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Thief of Time

Thief of Time The twenty sixth Discworld novel from Britain s funniest and bestselling novelist Time is a resource Everyone knows it has to be managed And on Discworld that is the job of the Monks of History who s

  • Title: Thief of Time
  • Author: Terry Pratchett
  • ISBN: 9780385601887
  • Page: 281
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The twenty sixth Discworld novel from Britain s funniest and bestselling novelist.Time is a resource Everyone knows it has to be managed.And on Discworld that is the job of the Monks of History, who store it and pump it from the places where it s wasted like underwater how much time does a codfish need to places like cities, where there s never enough time.But the coThe twenty sixth Discworld novel from Britain s funniest and bestselling novelist.Time is a resource Everyone knows it has to be managed.And on Discworld that is the job of the Monks of History, who store it and pump it from the places where it s wasted like underwater how much time does a codfish need to places like cities, where there s never enough time.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.Thief of Time comes complete with a full supporting cast of heroes and villains, yetis, martial artists and Ronnie, the fifth horseman of the Apocalypse who left before they became famous.

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    1. I could repeat what all the other reviews have said about this book, but I'm not. You should read it for a total of five reasons.1. Susan (one of the best characters ever)2. Pratchett's character of Death rules.3. The wonderful use of chocolate in the novel.4. Mrs. War5. One of the best descriptions of a school room ever.

    2. Well, I did not love Lu-Tze, or the History Monks, or the Glass Clock plotBUT, this being a Pratchett book, it was easy to find plenty of other things to go gaga over.- This exchange between Susan and her grandfather:"They're going to do something to time? I thought they weren't allowed to do things like that."NO. BUT HUMANS CAN. IT HAS BEEN DONE ONCE BEFORE."No one would be that stu---"Susan stopped. Of course someone would be that stupid. Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible [...]

    3. This was my first exposure to the work of Terry Pratchett. As a long-time Douglas Adams fan, I had heard Pratchett's name many times, but never took the time to actually read one of his books. I grabbed this one because the plot sounded interesting, and when I read the jacket at home, I noticed it was part of the "Discworld" series. Curious about how to properly start the series, a lump formed in my throat as I discovered that there are thirty-two Discworld novels, and that's not counting four y [...]

    4. Kwai Chang Caine and Master Kan sit meditating, sipping tea and discussing Terry Pratchett’s 2001 Discworld novel Thief of Time.Master Kan: Please tell me, young Caine, what was your favorite part of Sir Pratchett’s book.Caine: I liked it all, master, but I suppose I most liked the character Lobsang Ludd.Master Kan: Why is that grasshopper?Caine: Master, he was an apprentice to the great Lu-Tze, who was only a sweeper, and yet he was so much more, he traded his deserved greatness for a lowly [...]

    5. 3/26/20046/27/2014I don't know why I didn't review this one before. Death is featured, but once again, more play is given to granddaughter Susan, who, in the ongoing move to Discworld modernity, is now an elementary school teacher. There is an impending apocalypse caused by the Auditors again. We also get a few new characters: one a very talented clockmaker, another a novice under Lo Tze the time monk. Marvelous fun along the way as Pratchett explores what time means to humans. Such fun. There's [...]

    6. Thief of Time is the fifth and final(!) book in the Death subseries of Discworld. I’ve always been a little iffy on this subseries, but I think this was my favorite of the five books. The general story is that an Auditor has commissioned a clockmaker, Jeremy, to make a special clock. What the Auditor doesn’t tell Jeremy is that this clock will supposedly have the power to stop time, bringing an end, or at least a permanent pause, to the Discworld. Death didn’t actually get that much page t [...]

    7. A small disclaimer for this review: I read this book mostly while I had a fever, so I can't be held accountable for accuracy.This is the second Pratchett book I've read and though I enjoy him, it's hard for me to shake the thought that I'm reading Douglas Adams light, set in a Dungeons and Dragons fantasy land instead of sci-fi outer space. That's not altogether a bad thing though b/c I Adams is one of my very favorite authors and he did not leave this world with too many books. Thief of Time, a [...]

