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Pyramids (Discworld #7)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  34,804 ratings  ·  681 reviews
It's not easy being a teenage pharaoh. Everyone thinks you're responsible for making the sun rise, and on top of everything else the Great Pyramid has just exploded...
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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
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
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.

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
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
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
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
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
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
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

„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
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.

David Sarkies
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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
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
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
Gareth Otton
Pyramids, the sevenths book in the Discworld series, is a return to form for Terry Pratchett after the disappointing Wyrd Sisters.

This is the story of the the Discworld's version of ancient Egypt and deals with the power of pyramids, the magic behind beliefs and the problems of a people locked in tradition. Teppic, the latest in a line of kings that date back thousands of years, has been trained as an assassin in Ankh Morpork in order to bring some money into his economically poor kingdom. His
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
Ksenia Anske
I wish I knew about Terry Pratchett before studying the history of Egypt. I mean, I wish Pyramids was translated into Russian (yes, I'm from Russia), and I would've read it, because I would've fallen in love with all things pyramids and mummies and history and camels and stuff, that I would've studied it that much harder, all the while imagining them to flare up, and explode, and suck in time, and make people flat, and copy people in time, like, a person twenty minute ago and a person twenty min ...more
Part 7 of The Complete Discworld Reread

When looking down the list of ‘Discworld’ books I was going to be rereading ‘Pyramids’ stuck out as one I couldn’t remember anything about. Therefore, my impeccable logic told me, it must be one of the more forgettable books. I have now finished this little book, and I realize that it wasn’t forgettable, I just never read it. And that is a real shame, because it is a very fine offering.

Most the book takes place in Djelibeybi, a land obviously based on ancie
Bookworm Smith
The strange, mystic, and ancient powers of the pyramids are examined in this book. Through the lives of a king, an assassin, and a concubine, a tale is built that rises to a peak, as pyramids do, with the help of You Bastard (the camel who spits with pinpoint accuracy at moving targets).
Watch your backs seagulls!
Pratchett even manages to bring in the concept of pi, yet, it has slipped my mind what kind. Blueberry? Bumbleberry?
If concubine and bumbleberry were not big enough hints, this book was
Though not my favourite Pratchett novel, this one's funny and imaginative. I liked the opening assasin sequence, and the spatial/time experimentation. Also funny was "You bastard," camel and mathematician (can't think of any other writer who could have created this character). I agree that this is an exploration of religion, but my gut feeling was that Pratchett was having a lot of fun being almost over-the-top imaginative. Oh, for an imagination like his!

Pyramids doesn't hold together as well
Nicolás Pinto
Que lindo es ir riéndose en el viaje y ver que la gente lo mira a uno queriendo saber de qué.
Pratchett, lo lograste una vez más. Y esta vez con todo un mundo nuevo dentro del maravilloso mundodisco! Una parodia hilarante del antiguo egipto, y con cameos geniales a las "grandes" civilizaciones de Aten... perdón, Efebas y Espar... Spadarta.
Sencillamente genial.

La teoría de los camellos y su inteligencia; el gremio de asesinos haciendo su "entrada" triunfal al setting en general; los protagonistas
Although this book opens in Ankh Morpork, with young students at the Assassins' Guild, the story mostly happens in that mysterious river valley far away where all the old kings have been buried in pyramidal monuments. Young prince Teppic encounters the disconnect between "modern" life in the teeming city and "traditional" life back home, when he must assume the leadership role upon the death of his father. Priests, ghosts, armies, camels, gods and magic all emerge to complicate the conflict betw ...more
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
Discworld. A young man comes home from assassin school to rule his tiny, backward desert kingdom, with an agenda that starts with building his father's pyramid and then goes on to a few novel ideas like plumbing.

Others have said this book marks the point in the series where Pratchett stopped writing parody and started writing richer, more layered satire. I can see that, but I can also see it took a few books to get there. This book is almost -- almost as funny as later books, almost as richly ch
Buku ketujuh dalam serial Discworld. Sebuah buku gila yang memparodikan tentang Mesir kuno dan piramidanya, lengkap dengan segala legenda yang menyelubunginya. Seperti biasa kalau kita membaca Discworld, ceritanya lucu dan tidak pernah terduga arahnya mau ke mana. Kalau kita jeli, juga bakal menemukan banyak hal yang diparodikan, mulai mimpi Nabi Yusuf, Aesop's fables, Pythagoras, kuda Troya, dan banyak lagi. Buku ini membuat aku jadi kepingin menggali lebih dalam tentang legenda pembangunan pir ...more
Pyramids by Terry Pratchett is a hilarious satire about ancient Egyptian mythology with some Greek satire thrown in as well. Young Teppic, the heir to the Djelibeybi desert kingdom, is sent off to be educated as an assassin because it is one of the professions that provide the most all round education. Shortly after he graduates his father dies and he goes home to take his place as the new king. Wanting to be a dutiful son he decides to build a pyramid for his father that is twice as big as any ...more
Melissa Proffitt
Pyramids is entertaining in an early-Pratchett way; the idea that pyramid power is real and tangible interests me, but it's a one-off story and I prefer the ones that are part of a unified Discworld history. It's also one where I'm more interested in the side characters than the protagonist, particularly the pyramid architects Ptaclusp and his twin sons Ptaclusp IIa and IIb. I don't know why that amuses me so much. The other thing I especially like is the ghost of the late king, who was a little ...more
Христо Блажев
Боговете се вплътняват в “Пирамиди” на Пратчет. Кофти за вярващите…

Пирамиди, фараони… Я не се отвличайте към древнопреходни чалги! Това е поредният Пратчет в Книголандия, но един много, много различен вид. “Пирамиди” определено не е от типичните му книги, най-малкото защото действието се развива съвсем малко в зловонния Анхк-Морпорк и много повече в едно малко фараонство, възправило се между две могъщи империи, които си го кътат като буферна зона. Фараонст
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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, ...more
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