- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Limited; New Ed edition (2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552152641
- ISBN-13: 978-0552152648
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 217 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,696,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pyramids Paperback – Import, 2004
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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!