Terry Pratchett: Pyramids



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Surdity of belief comes to the fore when the entire kingdom collapses in on itself Basically it has been said by the gods namely Dios that the late king would be buried in the greatest and biggest pyramid ever built however pyramids have a habit of storing time and the stored time must discharged regularly Unfortuantely this pyramid was so big that it ended p throwing everything out of whack causing Djelibeybi to be sucked into its own dimension where all of the belief became reality As such the gods who only existed in the mind of Dios became real to the point that the five sun gods ended p playing soccer with the sun to produce a very amusing sporting commentary and the gods who had no real personality or character simply went around destroying the kingdom because they had nothing else to do I guess this is one of this things that I at least got out of this book how we tend to prefer to listen to another person s interpretation of faith than actually finding out for ourselves I have even experienced it where a priest will actually twist the words of a religious book around so that it says the complete opposite It is not so much the priests that are the problem but rather s who are allowing ourselves to listen to the priests and not actually think for ourselves Granted many priests do not allow their interpretations to be Soldiers Pregnancy Protocol uestioned and have studied their respective texts for so long that they are experts in interpreting it in their own way However the Bible was written in Koine Greek for a reason and that was so that it could be read andnderstood by the common person of the day rather than having it interpreted through a priestly cache That was why Jesus was such a revolutionary because his teachings took the power out of the hands of the priests and gave it back to where it rightfully belonged and that was with God However it is a shame that we as humans always seem to allow the priests to step in between Behind the Throne (Morgan Crowe Trilogy, us and God to continue to twist his words around to suit their own selfish purposes 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 myselfnable to truthfully say that every entry is worthy of that ltimate 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 ite cause me to explode with enthusiasm for it as Mort or Wyrd Sisters did previously and I expect Guards Guards to do nextWhat s lacking I hear you scream and the answer is that I honestly couldn t tell you if I knew that I d probably be a poor struggling book editorpublisher instead of a comfortable house husband with a lifetime of renovations with a cold beer in my hand to look forward to The teenage years of Teppic is our first real look at the inner workings of that most illustrious of Ankh Morpork guilds the Assassins and Pratchett pretty much nails it first time creating a believable and fascinating world within the city within the world and if anything there isn t ENOUGH attention paid to it The Kingdom of Djelibeybi potentially a silly joke but one that seems to work and make me smile every time especially in audio book with its ancient customs and giant pyramids is a minefield of clever puns and religious satire and the overall plot is one that is both completely obvious from the outset and yet the path to enlightenment is littered with detours through crocodile infested rivers and camel laden deserts so that you can easily forget that you know how things will endConsidering the humble beginnings of this series Pratchett has very Captivated by the Millionaire uickly spread his wings and in doing so the scope of the Disc has openedp enormously in just a few short novels It s really A Mighty Big Wish uite remarkable the changes in style and content and already by book seven there s nobody elseite like him or likely ever will be again Terry Pratchett takes the mick out of ancient Egyptians hilarity fo. Aoh after his father’s sudden death It's bad enough being new on the job but Teppic hasn't a clue as to what 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 myr.

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 ite 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 Ephebe which is supposed to be Greece right down to their drunken symposiums The thing about Djelibeybi is that it is a kingdom where tradition rules to the point that it is impossible for the king to actually break with tradition However the king is not actually the ruler but rather the priests and in particular the priest Dios I really don t want to give too much away but Dios is actually one of Pratchett s most memorable characters The reason being is that despite being the antagonist of the novel he does not come across as being either bad or misguided He simply does things the way that things have always been done He is a man of tradition and tradition must be followed As mentioned he is the actual ruler of the kingdom though he never actually says that simply because he is the one who advises the king and interprets what he says In fact it is very clear that the subjects never actually listen to the king but rather to him so that when the king tries to change tradition Dios will always interpret the words as sticking with tradition I shall set him free says the king as which Dios interprets as being throw him to the crocodiles The problem arose when the previous king decided that he wanted his son to have a good education and normally that would simply mean being taught by the priest specifically Dios Instead the king sent his son the protagonist of the piece to the Assassin s Guild in Ankh Morpork As it turns out the Assassin s Guild actually provides probably the best well rounded education on Discworld and the comments about the assassins are actually ite good as well An assassin does not murder for any other reason than money and it is not that life is cheap on the contrary it is actually very expensive especially if you get an assassin to kill somebody Interesting concept though because in reality that is true It doesn t cost you much in fact it doesn t cost you anything to be dead You simply lie there and rot However to live it costs you ite a lot of money 3500 AU per day which includes rent and bills public transport groceries health insurance and a mobile phone Moreso it costs you an awful lot of money to actually stay alive and to keep on living Hmm I could actually do the sums and work out how much it actually costs to live for one day but I won t Anyway if you like maths and like the idea of maths being turn on its head you will like this book as well As it turns out camels are the greatest mathematicians in the world which I disagree with because it actually turns out that it is cats who are the world s greatest mathematicians I remember having a dream back in 1994 before I had read this book where I came to the realisation that my sister s cat Twinkle nderstood imaginary numbers and calculus however had no reason to actually The Greek Tycoons Mistress use it One of the interesting things about this book is the concept of belief and it is something that I come across again and again in my Christian walk Simply because you believe something does not make it true I may believe that a plane will get me from Melbourne to Hong Kong but no amount of belief is going to actually stop the engine from blowingp over the South China Sea This idea is explored in this story particularly with the idea that the kings of Djelibeybi believed that after death they would travel to the netherworld This was a really strong belief that turned out to be wrong Instead they spent eternity as ghosts stuck in their pyramids The ab. Pyramids 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 phar.

