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Pyramids (Discworld #7)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  51,286 Ratings  ·  1,258 Reviews
In Pyramids, you'll discover the tale of Teppic, a student at the Assassin’s Guild of Ankh-Morpok and prince of the tiny kingdom of Djelibeybi, thrust into the role of pharaoh after his father’s sudden death. It's bad enough being new on the job, but Teppic hasn't a clue as to what a pharaoh is supposed to do. First, there's the monumental task of building a suitable resti ...more
Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published October 13th 2009 (first published June 15th 1989)
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Paul O'Neill
Feb 04, 2017 Paul O'Neill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terry Pratchett takes the mick out of ancient Egyptians, hilarity follows


Pyramids gets a solid 4 star rating. I rarely have a physical reaction when I'm reading but I was chuckling on the train to this one…hopefully not too loudly! This has turned me from a fan to a Pratchett fanboy.


Pyramids uses a fairly straight forward structure. It's linear and focuses, mainly, on Teppic our main character. The paragraphs are nice and short in the main. It also includes the nice little foot
May 16, 2011 Tfitoby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastical
When I think about the Discworld series I instinctively want to give them all 5 stars, they (via Sir Pratchett) provide such a huge amount of entertainment, fire such delights of imagination and offer much food for thought on any number of subjects both Big and small and yet as I run through the audio books in an attempts to stem the flowing tide of flabby bits about my middle I find myself unable to truthfully say that every entry is worthy of that ultimate rating. Pyramids is one such title, i ...more
Feb 20, 2017 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pyramids is Sir Terry Pratchett’s 7th Discworld book and the Pratchett Smile-O-Meter is dancing happily as this is another fun ride with cool Uncle Terry.

This is a blisteringly funny satire on religion, faith and loyalty taking place in the blisteringly hot desert of Discworld in the Old Kingdom of Djelibeybi (which is of course analogous to Egypt in our world).

First published in 1989 and by this time Pratchett’s fame and fortune with the Discworld was established and he mixed things up a bit. T
David Sarkies
Nov 19, 2012 David Sarkies rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy
And the gods go crazy
24 November 2012

I am really glad that I decided to reread a the Discworld novels to give them a better commentary as I have found that I have been quite enjoying them, and in many ways they have been getting better and better. However, this is the second to last one that I read (and it seems that I may have originally read them in order of publication, since the last one I read was Guards, Guards, and that is sitting next to me waiting to be reread very soon). Pratchett see
Aug 04, 2015 Celise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, owned-read
"People needed to believe in gods, if only because it was so hard to believe in people."

Here's one for the history buffs. Anyone who's familiar with the Trojan War or has an interest in Ancient Egypt and Greece would probably get a kick out of this. So many good references. In case that doesn't interest you, there are also some assassins and some camels who are very good at math.

I didn't enjoy this one as much as I had expected to. I think it just felt too long (for a Pratchett novel) and the
Jan 16, 2017 Chloe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-and-owned
The name Djelibeybi made me laugh a lot when I realised how it was pronounced. This setting is an entertaining take on Ancient Egypt and its mythology, and religion in general, and the take on assassins is very welcome from Discworld! He has a great way of making fun of and being very realistic about ideas and traditions that manages not to be offensive. His respect and knowledge is as clear as his intelligence and writing genius. Every story is very entertaining, and the way he puts so many dif ...more
Sep 30, 2008 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Philosophically, this is the richest Discworld novel so far. (I'm reading them in order of publication.) It mounts a delightful critique of tradition and religion. It's not just another tiresome empiricist refutation-by-lack-of-imagination, or even another tiresome denunciation of priestcraft -- although it contains elements of both. It's actually an idealist critique, in the end. Here's a scene from pp. 202-3:

Belief is a force. It's a weak force, by comparison with gravity; when it comes to mov
Nov 17, 2016 A. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pyramids is, so far, my favourite Terry Pratchett book.
The humour is sublime, and that's why I read him.

This takes place on the Discworld, but isn't part of any other series. The characters here don't get to have any more adventures. But that's fine, because their stories are complete. This is one of the true Discworld standalones (I know everyone says that you can read any Discworld book in any order, but that's madness!).

What actually happens in this book? An assassin that's taking his final e
Oct 10, 2012 Roviragrao rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: relecturas
(Relectura Mundodisco #7)

Tras iniciar varias sagas y presentarnos varios de sus personajes clave en las anteriores entregas, Pratchett nos dejó esta novela independiente ambientada en Djelibeibi (el Egipto del Mundodisco).

