Thief of Time
Everybody wants more time, which is why on Discworld only the experts can manage it -- the venerable Monks of History who store it and pump it from where it's wasted, like underwater (how much time does a codfish really need?), to places like cities, where busy denizens lament, "Oh where does the time go?"
While everyone always talks about slowing down, one young horologist...more
Susan looks at everything from the angle of how does it serve to achieve a specific goal versus Lobsang is focused more on the value inherent in individuals and experiences regardless if it is "efficient." (less)
You should read it for a total of five reasons.
1. Susan (one of the best characters ever)
2. Pratchett's character of Death rules.
3. The wonderful use of chocolate in the novel.
4. Mrs. War
5. One of the best descriptions of a school room ever.
- This exchange between Susan and her grandfather:
"They're going to do something to time? I thought they weren't allowed to do things like that."
NO. BUT HUMANS CAN. IT HAS BEEN DONE ONCE BEFORE.
"No one would be that stu---"
Susan stopped. Of course someone would be that stupid. Some humans would do anything to see if it was possi ...more
Master Kan: Please tell me, young Caine, what was your favorite part of Sir Pratchett’s book.
Caine: I liked it all, master, but I suppose I most liked the character Lobsang Ludd.
Master Kan: Why is that grasshopper?
Caine: Master, he was an apprentice to the great Lu-Tze, who was only a sweeper, and yet he was so much more, he traded his deserved greatness for a lowly pos ...more
Cheese and Chaos, time and death, the grand auditors of the universe, and every kung-fu movie ever made.
Does this sum up this novel?
Yep, pretty much. :)
Some parts in the middle dragged a bit, but getting all the horsemen together and Ronnie sped it up a great deal. And is it just me, or do Ronnie and Gaspode need their own novels? An epic team-up, perhaps? Maybe it's just me. And, oh, the end this novel actually brought a tear to my eye. :)
This goes for Time as well. Thus, only the experts can manage time - thes eexperts are called the Venerable Monks of History and they store it and pump it from where it's wasted (like underwater - how much time does a codfish really need after all?) to places like cities where people lament "Oh, where does the time go?".
After discovering a remarkable thief in Ankh-Morpork's Guild of ...more
I don't know why I didn't review this one before. Death is featured, but once again, more play is given to granddaughter Susan, who, in the ongoing move to Discworld modernity, is now an elementary school teacher. There is an impending apocalypse caused by the Auditors again. We also get a few new characters: one a very talented clockmaker, another a novice under Lo Tze the time monk. Marvelous fun along the way as Pratchett explores what time means to humans. Such fun. There's ...more
Death didn’t actually get that much page time in ...more
This is the second Pratchett book I've read and though I enjoy him, it's hard for me to shake the thought that I'm reading Douglas Adams light, set in a Dungeons and Dragons fantasy land instead of sci-fi outer space. That's not altogether a bad thing though b/c I Adams is one of my very favorite authors and he did not leave this world with too many books.
Thief of Time, a ...more
The actual main characters of this book are Death's granddaughter, Susan, who has reached the ultimate peak of her badassdom; a history monk named Lu-Tze; and his apprentice, Lobsang. The history monks are cool. They live in this place where Time doesn't really exist, and their job is to basically monitor history, and in a sense Ti ...more
Having said that, there ...more
This isn't one of those books carried by its heroes, though. Neither Lobsang Ludd nor Jeremy Clockson were all too memorable to me, and Susan Sto Helit was never a favorite of mine either. No, this book has stuck into my mind entirely because of its villains: occasionally scary, often ...more
15 November 2017
It's funny because I was planning on making this the last of the Pratchett books that I would read only to discover that I really enjoyed it, which means that I might consider reading a few more just to continue to add them to the list of books that I have read. Okay, maybe I am going to be a little disappointed when I get the the next couple of books, but a part of me does want to read Going Postal because, well, a book with the title 'Going Postal' does grab my att ...more
A subtheme of this book is the id ...more
It's easy to fall into the Discworld series and never surface again, especially as at this later part of the series there seems to exist a creative high that permeates every page and every line.
I've come to a point in reading this series in which it's hard to call favorites. I can call out ...more
This quote from the book says it all. There are Pratchett books where upon closing I feel grateful for having read them. The feeling I'm left with is one of utter satisfaction, of faith in humanity and awe for one of the best writers of all time. "Thief of Time" is one of them. It is witty, it is intelligent, it is thought-provoking, it has mind-bending details, it has perfect pacing and the love and respect of the author towards his own c ...more
3. Scenes with the other Horsemen of Apoc
5. The last third or quarter of the book
My favourite bits are Susan as kindergarten teacher, any exchange among any of the Horsemen (hilarious) and the bits with chocolate. HAHA.
The above more than made up for the meandering first half-ish part of the book. And I couldn't (in the beginning) care less about the monks or Lu Tze until at least half way past the book (did a fair bit of dragging my eyes ac ...more
The Auditors of Reality attempt once again to organize the universe by getting rid of life by literally stopping everything by having a clockmaker construct the ...more
As is custom, there must also be humour, although on a whole I found a little less dominant compared to previous Discworld novels I've read, not in the least Reaper Man, for example, ...more
I loved Igor, his accent cracked me up. I read his speech in my head in a true Igor-ish way. Also Susan and Death are hilarious as usual. I found the monks funny, but their passages were the most confusing for me.
I did find a very nice quote:
Sometimes the gods have no taste at all. They allow sunrises and sunsets in ridiculous pink and blue hue ...more
But I read this as a fairy tale, and it's a pretty compelling one. It's exciting, and a little weird, and doesn't have too much of the characters I consider gimmicks (though the Auditors, in a storyline entirely too drawn-out, definitely do their best to take Death's spot). T ...more
This book is fun, but it's also kind of disjointed. There's an awful lot of stuff going on, and it takes a long time for all the plots to tie together. Still, it features Susan, and Susan being a teacher, and Susan is one of my favourite things about the Discworld.
The History Monks work better for me in theory than in execution - there's only so many times you can read reincarnation jokes where the Abbot yells "WANNA BIKKIT" in between spouting deep philosophical thoughts before it g ...more
The first book by Terry Pratchett I ever read, more than a decade ago. I remembered almost nothing and wanted to re-read it. I always struggle a bit to get into Pratchett's books at the beginning, because the plot feels too disjointed for me. But once I get into them, his books are amazing and that's why he's a joy to re-read. I want to try to read more of his books that I haven't read and re-read the ones I have but don't remember well.
He truly was too good for this world.
Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, i ...more