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Pyramids (Discworld Book 7) por Terry…
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Pyramids (Discworld Book 7) (edição 2001)

por Terry Pratchett (Autor)

Séries: Discworld: Gods (1), Discworld (7)

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Unlike most teenaged boys, Teppic isn't chasing girls and working at the mall. Instead he's just inherited the throne of the desert kingdom of Djelibeybi-a job that's come a bit earlier than he expected (a turn of fate his recently departed father wasn't too happy about either). It's bad enough being new on the job, but Teppic hasn't a clue as to what a pharaoh is supposed to do. After all, he's been trained at Ankh-Morpork's famed assassins' school, across the sea from the Kingdom of the Sun. First, there's the monumental task of building a suitable resting place for Dad-a pyramid to end all pyramids. Then there are the myriad administrative duties, such as dealing with mad priests, sacred crocodiles, and marching mummies. And to top it all off, the adolescent pharaoh discovers deceit, betrayal-not to mention a headstrong handmaiden-at the heart of his realm.… (mais)
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Título:Pyramids (Discworld Book 7)
Autores:Terry Pratchett (Autor)
Informação:HarTorch (2001), 352 pages
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35. Pyramids by Terry Pratchett
published: 1989
format: 323-page paperback
acquired: 2007
read: Jul 21-25
time reading: 9:35, 1.8 mpp
rating: 3
locations: Discworld (in a version of ancient Egypt with magical forces)
about the author: 1948-2015, from Buckinghamshire, England

I love discworld, still, but this one was tough. Terrific ideas, terrific world, great characters and ideas. Pratchett has so much fun playing on ancient Egypt, classical Greek philosophy, death (and mummies), religion and, just discworld,. But the plot drive isn‘t there, and when it is, the pacing is terrible. It makes for a sluggish read.

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  dchaikin | Jul 28, 2021 |
Pyramids is essentially Discworld versus Ancient Egypt. The entire idea of a kingdom that has been stable for so long that they do everything because they always have combined with the idea of spending basically everything on giant pyramids for the dead. Throw in some reality unstability, some worldbuilding on the Assassin's guild,

Worldbuildingwise, pyramids on the Discworld have this tendency to store time. Each king must have the greatest pyramid of all time. This time around, the pyramid is so big that reality gets a bit broken, sending the kingdom of Djelibeybi into a parallel reality where beliefs become reality.

And the people of the Old Kingdom were learning that, for example, Vut the Dog-Headed God of the Evening looks a lot better painted on a pot than he does when all seventy feet of him, growling and stinking, is lurching down the street outside.

It's a neat bit of worldbuilding. The beliefs becoming real bit feels a bit redone coming off Hogfather, although to be fair, this is 13 books before that in the publishing order. And it works in both cases.

Characterwise, the main character Teppic is wonderful. He's the son of the King of Djelibeybi, who has decided that his son should have a well rounded education. So he sends him to Ankh-Morpork to train as assassin. That's certainly one way to do it. It's interesting to see the contrast of an extremely traditional upbringing and ... well ... Ankh-Morpork.

After that, there's the high priest Dios. He's been high priest for a long time. He's a fascinating antagonist in that he doesn't actually wish harm on anyone. He's

Camels.

You Bastard [the camel] was thinking: there seems to be some growing dimensional instability here, swinging from zero to nearly forty-five degrees by the look of it. How interesting. I wonder what’s causing it? Let V equal 3. Let Tau equal Chi/4. cudcudcud Let Kappa/y be an Evil-Smelling-Bugger* (* Renowned as the greatest camel mathematician of all time, who invented a math of eight-dimensional space while lying down with his nostrils closed in a violent sandstorm.) differential tensor domain with four imaginary spin co-efficients...

That is all.

Overall, a wonderful books. Easily among my favorites of the Discworld books I've read or listened to thus far.


Side note: Read Djelibeybi out loud. I doubt I would have caught that had I been reading, but listening to an audiobook, it's a bit obvious. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
What an excellent milestone in the Discworld saga. Pyramids is a one-off that is not included in any specific arc, however it is clearly an unmissable novel. Pyramids deals with many of the flaws and peculiarities of the ancient world (and Egypt in particular): divine right of kings, kings’ supposed almighty powers and privileged relationships with gods, etc. But also all related themes around power such as the deviousness of political advisors.
More subtly Pratchett portrays people’s ability to leave their past behind and ability to break free from social and family conditioning to follow one’s inner and profound aspirations (destiny?). ( )
  corporate_clone | Jul 17, 2021 |
It was OK

Yes this book had funny dialogue, a funny premise and characters that turn the ordinary upsidedown, it was the pace of the plot that I struggled with reading. It didn't move fast enough for me - but then maybe that was down to the pyramids too ;-) ( )
  -Flora- | Nov 8, 2020 |
When Prince Teppic was finishing his test to become an official Assassin of the Assassin's Guild the last thing he expected was automatically giving it up to take up the throne and Godhead of Djelibeybi. Brought into the modern world with his years in Ankh-Morpork he stood the entire ancient society of his homeland on its head when he came home. To think that the newly crowned Pharaoh would care about who served under him and that he would want to do a few things on his own?! ( )
  Ravenwood1984 | Oct 13, 2020 |
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Unlike most teenaged boys, Teppic isn't chasing girls and working at the mall. Instead he's just inherited the throne of the desert kingdom of Djelibeybi-a job that's come a bit earlier than he expected (a turn of fate his recently departed father wasn't too happy about either). It's bad enough being new on the job, but Teppic hasn't a clue as to what a pharaoh is supposed to do. After all, he's been trained at Ankh-Morpork's famed assassins' school, across the sea from the Kingdom of the Sun. First, there's the monumental task of building a suitable resting place for Dad-a pyramid to end all pyramids. Then there are the myriad administrative duties, such as dealing with mad priests, sacred crocodiles, and marching mummies. And to top it all off, the adolescent pharaoh discovers deceit, betrayal-not to mention a headstrong handmaiden-at the heart of his realm.

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