop time that is, by building the world's first truly accurate clock. Which means esteemed History Monk Lu-Tze and his apprentice Lobsang Ludd have to put on some speed to stop the timepiece before it starts. For if the perfect clock starts ticking, time, as we know it, will end. And then the trouble will really begin.… (more)

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