Al contrario que otras de sus novelas donde predomina la diversión y el caos, aquí Pratchett se pone más filosófico y reflexiona sobre las tradiciones y la importancia de la religión en la sociedad. También cuenta con sus momentos divertidos: desde la presentación del gremio de
Yara (The Narratologist)
In Pyramids, the seventh book in the Discworld universe and the first in the gods/ancient civilisations subseries, Pratchett tackles ancient Egypt and the pseudoscientific “pyramid power” theory. It tells the story of a young prince-turned-assassin and the strange the country of Djelibeybi (ha!), where pyramids dominate the landscape and the king is believed to be a god. Mummies come to life, deities wreak havoc, time and space are bent beyond all recognition, and Pratchett even manages to squee ...more
Alfred Haplo
Apr 12, 2017 Alfred Haplo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-f
This is a novel lost in praises, but not of its own. Wedged between two immensely popular books,
Wyrd Sisters #6 (2nd of Witches sub-series) and Guards! Guards! #8 (1st of City Watch sub-series), Pyramids #7 suffers from understatement by proximity. It is the book your finger passes as it brushes perpendicularly across the upright spines of DiscWorld books in the bookstore to invest that US$9.99 saved just enough to buy one Pratchett book. It is also the book you may not see displayed at the libr
Jul 13, 2011 Sukayna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished re-reading this one, and wanted to say how wonderful it is! It's mind bendingly quantum, has fabulous parallels with the roundworld, puns galore (Djelibeybi? Ptraci?) and the greatest mathematician on the Disc: You Bastard.
The characters are beautifully drawn, and Pratchett's humanism is once again apparent. There are no really evil characters, just misguided ones, and in portraying these characters he highlights universal human failings and encourages introspection and understand
Pratchett vs. Egypt? Guess who wins?

What happens when an assassin inherits a kingdom that is stuck in the past? Read this to find out.

In fact, I think Pratchett might have been on to something.
Mar 31, 2016 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: terry-pratchett
Read this today while my youngest daughter is recovering from surgery. Another Pratchett that I have read before, but an edition I never owned. Bless you Pterry.
Orbi Alter
May 17, 2016 Orbi Alter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: discworld
Koji su to koncepti... Multiverzum i pobrkane dimenzije, deva kao najnaprednii matematicar na svijetu, sfinga koja je u egzistencijalnoj krizi jer ne zna sto je, stene ili pilic, zezancija na platonov svijet ideja, pa su tako bogovi u stvarnosti nadrndani kao umorni roditelji kad se vrate s posla (unatoc tome sto volimo misliti da ih drugacije zamisljamo)... Malo se ocesao i o (L)ezopa i (de)mokraciju, pa tako vrijedi jedan covjek, jedan pas. Naravno da se svi egipatski kraljevi bude kao mumije ...more
This book is a more-or-less standalone novel in the Discworld universe. The chart shows it as the start of the Ancient Civilizations subseries, but it only has a dotted line (minor connection) to other books.

I enjoyed this, but not as much as some of the previous Discworld books. The protagonist is Teppic, the only son of the king of a small kingdom. This kingdom has stayed relatively unchanged for about 7000 years and its citizens rarely venture beyond its borders. They value ritual and traditi
Mar 16, 2015 Rob rated it liked it
Executive Summary: Another good, but not great entry in the Discworld series. This one seems to read pretty much stand alone, though I think it would be best to have some knowledge of the series prior to this book.

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It's been a few months since my marathon of several of the previous books, and I was in the mood for Mr. Pratchett's humor. I'd been in a bit of a reading slump after my previous book, and hoped this would be a light quick read to break me of that.

Unfortunately that wasn't
Mamen B.
Sep 16, 2016 Mamen B. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, mundodisco

Continúo con mi andadura por el Mundodisco con el séptimo libro de la saga. En esta ocasión, toca adentrarse en Djelibeibi, una ciudad ancestral que podemos equiparar con el Antiguo Egipto de nuestro mundo, y que se encuentra a orillas del río Djel.

Aunque la mayor parte de la trama se desarrolla en Djelibeibi, la primera parte del libro la pasamos acompañando a Teppic, el futuro faraón de este reino, en su andadura por Ankh-Morpork para convertirse en un asesino: en la famosa ciudad es una
colleen the convivial curmudgeon
Entering the reread of this one, I didn't really remember a single thing about the story. The only thing I knew was that this was never one of my favorites.

I think I enjoyed it more on the reread than I did on my first go around, though it probably still won't be one of my faves. It won't be in the bottom tier, either.

This is pretty much a standalone in the series. I don't believe we ever encounter Teppic again - or, if we do, I don't recall it just now - but it's also a companion piece with Sma
Sep 19, 2007 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
The only good thing about commercial air travel is that it provides ample opportunity to read. And if anything can make a delayed flight tolerable, it's Pratchett in fine form.

