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Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh Mummy! 21 Jan 2005
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Pyramids (The Book of Going Forth) is Terry Pratchett's 7th Discworld novel, and continues the trend of changing the series from a satire of the fantasy genre into a distorted mirror of our own world. The main inspiration here is quite obviously ancient Egypt, with the returning heir to the throne of Djelibeybi (ouch!) getting involved in a plot which involves the return of ancient gods, a riddling sphinx, mathematical camels, and hundred's of re-animated mummies (though just for a change these aren't the bad guys in this novel), though it also finds time to lampoon the Trojan war and ancient Greek philosophers along the way.
Pyramids is one of Pratchett's better constructed novels, with the story divided into four separate segments of Teppic's journey: first his training at the Assassin's Guild in Ankh-Morpork; then his inheritance of the throne of Djelibeybi; his escape with the beautiful handmaiden Ptraci when the ancient gods reclaim the land; and his final return and saving of his country. The main theme seems to be the danger of a stagnant society trapped in unthinking historical ritual, with the pyramids themselves interestingly acting as time negators by collecting and discharging time in order to preserve the mummies within. The novel also ends with an unexpected twist on Teppic and Ptraci's seemingly predictable romantic relationship, and a nice uroboric ending for the villain, who turns out to have been more a misguided do-gooder than evil.
If there is a slight downside to Pyramids (and the only reason I haven't given it the full 5 stars) it's that it's not particularly funny. While the cover blurb proclaims this as '...the most outrageously funny (Discworld novel) to date' I found the humour to be rather obvious and cheesy, particularly when it came to the bad puns.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Pratchetts best 24 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is definitely one of the best discworld novels Pratchett has ever written. An absolutely hilarious take on ancient Egypt, this book is absolutely brilliant. Featuring Teppic, heir to the throne, and the greatest mathematician on the disc (a camel called You Bastard) this book had me crying with laughter from start to finish. Buy this book- I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best yet! 3 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
It is always hard to say one story in the discworld series is better than any other,especialy if like most devotee's you have read all of the series.Although there are at least 4 in the series i would say stand out as being exemplorary,i cannot in all honesty say that any are better than this. The humour is on par with Pratchetts best,and the story itself leaves nothing to be desired.If you have at times decided Pratchett's discworld series has been decreasing in content or storyline,or that the master had lost his touch and was now churning out any old nonsence,then this book will make you forget any past indiscrepancies on his part and bring you back into the fold a true believer once again in the unmistakenly superior writings of Terry Pratchett-author,humourist,and undisputed king of story telling.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It really is the best one.... 10 Oct 2000
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The difference between this and many of the other Discworld novels is the fact that the characters are exclusively in Pyramids and no other book. This sets it apart from the 'series within a series' (Witches, Wizards, Guards, Death, Rincewind etc.)ideal that occurs frequently. Perhaps the difficulty that some readers have is getting to know characters that have not previously been introduced and are not developed further after the dust jacket of Pyramids has been closed. However, having read all of Pratchetts Discworld novels several times (sad, I know) there is no doubt that the characters in Pyramids stand above the rest in the way that they are written. The frequently confused Teppic fits brilliantly with the foppish Chidder, the well-meaning but fundamentally flawed Dios, the superficially vulnerable Ptraci and so on. The initial description of life at the Guild is also brilliantly put together and the later sections DO continue the strong plotline and the interplay between Teppic and the people he encounters is consistently entertaining. Pick it up and read it (or listen to it) and enjoy again and again.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of Paracosmic Instability! 2 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I'd never read any Discworld before, so I was kind of dubious. But this was brilliant - hysterically funny. It's about the teenage pharoah of the desert kingdom of Djelibeybi (say that out loud!) whose name is Teppic. He has to cope with the irritating priest, Dios, the fact his father's ghost keeps shouting at him, three pyramid builders - Ptaclusp and his sons Ptaclusp IIa and Ptaclusp IIb, his curiously under-dressed sister/aunt, Ptraci, and if all that wasn't enough, the Great Pyramid itself explodes from paracosmic instability and flings Djelibeybi into another dimension (!) Brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pyramid power--it's not just for razors any more 27 Dec 2002
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Pyramids represents something of a detour in Pratchett’s Discworld series. The principal action takes place in the heretofore unfamiliar land of Djelibeybi, located in northern Klatch across the Circle Sea from Anhk-Morpork. This is a unique realm of the Discworld, two miles wide and 150 miles long. It is often referred to as the Old Kingdom for a very good reason—it is quite old, over 7000 years old in fact. It is a desert land whose pharaohs are obsessed with pyramid-building; besides bankrupting the country, this obsession has also had the unforeseen consequence of keeping the country firmly entrenched in the past. Pyramids, you see, slow down time, and there are so many pyramids in Djelibeybi now that new time is continually sucked in by them and released nightly in flares. In a land where the same time is reused daily, it comes as something of a surprise when the pharaoh Teppicymon XXVII decides to send his son Teppic outside of the kingdom to get his education. Just after becoming a certified, guild-approved assassin, young Teppic is called upon to return home after his father suffers the unfortunate consequences attendant upon thinking he can fly. Three months into his reign, he basically loses his kingdom—literally. The Great Pyramid being built for his father’s mummy is much too big, and eventually it causes the temporal dislocation of Djelibeybi from the face of the Discworld. Accompanied by the handmaiden Ptraci, whom he rescued from certain death, and a camel whose name would be edited were I to state it here, Teppic must find a way to restore his kingdom back to its proper place and time above the ground. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best discworld novel.
Not one of his best.
Published 6 days ago by p welch
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely listening. Tony Robinson is just right.
lovely listening. Tony Robinson is just right.
Published 10 days ago by Shirley Isaacs
5.0 out of 5 stars and I particularly like the way he takes a subject from our modern ...
I read this book when it was first published, and decided after all these years to re-read it on my Kindle. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Mark Castle
2.0 out of 5 stars It was okay
Not one of Mr Pratchett's best but had some interesting ideas and mythos and I will always support a strong female character. Read more
Published 23 days ago by HWheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice collection
Good product bought for a couple of quid. Can't go wrong with Terry.
Published 25 days ago by GC
5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic
A hilarious mixture of Ancient Egypt (as you would expect in a book called Pyramids) but also Roman and Greek historical references with some time spent in beloved (not sure by... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars The man's a genius
Another Pratchett masterpiece defying terrestrial science and creating characters and dialogue to maintain the interest right the way through the book.
Published 1 month ago by Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Terry Prachett Every Time
I choose terry pratchet pyramids because i like the work of the author. i could not put the book down.
Published 2 months ago by Diane Gearie
5.0 out of 5 stars Pyramids
Loved the worlds in this book and the character of Teppic. I hope Djelybeybi and a Teppic appear in more novels. I would love to know what Teppic does next.
Published 3 months ago by Bunny Mummy
4.0 out of 5 stars Pyramids
Thoroughly enjoyable romp through ancient times. Easy to follow and pick up from where one left off. Would definitely recommend
Published 3 months ago by Kevin MacKel
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