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Pyramids by Terry Pratchett
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May 30, 10

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Well, maybe a four--but fresh from listening to a Pratchett fantasy/satire it's easy to be a bit hyperenthused; and the excellent reading/performance of Nigel Planer adds a great deal. But don't take my word for it....

Ever wonder what the hell the ancient Egyptians were thinking? What was with all those pyramids and mummies? And that crazy picture-writing? Wrap dead royals up in bandages, after removing all their innards and pumping them full of embalming fluid, then entomb them to "live" forever in gigantic stone mausoleums along with their favorite servants, pets, jewels, furniture, meals, and so on -- for what? Other than perhaps Steve Martin (King Tut: "he's gave his life for tourism"; "he's got a condo made of stone-o"), only Terry Pratchett has seen just how ludicrous it all was. Because, of course Discworld is just our world but a version in which we can see things as they really are, not as we wish them to be.

The whole novel is brilliant, but I'll especially remember the mathematician camels (what else could possibly be going on in their heads?) and the hilarious dismantling of the Sphinx's riddle (you know, the one about four legs, two legs, and three legs).
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