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The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld #28)

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It's not a game any more . . .

Every town on Discworld knows the stories about rats and pipers, and Maurice - a streetwise tomcat - leads a band of educated ratty friends (and a stupid kid) on a nice little earner. Piper plus rats equals lots and lots of money.

Until they run across someone playing a different tune.

Now he and his rats must learn a new concept: evil . . .
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 26th 2011 by Corgi Childrens (first published 2001)
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Dan Schwent
Maurice, a talking cat, leads a group of talking mice and a stupid-looking kid into a town called Bad Blintz looking for one last score with their pied piper scam. Only Bad Blintz has troubles of its own...

Terry Pratchett really knows how to write a kids book. I would have devoured this thing when I was a lad. Maurice and the rats are good characters, as is Keith, the aforementioned stupid-looking kid. The origin of Maurice and the rats' intelligence was fairly well done. Hell, it's a fantasy st

Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Variety is the spice of life, so I’ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. This book falls into my FINISHING THE SERIES! list.

I loves me a good series! But I'm terrible for starting a new series before finishing my last - so this reading list is all about trying to close out those series I've got on the go.

I remember being given a copy of Reaper Man wh
Maurice watched them argue again. Humans, eh? Think they're lords of creation. Not like us cats. We know we are. Ever see a cat feed a human? Case proven.

Maurice and his savvy, talking rodents arrive in town, ready once again to pull the old "Pied Piper" scheme. They scare the bejeezus out of the townsfolk, nibble on the comestibles and widdle everywhere. The citizens waste no time hiring Keith to play his magic flute, rats follow him out of the village, everybody splits the money and VOILA! - i
Mar 09, 2011 Mariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crispin Glover
Recommended to Mariel by: Michael Jackson
What was up with that bullshit message of Ratatouille? (I hope I'm spelling that correctly. I'm gonna look so dumb! In my defense, I've always been the pickiest of eaters.) That whole "Don't steal from humans!" thing. They were rats! What did they care if humans stuck flags and paper umbrellas in every little thing? They shouldn't. The rat had as much right to saffron as stupid Lugini did.

The rodents in Terry Prachett's Maurice and his Educated Rodents are - D'oh! Sorry, Maurice! The AMAZING Mau
May 21, 2015 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Terry Pratchett's first YA Discworld novel and as to be expected it is a lot of fun.It's based on the Pied Piper story with Maurice the talking cat, a band of talking rats (they all ate something strange at the dump) and a stupid looking kid who plays the flute. They go from village to village scamming the villagers into paying for the piper to rid the town of rats who are running amok, widdling on the cheese and swimming in the cream. The rats are very cute with names they've taking fro ...more
Jun 18, 2007 Alice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, I have definitely learned a lot about rats. I have mixed feelings about this book. Terry Pratchett is usually SO GOOD at mixing light-hearted silliness with a more macabre subject matter, but this time something felt a little… off. The rats are great at first, a nice blend of ratty grossness and the angst that comes with sudden enlightenment… or puberty. The rat characters are well-developed and as authentic as a bunch of talking rats can be. Maurice the cat is also a wonderful character.

Mar 07, 2012 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Re-Read this recently while traveling. It's interesting to see Pratchett's first run at writing something officially YA.

It's a good read. Smart. Funny. And pleasantly stand-alone. It's easy to see why he won the Carnegie award for it.

But in my opinion, it doesn't hold a candle to his later YA books that feature Tiffany Aching: Wee Free Men, Hat Full of Sky, etc.

The Wee Free Men

Rick Riordan
Nov 08, 2013 Rick Riordan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another author I was slow in finding, Pratchett has a wicked and beautifully twisted sense of humor. I would call this book a recrafting of the Pied Piper story, but that really doesn't even begin to describe it. All the characters, human or otherwise, are wonderfully drawn, and the story is well worth your time. Sheesh, this guy is prolific, too. I need to get back to work now!
Наталия Янева
Sep 16, 2015 Наталия Янева rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Всичко започва от по-далеч. От това как едни плъхове започнали да Мислят. И осъзнали, че трябва да има правила (нещо, което дори на нас, хората, често ни убягва. Например простичкото правило „Не пикай, където се храниш“. Доста човеци изглежда смятат, че са над тия неща).
Уличният котарак Морис предвожда своята групичка от умни плъхове и едно хлапе с неоспорим свирачески талант и повече акъл, отколкото изглежда на пръв поглед, и отръсква кесиите на разни плъхобоязливи градчета. Това, което Морис
James Beech
Apr 04, 2015 James Beech rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently reread this book and by "reread" I mean I listened to the audiobook, which is usually what I mean when I say reread (As a side note, Stephen Briggs is a great reader and I was pleasantly surprised to find that he used the same voice for Dark Tan as he does for Sam Vimes). I remember that the first time I read it, I didn't really like it that much, partly because it wasn't about Tiffany Aching and mostly because I was taken aback by the tone of the story. The Amazing Maurice is easily ...more
Cory Hughart
Feb 21, 2011 Cory Hughart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a 'young adult' novel? I think Terry must have gotten fed up with the run-of-the-mill children's books and decided to do a sort of parody of them, one where the characters constantly make references to the fact that real life is not like 'Mr. Bunnsy Has an Adventure'.

