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Piramidy (Discworld #7)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  45,106 Ratings  ·  1,024 Reviews
Young Teppic has been in training at the Assassins Guild in Ankh-Morpork for several years. The day after passing his final exam he mystically senses that his father has died and that he must return home. Being the first Djelibeybian king raised outside the kingdom leads to some interesting problems, based on the fact that Dios, the high priest, is a stickler for tradition ...more
Paperback, 275 pages
Published 2005 by Prószyński i S-ka (first published 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, i ...more
"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
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
Oct 13, 2008 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.
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
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
Feb 15, 2011 Sally rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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 po ...more
Sora Zee
Sep 16, 2015 Sora Zee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 25, 2015 Choko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humor
Oooo, i needed that!!!! Just as exquisite and funny and inelegant as i needed it to be!!!! i LOVE this author!!!
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
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
Jan 22, 2012 Torie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 26, 2008 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 fan ...more
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
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 d ...more
Apr 23, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
This one was not my favourite of the disc world novels so far I have to say, probably not helped by my cat turning poorly half way though so my mind was not really on it. You know what it's like, you read the words but they don't make sense!

I was never sure how to pronounce the name of the town, Djelibeybi, my version was along the lines of Delhi baby, probably way out on that one!!

I quite liked the beginning in the assassins guild, I guess you have to learn about potions and different way to ki
Jan 20, 2016 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like 3.5 stars.

I enjoyed this because it was done in typical Pratchett style. His ideas and stories are always entertaining and just a bit "out there", but I think this book could have flowed better.
Feb 23, 2016 Mel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I suppose my rating is 3 1/2 stars.
Terry Prattchett is always a good read. However this was one of his weaker stories in the end.
That said a bad Prattchett story is often better than many books out there.

Disappointed the assassin role at beginning plays no real part in later story.
Jan 18, 2016 Marijan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, funny
Well unlike Wyrd sisters, I made the effort to finish this one and all I can say is, it was an effort. I'm not exactly sure why, but it just seemed like the humour was at times really tired ("humorous randomness" gets a bit old after a while) and even corny in places ("heir today, gone tomorrow") and only a few scenes were genuinely funny (like f.e. the Sphinx scene). Maybe the plot seemed a little unengaging, or maybe the tired humour bore down on the plot, or maybe I just wasn't in the right m ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
Absolutely top form with jokes, puns, and word play coming so fast one hardly has time to calm down when the next sentence has the eyes tearing up with laughter. I was snorting and guffawing without cease. Hilarious. The mummies just about killed me I was laughing so hard. I hope we see the camel again in a later book. I love that bastar - ahem, beast.
Paul Wardman
A decent book with some funny / interesting moments but ultimately felt like a world building exercise and a chance for Pratchett to mirror Egypt within the Disc and give his own reason for the use of pyramids.

Even though the new collectors edition hardback books label it under the Gods collection this is very much a standalone novel. Set primeraly in Discworld's version of Egypt we find out why Pyramids are important, where the idea for them came from and a whole slew of other things including
Sep 16, 2015 Marina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Like Small Gods, and inspired by Egypt.
The Discworld meets Ancient Egypt. And Geometry. Sort of.

This is the first book in the chronological order of the series that I've give five stars to, and it just doesn't seem to get old no matter how many times I reread it (don't rely on my goodreads count -- that only dates from when I started to keep track).
-Sin salirse totalmente de las tendencias de la saga, un fondo algo diferente.-

Género. Narrativa Fantástica.

Lo que nos cuenta. Teppic debe afrontar su examen final de graduación en la Escuela de Asesinos de Ankh-Morpork, mientras va recordando cómo llegó a la ciudad desde su Djelibeibi natal en la que era el Príncipe Pteppic del Viejo Reino, el Reino del Sol, hijo y sucesor del faraón Teppicamón XXVII. Teppic debió aprender un oficio para ayudar a la comunidad y luchar contra la deuda galopante
Jul 09, 2015 Aildiin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, novels
On re-read I have to bump this to 5 stars.
I read this book last over 20 years ago and I think I have to change a little my mind about Discworld.
I always claimed think kicked in gear with the 8th book : Guards! Guards.
I think they actually do with this book.
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