    8. This is my first time reading this particular volume of Discworld. As usual it was a fun romp with some old friends and some inventive new characters and an innovative plot. However, I don't think it's going to be one of my favourites (there are so many to choose from) as it didn't seem as cohesive (if that is a world you can apply to a Discworld novel) as others in the series. It may not have helped that I read this slowly as my bedtime read. Maybe a re-read would help :)Having said that, there [...]

    9. Tempus Fugit15 November 2017 It's funny because I was planning on making this the last of the Pratchett books that I would read only to discover that I really enjoyed it, which means that I might consider reading a few more just to continue to add them to the list of books that I have read. Okay, maybe I am going to be a little disappointed when I get the the next couple of books, but a part of me does want to read Going Postal because, well, a book with the title 'Going Postal' does grab my att [...]

    10. This is one of my favorites because there's so much going on: Lobsang Ludd and Lu-Tze solving the mystery of the end of time; Susan Sto Helit being drawn back into her grandfather Death's world once more; the Auditors making another attempt to destroy humanity, but in so doing they come a little too close to being human themselves. There's even a romance, though Pratchett was frankly terrible at them, but this one is sweet--and happens entirely in the background.A subtheme of this book is the id [...]

    11. What I thoroughly enjoyed:1. Death2. Susan3. Scenes with the other Horsemen of Apoc4. Chocolates5. The last third or quarter of the bookMy favourite bits are Susan as kindergarten teacher, any exchange among any of the Horsemen (hilarious) and the bits with chocolate. HAHA.The above more than made up for the meandering first half-ish part of the book. And I couldn't (in the beginning) care less about the monks or Lu Tze until at least half way past the book (did a fair bit of dragging my eyes ac [...]

    12. In many ways Thief of Time is the definitive work of the later Disc period, here is a book that blends pop culture, philosophy and the observation of society with humour, both dark and silly, to hold a mirror up to human behaviour, explaining why we do the things we do, pointing out how things can be done better and there's a stream of genuine goodness to counteract the inherent selfishness of the species that seems to provide cause for hope, at least in the mind of Pratchett, in the face of the [...]

    13. Excellent book. It's up there in my top 5 Discworld books. Lu-Tze is my second favorite character, after Sam Vimes. I first encountered him in "Night Watch", and I wasn't so sure he wasn't just a stereotypical characterization of a crazyish monk I should've known better, having read several of Pratchett's books by then. It's a very interesting plot that makes you laugh, smirk, and think along the way. As usual, the pacing of the story is excellent. There's no real lag, and though there are sever [...]

    14. The rules of the universe are once again being bent to endanger life, but this time it is really Time itself that is being used as the weapon of choice. The 26th installment of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series finds many characters quite literally being a Thief of Time from certain points of view, yet only one can truly change history.The Auditors of Reality attempt once again to organize the universe by getting rid of life by literally stopping everything by having a clockmaker construct th [...]

    15. What to say, except that Mr. Pratchett took on an original subject for a story: time and building the ultimate clock, one that couldn't be more precise. But the downside is that once it's activated, it stops time. This has to be avoided at all costs, even if it means playing with different times / events / eras / As is custom, there must also be humour, although on a whole I found a little less dominant compared to previous Discworld novels I've read, not in the least Reaper Man, for example, or [...]

    16. It's been perhaps a whole year since I've last read Terry Pratchett. After 20-something books, you need to take a short rest from a certain universe, if you want to get anything done with your reading schedule.It's easy to fall into the Discworld series and never surface again, especially as at this later part of the series there seems to exist a creative high that permeates every page and every line.I've come to a point in reading this series in which it's hard to call favorites. I can call out [...]

    17. This actually worked for me. I mean, it has flaws: too much attention to niggling, irrelevant details; that overly aware tone to the narration; sections where style is prioritized over - well, everything, including story.But I read this as a fairy tale, and it's a pretty compelling one. It's exciting, and a little weird, and doesn't have too much of the characters I consider gimmicks (though the Auditors, in a storyline entirely too drawn-out, definitely do their best to take Death's spot). The [...]

