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Small Gods (Discworld #13)

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  67,785 ratings  ·  1,476 reviews
In the beginning was the Word.

And the Word was: "Hey, you!"

For Brutha the novice is the Chosen One.
He wants peace and justice and brotherly love.

He also wants the Inquisition to stop torturing him now, please...
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 1st 1993 by Corgi (first published 1992)
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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
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
Наталия Янева
- Да, да, разбира се.
Смърт кимна.

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
⊱ Irena ⊰
'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
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
Vagner Stefanello
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
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
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
(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.
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
"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
"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
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
...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
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
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
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,
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
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
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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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
Noa Velasco
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
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
“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
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
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
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.

The divine order of Discworld is put under the microscope by Terry Pratchett in “Small Gods” as we follow focus of Omnian religion, the Great God Om, and his only believer, Brutha. Pratchett takes on not only organized religion, but also atheism, philosophy, and how militaries find a new technology and turn it into a killing machine.

The main story of the book is about the once powerful Om, who once had thousands upon thousands of followers but now only has one, Brutha. Both Om and Brutha discove
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
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