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.
"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.
33 of 38 people found this review helpful
“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.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
I felt like all the style and feel of a Pratchett book was here but the story was somewhat lacking. A lot of clever dialogue and fun imagery as always. Nigel Planers reading is entertaining in an of itself. Still fun but not as satisfying as other TP audiobooks.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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 5 people found this review helpful
This is a standalone, so I would recommend it to someone who isn't sure whether they will like Pratchett's writing style.
Pritchett s stuff is always fun altho a little touched. I head no idea pyramids could do that but the idea of being locked up forever on one is creepy...obviously they wanted to be free. Great fun
A fun listen, wonderful story telling. Full of Terry Pratchett’s typical bizarre, literal, and dry humor. Full of manipulative priests, well meaning monarchs, assassins, and out of control architecture.
Well written and fun, but a little disappointing. It is lacking something, it just isn’t as enthralling as the other disc world books. The characters are a little less engaging than usual, and there are a lot of tangential story lines and narratives that are fun, but don’t bind fully into the primary plot.
Overall a good book, which I would definitely recommend, simply lacking the incredibly high level of excellence I have come to expect from Pratchett books.
This is the first of the series I have not finished reading. It feels like a bunch of things were thrown together without planning. I skipped to Guards, Guards! and didn't have any issues with that one.
Pyramids is my 3rd in the discworld series. This wasn't my favorite but it was still a great book. All of the subtle mentions of other people and places you hear about in the book does an excellent job of building world building. You wouldn't want to miss this one. Nigel planer makes it worth it alone. The voices he picks for each character are perfect. His narration really brings the books to life.