- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Corgi (11 Oct. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552166650
- ISBN-13: 978-0552166652
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Pyramids: (Discworld Novel 7) (Discworld Novels) Paperback – 11 Oct 2012
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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 ›
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Reading it again and it's better second time around. I particularly like Ptraci!Published 1 month ago by Malc Rose (Mont)
Its hard not to love any of the disc world series and this one mixes history and dw contemporary worlds in exquisite detail.Published 5 months ago by skatie
Brilliant as it is, this book struggles to live up to its absolutely awesome opening, as hero Teppic crosses the rooftops of Ankh-Morpork doing his er, viva, for the Assassins’... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bob Ventos