Pyramids

THE BOOK OF GOING FORTH.

Paperback, 380 pages

English language

Published Nov. 5, 1990 by Corgi.

ISBN:
978-0-552-13461-3
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4 stars (141 reviews)

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 aheadstrong handmaiden -- at the heart of his realm.

12 editions

All the king's camels

5 stars

This book is quite a strange one. It almost apologises for the power for the sake of greatness, talks a lot about the runaway effects and—most importantly—it is the first time Pratchett has played around with the "international" Discworld in earnest. I like that actually this book is very centrist, for he lack of a better word. I also liked the bit from @Didactylos review "narrative oscillates between absurd and deeply disturbing".

There are a couple of deep quotes that makes me appreciate this re-read and suggest that there's probably going to be one more re-read in my life. One about Artela, the late wife (or main concubine?) of the Pharaoh failing to remember not to swim in the river:

He missed Artela. There’d been a terrible row about taking a wife from outside the Kingdom, and some of her foreign ways had puzzled and fascinated even him. Maybe it …

Review of 'Pyramids' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I always find Pratchett's book hard to read and really struggled at times with this one, I think having all new characters didn't help, in his other books having a familiar face is very helpful. In Pyramids Pratchett does write some very clever lines, unfortunately they are not as frequent as in previous books so there were only a few laughs from me this time. I did enjoy a lot of the references to our history, especially the Trojan horse(s) scene, that was one moment of brilliance. The biggest weakness was the development of a number of characters at the assassins academy which were then not used again...still I expect Pratchett re-uses them in future books.

Roight book 7 done, off to see what book 8 is.

Review of 'Pyramids' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Entertaining, as always. An interesting take on cultures mirroring Classical Greece and Egypt, with all sorts of history gags such as Greece and what is assumed to be Persia going to war with each side building an army of wooden horses and hiding troops inside of them, each hoping that the enemy will take them into one of their cities while simultaneously talking about how they aren't going to be dumb enough to fall for it.
The take on the different Egyptian gods is also a more subtle joke that requires a little knowledge about the history of Ancient Egypt to get; at a certain point in the book, all the gods of a thousand pharaohs become real, and the joke is how there are so many different gods all assigned to the same task over the years that none of them are quite sure how exactly they're going to …

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