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Small Gods (Discworld #13)

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Lost in the chill deeps of space between the galaxies, it sails on forever, a flat, circular world carried on the backs of four giant turtles. This is Discworld--a land where the unexpected can be expected, where the strangest things happen to the nicest people. HC: HarperCollins.
Published (first published 1992)
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PaulESchilling Enlightened might be a strong word for it, but it is my favorite of his books. The interaction between Vorbis' relentless logic and Burtha's innocent…moreEnlightened might be a strong word for it, but it is my favorite of his books. The interaction between Vorbis' relentless logic and Burtha's innocent yet infinite memory made for one of the more interesting relationships between a villain and a hero. Most religious fanatics are too overtaken by emotionalism for me to have any sort of connection with them as a character. Both Vorbis and Burtha are taking religion seriously, but applying very different natures to the same religious text.(less)
Kateřina You can definitely read it without any prep. I can't imagine a better place to start, it's the best, stands alone, good introduction to Discworld. It…moreYou can definitely read it without any prep. I can't imagine a better place to start, it's the best, stands alone, good introduction to Discworld. It has all the good elements of Pratchett's work.(less)
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Chris
This was the first Pratchett book I read, and I'm glad of it. While it has the humor and satire that is inherent in all of the Discworld books, it also has something else - something to say. It was evident, even from the first time I read this book, that Pratchett had put some real heavy thinking into it.

This book is, as the title suggests, about gods. Where do they come from? Where do they go? What keeps them moving? Ordinarily, gods don't like this sort of question. People who think are not wh
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Наталия Янева
„– МОЖЕ БИ СИ ЧУВАЛ ИЗРАЗА, ЧЕ АДЪТ – ТОВА СА ДРУГИТЕ ХОРА?
- Да, да, разбира се.
Смърт кимна.
– С ВРЕМЕТО – рече той – ЩЕ РАЗБЕРЕШ, ЧЕ НЕ Е ПРАВИЛЕН.“


Кара те да се замисляш за твърде много неща. И извън религията. На толкова места се удивлявах „Това все едно е моя мисъл, но е написано стотици пъти по-добре, отколкото аз бих го казала“.
Книгата е великолепна метафора на религията. Всички боговете са малки, докато не повярваш в тях. Докато не им позволиш ти самият да пораснат. Бог не е някакво смътн
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Melki
Mar 13, 2015 Melki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The trouble with being a god is that you've got no one to pray to.

What good is being a god when you're stuck in the body of a lowly tortoise, and your only follower is an uneducated melon-hoer?

Yep, it sucks to be Om.

Now, imagine poor Brutha's disappointment. One day he's quietly minding his melons, the next he's on some wild adventure with a smart ass tortoise who insists he's a god, even though THIS god is NOTHING like the prophets said he would be! For one thing, he doesn't have horns; for ano
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⊱ Irena ⊰
Nov 25, 2014 ⊱ Irena ⊰ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-fantasy
4.5
'If a man lived properly, not according to what any priests said, but according to what seemed decent and honest inside, then it would, at the end, more or less, turn out all right.'
Small Gods is the darkest book in this series so far. It is also ridiculously witty and funny if that makes any sense. It should for Terry Pratchett's fans.
He always pokes fun at one thing or another. I think by the end of the series there won't be anything left in this world to be laughed at. The main target of
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Christian
Nov 13, 2014 Christian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: discworld
Hands-down my favorite DiscWorld novel.

From the perfectly twisted and filigreed mind of Terry Pratchett we have a book that addresses why religion starts stupid and only gets dumber. And no religion is spared!

