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Pyramids (Discworld #7)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  40,585 ratings  ·  869 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 (first published 1989)
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Tfitoby
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
Celise
"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
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Jonathan
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
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Yara
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
Sally
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.

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Sukayna
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
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Sarah
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
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Torie
I might have enjoyed this more if I hadn't been reading these books in order. It's so derivative of the other early Pratchett books, especially Mort and Wyrd Sisters. Minor spoilers: (view spoiler) ...more
Jamie
Terry Pratchett's Pyramids is part of this Diskworld series, which means that pretty much by definition it's an amusing parody of the fantasy genre. But this one differs from the other Diskworld books I've read in a couple of ways. First, from what I can tell it's essentially a stand-alone tale, featuring a cast of characters who never make any repeat appearances later in the series. And second, it seems to mark the point in the books where Pratchett starts to step away from simple parody of fan ...more
Leah
Enjoyable both for the insight into the Assassin's Guild that the logical-sequence reader has not yet come across, and for the honest and interesting discussion of religion that it encourages. As well as, obviously, for its comic genius and for Pratchett's glorious fun-loving writing.

I didn't enjoy this as much as the last one I read, Wyrd Sisters, but I think that's just because I was more interested in the themes he chose to tackle in that one than in this. Only slightly less, mind you. I also
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Huw Evans
This is a re-read of a much loved and, to my mind, underrated Discworld novel. It may start in Ankh-Morpork when Pteppic learns to be an assassin but it is focussed in the kingdom he inherits on the death of his father. Here, under the care of Dios the High Priest, nothing has changed for thousands of years. Gone are dangerous modern ideas, such as plumbing, mattresses and mirrors. All the dead kings are buried in pyramids of increasing splendour because that is the way that is has always been d ...more
Katie
I've been slowly working my way through Terry Pratchett's Discworld series over the past five years or so, but just in the background of my other reading, just whenever I happen to find one I haven't read before; I don't go out of my way to find them - not until I get my reading list under control a little more. It looks like my library system finally switched some copies around, because my local branch finally has different ones in for the first time in ages.

Pyramids was a delightful read. It
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Kingfan30
This one was not my favourite of the disc world novels so far I have to say, probably not helped by my cat turning poorly half way though so my mind was not really on it. You know what it's like, you read the words but they don't make sense!

I was never sure how to pronounce the name of the town, Djelibeybi, my version was along the lines of Delhi baby, probably way out on that one!!

I quite liked the beginning in the assassins guild, I guess you have to learn about potions and different way to ki
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Casey
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
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Natalie
The Discworld meets Ancient Egypt. And Geometry. Sort of.

This is the first book in the chronological order of the series that I've give five stars to, and it just doesn't seem to get old no matter how many times I reread it (don't rely on my goodreads count -- that only dates from when I started to keep track).
Olethros
-Sin salirse totalmente de las tendencias de la saga, un fondo algo diferente.-

Género. Narrativa Fantástica.

Lo que nos cuenta. Teppic debe afrontar su examen final de graduación en la Escuela de Asesinos de Ankh-Morpork, mientras va recordando cómo llegó a la ciudad desde su Djelibeibi natal en la que era el Príncipe Pteppic del Viejo Reino, el Reino del Sol, hijo y sucesor del faraón Teppicamón XXVII. Teppic debió aprender un oficio para ayudar a la comunidad y luchar contra la deuda galopante
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Aildiin
On re-read I have to bump this to 5 stars.
I read this book last over 20 years ago and I think I have to change a little my mind about Discworld.
I always claimed think kicked in gear with the 8th book : Guards! Guards.
I think they actually do with this book.
José
Pirómides reseña en español ----> Click Aquí.

Pyramids is the first stand-alone Discworld novel. Teppic is the heir of an ancient kingdom (similar to the Ancient Egypt) which is extremely out dated and it's ruled by a mad priest who manipulates the Pharaoh and doesn't want to change the ridiculous traditions and rituals.

I had a great time reading this book (as with anything written by Pratchett),it's an extremely funny vision of Egyptian lore.

If you like mummies, animal headed gods, absurd in
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Vanessa
This was the first Terry Pratchett novel I ever read. This is the book that got me hooked. I remember reading it in one night, and laughing so loudly that I woke my parents. I have read it several times since then.
Аделина 'Змей' Генова
http://knigozavar.com/piramidi/

„Пирамиди“ описва приключението на младия престолонаследник Тепик и най-вече божествените му неволи, свързани с изчезването на личното му царството (заедно с прилежащите му време и пространство) и наличието на една очарователно побъркваща прислужничка. Богове и фараони оживяват, жреците разцъфват в лудостта си, една камила смята като обезумяла темпорално-пространствени връзки само поради липсата на по-интересно занимание и междувременно нито някой знае какво се слу
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Coolcurry
Pyramids is a stand alone and the seventh book in the Discworld series. It’s also always been one of my least favorites. I would recommend starting with Guards! Guards!, Going Postal, The Wee Free Men or Small Gods instead.

