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Truckers (Truckers Trilogy) Paperback – 1 Sep 1990
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The nomes are tiny little people who, up until now, lived happily beneath the floorboards of Arnold Bros (est 1905) department store. But their tiny, comfortable little world is shattered when they discover that the store is to be demolished and they have to find away of getting to The Outside--a mystical place they never really believed in until a small tribe of Outsiders, led by the intrepid Masklin, infiltrated Arnold Bros (est 1905). The only escape route is via one of the huge trucks that Humans use to deliver goods--but first the nomes all have to be educated by the Sationari, and to do that the bickering between departments simply has to stop.
The plot, the characters, and the sheer delicious irony of Pratchett's writing help to make this off- beat and absolutely hilarious fantasy adventure story into an absolute classic that has to be read to be believed. --Susan Harrison
"A brilliant adventure story that'll make you laugh out loud" (Daily Telegraph)
"Witty, funny, wise and altogether delightful" (Locus)
"A world of complete and absorbing fantasy" (Independent) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Anyway, it's nice to see that this is apparently something Sir Terry and I had in common, as he also created numerous stories about tiny creatures, including "The Carpet People," "Wee Free Men," and the Nomes books, of which this is the first.
It's hard to judge any of Pratchett's works fairly, since the good ones are so very, very good, but I think it's safe to say that "Truckers" is maybe not quiiiiiite as good as the very best of the Discworld novels, but is still an entertaining and engaging read. The characters are in turns crotchety and spunky, and their problem is--dare I say it--a gentle-yet-not-so-gentle critique of environmental destruction and the havoc it wreaks on all lives, especially the little ones? A highly imaginative book that is appropriate for most age groups.
Truckers was such a fun read. It's full of humour and adventure and sets the imagination on fire. I know it's a children's book but I completely forgot that fact while reading as it's so well written and fun for all ages.
The way the author has approached everyday objects, giving them a whole new outlook or meaning when seen from the Nomes point of view, was refreshing to read. I think what appealed to me the most was the style of the humour. It's subtle and innocent and it sneaks up on you. The characters themselves are being funny without being aware of it, if that makes sense, and that makes it all the more humorous.
"How many books are there?" said Masklin.
"Do you know what they're all about?"
Gurder looked at him blankly. "Do you know what you're saying?" he said.
"No. But I want to find out."
"They're about everything! You'd never believe it! They're full of words even I don't understand!"
"Can you find a book which tells you how to understand words you don't understand?" said Masklin.
Gurder hesitated. "It's an intriguing thought," he said.
My favourite part has to be the books, so many books and so much wisdom to be found inside. The way they read them and assume everything they read to be true really tickled my sense of humour. We pick up books and we know what's fiction and what's true, but how different would the world seem if we didn't know and we were to experience it through all kinds of books assuming everything we read was fact.
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