And then you've got to deal with all these assassins, sphinxes, huge wooden horses, mad high priests, philosophers, sacred crocodiles, gods, marching mummies, jobbing pyramid builders and Hat, the Vulture-Headed God of Unexpected Guests.
And all you really wanted was the chance to do something for young people and the inner cities.
©1989 Terry Pratchett and Lynn Pratchett; (P)1997 ISIS Publishing Ltd.
"There's no end to the wacky wonders...No fantasy is as consistently, inventively mad...wild and wonderful." (Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine)
Although Pyramids doesn't seem to be in the top ten fav list of Terry's books, it should be. It has all the normal Pratchett intricately woven craziness and I highly recommend it.
My one big gripe is not with the book, but with the narration. Nigel Planer is, in general, very good, but whoever told him how to pronounce the name of the lead feminine character should be shot.
In the annotations portion of L-Space (an on-line site devoted to Terry Pratchett that every fan should visit) they say that Terry says that the name Ptraci should be pronounced "Tracy" with a silent 'p'. Part of the reason is that the name Tracy is common British slang for a clueless female.
Throughout the entire book, Nigel insists on pronouncing the name PaTRAchee which absolutely drove me crazy. I found myself shouting "It's TRACY!!" as I drove down the road. Luckily, I have air conditioning so my windows are always rolled up (I live where it's always warm).
Nevertheless, if you can deal with PaTRAchee, it's a wonderful book in the delightful Terry Pratchett tradition.
“Pyramids” may not be my favorite Discworld novel, but I loved it nonetheless. It fits in perfectly with the rest of the Discworld universe and was absolutely wonderful to read.
My only issue is that 3-4 hours in, the narration changes from Nigel Planer to someone who sounds more like Stephen Fry and then a few more hours later it goes back to Nigel Planer (the same thing happened in “Sourcery”). Both voices are great for narration and it doesn’t hurt the story in any way. I just found the switch to be a bit odd. Otherwise, the book is a wonderful read and I highly recommend it to anyone delving further in to the Discworld universe.
Retired librarian, author, and dreamer.
Perhaps because camels have the most brilliant mathematical minds ever incarnate in living flesh? Well, you need Pratchett's explanation for this, but believe me, it's plausibly funny. Just in case you wonder what REALLY happened to the ancient Egyptian civilization with all its priests, slaves, and demigod-like rulers, this book provides an answer. An answer that will have you chuckling if not laughing out loud.
Stands well on its own, even if you haven't already read others of Pratchett's prolific Discworld series.
Difficult to say.
It is not the best in the discworld series, so I wouldn't recommend it as a first read (or listen). I am a little confused as to the goal of the story, but it is definitely a good laugh most of the time, like most of Terry Pratchett's stories. And there aren't many funny stories placed in ancient Egypt.The narration is just fantastic though. I absolutely love how Nigel Planer reads it.
A very smooth story, a great warm voice.
Tough one. I don't know.
I wouldn't say this is my favorite book in the Discworld series, but as usual Terry Pratchett delivered a book that was quite enjoyable. And with Nigel Planer narrating we have the final ingredient for a perfect recipe.
I found this book to be tedious and overwrought with cute observations and flights of fancy that didn't really advance the story, which is unfortunately thin on substance. I'm a Pratchett fan and in general I really enjoy the Disc World series. This book just isn't up to the standards of his others. I found it tiresome to the point that I'm going to take a break from Pratchett fare for awhile.
One of the funniest Pratchett's books
You Bastard will have to rolling on your stomach
Nearly cause an accident in the traffic
A delightful listen. Nigel Planer puts it in the upper 90 with his reading of Pyramids. I will never look at camels, pyramids, or Egyptian history with a straight face again. Great quotes. Thought provoking observation seasoned with humor. My only reservation comes from what felt like a bit of a slow start and wish for a tad more story related to the Assassins Guild. Perhaps it is not quite fair to rate this after just finishing Wyrd Sisters. Regardless, I will read/listen again for sure.
Absolutely. The narration is stellar. Nigel Planer certainly has a way of delivering Pratchett's clever prose in a way that brings the story to life. I cannot recommend it enough.
I would say that many of the Discworld books, this one included, remind me of a more humorous Neil Gaiman story such as Anansi Boys or American Gods - references to mythology and cultural heritages are more thinly veiled but painted in a comical way.
Yes. Planer has narrated almost all of Pratchett's Discworld series and this one is just as excellent as all the rest.
I definitely laughed quite a few times out loud in my car.
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