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Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
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Nov 15, 10

it was amazing
bookshelves: comedy, fantasy, owned
Read in November, 2010

This is one of the rare "stand-alone" Discworld books. It is about the ultra-religious state of Omnia, a brutal theocracy which now believes in the church, rather than their God. This leaves their God, Om, unable to manifest himself as anything more powerful as a tortoise, only able to communicate with a young novice called Brutha, who is the only person left who actually believes in him. Their struggle together leads to some revelations about the nature of Godhood for both of them.

There is some pretty powerful satire in this book, with organised religion, nationalism and arms races all being aimed at. It is still funny, as all Discworld novels are, but it is also probably the most complex and ambitious book of the series so far.
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