Teppic was sent off to be trained as an assassin in Ank-Morpork, but now his father’s dead and he’s the pharaoh of a small river kingdom obsessed with pyramids and the past, Djelibeybi. Obviously, this kingdom is inspired by ancient Egypt.

The bit piece characters here were fun
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Mary Catelli

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
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Matt
The seventh installment of Discworld finds Terry Pratchett giving the reader a glimpse into the Kingdom of Djelibeybi and it's Assassin Guild-trained new king, Teppic. The story revolves various themes such as tradition vs. innovation, belief vs. reality, three-dimensional thinking vs. four-dimensional thinking, and what's the deal with pyramids all with a humorous twist.

The two main characters are Teppic, first a prince training to be an assassin only to become king right after finishing his Gu
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Scott Holstad
This was an enjoyable Discworld novel which stands alone on its own without the usual characters. It's about Teppic, the son of the king of Djelibeybi, a small kingdom with a lot of pyramids. Teppic is being schooled at the famed Assassin's Guild when his father dies and he has to return to his country to take over. He is coerced into building the biggest, best pyramid of all time, even though the kingdom is essentially broke and can't afford it, and the high priest, Dios, is running things behi ...more
Antonis
3.5 / 5

As always, I will avoid going into describing the synopsis of the book, you can read that up there ^. Though, as is usual the case with Pratchett's books, the blurb won't really help you much. Instead, I will go straight into my review.
Quick summary?: If you generally like Terry Pratchett's style and books you will enjoy this one!! If you're not familiar with his work or you don't really like it that much, then this is maybe not the best starting point to get into his books.

Characters:
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Simcha Wood
With Pyramids, the seventh book in the Discworld series, Terry Pratchett repeats the success of his previous entry, Wyrd Sisters, and once again steps out beyond the field of standard fantasy world tropes, this time setting the bulk of the story in the ancient kingdom of Djelibeybi, the Discworld equivalent of Ancient Egypt.

In Pyramids, Pratchett continues to hone his authorial chops. The plot is nicely paced and focused and though it doesn't wrap up quite as smoothly as the plot of Wyrd Sisters
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David Sarkies
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Wastrel
In my opinion, the first real masterpiece of the Discworld series. For probably the first time, Pratchett seems to be in complete control - of his prose, his characters, his plotting, his structure and pacing, everything. It's also, in its consideration of religion, ritual and faith, tradition and progress, and identity, among other things, one of his more intellectually rich works, and he does a fine job of presenting an ideologically coherent moral attitude without appearing to be preaching at ...more
Gavin
The problem I'm having re-reading Pterry's early stuff is how he tends to revisit the same themes and character-types later, and do them orders of magnitude better.

I admit I have a soft spot for Pyramids -even though it's clearly proto-Small Gods- largely because the establishing sequence (Pteppic's introduction during his Assassin's exam) is absolutely inspired writing. It's punchy, funny and ferociously lean, and it contains all the wit and wisdom to be expected from Pratchett at his best. Fro
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Sakura87
Proprio dopo essere riuscito a superare il terribile esame finale della Gilda degli Assassini, il giovane Teppic è costretto a rientrare in patria, il Djelibeybi, per assumere l'onore e l'onere della carica che gli spetta: è infatti l'unico figlio ed erede del faraone Teppicymon XXVII, morto suicida per un piccolo errore di calcolo e condannato a un'eternità di prigionia sotto migliaia di tonnellate di pietra - ciò che i vivi ritengono un'onorevole e maestosa sepoltura. Regnare su una civiltà ri ...more
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Discworld (1 - 10 of 41 books)
  • The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind #1)
  • The Light Fantastic (Discworld, #2; Rincewind #2)
  • Equal Rites (Discworld, #3; Witches #1)
  • Mort (Discworld, #4; Death, #1)
  • Sourcery (Discworld, #5; Rincewind #3)
  • Wyrd Sisters (Discworld, #6; Witches #2)
  • Guards! Guards! (Discworld, #8; City Watch #1)
  • Eric (Discworld, #9; Rincewind #4)
  • Moving Pictures (Discworld, #10)
  • Reaper Man (Discworld, #11; Death, #2)
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind #1) Mort (Discworld, #4; Death, #1) Guards! Guards! (Discworld, #8; City Watch #1) Night Watch (Discworld, #29; City Watch #6)

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