Brutha is a child-like novice in his religious order, and he will never achieve anything more than novice status. Until one day his god literally falls from the sky and realizes that Brutha is the only person in his entire religion who actually *believes* and isn't just going through the mo
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Vagner Stefanello
Dec 29, 2015 Vagner Stefanello rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical
Review in Portuguese from Desbravando Livros:

Sempre ouvia as pessoas falando muito bem da série Discworld, do renomado autor Terry Pratchett, e graças à editora Bertrand finalmente tive a chance de desbravar um livro dessa série (obrigado por cederem um exemplar de Pequenos Deuses). Como vocês devem ter visto por aí, Terry Pratchett faleceu recentemente, mais precisamente no dia 12 de março de 2015, o que foi um baque para todos os fãs de fantasia que admiravam o autor. Como forma de homenageá-l
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Tfitoby
Oct 07, 2014 Tfitoby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastical, funny
Following on from Pyramids, Guards! Guards!, and Witches Abroad, Pratchett continues his study of theology, philosophy and the misuse thereof by mankind, touching on the same ground that his good friend Neil Gaiman would later dive in to with American Gods - what happens to the god when people stop believing in it?

It's funny and sharp with its satire, exactly as you would expect from Pratchett. And in taking months to read it all of my thoughts and theories have dribbled away to be replaced by a
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Camille Stein


Vorbis, malvado diácono y ‘exquisidor’ máximo de Omnia (Ilustración de Matt Smith) - http://ow.ly/ulSko & http://ow.ly/ulS6o




El tiempo es una droga. En cantidades excesivas, mata.

Lo malo de ser un dios es que no tienes a nadie a quien rezar.

Hacen falta cuarenta hombres con los pies en el suelo para sostener a un hombre que tiene la cabeza en las nubes.

La culpabilidad es la grasa sobre la que giran los engranajes de la autoridad.

Estamos aquí y es ahora. Tal como yo lo veo, a partir de ahí t
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Roviragrao
Aug 22, 2015 Roviragrao rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: relecturas
(Relectura Mundodisco #13)

En esta novela independiente tenemos al mejor Pratchett hablando de religión, guerra y filosofía. Grandes dosis de ingenio y mala leche para retratar la condición humana, sobre todo en lo que se refiere a su estupidez. Plagada de referencias a otras obras clásicas, personajes y hechos históricos, requiere una buena base de conocimientos para disfrutarla al máximo, o en su defecto acudir a The Annotated Pratchett File: http://www.lspace.org/books/apf/small...

De momento,
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Wiebke (1book1review)
One of my favorite Discworld novels.
It talks about religion and belief and what it can do to people and gods.
Sam Quixote
Re-reading books from your childhood as an adult is always a bit risky. Sometimes the book holds up and it’s amazing, like somehow you’ve achieved time-travel - sometimes they don’t and that just plain sucks. So when the lovely new hardbacks of the beloved Discworld series began appearing late last year, I picked up some books I’d read a long time ago and subsequently forgotten all but a few scenes, characters and a line or two from. One of these was Small Gods which I remember liking but, havin ...more
Doreen
Oct 05, 2012 Doreen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"You can die for your country or your people or your family, but for a god you should live fully and busily, every day of a long life."

And with that, I no longer have an excuse not to hunt down every Terry Pratchett book to enjoy and, probably, treasure. I've loved every book of his I've read to date, but that one line, so self-evident and borderline blasphemous to ANY religion, cements my belief that Mr Pratchett is one of the greatest thinkers and writers of our time. Perhaps delving into the
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Leah
Nov 16, 2013 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Well, I've done stories, and the myth of the movies, and death, and ancient cultures. What next? I KNOW! I'll tackle religion!" -- Terry Pratchett.

The man just gets better and better, giving subtle weight and genuine reasoning to that most fraught of all topics, what people believe.

Wonderful Pratchett characters abound: sighing cynics, worldly philosophers (with state-granted loofahs), simple church novices, grumpy tortoise-gods... They interact with one another in delightful and delightfully
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Thiago d'Evecque
Pra mim, Pequenos Deuses é Terry Pratchett no auge -- crítica certeira e divertida das religiões, da fé cega e de suas consequências. Ele não zomba tanto da crença em si, mas principalmente de como a religião organizada se aproveita dela para benefício próprio. Durante a história, o leque de sátiras se expande: ateus e filósofos também viram alvo do olhar perfeito de Pratchett sobre o ridículo nosso de cada dia.