This is top-shelf Discworld. I don't know how I managed not to ever have read this particular one before. If Small Gods is my favorite Discworld volume, this one's certainly in the top five. It's got plenty of witty asides and groaner puns, but being an early book in the series, spares the reader the tedium of the usual An
oguz kaan
Sevgili Sir Terry Pratchett,
Dünyanın en muhteşem uygarlıklarından birisini temel alarak yazdığınız eseriniz Piramitler'de din, gelenek, bağnazlık vb. konulara getirdiğiniz eleştiriler ve çözümlemeler ışığında kitabınızı okumuş bulunmaktayım. ÖLÜM sizi ziyaret ettiğinden bu yana keyfiniz nasıl? Umarım son bir kaç kitaptır ortalıkta fazla gözükmeyen ÖLÜM, doğrudan olmasa bile tüm kitaplarınızda önemli bir kavram olarak duran cismi bedenin ruhani boyuta geçişi konusunda size fazlaca yardımcı olmaya
Mary Catelli
Aug 20, 2013 Mary Catelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy, humor

One of Sir Pterry's stand-alones, though including things like gods created by belief and the Assassins' Guild from other works.

Pteppic, heir to the throne of Djelibeybi, because of his dead mother's wishes, leaves that very ancient kingdom (now small and a buffer between two greater powers) and attends the Assassin school. Which has certain influence on his attitudes, starting with his becoming Teppic. With some temporal shifting, we get a view of how old it is, and Pteppic's growing up, before
Feb 08, 2011 Sally rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
For me, this was not the easiest to follow of the Discworld books I have read, and it was probably because of the dimensions of time and space that were a little hard to grasp through verbal descriptions. However, I was surprised at how the opening experiences of Teppic in the Assassins' school, which seemed to be abandoned for a whole new story line, were tied in later in the story to show the point and usefulness of the assassin's training in areas that did not at all involve killing people.

He'd been conscientious, he told himself. No one had ever explained to him how one made the sun come up and the river flood and the corn grow. How could they? He was the god, after all. He should know. But he didn't, so he'd just gone through life hoping like hell that it would all work properly, and that seemed to have done the trick. The trouble was, though, that if it didn't work, he wouldn't know why not. A recurrent nightmare was of Dios the high priest shaking him awake one morning, only i
Graham Cope
“In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.” - Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett’s seventh Discworld novel Pyramids won the BSFA Best Novel award in 1989. I re-read it as part of my BSFA Reading Challenge. It is the first book in the Discworld series that can be read as a standalone story. That is, there aren’t any recurring characters in this book, but it is set in the Discword universe.

Pyramids tells the story of Teppic, a young man who is heir to the throne of
Jack Lanigan
Oct 06, 2016 Jack Lanigan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was a slight apprehensiveness coming into Pyramids. No Rincewind, no witches, very little of Death, and none of the locations I had come to know and enjoy. Plus, a lot of my early school days were spent trying to teach 7 year old me about Egypt and he just didn't care very much for it, so the idea of going back to that kind of aesthetic put me off a bit. That's why it's refreshing and fun to realise that going into a Discworld book isn't really about the characters and locations that you k ...more
Sora Zee
Sep 12, 2015 Sora Zee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love history, I am a boring geek, and this book reeks of history and myths, but one thing one should take into consideration is that unlike the usual history book we see everywhere, this is not boring. It is very funny, I love it. it is everything I want in a book: it has history, it has myths, it is ancient, it is humorous, it has lessons. Yeeees, lessons. It paints a perfect picture of our follies as humans, it shows what pride do to us, how it pushed us right up there and how it - countless ...more
Javier Muñoz
Mar 28, 2016 Javier Muñoz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aunque quizás no sea el mejor libro de Pratchett que he leido, la verdad es que con este me he divertido mucho, quizás no tenga tantos gags y situaciones cómicas como los anteriores, pero creo que en este pratchett emplea un sentido del humor más fino y quizás más ligado a determinadas referencias culturales y sobretodo históricas. Reconozco que soy incapaz de pillar muchísimos de los chistes, pero la mayoría al menos los intuyo... en todo caso aunque este libro quizás parece más serio, si te po ...more
Aug 22, 2015 Casey rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, humor, 1980s
Pyramids is my least favorite book in the Discworld series so far. The main character and setting take place in a new area in Djelibeybi. Teppic is the son of the Pharaoh, and goes to Ankh-Morpork to become an assassin. However, he is unable to complete his schooling and must return back home and deal with his royal duties, dealing with zealous priests and general commotion.

I liked the assassin school, but the assassin theme doesn't stay for much of the book, as Teppic returns to his homeland. I
Feb 03, 2017 Leonie rated it it was amazing
I couldn't believe I hadn't read this one, so I was very excited to find a new Pratchett book. And it really lived up to my expectations.

Once again I was taken away to the Discworld, and provided with a nice little bit of insight into the inner workings of the Assassins Guild, before being whisked off to Djelibabi and it's pyramids.

There was romance, a mathematical genius (camel), and mysticism. Another great read by a much mourned author.
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