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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, betrayal -- not to mention aheadstrong handmaiden -- at the heart of his realm.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B000W964S6
- Publisher : HarperCollins e-books; Reissue edition (October 13, 2009)
- Publication date : October 13, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 2611 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 368 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #36,281 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If you like Egyptology, you'll love it.
If you have a slightly-better-than-passing knowledge of Egypt, some of the jokes are going to be more enjoyable (the Ephebian custom of Mocracy, for example, where everyone has the Vet - unless you're a slave, a criminal, insane, or a woman, obviously). While his humor is accessable to all ("IT'S NOON, IT'S NOON, IT'S NOOOOOOOON!" "Why are you shouting into a bullrush?"/"Hail Benu, probably"), Egypt fans will appreciate the more classic nods to the period and mythology, including this gem from right before the climax (roughly, from memory):
"What do you see, Gern?"
"I see stars, master..."
"And what are they on?"
The apprentice relaxed. "Oh, that's easy, everyone knows the stars lay on the body of the goddess Nut who arches across...ooooh, bloody hell...."
"You can see her too?"
Solid work from a solid author, this is book is looking really quantum.
Top reviews from other countries
in a world slowly coming to recognise how opinion+politics+money differs from science, and where climate means more than weather, Terry wrings out a yarn of inheritance v heredity, deity v religion, romance v duty and stupidity v (and I *mean* versus) ignorance. There's a lot about camels, seagulls, olive stones, the value of good needlework and sea breezes.
The story so far....
Teppic inherits the greatest kingdom in this world, i.e. the Disc.
Undeterred, he sets out to make a life for himself.
*You need know nothing of Terry Pratchett or his invented Discworld. [If you do, you meet old friends.]
OK, so Teppic is an assassin. Get over it. And a king, but you can handle that by now, can't you? As for his godship, he hardly mentions it - the camels are more crucial. The pyramids are just, well, in the way, sort of thing.
Terry writes majestic endings.
If you haven't read the book by now, I'm wasting my time.....
'Pyramids' clocked in at 2p/chuckle, 10p/giggle, 63p/hmm, 76p/shudder
Ankh-Morpork Dept. of Statistics, D.L.s & L.s
By the time he wrote this, Discworld had become a very solid idea and seemed, to me at least, more real. He had built upon his idea of a Disc that was full of life and magic which was held upon the backs of four mighty elephants who stood on the shell of a massive turtle who swam through the cosmos. Fantastical stuff, and in the hands of a lesser author it would be less believable. Not that I believe that there is a Discworld, but Terry Pratchett made you want to believe it could happen.
I have read all of the Discworld books, some of them I've read so many times that they are falling apart and in need of replacing. So I've been getting the Kindle versions. I've missed the feel of the paper in my hands but enjoyed being able to have a lot of his books with me wherever I go on my phone.
An absolute pleasure.
However above all it is a comedy on the folly of humans and how we interact with each other.