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You got philosophy in my religion! o.o;
on August 5, 2017
While not in the nucleus of Discworld canon, by any means (even Ankh Morpork and the Librarian only get brief cameos), Small Gods is one of the more powerfully philosophical books in the series so far, without sacrificing the humor and wit Pratchett is rightly known for. Moreover, after the likes of Moving Pictures and Witches Abroad, which consisted mainly of tightly and loosely stitched (respectively) vignettes and homages and outright transplants of other work, Small Gods refreshingly returns to complete, coherent original narrative, while still giving breadth and diversity enough to support the plurality of independent subplots Pratchett appears to increasingly prefer. Slightly distracting, although I would not go so far as to say detracting from the book overall, is Pratchett's lingering tendency to frame some scenes in ways almost anticipating a cinematic production over a literary work- e.g. awkwardly brief cuts to purely "visual" foreshadowing, or descriptions of visuals and scenery so direct and/or generic as to be more at home in a VFX storyboard than a piece of impactful prose. But, on the whole, as I continue through the series, this one may very well have displaced my earlier favorite, Equal Rites, as a top recommendation.