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Preview — Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
Thief of Time (Discworld #26)
And on the Discworld that is the job of the Monks of History, who store it and pump it from the places where it's wasted (like the underwater - how much time does a codfish need?) to places like cities, where there's never enough time.
But the construction of the world's first truly accurate clock starts a race against...more
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- This exchange between Susan and her grandfather:
"They're going to do something to time? I thought they weren't allowed to do things like that."
NO. BUT HUMANS CAN. IT HAS BEEN DONE ONCE BEFORE.
"No one would be that stu---"
Susan stopped. Of course someone would be that stupid. Some humans would do anything to see if it was possi...more
This is the second Pratchett book I've read and though I enjoy him, it's hard for me to shake the thought that I'm reading Douglas Adams light, set in a Dungeons and Dragons fantasy land instead of sci-fi outer space. That's not altogether a bad thing though b/c I Adams is one of my very favorite authors and he did not leave this world with too many books.
Thief of Time, a...more
I don't know why I didn't review this one before. Death is featured, but once again, more play is given to granddaughter Susan, who, in the ongoing move to Discworld modernity, is now an elementary school teacher. There is an impending apocalypse caused by the Auditors again. We also get a few new characters: one a very talented clockmaker, another a novice under Lo Tze the time monk. Marvelous fun along the way as Pratchett explores what time means to humans. Such fun. There's a yeti.
You should read it for a total of five reasons.
1. Susan (one of the best characters ever)
2. Pratchett's character of Death rules.
3. The wonderful use of chocolate in the novel.
4. Mrs. War
5. One of the best descriptions of a school room ever.
It's easy to fall into the Discworld series and never surface again, especially as at this later part of the series there seems to exist a creative high that permeates every page and every line.
I've come to a point in reading this series in which it's hard to call favorites. I can call out...more
Pero vayamos por partes, podemos empezar hablando del humor de Pratchett que se destila de cada una de las páginas, pero con eso no acabaríamos nunca porque es un humor que, o bien te deja indiferente o bien te enamora. También tenemos a uno de los "nuevos" grandes personajes del Mundodisco, Lu-Tzé...more
Unfortunately, Thief of Time is one of the...more
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I am very glad I did.
The wit and wisdom in these discworld novels (I have now read 2) seems to get better and better as they go on. There is a type of wry, cynical depression behind them (characterized by death, offish...more
Last time I reviewed one of these books it was Guards! Guards! which is considered a particular classic in Pratchett's forty volume Discworld canon. I wanted the next one I read to be a lesser-known gem. Fans on various forums seemed divided on...more
On the plus side, all the characters were brilliant: Lu-Tze was great, Susan was great, the Horsemen were great, LeJean and the Auditors were great, Igor was great.
Bring on Night Watch!
I couldn't get more than 15, or so, pages into this. I know Pratchett is much loved, but I can't figure out why.
It seemed to me that very little care went into the writing and none to the editing: It's glib, but not at all funny. Like someone nice trying to reproduce in conversation the feel of a funny book (one by Douglas Adams, say) someone once described to them.
The more people spoke, the closer to consensus every decision came, and the less responsibility anyone had.
Time is of the essence in Terry Pratchett’s twenty-sixth Discworld novel. Time is a resource. Everyone knows it has to be managed. And on the Discworld that is the job of the Monks of History, who store it and pump it from the places where it’s wasted (like underwater — how much time does a codfish need?) to places like cities, where there’s never enough time.But the construction of the world’s first truly accurate clock starts a race against, well, time for Lu Tze and his apprentice Lob
As is typical of the author in this series, he finds more of our sacred cows and pokes fun in such a way that this reader couldn't help but laugh.
This is one of Pratchett's standalone books; meaning if it catches your fancy it is a good entrance to the Discworld. Pratchett's books are so beloved in his home country, England, they are taught in schools and huge gatherings occur yearly to celebrate them--they've been adapted to plays, television, radio and film. Americans will find them just as charming, funny, and deeply engaging as they have over the pond.
This is a book about order and disorder, expected and unexpecte...more