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LlowsOverviewPyramids 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 onehopefully not too loudly This has turned me from a fan to a Pratchett fanboy StructurePyramids Tikki Tikki Tembo 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 Pratchettses 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 Bidding on Her Boss (The Hawke Brothers, 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 isn t a huge amount of character development Teppic s arc is good but considering the type of book this is there is no need to have a hugely meaningful and introspective dive into the character The side characters are all well formed I loved Teppicymon when he was a ghost commenting how silly all the pyramid nonsense was WritingThis is where Pratchett thrives in his writing If you laid out any two or three sentences and asked me to identify it s owner it would be easy to spot Pratchett s work It s simply beautiful Here s a few of my favouritesMere animals couldn t possibly manage to act like this You need to be a human being to be really stupid In layman s terms the doctor sniffed he s as dead as a doornail What are the complications The doctor looked shifty He s still breathing he said Well what can you do about it said Arthur Nothing He s dead All the medical tests prove it So er bury him keep him nice and cool and tell him to come and see me next week In daylight for preference He also gets brownie points forsing the word inhume to describe assassination ComplaintsI didn t spot any errors within My only minor complaint came with the end where it got a little confused and jumped to different povs almost from paragraph to paragraph which meant I found myself having to back track just to keep Hoofd in de wolken (Puffin Island up As I said though fairly minor I think I may have enjoyed this one a bit the second time around but not enough to change my rating Indeed I had a lot fun with all theantum irregularities surrounding the Pyramids out in the boonies of DiscworldThere s a lot of great ribbing for conspiracy theorists who go on and on about the dimensions of the real pyramids and th So this was close to a 5 star book but topped out at 449 recurring thus meaning due to the law of fractals and Twos Company uantum it rounds down to 4 well that s all according to You Bastard younderstand More to follow when Jeht the Boatman of the Solar Orb rises on the morrowSo I m guessing that Thrrp The Charioteer of the Sun has also been through since I finished the book but never mind I m sure I shall be forgiven if I build a pyramid in my gardenSo this book is outrageously funny and just such a brilliant observation on human character from Teppic the new King through Chidder the assassin to Ptraci the handmaiden Endos the listener Ptaclusp the builder Dios the head priest and Teppicymon the dead King But then it is Sir Terry s oh so accurate portrayal of humans that makes his books so poignant and amusingThis book focuses on the new Kings plans to drag his small kingdom into the modern age with items like plumbing and mattresses He s learnt about these mod cons by being sent to assassins training school in Ankh Morpk and on graduation and the death of his father tries to bring these modern ideas back to his kingdomUnfortunately he doesn t bank on his conservative Head Priest Dios who lives his life by ritual and regularity and has no time for religion despite believing that Net was the Supreme God oh as was Hast Fon Set Bin Sot Dhek and Ptooie as well as a host of others The trouble was the kingdom was a slave to ritual and to a multitude of Gods for every occasion with many duplicatesWith his father about to be entombed in the mother of all pyramids calamity strikes and well you just have to read it to find out how Teppic restores the kingdom and where the greatest living mathematician at the time the camel You Bastard fits in And come to think of it why was it only 449 recurring maybe it was 451 ick send for You Bastard. Iad 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 al.

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