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Pyramids

(Discworld #7)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  58,474 ratings  ·  1,525 reviews
It's bad enough being new on the job, but Teppic hasn't a clue as to what a pharaoh is supposed to do. After all, he's been trained at Ankh-Morpork's famed assassins' school, across the sea from the Kingdom of the Sun. First, there's the monumental task of building a suitable resting place for Dad -- a pyramid to end all pyramids. Then there are the myriad administrative d ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 341 pages
Published 2008 by Harper (first published June 15th 1989)
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Bradley
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2017-shelf
I think I may have enjoyed this one a bit more the second time around, but not enough to change my rating. :) Indeed, I had a lot more fun with all the quantum irregularities surrounding the Pyramids out in the boonies of Discworld.

There's a lot of great ribbing for conspiracy theorists who go on and on about the dimensions of the real pyramids and the mystical importance, even going so far as to make these monuments (at least here) into time-recyclers. It's very funny and Death isn't pleased. F
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Ms. Smartarse
The desert kingdom of Djelibeybi is THE place to get yourself the ultimate eternal resting place. Boasting a history of thousands of years, its kings and queens had ample time to pepper the shore of the river Djel with pyramids of various sizes. Of course, such an endeavor is not exactly cheap; unsurprisingly enough, the entire kingdom is neck deep in debt.

It is now up to 12-year-old crown prince Pteppic to save the country. He was signed up at the prestigious Assassin's Guild in far off Ankh Mo
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Paul O'Neill
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Terry Pratchett takes the mick out of ancient Egyptians, hilarity follows

Overview

Pyramids gets a solid 4 star rating. I rarely have a physical reaction when I'm reading but I was chuckling on the train to this one…hopefully not too loudly! This has turned me from a fan to a Pratchett fanboy.

Structure

Pyramids uses a fairly straight forward structure. It's linear and focuses, mainly, on Teppic our main character. The paragraphs are nice and short in the main. It also includes the nice little foot
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Toby
May 16, 2011 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
Lyn
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Pyramids is Sir Terry Pratchett’s 7th Discworld book and the Pratchett Smile-O-Meter is dancing happily as this is another fun ride with cool Uncle Terry.

This is a blisteringly funny satire on religion, faith and loyalty taking place in the blisteringly hot desert of Discworld in the Old Kingdom of Djelibeybi (which is of course analogous to Egypt in our world).

First published in 1989 and by this time Pratchett’s fame and fortune with the Discworld was established and he mixed things up a bit. T
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Trish
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This seventh Discworld novel is, for once, divided into three parts.

The first part, The Book of Going Forth, tells the story of the main character Pteppic (I'm reminded of the German word Teppich, which means carpet). He is the son of the ruler of the desert-country of Djelibeybi (the Discworld equivalent of Egypt) but because his mother insisted on a foreign education before her death, he spent most of his years at Ankh-Morpork's Assassin's Guild.
The second part, The Book of the Dead, takes the
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David Sarkies
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy
And the gods go crazy
24 November 2012

I am really glad that I decided to reread a the Discworld novels to give them a better commentary as I have found that I have been quite enjoying them, and in many ways they have been getting better and better. However, this is the second to last one that I read (and it seems that I may have originally read them in order of publication, since the last one I read was Guards, Guards, and that is sitting next to me waiting to be reread very soon). Pratchett see
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Celise
"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
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Lindsay
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Back to the Pratchett reread with the SpecFic Buddy Reads group. I skipped Wyrd Sisters because I've only recently reread it, but now I'm back on the main thread of the read. This is at least my third read of this (and probably more; I can remember when there were only ten or so Discworld books and I would read a selection of them every year).

Pteppic (Teppic) is the crown prince of the Old Kingdom of Djelibeybi and has been studying abroad in Ankh-Morpork with the Assassin's Guild when his fathe
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Rob
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.

Full Review
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
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Jonathan
Sep 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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A.
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Pyramids is, so far, my favourite Terry Pratchett book.
The humour is sublime, and that's why I read him.

This takes place on the Discworld, but isn't part of any other series. The characters here don't get to have any more adventures. But that's fine, because their stories are complete. This is one of the true Discworld standalones (I know everyone says that you can read any Discworld book in any order, but that's madness!).

What actually happens in this book? An assassin that's taking his final e
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Roviragrao
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: relecturas
(Relectura Mundodisco #7)

Tras iniciar varias sagas y presentarnos varios de sus personajes clave en las anteriores entregas, Pratchett nos dejó esta novela independiente ambientada en Djelibeibi (el Egipto del Mundodisco).

Al contrario que otras de sus novelas donde predomina la diversión y el caos, aquí Pratchett se pone más filosófico y reflexiona sobre las tradiciones y la importancia de la religión en la sociedad. También cuenta con sus momentos divertidos: desde la presentación del gremio de
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Yara (The Narratologist)
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
Chris
Pratchett vs. Egypt? Guess who wins?

What happens when an assassin inherits a kingdom that is stuck in the past? Read this to find out.