É o livro do Discworld em que sinto a presença do lado trágico do enredo e de um tema
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Yani Meiborg
Apr 01, 2016 Yani Meiborg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
awesomely hilarious, witty, and also a great story! I loved all the references and irony/cynism, very refreshing. One of the most original books I have read lately.
Akke
Dec 23, 2015 Akke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
typical Pratchett
Cassiana
Dec 06, 2015 Cassiana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Resenha publicada no blog Escotilha Literária

Small Gods é o décimo-terceiro livro da série de fantasia e humor Discworld. É o segundo livro que eu leio da série e o livro através do qual muitos leitores começaram a sua jornada pelo estranho e não menos realista mundo de Discworld, isso porque para ler Small Gods não é preciso ter qualquer conhecimento prévio da saga, pois é um romance único da série, embora apareçam menções de conceitos e personagens que li em The Colour of Magic.

O livro conta a
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Wastrel
I've always remembered this as the best Discworld book, and so does nearly everybody else. And I really wanted to mark it down, both because it's always good to disagree with a consensus, and because early on in the book I got really quite irritated by the unsubtleness and heavy-handedness of Pratchett's satire against religion. And I got pretty irritated later on by the unquestioning attitude the book takes towards Pratchett's own views.

But... I can't. Those things may stop it from being my fav
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Nathan
May 27, 2013 Nathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Complete Discworld Reread

I. ‘ SMALL GODS’ IS THE STORY OF BRUTHA, LAST OF THE PROPHETS TO THE GREAT GOD OM. IT IS CONSIDERED BY MANY TO BE THE BEST BOOK BY PRATCHETT FOR GOOD REASON. IT SHOULD BE THE ONLY BOOK A PERSON EVER NEEDS TO READ.

It is true that ‘Small Gods’ is a hell of a book, and is probably my favorite of the author’s vast catalog. I don’t know how many times I have read it in my life, but over a dozen is a safe bet. It tells the story of Brutha, an illiterate novice in the Churc
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Carrie
Jan 15, 2009 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Because my life had become extremely stressful at the time I was reading this book, I decided to throw all reading rules and responsibilities to the wind and to throw myself into some comfort reading. I put aside the two or three books I was in the middle of, and should be reading, and bumped back into the queue the book I am supposed to be reading for my book club, the two books I borrowed from my dear friend, and the ten other books stacked up in my to-be-read pile. Instead, I walked myself ov ...more
Monk
Nov 23, 2007 Monk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the only Terry Pratchett book I've ever really been able to stomach. I've always found it odd that the stories of Discworld fail to strike home with me. I've tried to read several (Mort, The Color of Magic, Hogfather) and none have struck me enough within the first forty pages to keep reading.

This is the exception to the rule.

