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Small Gods (Discworld #13)

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Just because you can't explain it, doesn't mean it's a miracle.' Religion is a controversial business in the Discworld. Everyone has their own opinion, and indeed their own gods. Who come in all shapes and sizes. In such a competitive environment, there is a pressing need to make one's presence felt. And it's certainly not remotely helpful to be reduced to be appearing in ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Corgi (first published 1992)
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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)
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)

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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
Наталия Янева
- Да, да, разбира се.
Смърт кимна.

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
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
Vagner Stefanello
Jun 18, 2016 Vagner Stefanello rated it it was amazing  ·  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
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Nov 25, 2014 ᴥ Irena ᴥ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-fantasy
'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
Nov 13, 2014 Christian rated it it was amazing
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
May 20, 2016 José rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: discworld
Reseña en español en mi blog: Click aquí.
Mis otras reseñas de Mundodisco en este enlace.

One of the most satiric Discworld novels. Pratchett makes fun of the most retrograde aspects of religion (because who believes that the world is round when it's clearly a disc o top of a giant turtle?) in an extremely clever way.

I don't think it is the ideal book to start reading Terry Pratchett though. The first half of the book is amazing and incredibly funny, but the second one was a bit slow for me becaus
Camille Stein

Vorbis, malvado diácono y ‘exquisidor’ máximo de Omnia (Ilustración de Matt Smith) - &

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
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
Jun 15, 2016 Kalin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Пратчет е един от духовните ми татковци. Започвайки на 11 с „Ерик“, буквално израснах с неговите книги.

Тази ми е от най-израстващите. :)

Имаме нейно представяне от Васил Станев в Човешката библиотека:
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, ...more
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
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:

De momento,
Wiebke (1book1review)
One of my favorite Discworld novels.
It talks about religion and belief and what it can do to people and gods.
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
Nov 16, 2013 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, comic
"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
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
Nov 02, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing
“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
Dec 23, 2015 Akke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
typical Pratchett
Kathy Davie
Sep 14, 2016 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, funny, satire
Thirteenth in the Discworld satirical fantasy series and revolving around a world canvas against which Pratchett displays his brilliant sense of humor, poking fun at everything and anything. If you're interested, there is a chronological listing of the Discworld books on my website.

My Take
The focus is on a cruel and dictatorial religion which has forgotten about worshipping its god and is intent on its own power. Hmmm, remind you of any religions in our own world??

It's the corruption that power
Aug 22, 2013 Nathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Complete Discworld Reread


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
Jan 15, 2009 Carrie rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Nov 02, 2016 Gieliza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: absolute-fave
5 divine stars!

Oh my Om! I would give this 10 stars if Goodreads would let me. What a fantastic story! This is now tied with Night Watch as my favorite Discworld novel. Small Gods is a commentary on religion, belief, philosophy, knowledge, revolution and humanity. It also explores the nature of gods and the nature of humans (amd animals!). It is at times serious, at times comedic, and at all times thought-provoking. How Sir Terry even managed to juggle all these themes without missing a beat is
Yara (The Narratologist)
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
Dec 17, 2009 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,
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 ...more
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
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.

reseña completa AQUÍ
Aug 12, 2016 YouKneeK rated it really liked it
Small Gods stands on its own in the Discworld universe, at least when it comes to the story and the characters. It does of course continue to build on the “in jokes” that have been accumulating from the very first Discworld book. There are some references that I think would sail harmlessly over the head of anybody who hadn’t read the earlier books, but catching those references is part of the fun for me.

The story is based on the idea that there are lots and lots of “small gods” out there, with n
Jul 25, 2011 Nicole rated it really liked it
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
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