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Pyramids (Discworld #7)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  48,392 Ratings  ·  1,148 Reviews
It's bad enough being new on the job, but Teppic hasn't a clue as to what a pharaoh is supposed to do. After all, he's been trained at Ankh-Morpork's famed assassins' school, across the sea from the Kingdom of the Sun. First, there's the monumental task of building a suitable resting place for Dad -- a pyramid to end all pyramids. Then there are the myriad administrative ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 341 pages
Published 2008 by Harper (first published June 15th 1989)
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Apr 21, 2014 Tfitoby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastical
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, ...more
David Sarkies
May 16, 2016 David Sarkies rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy
And the gods go crazy
24 November 2012

I am really glad that I decided to reread a the Discworld novels to give them a better commentary as I have found that I have been quite enjoying them, and in many ways they have been getting better and better. However, this is the second to last one that I read (and it seems that I may have originally read them in order of publication, since the last one I read was Guards, Guards, and that is sitting next to me waiting to be reread very soon). Pratchett see
Sep 24, 2016 Celise rated it liked it
"People needed to believe in gods, if only because it was so hard to believe in people."

Here's one for the history buffs. Anyone who's familiar with the Trojan War or has an interest in Ancient Egypt and Greece would probably get a kick out of this. So many good references. In case that doesn't interest you, there are also some assassins and some camels who are very good at math.

I didn't enjoy this one as much as I had expected to. I think it just felt too long (for a Pratchett novel) and the
Oct 13, 2008 Jonathan rated it really liked it
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
May 17, 2015 Roviragrao rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: relecturas
(Relectura Mundodisco #7)

Tras iniciar varias sagas y presentarnos varios de sus personajes clave en las anteriores entregas, Pratchett nos dejó esta novela independiente ambientada en Djelibeibi (el Egipto del Mundodisco).

Al contrario que otras de sus novelas donde predomina la diversión y el caos, aquí Pratchett se pone más filosófico y reflexiona sobre las tradiciones y la importancia de la religión en la sociedad. También cuenta con sus momentos divertidos: desde la presentación del gremio de
Yara (The Narratologist)
In Pyramids, the seventh book in the Discworld universe and the first in the gods/ancient civilisations subseries, Pratchett tackles ancient Egypt and the pseudoscientific “pyramid power” theory. It tells the story of a young prince-turned-assassin and the strange the country of Djelibeybi (ha!), where pyramids dominate the landscape and the king is believed to be a god. Mummies come to life, deities wreak havoc, time and space are bent beyond all recognition, and Pratchett even manages to squee ...more
Jul 13, 2011 Sukayna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Pratchett vs. Egypt? Guess who wins?

What happens when an assassin inherits a kingdom that is stuck in the past? Read this to find out.

In fact, I think Pratchett might have been on to something.
Orbi Alter
Sep 19, 2016 Orbi Alter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: discworld
Koji su to koncepti... Multiverzum i pobrkane dimenzije, deva kao najnaprednii matematicar na svijetu, sfinga koja je u egzistencijalnoj krizi jer ne zna sto je, stene ili pilic, zezancija na platonov svijet ideja, pa su tako bogovi u stvarnosti nadrndani kao umorni roditelji kad se vrate s posla (unatoc tome sto volimo misliti da ih drugacije zamisljamo)... Malo se ocesao i o (L)ezopa i (de)mokraciju, pa tako vrijedi jedan covjek, jedan pas. Naravno da se svi egipatski kraljevi bude kao mumije ...more
Mar 31, 2016 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: terry-pratchett
Read this today while my youngest daughter is recovering from surgery. Another Pratchett that I have read before, but an edition I never owned. Bless you Pterry.
Mamen B.
Sep 16, 2016 Mamen B. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, mundodisco

Continúo con mi andadura por el Mundodisco con el séptimo libro de la saga. En esta ocasión, toca adentrarse en Djelibeibi, una ciudad ancestral que podemos equiparar con el Antiguo Egipto de nuestro mundo, y que se encuentra a orillas del río Djel.

Aunque la mayor parte de la trama se desarrolla en Djelibeibi, la primera parte del libro la pasamos acompañando a Teppic, el futuro faraón de este reino, en su andadura por Ankh-Morpork para convertirse en un asesino: en la famosa ciudad es una
May 30, 2016 YouKneeK rated it liked it
This book is a more-or-less standalone novel in the Discworld universe. The chart shows it as the start of the Ancient Civilizations subseries, but it only has a dotted line (minor connection) to other books.

I enjoyed this, but not as much as some of the previous Discworld books. The protagonist is Teppic, the only son of the king of a small kingdom. This kingdom has stayed relatively unchanged for about 7000 years and its citizens rarely venture beyond its borders. They value ritual and traditi
Executive Summary: Another good, but not great entry in the Discworld series. This one seems to read pretty much stand alone, though I think it would be best to have some knowledge of the series prior to this book.