It covers the story of a forgotten god of the Discworld universe: the Great Turtle. Everyone knows about the Four Elephants holding up the great disc of the world,
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Kua
Feb 15, 2015 Kua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, b-top
Un romanzo meno comico - nel senso che non mi è venuto un trauma mascellare come con l'ultimo che ho letto (Streghe all'estero) - e più profondo, pur rimanendo divertente e intelligente (qualità rarissime da trovare contemporaneamente insieme). Questa volta Pratchett, con la sua inconfondibile ironia (molto tagliente), prende di mira la religione, anzi le religioni, trovando spunto nella parte più buia ed inquietante della nostra storia: il Medioevo. Ed è difficile non concordare con lui ogni du ...more
Rob
Mar 29, 2015 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
...There will no doubt be an awful lot of readers who won't like this book, simply because Pratchett's humour doesn't spare anyone. For readers familiar with Discworld that will hardly be a problem. What Pratchett does in this novel is not so much attack religion (or science or philosophy), but rather make fun of closed minded people, wherever they may be found. It's human stupidity and short-sightedness that angered Pratchett according to Gaiman. Whatever Pratchett's exact feeling on the subjec ...more
Yara
Nov 08, 2015 Yara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After Pyramids, I decided to continue on the “Ancient Civilisations” path and picked up Small Gods as my next Discworld read. In this installment, we follow the previously great god Om as he and his prophet Brutha as they battle zealotry, discuss the nature of belief, and try to restore Om to his former glory. As a classics nerd with an interest in philosophy and mythology, watching Pratchett throw around references to Archimides, Diogenes, and the Library of Alexandria is a ton of fun as well a ...more
Amy Neftzger
Mar 28, 2012 Amy Neftzger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny doesn't begin to describe the writing of Terry Pratchett. Yes, the book is hilarious and I really did laugh out loud at certain times, but it's also cleaver and witty. The great god Om has been trapped inside the body of a tortoise and has lost most of his power because almost no one believes in him anymore. The story is about what happens to small gods as they struggle for survival, but it also shows the impact of the struggle on the world of mortals. Different cultures worship different ...more
Laura
Nov 02, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Humans! They lived in a world where the grass continued to be green and the sun rose every day and flowers regularly turned into fruit, and what impressed them? Weeping statues. And wine made out of water! A mere quantum-mechanistic tunnel effect, that'd happen anyway if you were prepared to wait zillions of years. As if the turning of sunlight into wine, by means of vines and grapes and time and enzymes, wasn't a thousand times more impressive and happened all the time...”

The best Discworld no
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Kinturray
Sep 03, 2015 Kinturray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Se trata de una sátira, irónica e inteligente. La lectura fue rápida y amena. La historia tiene un ritmo veloz y la cualidad de que nunca sabes hacia dónde va. Los diálogos y los personajes son hilarantes. Y las últimas 100 páginas fueron excelentes.

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Noa Velasco
May 11, 2015 Noa Velasco rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: risión
Como siempre, Pratchett da muestras de una lucidez incomparable. En este caso, una sucesión de pensamientos, guiños, parodias y alusiones al mundo de las religiones, la filosofía, la ciencia y la naturaleza humana. He pasado gran parte de la lectura subrayando fragmentos hilarantes y de mordacidad precisa.
Sin embargo, creo que falla la forma de hilar dichos pensamientos. La primera mitad del libro consiste en una puesta en escena donde no sucede realmente nada, simplemente nos descubre el funci
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Nicole
Jul 25, 2011 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-satire
This one started off rather slowly but ended up another fine example of Terry Pratchett's wry commentary on human absurdity and contradiction. Small Gods, as you might guess just from the title, tackles religion--as well as politics, warfare, and philosophy. The villain, Vorbis, is a cross between the worst warmongering politician imaginable and a religious fanatic. But not of the hot-under-the-collar, screaming-at-people-with-spittle-flying variety. Oh, no. He is calm, calculating, seemingly re ...more
Mary Catelli
One of the stand-alones, with only a few allusions to other works (and a few future works with allusions to it) in Discworld. Also, I think, one of the weaker ones. "See, I can depict gods as dorks" is somewhat weaker as a gag than some writers realize.

But we open with an eagle dropping a turtle in a garden. The turtle is in reality the god Om, trapped by lack of genuine belief. Fortunately for him, he lands near the novice Brutha, his last believer. Meanwhile, the Deacon Vorbis, in charge of th
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Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe.

Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel,
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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)
  • Pyramids (Discworld, #7)
  • Guards! Guards! (Discworld, #8; City Watch #1)
  • Eric (Discworld, #9; Rincewind #4)
  • Moving Pictures (Discworld, #10)

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“Time is a drug. Too much of it kills you.” 3259 likes
“His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools -- the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up all three of them in his famous phrase, 'You can't trust any bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing you can do about it, so let's have a drink.” 756 likes
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