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Small Gods: (Discworld Novel 13) (Discworld Novels)

Small Gods: (Discworld Novel 13) (Discworld Novels) [Kindle Edition]

Sir Terry Pratchett
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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.


"'Surely the best novel Terry Pratchett has ever written, and the best comedy'" (Interzone)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (26 Dec 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00354YA7W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Leonard Fleisig TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Roughly,I announce to you with great joy, we have a turtle God. That should have been the announcement that greeted the arrival of the God of the City of Om upon his return to Om. Unfortunately he was greeted by stunned disbelief by his sole remaining true believer. Since the size and power of any God/god on Discworld is directly proportional to the level of belief in each God's by its adherents this god is but a turtle. Out of such co-dependent relationships are small gods and Terry Pratchett's Small Gods made.
Co-dependent seems an apt term in this context. In Small Gods, Pratchett looks at organized religion through the prism of the co-dependant relationship. This theme is set against a backdrop which, if filmed, would have been produced by David Lean and looked remarkably like Lawrence of Arabia. (The Omnian attack on Ephebia and Brutha's trek with Vorbis across the desert between their cities both left me with images of Lawrence's attack on Aqaba and his disastrous trek across the desert with his youthful assistants.) Specifically, Pratchett examines the co-dependency of man and his God(s). Each is entirely co-dependent on the other. The plot, including the hilarious deus ex machina climax, has been well summarized in the product description and in other reviews so I'll confine myself to a few random observations.
No matter how deeply philosophical the underlying theme, the potential reader should know that Pratchett is an excellent writer and capable of some of the funniest lines and paragraphs you are likely to encounter in fiction.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep and serious issues, with added humour 31 July 2004
If, like me, you'd ever thought: "~Philosophy~. I bet that's interesting but I expect philosophy books are really hard work, full of unfathomable ideas and impenetrable language ..." , then you might like to start here, with Small Gods. Terry Pratchett seems to have a firm grasp of some profound stuff and expresses it in a way that anyone can understand.
There's a young novice called Brutha, in the church of the great god Om - a fierce god that usually manifests as some powerful creature such as a bull or an eagle. Brutha is a quiet, gentle lad with some pretty harsh, religious fundamentalist ideas, at the beginning of this story. The Omnian church is powerful, expansionist, rules with a rod of iron and has an on-going inquisition, so anyone who doesn't believe the dogma in precisely the way the church presents it, is tortured and killed. Then Brutha actually meets his god, in the form of a creature far less fearsome than Om's accustomed to, and Brutha is enlightened by revelation after revelation. Things are not what he'd imagined. He starts having dangerous thoughts that he'd better not utter. Where do gods come from? How do they become great gods? Can't people just be nice to each other and live in peace? That sort of thing. The seeds of sedition! Deacon Vorbis, Exquisitor - Head of the Quisition, would have to stamp on that sort of thinking. There's already rebellious rumblings from those infidels who try to convince people that the world is flat when church teaching is very explicit on that: it's most definitely a sphere!
This is not like any of the other Disc World books I've read (about 8 so far). It's not quite so funny but it's even more than usually thought-provoking.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The clearest mirror of all 16 Jun 2005
By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME
In this era of triumphant religious fundamentalism, Small Gods is a pretty dangerous item to be seen carrying. Terry Pratchett, bearing a reputation of being a major force in writing fantasy and humour has shed both elements in this penetrating book. It's an incisive satire of the mores and methods of the three major religions of Western Civilization. Pratchett's astute axiom that the Discworld is a "mirror of worlds" applies with more force here than any other Discworld book. Pratchett casts away whatever subtle restraint he's given other philosophical issues to directly confront us with a harsh truth about faiths.
The basic theme is a simple, but rarely recognized, truth. Gods are created by people. The fewer the believers, the smaller and weaker the god. When belief fades or believers eliminated, the gods cease to exist. Once mighty, the god Om has been relegated to the body of a tortoise. He retains but one true believer: Brutha, a novice in the Citadel of Om. Brutha makes frequent reference to segments of the "holy book" Om supposedly authored. Mystified by attribution to himself of these writings, Om wonders who really wrote them. And why they were written. What has been perpetrated in His Name?
Brutha, who has a photographic memory, is conscripted into a religious crusade against neighbouring Ephebe. The Omnian Church wants to erase Ephebe's false belief that the world is a disc riding on the backs of four elephants standing on a turtle swimming through space. According to Vorbis, head of the Quisition, such false doctrine must be erased, erasing the Ephebians in the process, if necessary. Besides, Ephebe's on the best trade route to the Turnwise coast. Tucked away in Brutha's pocket, Om is taken along.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Small Gods
A masterpiece of understatement that had me laughing out loud and agreeing totally with the sentiments, my first foray into e-books. I loved it!
Published 2 months ago by dragonlady
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very good book as usual with some excellent takes on certain things. Another Terry Pratchet masterpiece that can be read time and time again
Published 3 months ago by Lynn Thacker
5.0 out of 5 stars woooooooo
This book was amazing and funny and it made me think about why people can yolo and live happy like pharrell
Published 4 months ago by holo
2.0 out of 5 stars Little interest
Re-reading books from your childhood as an adult is always a bit risky. Sometimes the book holds up and it’s amazing, like somehow you’ve achieved time-travel - sometimes they... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sam Quixote
5.0 out of 5 stars Terry Pratchett is my hero!
I loved getting this hardback copy of one of the Discworld novels. The series are modestly priced and are enabling me to replace my battered paperback copies.
Published 4 months ago by Marilyn Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Life on the ground.
A fun take on deities. I mean, what would happen if God became a tortoise and landed in the Vatican?
Published 5 months ago by tychos
5.0 out of 5 stars Small Gods
I was given this as an audio book, I put in on as I set off for a 6 hour or so drive to Manchester, not my favorite journey. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Thor
5.0 out of 5 stars great book.
This is the second discworld novel I've read and I can't wait to read the next. If definitely recommend it.
Published 6 months ago by Mr J RUMBLE
5.0 out of 5 stars done it again...
Managed to ridicule most ridiculous theological, didactic and totalitarian ideas in a single wonderful ratatouille of puns)) Egypt, Babylon Greeks and Romans ... + Lenin
Published 7 months ago by Christopher Rosevear
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
Just as most discworld novels, this was great. The morals were interesting and the quotes were wonderful. Different from the others, it is based around ancient times
Published 7 months ago by Chloe Bull
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