- Series: Discworld Novel
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552138908
- ISBN-13: 978-0552138901
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (373 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,176,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Small Gods Paperback – Import, 1993
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Discworld is an extragavanza--among much else, it has billions of gods. "They swarm as thick as herring roe," writes Terry Pratchett in Small Gods, the 13th book in the series. Where there are gods galore, there are priests, high and low, and... there are novices. Brutha is a novice with little chance to become a priest--thinking does not come easily to him, although believing does. But it is to Brutha that the great god Om manifests, in the lowly form of a tortoise. --Blaise Selby --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
"Surely the best novel Terry Pratchett has ever written, and the best comedy"
-John Clute, Interzone --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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But even if you don't need to have someone shatter your world, even if this stuff is clear to you, this is still a ridiculously funny, heartfelt, and interesting book to read. It will take you on a journey across desserts and seas along with a boy and a turtle and a whole lot of characters, from crypto-atheists to waterlogged philosophers to people up poles and steam powered turtles.
It's a Discworld novel, and a wonder.
Just pick it up and you'll see what I mean.
The book got me asking many questions in contexts that I had not truly considered before. It was not predictable and the reader was invariably wondering where we might be headed, how and why.
Pratchett's style at times seems unnecessarily flippant at first encounter, but it becomes more familiar and less disconcerting as you stay with the story. Other reviewers familiar with the series picked up nuances that a newbie like me would not. Perhaps that explains some of the unexplained, assumptions, and seemingly random items that would pop up and seem more distracting than helpful.
I'll probably re-read this, and may sample more of Pratchett's writing. There are questions that got produced that I want to go back and look over further. Try "Small Gods." It has a lot to offer.
"Small Gods" pokes fun at religion, philosophy, government, and as always human nature. The plot is complex for Pratchett, but woven expertly. As always there rarely is a page where you don't slap your forehead and laugh-or groan. That is why I love Terry Pratchett and am grateful he was such a prolific writer.
This is Terry Pratchett at his finest. A satire that both makes you laugh and think. A look at what religion has been, it's faults, it's failures, and its evolution. All told with Pratchett's eye for righteous indignation and unflinching compassion.
This book addresses religion, have faith that it is worth your time.