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It's been a few months since my marathon of several of the previous books, and I was in the mood for Mr. Pratchett's humor. I'd been in a bit of a reading slump after my previous book, and hoped this would be a light quick read to break me of that.

Unfortunately that wasn't
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
Entering the reread of this one, I didn't really remember a single thing about the story. The only thing I knew was that this was never one of my favorites.

I think I enjoyed it more on the reread than I did on my first go around, though it probably still won't be one of my faves. It won't be in the bottom tier, either.

This is pretty much a standalone in the series. I don't believe we ever encounter Teppic again - or, if we do, I don't recall it just now - but it's also a companion piece with Sma
Sep 19, 2007 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
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
Mary Catelli
Aug 20, 2016 Mary Catelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy, humor

One of Sir Pterry's stand-alones, though including things like gods created by belief and the Assassins' Guild from other works.

Pteppic, heir to the throne of Djelibeybi, because of his dead mother's wishes, leaves that very ancient kingdom (now small and a buffer between two greater powers) and attends the Assassin school. Which has certain influence on his attitudes, starting with his becoming Teppic. With some temporal shifting, we get a view of how old it is, and Pteppic's growing up, before
Dec 30, 2013 Sally rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
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.

Jack Lanigan
Oct 06, 2016 Jack Lanigan rated it really liked it
There was a slight apprehensiveness coming into Pyramids. No Rincewind, no witches, very little of Death, and none of the locations I had come to know and enjoy. Plus, a lot of my early school days were spent trying to teach 7 year old me about Egypt and he just didn't care very much for it, so the idea of going back to that kind of aesthetic put me off a bit. That's why it's refreshing and fun to realise that going into a Discworld book isn't really about the characters and locations that you ...more
Sora Zee
Sep 16, 2015 Sora Zee rated it it was amazing
I love history, I am a boring geek, and this book reeks of history and myths, but one thing one should take into consideration is that unlike the usual history book we see everywhere, this is not boring. It is very funny, I love it. it is everything I want in a book: it has history, it has myths, it is ancient, it is humorous, it has lessons. Yeeees, lessons. It paints a perfect picture of our follies as humans, it shows what pride do to us, how it pushed us right up there and how it - countless ...more
Javier Muñoz
Apr 07, 2016 Javier Muñoz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aunque quizás no sea el mejor libro de Pratchett que he leido, la verdad es que con este me he divertido mucho, quizás no tenga tantos gags y situaciones cómicas como los anteriores, pero creo que en este pratchett emplea un sentido del humor más fino y quizás más ligado a determinadas referencias culturales y sobretodo históricas. Reconozco que soy incapaz de pillar muchísimos de los chistes, pero la mayoría al menos los intuyo... en todo caso aunque este libro quizás parece más serio, si te ...more
Aug 29, 2015 Casey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humor, 1980s
Pyramids is my least favorite book in the Discworld series so far. The main character and setting take place in a new area in Djelibeybi. Teppic is the son of the Pharaoh, and goes to Ankh-Morpork to become an assassin. However, he is unable to complete his schooling and must return back home and deal with his royal duties, dealing with zealous priests and general commotion.

I liked the assassin school, but the assassin theme doesn't stay for much of the book, as Teppic returns to his homeland. I
Jul 17, 2016 Marina rated it really liked it
Like Small Gods, and inspired by Egypt.
He'd been conscientious, he told himself. No one had ever explained to him how one made the sun come up and the river flood and the corn grow. How could they? He was the god, after all. He should know. But he didn't, so he'd just gone through life hoping like hell that it would all work properly, and that seemed to have done the trick. The trouble was, though, that if it didn't work, he wouldn't know why not. A recurrent nightmare was of Dios the high priest shaking him awake one morning, only i
Dec 26, 2008 Jamie rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Graham Cope
“In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.” - Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett’s seventh Discworld novel Pyramids won the BSFA Best Novel award in 1989. I re-read it as part of my BSFA Reading Challenge. It is the first book in the Discworld series that can be read as a standalone story. That is, there aren’t any recurring characters in this book, but it is set in the Discword universe.

Pyramids tells the story of Teppic, a young man who is heir to the throne of
Jun 11, 2012 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, comic
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
Feb 28, 2016 Yannis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humour, owned
Yet another book I don't know whether Is hould give 3 or 4 stars. I guess if there was a 3,5 stars I'd set it as my defauflt mark.
Anyway, this is also one of the books that make me wonder if Prachett and the Discworld or even humour sff is overrated. I mean it's greatly enjoyable, I read some chapters at noon, relaxing after lunch, some late at night one-more-chapter-before-sleeping and my eyes never closed, I never got bored with it even when reading on my bed pretty late at night. The first pa
Dec 30, 2013 Katie rated it really liked it
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
Dec 30, 2013 Torie rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Huw Evans
Sep 20, 2012 Huw Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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