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Pyramids: Discworld #7 | [Terry Pratchett]

Pyramids: Discworld #7

It isn't easy, being a teenage pharaoh. You're not allowed to carry money, uninhibited young women peel your grapes for you, everyone thinks you're responsible for making the sun rise and the corn grow, you keep dreaming about seven thin cows and seven fat cows (one of them playing the trombone), and on top of everything else, the Great Pyramid has just exploded because of paracosmic instability.
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It isn't easy, being a teenage pharaoh. You're not allowed to carry money, uninhibited young women peel your grapes for you, everyone thinks you're responsible for making the sun rise and the corn grow, you keep dreaming about seven thin cows and seven fat cows (one of them playing the trombone), and on top of everything else, the Great Pyramid has just exploded because of paracosmic instability.

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.

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    Pam Mangilao, GU, United States 12-15-03
    Pam Mangilao, GU, United States 12-15-03 Member Since 2000

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    "Almost perfect"

    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.

    24 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Alice United States 03-06-14
    Alice United States 03-06-14
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    "Gotta love Nigel Planer!"
    Where does Pyramids rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Difficult to say.


    Would you recommend Pyramids to your friends? Why or why not?

    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.


    What does Nigel Planer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A very smooth story, a great warm voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Tough one. I don't know.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris M. 07-13-08
    Chris M. 07-13-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Disappointed Pratchett fan"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    ToddS Colorado, USA 12-05-12
    ToddS Colorado, USA 12-05-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Not my favorite, but still a great listen."

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 09-18-12 Member Since 2003

    Professional librarian, author, and dreamer.

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    "Why walk a mile with a camel?"

    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.

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    Shauna 06-18-12
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    "Engaging and Witty"
    Would you listen to Pyramids again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Pyramids to and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Nigel Planer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Planer has narrated almost all of Pratchett's Discworld series and this one is just as excellent as all the rest.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I definitely laughed quite a few times out loud in my car.


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    Mark Plano, Texas 03-16-12
    Mark Plano, Texas 03-16-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Terry Pratchett is hilarious"

    All of the disk world stories are fun. I liked the additional insight into the assasin's guild. I would love to have a list of all the character's names in the disk world... I think this had a little bit better love story then most... Not that that is critical to the story,but it adds additional depth. As i am writing this review, I can' remember a lot of the details of the story,but I remember liking it... That may give you some insight into what kind of story this is. Fun interesting fluff.

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    Julia L. Scott 12-06-11

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    "Pratchett is always a treat"
    Where does Pyramids rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Not my favorite Pratchett but who cares any time I listen or read his work I not only smile but think.


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    M.B. Lafayette, CO, United States 10-23-11
    M.B. Lafayette, CO, United States 10-23-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful"

    “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.

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    April Everett, WA, United States 05-26-11
    April Everett, WA, United States 05-26-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Fun funnier funnest"

    Simply brilliant. The jokes, puns, word play, and intelligent idea skirmishes were so fast and furious I could barely keep up. I loved it. I think it's one of the best. I really loved the camels and the names they have by custom. Hilarious. Forget the arguing about whether it's four stars or five, or if the fabulous irony is post modern, sit back and have fun listening.

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