Pyramids: (Discworld Novel 7) (Discworld Novels) Audio CD – Audiobook, Abridged
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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.Read more ›
I did like the interaction between the main character and his dead relatives and they way they carried on was quite amusing. I also loved the idea of a camel going through the eye of a needle and ending up somewhere else, which was very different.
Unfortunately, some of it was a bit boring and could have been taken out of the story as I felt it did not add to it in anyway.
However, it was a decent read and not to be sniffed at.
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It's Good, but not as funny as the preceding novels in this series.Published 1 month ago by Steve C
Personally, one of my favourite Pratchett novels, that is funny in the first few minutes with the protagonist Teppic, who is an assassin, ending up tripping over the mass amount of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by TheReviewinator1999
Terry Pratchett writes another exceptional story that has everything... Assassins, pyramids, mummies, tortoises, philosophy, mathematics and romance, all glued together with humour... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kate Hunt
Like all of the Discworld books before it - Pyramids is very fun to read. Light-hearted and amusing - you can pick it up and put it down easily - without becoming an all consuming... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gilo