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The Bromeliad (Truckers Omnibus Edition): "Truckers", "Diggers", "Wings" [Paperback]

Terry Pratchett
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6 Mar 2008

To the thousands of tiny nomes living under the floorboards of a large department Store, there is no Outside. No Day or Night, no Sun or Rain. They're just daft old legends. Until they hear the devastating news that the Store is to be demolished . . .

And so their journey begins.

From the store to an abandoned quarry - where they find the monster Jekub - and on to a place where they must steal one of those space shuttle things, all the nomes want is to get home again. They don't mean to cause any trouble . . .

A magnificent trilogy of tales about about a race of little people struggling to survive in a world full of humans.

From Carnegie Medal-winning author, Terry Pratchett.


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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens; Truckers Omnibus Ed edition (6 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552546070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552546072
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"In the Beginning there was Arnold Bros (est 1905), the great department store...." and so begins Terry Pratchett's hugely entertaining and effervescent The Bromeliad trilogy.

From the First Book of the Nomes, Truckers where the nomes have to face up to the harsh reality that their comfortable and somewhat lazy lives beneath the floorboards of mankind are threatened; through to Diggers where the battle for survival really begins; culminating in Wings as the intrepid Masklin, with the aid of the electrical Thing, plots to return the nomes to Home on a Ship that will take them back to the stars where they belong, Pratchett never fails to excite.

With his amazing sense of the ridiculous and his sly, witty, ironic wordsmithery this intelligent and occasionally totally ludicrous three-in-one fantasy combo certainly does nothing to detract from Pratchett's reputation as one of the coolest and cultiest writers of his era. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"As always, [Terry Pratchett] is head and shoulders above even the best of the rest. He is screamingly funny. He is wise. He has style . . . Splendid" (Daily Telegraph)

"Terry Pratchett once again succeeds in combining a subtle blend of humour, wisdom and naive simplicity" (The School Librarian)

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
Say the word gnomes and most people will think of those rather horrid little figurines that some people in suburbia will insist on littering lawns and gardens with. You know the ones - they have fishing rods, red hats and rosy cheeks.
Well, not these. These are Nomes, thank you very much, and as you will discover they certainly don't have fishing rods. Well...maybe they do if you think of bins as a metaphorical fish pond and a rat as a real treat of a meal.
The story basically follows Masklin and his band of 'outside' nomes who travel indoors (although the Store nomes don't believe in outside so they reckon Masklin is mad). The book follows the trials of this little band of ten inch folk until their eventual adventure. To say more would spoil the story but it is well worth a read. Children will love it and adults will find an excuse ("I was going to read it to my kids, honest!).
Buy it, read it and wonder whether those small blurs really were mice.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A funny look at life from the eyes of a nome(!?) 16 Jun 2001
Format:Hardcover
Indeed, being only 4 inches tall does have its advantages, and disadvantages. 4 Inches is the average size of a nome, and they live (apart from other places) in holes and under the floorboards..
I'm not about to give the plot of this book away, all I know is that after reading the first few pages, I was hooked. It is funny and intelligent, and makes you smile and laugh and wanting to read more.
I found this book whilst looking for books from Douglas Adams (RIP), and will continue buying Pratchett's work. If you like a humorous book, buy this one..
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little people get into big trouble, and out again 23 April 2003
Format:Hardcover
Unknown to the humans, they share the Earth with another intelligent race, the nomes. The reason they don't know about the nomes is that they are four inches tall, and live at a pace ten times that of humans. This is the story of Masklin, and other heroic nomes who lead their people out of the dangerous world of humans, in search of their home. In the course of this story the overcome great obstacles, all with wit and humor.
This book is actually a collection of three book: Truckers, Diggers and Wings. The stories showcase Terry Pratchett's wit and humor, his ability to examine the human experience from a very different viewpoint. The action is gripping, and the humor outrageous. I highly recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good for ten year old boys. 25 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
My ten year old and I read this to each other - he did a chapter then so did I. The humour is pitched at the level where he can understand and really appreciate it; often revolving around the nomes' (sic) very literal interpretation of meanings, such as a sign reading 'road works', which they see as superfluous as how can a road not work? This sort of thing really amuses children of this age and they are so pleased when they understand word play. He also understood and agreed with the meaning of various morals along the way. The language was good - construction not too complex for him to read aloud and he learned the meanings of the odd new word.

We both enjoyed it thoroughly and he wants to read more Terry Prachett books whilst waiting for the latest Charlie Higson to come out in paperback (if you haven't tried the young Bond books, do - they are very good indeed, best we have read of that genre of exciting adventure stories).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond brilliant 28 Jan 2010
Format:Paperback
Perhaps I'm prejudice in my affesction for this little trilogy. They were the books that first convinced a girl who struggled to read that actually stories had to be worth the effort. They also taught me that it was OK to laugh at religion. As a vicars daughter this proved invaluable.

Having lent the books to everyone I knew, and consequently lost my copies I re-purchased them. Reading as an adult I was not dissappointed. The humour is less subtle then in the discworld novels, but I think they are funnier. The characters are beautiful and the story compelling. I was pleasently surprised to find that I loved it as much as an adult. Each of the three books feels fresh and interesting. Well worth purchasing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The softest of sighs 12 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback
This is a wonderful, eloquently written work, by Discworld author Terry Pratchett. It's one of those books, that when you finish, you sigh softly, and recall all the great, and bad times the characters have had. If you have so much as a morsel of imagination, this book will leave with a faint, lingering feeling, that somewhere, in your house, a Nome is watching you from behind a crack in the wall... This isn't a bad feeling, just a pleasant, happy feeling, something you probably wouldn't have felt since you were six, when Santa Clause was real.

Read this book, not with the idea that it will have you rolling on your back, stifling your laughter with a fist. Don't expect to be left, sobbing uncontrollable, as you crawl through the last pages of the book. As I said before, this story is a comfortable, cosy sigh. It's something to treasure. Something to come back to on those cold, dark nights. Something to read, remember and recall as you trundle along your life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Brilliance for all ages 7 Jan 2001
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Format:Hardcover
When I first started reading the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett, my Dad thought it was all a load of rubbish and "you wouldn't catch him reading Pratchett." What is it they say about famous last words? Then on a long journey with a friend, he listened to the "Truckers" audio cassette (narrated brilliantly by Tony Robinson), and then had to get the Bromeliad. From there he's gone onto read every Discworld novel, nearly as quickly as me! The Bromeliad is quite simply put, a superbly witty and skilfully written collection, whether for the younger reader who sees it as a story about the "wee folk" or for the older, who can see the parallels with real life, and understand the things that confuse the nomes (such as "and Arnold Bros (est. 1905) put up signs saying "Dogs and Pushchairs must be carried on the escaltors"." And Arnold Bros (est. 1905) waxed wroth, for some people used the escalators carrying neither dog, nor pushchair. "Surely," said the nomes, "humans are stupid, and understand nothing about the world."
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Brilliant, as always. Absolutely recommend this book to all those who love, enjoy and finde Terry Pratcehtts book enjoyable.
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