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Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
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May 27, 08

bookshelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Recommended for: Discworld fans; fantasy buffs
Read in March, 2008

"Do not act incautiously when confronting a little bald wrinkly smiling man!" --Rule One

Time-travel is always messy, and Thief of Time--one of Terry Pratchett's "Discworld" novels--takes the madness of temporal mechanics to dizzying levels. With roughly 4.5 plotlines (they get a bit muddled together), no chapter divisions (at least not in the usual form), and a diverse cast of characters, this is not a simple book. It is a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable book, though. The mini-treatises on temporal mechanics are hearty brain food, the numerous plot threads come together in the end, and there's plenty of Discworld humor to go around. I wouldn't recommend this for a first-time Discworld reader, but for those who are familiar with Pratchett's world, it makes a worthy addition to the collection.
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