- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Corgi (14 Feb. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552167517
- ISBN-13: 978-0552167512
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 425 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Small Gods: (Discworld Novel 13) (Discworld Novels) Paperback – 14 Feb 2013
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"'Deftly weaves themes of forgiveness, belief and spiritual regeneration....While other writers gnaw at violence, sexuality and rootless despair'" (The Times)
"'An intriguing satire on institutionalized religion corrupted by power, crackling with one-liners while obliquely suggesting that maybe gods are only as powerful as the beliefs of their followers'" (Independent)
"'Spectacular inventiveness make the Discworld series one of the perennial joys of modern fiction'" (Mail on Sunday)
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Brutha's photographic memory proves useful to Vorbis's twisted plans for defeating the liberal state of Ephebe, which is a loose cipher for classical Athens. There is much fun derived from the sub plots about the philosophers, religions, technology and politics in Ephebe. This is followed by an extended passage when Brutha returns to the Citadel across a desert, saving Vorbis on the way. On their return Vorbis fulfils his destiny in becoming the next prophet, and Om regains his power, but it is Brutha who triumphs, having absorbed the knowledge of Ephebe and applied it with humanity and common-sense.
There are no wizards here and no Ankh-Morpork, just a funny and deeply serious novel.
Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels are marvellous. Just give the first two a miss (The colour of Magic and The light fantastic) as they are wobbly, and whatever you do don't read the last one (Raising steam) ; Raising Steam (clearly not written by TP!) is appallingly poor and would put you off the author, which would be a shame as his books are masterpieces!
If I can't persuade you to read this story, perhaps narrative causality might. You know it makes sense!
Oh, and Little Red Riding Hood (what camouflage is that in a forest?) has a granny who keeps putting saucers of milk out for the fairies.
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