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Thief of Time (Discworld) by Terry Pratchett
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Thief of Time (Discworld) (edition 2002)

by Terry Pratchett (Author)

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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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A slightly shorter entry into the Discworld universe and the last of the Death subseries, I just couldn't get into Thief of Time.

There are some interesting ideas in there. The fifth horseman of the apocalypse. Mrs. War. The Auditors (again) trying to simplify their jobs. The personification of Time. A clock that can keep 'perfect' time and the trouble that would cause. History monks.

One surprising advantage the book has: Death is only present in limited quantities. I'm not sure there was really much else to do with the character, so this works well.

Overall, I just couldn't get into it. So it goes. Back to the beginning for the next subseries! ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
I liked this finale best of the Death series. A good plot, where the Auditors are trying to stop Time, but Miss Susan [Sto Helit:] manages to join forces with a young acolyte and avoid catastrophe. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Average Pratchett. Which means a very good book. ( )
  Stravaiger64 | Apr 5, 2021 |
What to say, except that Mr. Pratchett took on an original subject for a story: time and building the ultimate clock, one that couldn't be more precise. But the downside is that once it's activated, it stops time. This has to be avoided at all costs, even if it means playing with different times / events / eras / ...

As is custom, there must also be humour, although on a whole I found a little less dominant compared to previous Discworld novels I've read, not in the least [b:Reaper Man|833424|Reaper Man (Discworld, #11)|Terry Pratchett|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1323724828s/833424.jpg|1796454], for example, or [b:Hogfather|797189|Hogfather (Discworld, #20)|Terry Pratchett|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1306814220s/797189.jpg|583655].

The cast is quite varied, with the four, eh, five Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Auditors who learn to become human and what it takes to be "human", Nanny Ogg (one of the witches in the series), some Chinese philosopher (well, he's formally a sweeper, which is an undercover activity), a yeti, Death, Death's granddaughter Susan, and several more. This also makes the focus shift from one or more character(s) to the next one(s), each getting a few pages, after which several characters end up together in the same time-frame.

There's a lot of philosophical and some psychological influence throughout the story, I'd say several pinches more than the ones I've read so far. Add a common time-related expression now and then, and the picture's complete. This then also made me think of Terry Pratchett not as a storyteller, but a philosopher who uses stories (and humour) to convey his thoughts on man, the world, life, and so on. It's a two-ways kind of approach, the Discworld novels.

Did I mention the ending? Totally unexpected, but come to think of it, quite a nice twist. :-)

'Thief of Time' requires a bit more thinking, although you can read for entertainment purposes, too. Regardless of this, it's another recommended read when you want to spend some time ( ;-) ) on Discworld. ( )
  TechThing | Jan 22, 2021 |
Cosmic auditors want to clean up the universe by stopping time.

2/4 (Indifferent).

There is some pleasant silliness here and there, but there's a lot more cryptic foreshadowing of stuff that has no pay-off. The story never quite makes sense, and takes about half the book before it gets around to doing anything at all. ( )
  comfypants | Dec 27, 2020 |
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According to the First Scroll of Wen the Eternally Surprised, Wen stepped out of the cave where he had received enlightenment and into the dawning light of the first day of the rest of his life.
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Sometimes thinking is like talking to another person, but that person is also you.
Nine-tenths of the universe, in fact, is the paperwork.
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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.

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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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