This is definitely a novel that teens can digest, but there are some parts that are even more grim and depressing than many of Pratchett's 'adult' books. I am reading the Discworld series in order of publication, and I was d
MB (What she read)
12/9/08 first read: I find it amazing how many important concepts Terry Pratchett manages to pack into this little 278 page book!

7/22/13: Reread. Love the way the rats develop their civilization: thinking, writing, teaching, learning, religion, protecting their future, and that of those weaker than themselves. Even hints of suffrage for females. Best of all is Darktan (and others) learning the responsibilities of leadership. As always with Pratchett, simple and fun--but deep down so very very wi
Ghost Ryter
I've been meaning to read something by Sir Terry Pratchett for about two years, and now that I have...

The man was brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. I was expecting a funny, wacky take on the Pied Piper story, and that's what I thought I was reading for nearly half of it. But then it became much, much more. The hilarity and cleverness was unexpectedly woven with something very profound. Would you call this book a political/social commentary? I'm not sure. That sounds dry and heavy though, and The
A children's take on Discworld - but while that may mean it's simpler, it doesn't mean it's not just as dark. Not ideal for very young children, those prone to nightmares, or those who don't like rats...

For adult fans, it's a pleasant return to some elements of Pratchett's earlier writing (particularly the Bromeliad), with all the polish and sophistication of his later work. Doesn't read as any more child-oriented than many of his early Discworld novels, like Equal Rites or Mort - less sly sexua
Sep 14, 2014 Anastasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0-2011
Io amo la mia copertina. Ma, ma..è adorabile, e poi gli occhietti che riflettono la luce apposta. Cioè, questa copert..ehm, sì. Parliamo del libro.
Primo libro di Terry Pratchett: prova passata con buoni voti. La storia è sempre una storia per bambini, però è piacevole anche per chi è cresciutello. Divertente e carina, intrisa anche di riflessioni dal tono personalissimo dei topi Mutanti (che non sono come gli altri topi), specie su cosa c'è dopo la morte. Il Grande Topo? A proposito di nomi: fan
Camilla P.
Nov 21, 2010 Camilla P. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Che dire, sono rimasta molto sorpresa. E' un libro godibilissimo, a tratti molto profondo, a tratti particolarmente ironico. Un libro in cui i Topi sono più umani degli Umani, in cui l'autore propone riflessioni profonde mascherate da racconto per bambini. Certo, i momenti divertenti non mancano, ma sono rimasta colpita soprattutto da questi pensieri che, attraverso la bocca di Fagiolino, Pesche, Abbronzante, Sardine, e tutti i Mutanti, raggiungono chi legge e rimangono nella testa, a far arrove ...more
The first officially YA Discworld book, but despite that it's still dark, scary — truly terrifying in some sequences — and full of mature themes about death and life, and ethics and existentialism.

It's also goddamn wonderful from go to whoa. The book is packed with dozens of loveable characters, from the titular Maurice, truly the Danny Ocean of cats, to the many varied and fascinating rats (Darktan and Sardines being among my favourites). Malicia is also a brilliant character, a girl obsessed w
Jul 24, 2012 Rasjel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Amazing Pratchett and His Gleeful Renditions

"Humans, eh? Think they're lords of creation. Not like us cats. We know we are. Ever see a cat feed a human? Case proven."

