- Series: Discworld (Book 7)
- Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Harper; Reissue edition (April 30, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006222574X
- ISBN-13: 978-0062225740
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 214 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
Unlike most teenaged boys, Teppic isn't chasing girls and working at the mall. Instead he's just inherited the throne of the desert kingdom Djelibeybi—a job that's come a bit earlier than he expected (a turn of fate his recently departed father wasn't too happy about either).
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 duties, such as dealing with mad priests, sacred crocodiles, and marching mummies. And to top it all off, the adolescent pharaoh discovers deceit and betrayal—not to mention a headstrong handmaiden—at the heart of his realm.
About the Author
Sir Terry Pratchett, OBE, was the author of more than 70 books, including the internationally bestselling Discworld series of novels. His books have been adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal. In January 2009, Pratchett was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his services to literature. Sir Terry, who lived in England, died in March 2015 at the age of 66.
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Now, what is this book about? Discworld, of course, only this time we follow Teppic, the lovely fellow who is supposed to be a pharaoh one day (he's just a prince now), but really despises the job and goes off to study how to be an assassin. Why? Oh, I won't spoil this for you. The reason will make you pee your pants, in a good way. Laughter, remember? So, he senses that something dreadful has happened to his father and comes back to his Kingdom, which is, incidentally, this long narrow sliver of land stuffed with pyramids, and, well, he's the most unlikely pharaoh you will ever read about. There are priests, of the most hysterical kind. There are mummies, too. Polite ones. And sphinxes, the ones that are easy to fool. And maidens, and pyramid architects, and embalmers, and a whole slew of characters that will keep you turning the pages, and will keep you wiping your eyes. I think by the end of this book your stomach muscles will strengthen considerably. In fact, this book will make your midriff ready for summer and beaches and bath suits. I mean, swim suits. Whatever. READ IT.
This book and its biting satire kept me laughing and sane through a nightmarish train journey. Mr Pratchett really goes to town in this book on religion, ritual, tradition, and something called "quantum". He manages to point out how patently ridiculous some traditions can be, has a lot of fun at the expense of some ridiculous legends (the Trojan horse), critiques sophistry as a waste of time, and generally lives up to his reputation for finding a funny vein in the most 'serious' subjects.
The plot is pretty twisted as well. It has minimal links to the other Discworld stories I've read thus far (reading in publication order), and I suppose could be read standalone so long as you know ALL CAPS MEANS DEATH IS TALKING.
I'd highly recommend this to anyone looking for a laugh, although it is by no means light reading. It will in hindsight make you think and question things quite a bit!