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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, 389 pages
Published September 6th 2005 by Corgi (first published 1992)
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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...more
Melki
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...more
Christian
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...more
Наталия Янева
"-МОЖЕ БИ СИ ЧУВАЛ ИЗРАЗЪТ, 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 изумявах- "Това все едно аз съм го измислила, но 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 смът...more
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
...more
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
Carrie
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
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,...more
Amy Neftzger
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
Kua
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
Leah
"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...more
Nathan
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...more
Peggy
This wonderful standalone novel set in Terry Pratchett's Discworld starts with the idea that gods are only as powerful as their true believers. At the beginning of the novel a distant god who has long ignored his followers comes to awareness trapped in the body of a turtle. He has exactly one believer left; a naive farmboy. In order to stop being a turtle, he has to convince the farmboy that he's really a god, then get the boy to recruit more believers. As his campaign for new believers continue...more
Kyrie
It started slowly, and I wasn't sure I was going to like it as well as some of Pratchett's other books. Then the story and the philosophical debates sucked me in and I loved it. It's a good story, but I think I may have to reread it for the theological and philosophical ideas Pratchett threw in. Yeah, someday people are going to read it and debate what he meant, and his ghost is going to be yelling "It's a work of fiction for Brutha's sake! Quit trying to read anything else into it!"
The turtle...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
I defy anyone to read this book and not love it. Go ahead. Try it. It will wipe away the smug little faces we present to the world and replace them with faces swept away in hearty guffaws.



A great book to read during the cold rainy days of last week.

Michael
The 2nd book in a 3 book gift set that James Sherman gave to me of Terry Pratchett's work. Just like Reaper Man, it's a stand-alone book that doesn't require any knowledge of the greater Discworld universe outside of the fact that Discworld is a world that's a disk flying in the void on the back of a turtle.

Small Gods takes place in a city governed by a religion devoted to the Great God Om (Holy Horns). He was a particularly nasty god, one with many rules and harsh punishments and the population...more
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...more
Sofia
Did I ever mention how much I love reading Terry Pratchett's books, and the Discworld series in particular? The series is like a big collection of metaphors of our world transformed into books. Most things we take for granted are quite ridiculous when you stop to actually think about them. The concept of money, for example. Or insurance. Or religion.

It's hard to find a more heated topic than religion. It seems like you either encounter fervent believers who will try with all their might to conve...more
Lee Broderick
Religion is a subject that's easy to satirise. It's probably fair to hypothesise, in fact, that it was one of the first subjects to be satirised. I wonder, though, if an out-spoken atheist is the best person to do so. Like with Moving Pictures and Soul Music some of the jokes here are old and I was left to consider whether such subjects are simply too easy pickings for someone of Terry Pratchett's talent and creativity, as if he's writing firmly within himself - never being stretched. Beyond t...more
Callista
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
Doreen
"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...more
Meghan
I never want to forget how this story made me feel.

This was my eighth Terry Pratchett novel, and so far my absolute favorite. In fact, perhaps my favorite novel, period. It manages to combine the best of Pratchett's wit with the beauty and depth exhibited in Nation, all without taking itself too seriously. The first few pages comprise one of the most compelling introductions I've yet to have the pleasure of reading, and it only gets better from there. The seemingly lighthearted tale quickly int...more
Жор
Отлична сатира, пък и с подобаващ фентъзи сетинг. Хареса ми тоталното и абсолютно осмиване на всякакви религии, а прототипите на герои от разни вероизповедания се появяваха съвсем на място. Остроумните подхвърляния тук и там бяха най-оригиналната и забавна част от цялото смахнато приключение.
В заключение, Пратчет най-сетне ми хареса повече, а не ме остави да се чудя откъде е цялото изтрещяване по него. Все така продължавам да не го смятам (чак) за гений, а и не мисля да чета "Света на диска" в х...more
Sarah
This book is, simply put, amazing. Couched in a hilariously entertaining story is a much deeper, thought provoking message. Genius.

Read my full review here:

http://bookwormblues.blogspot.com/201...
Tyler Strickland
“I don't understand,” said Brutha.
“Let me put it another way,” said the tortoise. “I am your God, right?”
“Yes.”
“And you'll obey me.”
“Yes.”
“Good. Now take a rock and go and kill Vorbis.”
Brutha didn't move.
“I'm sure you heard me,” said Om.
"But he'll . . . he's . . . the Quisition would-"
“Now you know what I mean,” said the tortoise. “You're more afraid of him than you are of me, now. Abraxas says here: `Around the Godde there forms a Shelle of prayers and Ceremonies and Buildings and Priestes and
...more
Dimitris Hall
A quick note before the review: my friend Garret got this book for me as a gift for my last nameday, and he was also the guy who first introduced me to Terry Pratchett years ago, so here's a double "thank you" for him.

Now, the review.

I definitely should be paying more attention to Terry Pratchett. All four books of his I've read I have greatly enjoyed, and this one not only had as much Pratchettesque humour as I could ask for, it had a very serious and significant message to share as well. That'...more
Hakim
Sir Terry Pratchett, you took my breath away!

I started reading Small Gods about six months ago, and I was a quarter way through the book the day I forgot it on a plane. I remember being mildly captivated, but little did I know then that this seemingly simple story would turn out to be so amazing!

Small Gods is my first foray into the Discworld series (I know, I have a LOT to catch up on.) I was anxious about starting the series with the thirteenth installment but Terry Pratchett "welcomes" us i...more
Robert
Terry Pratchett has written a great many novels. At some point in my life (my teenage years), the works of Terry Pratchett (and Douglas Adams) were my main efforts at learning the English language.

Small Gods was my favourite.

Re-reading it now, many years later, I want to congratulate my earlier self, on recognising genious. Small Gods is the story of a tiny little cog (Brutha, a bit of an oaf, a Novice in a monastery, with the one remarkable gift of an almost savant type memory) and a tiny littl...more
Tim
An excerpt:

"It was the dreamtime. The unformed time.

The small gods chittered and whirred in the wilderness places, and the cold places, and the deep places. The swarmed in the darkness, without memory but driven by hope and lust for one thing, the one thing a god craves -- belief.

Then there was a day. In a sense, it was the first day.

Om had been aware of the shepherd for some ti--for a while. The flock had been wandering closer and closer. The rains had been sparse. Forage was scarce. Hungry mou...more
Jeanmccoy
In many books, the main character needs his or her friends to get through his or her adventure/mission. In this book, Om needs believers to become more powerful. In a sense, this means Om needs friends to get through his adventure.
In the beginning of this book, Om is just a tortoise. While this may give the reader a humorous outlook on Om, considering he is a god, I think this symbolizes that, without other people's help, we are common and not very important. But, as the novel continues, Om get...more
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