    18. Not my usual fare, but after reading "The Wee Free Men" I willingly delved. "Wee Free Men" is more YA situated, whilst most of the rest of the Discworld series is directed at adults (or so I've read). Why? Perhaps just because the two "adult" Pratchetts I've read have been somewhat dizzying and many of the young set might not give it proper attention? Dunno. Anyway, there was nothing, NOTHING in this book unsuitable for a child to read in terms of violence, sex, language etc. Yes, a few swear wo [...]

    19. I was hooked on these books in the late 1990's and I had to have every book that came out without fail. Unfortunately during the mists of time all the books have merged into one, but I still remember Death and Rincewind to this day and the over top adventures they had. But I have to admit my favourite novels were the ones that contain the city watch and the adventures of Sam Vimes, these novels still to this day stick out as the best of the series, but I never really got on with the books that f [...]

    20. I have been reading Pratchett's books in order and have now completed #26 I have to say that reading what has taken him a lifetime to write is actually a very interesting experiment in watching a writer grow at his craft. Early Discworld books are one joke after another, with the plot simply stringing together the insanity of the humor but as time has passed, his style had become far more plot driven and far less interested in the humor. True this book is still amusing, but one would read it for [...]

    21. Usually, if a series has more than a dozen books in it, I don't keep up with it. Most of the time it is too unwieldy and just plain boring. The author either starts to repeat themselves with characters and situations or goes off into outlandish events that just are not believable. Not so with Terry Pratchett -- his inventiveness and biting humour keeps me coming back for more. This one, Pratchett looks at the nature and elements of time, and wraps it all up in a pretty shiny bow for his readers. [...]

    22. 3.5 stars. This book is fun, but it's also kind of disjointed. There's an awful lot of stuff going on, and it takes a long time for all the plots to tie together. Still, it features Susan, and Susan being a teacher, and Susan is one of my favourite things about the Discworld. The History Monks work better for me in theory than in execution - there's only so many times you can read reincarnation jokes where the Abbot yells "WANNA BIKKIT" in between spouting deep philosophical thoughts before it g [...]

    23. «Exactamente cuándo no importa, por lo que ocurrió. A decir verdad, preguntar exactamente ‘cuándo’ no le da más sentido. Depende de dónde estás. En algunos lugares fue hace cientos de años. En algunos otros lugares… bien, tal vez no ha ocurrido aún.»Muy triste porque ya no voy a poder disfrutar más de Susan, que se ha acabado convirtiendo en uno de mis personajes favoritos, muy feliz porque terminar la saga de la Muerte significa que ya puedo comenzar a leer sobre la Guardia o l [...]

    24. Discworld. A one-off about a timepocalypse. This didn't do much for me. It sets up a lot of higher order dualities – order vs. chaos, that sort of thing – and then just sort of leaves them flapping in the breeze. I kept reaching out for more and pulling my hand back clutching a pile of ethnic stereotypes and a few puns. The puns were punny, at least? I want to say something high school book report here about the way this book breaks the usual thematic association between time and death, but [...]

    25. Pratchett is a delight. There's no other way to talk about a man who treated fantasy with the rigor of a medium-hard sf author, maintained a strong philosophical bent in his plots and mechanics, and yet managed to be consistently funny and fun throughout the proceedings. It's to the detriment of literature that every genre doesn't have it's own Pratchett, or to my own detriment that I don't know about them. And seeing Pratchett play with Time the way a child plays with Legos is just a hoot, let [...]

    26. Another amazing book from the Discworld's Death Series. This is simply one of my favourite books in the Death Series after Hogfather. Terry's comical and rich imagination is quite sharp in this book. New characters were introduced in the book. Lu-Tze's cynical nature and witty comments provides endless comedy and entertainment. The Monks of History remind me of the comical Elucidated Brethren of the Ebon Night.I thoroughly enjoyed this book and plan to go for a re-read in the not too distant fut [...]

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