The Bromeliad Trilogy : Truckers, Diggers, and Wings Library Binding – October 1, 2003
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About the Author
With sales of over 30 million copies, Terry Pratchett's brilliantly funny and subtly wise books have been translated into more than 25 languages.
In addition to his novels about the fantastic flat planet Discworld, Mr. Pratchett has written several children's books, including The Bromeliad Trilogy and the books about Johnny Maxwell: Only You Can Save Mankind, Johnny and the Bomb, and Johnny and the Dead.
Mr. Pratchett won the Carnegie Medal for his first young adult novel set in Discworld, the amazing maurice and his educated rodents, which was also named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, one of the New York Public Library's 100 Books for Reading and Sharing, and a Bank Street College Children's Book Committee Book of Outstanding Merit.
Mr. Pratchett lives in the English chalk country.
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Nomes are about as smart as humans which, unfortunately, means that they jump to a lot of false conclusions. But Masklin knows he needs to get the entire group out of the store before it's too late--and they can't do it on foot. The result is a progressive technology escalation as the nomes try to establish a new home for themselves.
Author Terry Pratchett leaves his much-loved Discworld to set a fantasy on human-dominated Earth. Like Swift's Gulliver's Travels (often referred to by the nomes), Pratchett uses the device of small and large people to poke fun at many human preconceptions. Fortunately, Pratchett is a terrific author, which means that he can make philosophical statements in the context of an exciting story that will keep you laughing out loud. Masklin, Grimma, Angalo, and especially Gurder are well developed and sympathetic characters.
These 1989/1990 works by Pratchett lack a bit of the depth that some of his latest novels deliver, but that doesn't keep THE BROMELIAD TRILOGY from being a fun and enjoyable read. If you're a Pratchett fan (like myself), you owe this one to yourself.
The story is about a family of "nomes" who meet a large population of nomes living in a department store, which they believe to be the whole world. Adventures follow, and the hero must struggle against "nomish nature" as much as against the wide world. Of course, like most good fantasy, there are plenty of parallels to real life, but the author doesn't need to hit the reader over the head with them. As for the title, a bromelaid is a flower that grows in the rain forest. How is that related to 4 inch high people in England? Read the book to see how the author ties it all together.
Except for the _Bromeliad Trilogy_ where in 400 pages of gentle humor Pratchett shows that you don't need to go into outer space to create a new world. It's a story of nomes, who are four inches tall but move ten times as fast as humans. Their deity is Arnold Bros.(1905) because that's what it says on the store window outside where they live. We find out they have a sort of Bible(quotes make headers for the chapter) and also try to discover signs from Arnold Bros. (one says "If You Do Not See What You Require, Please Ask.")
But one day they find out the store(which some sects think encompass the whole world) is about to be demolished, and this takes us on a journey where everyday human conveniences are objects of wonder. Part of the fun of reading is to see how soon on the page you can figure out the object described. The other part is watching their faith in Arnold Bros. buffeted as they learn about humans, our language and conventions we take for granted, technology, and nature in Diggers(another dramatic escape at the end) before a climactic meeting with Grandson Richard, 39, in Wings.
I can't say this is indicative of Pratchett's work, but it is certainly my clear favorite at about the same length as a Discworld novel with at least as much drama and humor.