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Small Gods (Discworld) Mass Market Paperback – October 29, 2013
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For the most part it stands on its own as a complete story. Except for a few notable exceptions (i.e., an appearance by the cousin of Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler, a quick cameo by my all-time favourite Disc denizen The Librarian, and a couple of pregnant references to Ankh Morpork), you don't have to be Discworld savvy to follow the story. It's set in the previously unheard of locale of Omnia, where the Quisition, led by Deacon Vorbis (as evil a character as anything Pratchett has put on paper), tortures into its heretical citizenry a belief in the Great God Om. But the central question in the book, the one that drives the plot forward, is this: what happens when belief dissipates, and is replaced by simple routine? Following the rituals of a religion is not really the same as believing in the power and glory of a God.
And on the Discworld it's not like your wanting for Gods to choose from. There are billions of them, and they're all likely to strike you down where you stand if you insult them in any way. Great God Om used to be the greatest of all Gods, but he's fallen on tough times. The brand of belief favoured by Vorbis is not the kind of belief Om needs. He's losing true believers in the process, and has become quite ineffectual.Read more ›
Co-dependent seems an apt term in this context. In Small Gods, Pratchett looks at organized religion through the prism of the co-dependant relationship. This theme is set against a backdrop which, if filmed, would have been produced by David Lean and looked remarkably like Lawrence of Arabia. (The Omnian attack on Ephebia and Brutha's trek with Vorbis across the desert between their cities both left me with images of Lawrence's attack on Aqaba and his disastrous trek across the desert with his youthful assistants.) Specifically, Pratchett examines the co-dependency of man and his God(s). Each is entirely co-dependent on the other. The plot, including the hilarious deus ex machina climax, has been well summarized in the product description and in other reviews so I'll confine myself to a few random observations.
No matter how deeply philosophical the underlying theme, the potential reader should know that Pratchett is an excellent writer and capable of some of the funniest lines and paragraphs you are likely to encounter in fiction.Read more ›
Don't think about it. Small Gods has something to say about belief, friendship, zealotry - the whole nine yards... Kevin Smith's new film DOGMA is trying to cover similar ground, but I doubt it'll be anywhere as insightful or entertaining as this.
Just get it... buy it now, on the cheap, and I'm Cutting Me Own Throat...
Small Gods is an excellent starting point for anyone. The book has new characters, a new plot, and nothing is expected of the reader. Its a wonderful book that will explain everything for someone who's never ventured into the Discworld before. Its also one of the funniest texts around.
Small Gods is also a great books in its seriousness. The book takes a witty look at the perils of making religion too organized - in worshipping the Church rather than the God. It is a book you can read, then mull over for hours - if you didn't break up laughing every two minutes.
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Been reading Terry's Disc World series and enjoyed them all! But this one was particularly fun for me with his very interesting commentary on rleigion that runs throughout!!Published 7 days ago by W. Pinegar
This is a really fun book. It has a lot of very deep concepts throughout but the characters allow us to navigate them with humor and levity.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
There are some books that make you rethink things in a massive way. This one is one of them. The book opened my mind to the boundaries between faith, religion, and the religious. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Gwynnion Kildare
I've been working my way through the Discworld novels, and this was a refreshing book centered in a new land with interesting new characters, and some thought-provoking undertones. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
I have read several of Terry Pratchett's books, which isn't many considering exactly how many he has. His wit makes me laugh out loud. He's not necessarily for the average reader. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Britteny J. Willden
A Religion that is full of priests, clerics, and clergy. Holy books, holy orders, and righteous commandments to lead a nation. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
It's been a while since I last read Witches Abroad and I'm so glad to be back in Discworld. I've missed Pratchett's writing and humour so much. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Delta Stet