"'If you don't turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else's story.'
'And what if your story doesn't work?'
'You keep changing it until you find one that does.'"
Аделина 'Змей' Генова
- Слушай какво ще ти кажа. Ако не превърнеш живота си в приказка, просто ставаш част от нечия друга приказка.
- А ако приказката ти не става?
- Сменяш я, докато не намериш такава, дето ще става.
Dec 23, 2011 Mjhancock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Maurice, the intelligent cat, masterminds a team of similarly intelligent rats and a boy piper in a scam that's very familiar. They travel to a new town, only to find out that someone's beaten them to it, and that someone doesn't like sharing.
This is one of my favorite Pratchett books. While shorter than most, it still contains many of the major themes of its more "adult" brethren, and does it better to boot. There's discussions on the nature of humanity, the value of stories, and meaning of dea
Amanda Cole
May 17, 2012 Amanda Cole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like cats, especially talking ones who swindle people out of their money. I like philosophy, particularly when talking rats, whom I also like, are the ones doing it (but, some of them prefer to tap dance). I like stupid-looking kids who wind up kind of being heroes, and snotty know-it-all girls who read too many books and think that life should work like a story, when life can always be worse than the most terrifying story you can think of. In fact, I think that's what 'The Amazing Maurice' is ...more
Oct 03, 2014 Tracey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last Read Feb 2003

Finished The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett. For just over 250 pages, it was a pretty quick read. I'm of two minds about it being a juvie - some of the descriptions were a bit grim, for example. But then again, ya gotta learn the hard lessons sometime. Not quite as serious as some of his later Discworld novels (see my comments on Night Watch) but a more polished work than the early ones.

The rats' names were a hoot - I may adopt Dangerous Beans as a
Jan 29, 2011 T4ncr3d1 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, inglesi, kids
Primo - e finora unico - libro di questo autore che leggo. Si inserisce in un filone che potremmo dire di fantasy parodico.
Rinunciando a qualunque pretesa di "letterarietà", Terry Pratchett si limita a scrivere brevi romanzi di ambientazione fantasy, con lo scopo di sovvertire il genere stesso. Così, in questa storia strampalata, i cui protagonisti sono degli animali che cercano di raggirare gli uomini, è ricco di piccole e sottili citazioni (il pifferario magico, su tutti, ma anche molte favol
Altivo Overo
Sep 03, 2015 Altivo Overo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pratchett fans, fantasy lovers, furry fans
I was sure I had listened to this as an audiobook, and indeed, it is in my Audible library and had been downloaded before. However, reading the print edition was like an unfamiliar book. I must have been pretty distracted when listening (probably while driving, not good.)

Anyway, this book is highly rated and I can't argue with that fact. I object to the fact that it is generally considered to be a "children's book" because it is much more than that. Though it takes place in Pratchett's Discworl
Aug 19, 2011 Lupurk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sono definitivamente innamorata di quest'uomo! Si può forse non amare un autore che ti fa ridere da sola mentre leggi, infila ragionamenti filosofici in un libro per bambini e ti tiene incollata alla pagina dall'inizio alla fine?
La lettura in lingua, poi, aggiunge il fascino dell'originalità...per quanto bravo sia un traduttore, alcuni scambi di battute non rendono nemmeno la metà in traduzione, quindi la mia lettura del mondo disco procederà in lingua originale, è deciso! Grazie di esistere, T
Aug 28, 2013 Lorelei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, humour
Every time I re-read this story I am truly amazed at how good it is. I always cry, no spoilers, despite the fact that I know what happens. And I always end with a smile on my face, happy that some stories just end - right.
Jose Luis
Sep 15, 2015 Jose Luis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una historia "light" de esas que Pratchett intercala de vez en cuando en su trama de mundodisco. De hecho, si se cambiasen los nombres de un par de lugares comunes y reconocibles, no hay nada en esta novela que la vincule al mundodisco, podría ser cualquier reino lejano de los que hablan los cuentos clásicos.
Y es que es eso, un cuento clásico de animalillos listos que demuestran ser más listos que los humanos, pero pasado por la cocina de Sir Terry que le añade la sal que un cuento no incluye, y
Quique Castillo Aguilera
El planteamiento es original: un conjunto de ratas transformadas, pensantes, racionales, parlanchinas, dirigidas por un gato con las mismas cualidades y a las que acompaña un chico con cara de tonto que toca la flauta. Juntos estafan allá por donde pasan reproduciendo el patrón argumental del cuento "El flautista de Hamelin", porque, de alguna forma, esta novela de Terry Pratchett es una reformulación del cuento tradicional, de la fábula, con todas esas ratas hablando y bailando, con las mencion ...more
Rolly Stardust
Bellissimo! Ho adorato questo libro, Maurice in primis, forse uno dei più belli di Pratchett, gli Dei l'abbiano in gloria.
Vira Motorko
Jul 05, 2015 Vira Motorko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is too good to be so short.
I'm amazed.
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