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Pyramids (Discworld Book 7) Mass Market Paperback – July 31, 2001
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"The Everything Box" by Richard Kadrey
This book is the first entry in a whimsical, fast-paced supernatural series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Sandman Slim novels—a dark and humorous story involving a doomsday gizmo, a horde of baddies determined to possess its power, and a clever thief who must steal it back . . . again and again. Learn more | See related books
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Teppic has mastered all the requisite skills (tucking equipment everywhere, wearing black clothes, swinging from buildings, etc) and now, in a flash of accidental good luck, he has passed his final exam. At this crucial moment, Teppic's father develops a sudden urge to fly and our young assassin must return to the world's most tradition bound kingdom (no toilets, no mattresses, and no aqueducts). Having spent years in the most corrupt city on Discworld Teppic must wear a very heavy mask, sleep on stone beds, and be a very bored god. And bankrupt the kingdom building his father's pyramid.
Pyramids are the problem. Since each one has to be bigger than the last, they have long since achieved enough mass to bend light and absorb time. This keeps their occupants alive, but the accumulation of present and future time has to be vented off nightly. The reason Teppic's country is so stodgy is that all the present and future is being shot off into space and they only have the past left to live in.
Now Teppic decides that his father's tomb will be an order of magnitude larger than its predecessors, and all quantum breaks out.Read more ›
On earth this passage from Genesis describes the Tower of Babel. But on Discworld it just may describe the proud towers (pyramids actually) built by the people (slaves actually) of Djelibeybi in Terry Pratchett's seventh Discworld book, Pyramids. Pyramids is an excellent addition to the Discworld series and, like just about every other volume in the series is both hilariously funny and thought provoking.
Teppic is the heir to the throne of Djelibeybi. For each generation going back as far as anyone can remember the new king, upon the death of his father, builds a pyramid that will serve both as his tomb and an eternal monument. This would be fine but for the fact that each succeeding generation is expected to build a monument that is greater than the last. This keep Djelibeybi locked in a perpetual financial crisis and has caused each succeeding ruler (Pharaoh) to lead a life that is overly regimented to the point of insanity, or at the very least officious inanity.
Teppic's father, Teppicymon XXVII, seems to want a bit more from his son then a life of idleness sitting on the throne and when the story opens we find Teppic going off to `college' in this instance the famed school run by the Guild of Assasins on Ankh-Morpork. No sooneer does Teppic pass his Assasin's exit examination (a typical Pratchett tour de `farce') then his father dies and Teppic is called back to assume the throne.
Teppic chafes at the constraints put upon him and his life by Dios, the nation's chief holy man and enforcement officer.Read more ›
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An awesome riff on both ancient Egypt and Gormenghast. Chidder is one of my favorite Discworld characters.Published 1 day ago by Kaleidocherry
I didn't like this as well as the previous books as it seemed to be disjointed and the characters were not really all a cohesive part of the whole plot line I read it over a period... Read morePublished 2 days ago by T Falstaff
Discworld is a lot of fun and this book is no exception. It's one of the "standalone" books in the series so the main characters are mostly new and likely will not return... Read morePublished 8 days ago by CRC
All Terry Prachett's "fantasy" novels are both a wonderful escape from the seriousness of today's world & are filled with things worth mulling over. Read morePublished 1 month ago by REM
I have read about 20 of the Discworld books and this is my favorite so far! It bogs down for about 25 pages in the middle but it makes sense and the downhill race to the finish is... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nick Krump
Seventh in the Discworld fantasy series in which Pratchett pokes fun at whatever he can imagine. The focus in Pyramids is on the rigid adherence to religious worship and custom. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kathy Davie