Pyramids is Sir Terry Pratchett s 7th Discworld book and the Pratchett Smile O Meter is dancing happily as this is another fun ride with cool Uncle Terry. This is a blisteringly funny satire on religion, faith and loyalty taking place in the blisteringly hot desert of Discworld in the Old Kingdom of Djelibeybi which is of course analogous to Egypt in our world. First published in 1989 and by this time Pratchett s fame and fortune with the Discworld was established and he mixed things up a bit The first of the stand alone Discworld books, this does not feature many of the standard Discworld characters or themes but Pratchett s writing is as expected and this is just as funny and as acerbically satirical as any of his other excellent adventures. Actually, though, this one goes a step further and was almost Vonnegutesque in it s over the top, tongue in che Pyramids Discworld, 7 , Terry PratchettPyramids is a fantasy novel by British writer Terry Pratchett, published in 1989, the seventh book in his Discworld series The main character of Pyramids is Pteppic, the crown prince of the tiny kingdom of Djelibeybi, the Discworld counterpart to Ancient Egypt Young Pteppic has been in training at the Assassins Guild in Ankh Morpork for several years The day after passing his final exam he mystically senses that his father has died and that he must return home 2017 07 1395 469 9786002911834 20 . I think I may have enjoyed this one a bitthe second time around, but not enough to change my rating Indeed, I had a lotfun with all the quantum irregularities surrounding the Pyramids out in the boonies of Discworld. There s a lot of great ribbing for conspiracy theorists who go on and on about the dimensions of the real Pyramids and the mystical importance, even going so far as to make these monuments at least here into time recyclers It s very funny and Death isn t pleased Fortunately for Death, however, what he doesn t know won t kill him. It was also rather funny seeing a handmaid who d never serviced a king and an assassin who d never killed anyone fumble around their conversations with one another. But really, I think I had the most fun with the camels They were a v The desert kingdom of Djelibeybi is THE country to get yourself the ultimate eternal resting place Boasting a history of thousands of years, its kings and queens had ample time to pepper the shore of the river Djel with Pyramids of various sizes Of course, such an endeavor is not exactly cheap and unsurprisingly, the entire kingdom is neck deep in debt. It is now up to 12 year old crown prince Pteppic to save the country He was signed up at the prestigious Assassin s Guild in far off Ankh Morpork, to become a certified assassin provided of course, he can survive the grueling training. Pyramids had a lot of potential as a concept, and to his credit, sir Terry Pratchett really tried to cover as much of Egyptian history and customs Is The Seventh Book In The Award Winning Comic Fantasy Discworld Series By Terry PratchettIn Pyramids, You Ll Discover The Tale Of Teppic, A Student At The Assassin S Guild Of Ankh Morpok And Prince Of The Tiny Kingdom Of Djelibeybi, Thrust Into The Role Of Pharaoh After His Father S Sudden Death It S Bad Enough Being New On The Job, But Teppic Hasn T A Clue As To What ½ Pyramids ↠´ Download by ½ Terry Pratchett A Pharaoh Is Supposed To Do 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 A Headstrong Handmaiden At The Heart Of His RealmSometimes Being A God Is No Fun At All
Terry Pratchett takes the mick out of ancient Egyptians, hilarity followsOverviewPyramids gets a solid 4 star rating I rarely have a physical reaction when I m reading but I was chuckling on the train to this one hopefully not too loudly This has turned me from a fan to a Pratchett fanboy StructurePyramids uses a fairly straight forward structure It s linear and focuses, mainly, on Teppic our main character The paragraphs are nice and short in the main It also includes the nice little footnotes that Pratchett uses in most of his works All in all, a very easy book to read CharactersTeppic is one of the better characters I ve come across in the Discworld There are funny moments littered throughout and I did end up feeling sorry for him throughout this book And that s the holy grail when writing characters isn t it, make me feel for them Pratchett certainly does so here There is When I think about the Discworld series I instinctively want to give them all 5 stars, they via Sir Pratchett provide such a huge amount of entertainment, fire such delights of imagination and offer much food for thought on any number of subjects both Big and small and yet as I run through the audio books in an attempts to stem the flowing tide of flabby bits about my middle I find myself unable to truthfully say that every entry is worthy of that ultimate rating Pyramids is one such title, it is a fabulously funny book, loaded with memorable moments, classic Pratchett characters and his trademark dismantling of every day absurdities in our own reality via his fantastical world, in this instance religion, and yet it doesn t quite cause me to explode with enthusiasm for it as Mort o È Pyramids È This seventh Discworld novel is, for once, divided into three parts. The first part, The Book of Going Forth, tells the story of the main character Pteppic I m reminded of the German word Teppich, which means carpet He is the son of the ruler of the desert country of Djelibeybi the Discworld equivalent of Egypt but because his mother insisted on a foreign education before her death, he spent most of his years at Ankh Morpork s Assassin s Guild. The second part, The Book of the Dead, takes the reader and Pteppic back to Pteppic s home country after his father s death, where he become s the new king pharaoh We learn about Djelibeybi s culture and beliefs. The third and final part, The Book of the New Son, details Pteppic s and Ptra And the gods go crazy24 November 2012 I am really glad that I decided to reread a the Discworld novels to give them a better commentary as I have found that I have been quite enjoying them, and in many ways they have been getting better and better However, this is the second to last one that I read and it seems that I may have originally read them in order of publication, since the last one I read was Guards, Guards, and that is sitting next to me waiting to be reread very soon Pratchett seems to have tried another experiment in this one where he has created a number of new characters and a new setting, though like the other Discworld novels Anhk Morpork does play a role In this story we travel to the kingdom of Djelibeybi pronounced Jellybaby which sits on the river Djel It is very clear that this kingdom is based on Ancient Egypt, and it is nestled between the nations of Tsort and People needed to believe in gods, if only because it was so hard to believe in people Here s one for the history buffs Anyone who s familiar with the Trojan War or has an interest in Ancient Egypt and Greece would probably get a kick out of this So many good references In case that doesn t interest you, there are also some assassins and some camels who are very good at math. I didn t enjoy this one as much as I had expected to I think it just felt too long for a Pratchett novel and there were too many tangents Still, three stars on a Discworld novel is equivalent to what I would rate four stars on something else He sets his own bar pretty high.
About The Author
Born Terence David John Pratchett, Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second hand typewriter His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, i