But the construction of the world's first truly accurate clock starts a race against, well, time for Lu Tze and his apprentice, Lobsang Ludd. Because it will stop time. And that will only be the start of everyone's problems.
©1998 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)2001 Isis Publishing Ltd
If you're into Time and Space, this is for you. I love all of his books (so far I'm up to 20 so far), but this one grabbed my attention the fastest and never let go.
This is one of my favorite in the series. I have listened to it three times over the years. The narrator is wonderful and Pratchett is as good as ever.
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Understand that I'm a rabid Discworld fan but this book was massively disappointing. I wasn't expecting much because I'm not a big fan of stories involving the manipulation of time but this book failed to meet even my low expectations. The story is confusing. I had trouble following much of it. Even the usually stellar Stephen Briggs had me gnashing my teeth by having one of the major characters (Liu Tse) speaking alternately in Chinese & Cockney accents. It was infuriating. I suppose you could argue that this was intended and part of the story (for reasons I won't discuss here) but even if that was the case, it really added nothing to the story and was a constant source of irritation. When placed next to some of my favorite Discworld books such as "Making Money" or "Going Postal", "Thief of Time" is just plain bad. Thank goodness I didn't listen to this one early in my Discworld readings because it would have soured me on the entire series. That would have been a shame because I generally consider both Pratchett & Briggs to be brilliant as evidenced by the fact that I am mourning that there are only a handful of Discworld books left for me to read. I am at a complete loss to understand all the rave reviews for this book.
Absolutely! Discworld novels are always fun to revisit. Much like your favorite Star Trek or Dr. Who episodes. The funny parts become funnier, the action anticipated eagerly, the characters richer. Not to mention cameos by discworld favorites.
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams for its humor and pacing.
Dimension of Miracles by Robert Sheckley for dry wit and bumbling lead characters
Terry Pratchett classics, Colour of Magic, Equal Rites and Going Postal just to name a few due to the roller coaster pace, gripping adventure and superb dialog.
In a particular scene, the Auditors take human form. Shortly after, we see how they instantly start to squabble over silly things like; who's name is more superior (they are named for colors) and who was born first (they assumed form at almost the same exact time). I admit to outbursts of laughter as they settled in to their bodies. By settle in, I mean they steadily became more petty and violent as the story unfolds.
I also enjoyed Deaths meeting with War. The entire scene is hilarious. And anything with the infant Abbot.
The only thing I can think of as particularly moving was when Lobsang finds out he is also Jeremy. The cameo by Nanny Og was nice.
It's very nice to be thoroughly entertained at breakneck pace. Discworld always provides beloved characters and enough end of world peril to keep me finding excuses to be swept away.
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