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Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
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Dec 09, 2009

really liked it
Recommended for: my nerdy friends
Read in December, 2009

I liked this a lot, and I'm glad I've finally experienced Terry Pratchett solo (I had previously read "Good Omens", his collaboration with Neil Gamian, which I also liked quite a bit.) There's really nothing I can say about this book, or my impression of Pratchett in general, that hasn't been said by others of his legion of fans, or appreciative critics- but... Pratchett's stuff is like a mash-up of Douglas Adams and JRR Tolkien, with the imaginative volume turned up to 11. Very funny, in a slapstick way, and also as great satire. In "Thief of Time", Pratchett effortlessly riffs on themes of religion, science, and philosophy while incorporating clever cultural references into his richly imagined fantasy world. "Thief of Time", and, I suspect, Pratchett's other Discworld works- reward the well-read reader, discovering hidden nuggets of humor and commentary tucked away in the corners of Pratchett's brisk narrative. I'm looking forward to reading more.

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