In fact, I think Pratchett might have been on to something.
Peter
Mar 31, 2016 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.
Alfred Haplo
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf-f
This is a novel lost in praises, but not of its own. Wedged between two immensely popular books,
Wyrd Sisters #6 (2nd of Witches sub-series) and Guards! Guards! #8 (1st of City Watch sub-series), Pyramids #7 suffers from understatement by proximity. It is the book your finger passes as it brushes perpendicularly across the upright spines of DiscWorld books in the bookstore to invest that US$9.99 saved just enough to buy one Pratchett book. It is also the book you may not see displayed at the libr
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Miss Abernathy
«La gente necesitaba creer en dioses aunque sólo fuese por lo difícil que resultaba creer en las personas.»

Sinceramente no tenía las expectativas muy altas cuando lo empecé, ya que me dijeron que era más flojo que Dioses menores, su predecesor. Por lo que cuando comencé a leerlo me llevé una grata sorpresa con ese ritmo trepidante y la narración combinando el pasado con el presente. Es una historia que atrapa, que abarca uno de los temas favoritos favoritos de Pratchett las religiones y el poder
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Orbi Alter
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: discworld
Koji su to koncepti... Multiverzum i pobrkane dimenzije, deva kao najnaprednii matematicar na svijetu, sfinga koja je u egzistencijalnoj krizi jer ne zna sto je, stene ili pilic, zezancija na platonov svijet ideja, pa su tako bogovi u stvarnosti nadrndani kao umorni roditelji kad se vrate s posla (unatoc tome sto volimo misliti da ih drugacije zamisljamo)... Malo se ocesao i o (L)ezopa i (de)mokraciju, pa tako vrijedi jedan covjek, jedan pas. Naravno da se svi egipatski kraljevi bude kao mumije ...more
somuchreading
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-now
Με λίγα λόγια: Παρότι κάπου χάνει, με τους χαρακτήρες του να μην είναι ιδιαίτερα memorable και μερικά από τα αστεία του να μένουν από καύσιμο στην πορεία του βιβλίου, αυτό είναι ένα ακόμη απολαυστικό κομμάτι του Discworld και μάλιστα standalone.
Crispitina30
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
RETO DE LECTURA 2017. DICIEMBRE: UN LIBRO QUE SE DESARROLLE EN UN LUGAR AL QUE TE GUSTARÍA IR (REAL O FICTICIO).

Bueno, pues aquí otro precioso libro del maestro Pratchett. Se trata de otra novela de Mundodisco, pero se puede leer independientemente, ya que no pertenece a ninguna subsaga.

Esta vez seguimos a Teppic, un joven aprendiz de asesino y descendiente de faraones al que la vida le cambia por completo cuando surge un terrible imprevisto en Djelibeibi, el reino del que proviene. El libro s
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YouKneeK
May 23, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is a more-or-less standalone novel in the Discworld universe. The chart shows it as the start of the Ancient Civilizations subseries, but it only has a dotted line (minor connection) to other books.

I enjoyed this, but not as much as some of the previous Discworld books. The protagonist is Teppic, the only son of the king of a small kingdom. This kingdom has stayed relatively unchanged for about 7000 years and its citizens rarely venture beyond its borders. They value ritual and traditi
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Sukayna
Jul 13, 2011 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
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Choko
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, humor
Oooo, i needed that!!!! Just as exquisite and funny and inelegant as i needed it to be!!!! i LOVE this author!!!
Melissa
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
I enjoyed this one, even though it felt a bit like a trilogy of short stories pulled together in one volume, honestly the Assassin Guild beginning was quite good on its own, but I also liked the returning home and home not being the same part, and then finally the magical pyramid part. I left feeling like some of that ending was left undefined, I’m hoping we see a few of these characters again somewhere along the way.
Karin
My daughter is only three months old and she's already read her first Discworld novel...or at least listened to it. We decided last month that we wanted to create a family tradition of reading out loud before bedtime and, not wanting to have this hanging out there as something we wanted to do but might never start, we decided to start early. This way she won't ever remember a time when there wasn't bedtime reading. She loves it as far as we can tell. She spends time smiling at whichever parent i ...more
Mamen B.
Sep 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mundodisco, 2016
3,5/5

Continúo con mi andadura por el Mundodisco con el séptimo libro de la saga. En esta ocasión, toca adentrarse en Djelibeibi, una ciudad ancestral que podemos equiparar con el Antiguo Egipto de nuestro mundo, y que se encuentra a orillas del río Djel.

Aunque la mayor parte de la trama se desarrolla en Djelibeibi, la primera parte del libro la pasamos acompañando a Teppic, el futuro faraón de este reino, en su andadura por Ankh-Morpork para convertirse en un asesino: en la famosa ciudad es una
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colleen the convivial curmudgeon
Entering the reread of this one, I didn't really remember a single thing about the story. The only thing I knew was that this was never one of my favorites.

I think I enjoyed it more on the reread than I did on my first go around, though it probably still won't be one of my faves. It won't be in the bottom tier, either.

This is pretty much a standalone in the series. I don't believe we ever encounter Teppic again - or, if we do, I don't recall it just now - but it's also a companion piece with Sma
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Sarah
Sep 19, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
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
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