And another Discworld book, yay! I can’t get enough of them, and I’m very enthusiastically buying them all (secondhand though, I don’t have that much money, and even if I did… I like the older published covers way better). So far, I have about 18 books, so there’s a lot more to buy. Good thing that my boyfriend does have all of them, making it quite easily to borrow and read them. Besides, he’s the one who got me into this series so he’ll have to suffer through having me constantly asking for them 😉
However, enough rambling, on with my review!
The Discworld is a world, as you could probably predict, on a disc. The Disc is carried by 4 elephants who stand on the back of a giant turtle, the Great A’Tuin. It’s a world where everyone, from humans to trolls, dwarves, wizards, werewolves, vampires, and whatnot can live peacefully among each other. Although.. not as peacefully as one would hope at times. It’s a world where everything seems possible, and nothing is too odd. It’s a world to get lost in, to explore and to keep discovering.
Title: Thief of Time (Discworld #26, Death #5)
Author: Terry Pratchett
Summary: Time is a resource and it can be managed. It’s the job of the Monks of History, who pump it from unneeded places (like the bottom of the ocean) to the big cities, where it’s needed a lot. All is going well, until a certain Jeremy starts the construction of the world’s first every truly accurate clock. Ordered by one of the Auditors – except Jeremy doesn’t know that. He just builds a clock, and a damn accurate at it too. Accurate to the tiniest second. Lu-Tze and his apprentice Lobsang Ludd are starting a race against time to prevent the clock from ticking the first tick, since that would stop time. And while all that seems bad enough already, it’ll only be the start of everyone’s problems. In the meantime, Death and Susan Sto-Helit are on their way too. Susan to prevent the worst from happening, and Death is just tagging along to deliver a message to the other three horsemen.
Okay, first things first, I love Death. I love his entire character and everything else. In this book he didn’t get a lot of page-time, but I loved it nonetheless. Susan is a very interesting character, and in every novel, she has another job, in this one being an elementary schoolteacher. It really only makes it more amazing to me.
A character I’d like to point out is Mrs. War. She didn’t appear a lot of times, but the times she did was absolutely hilarious, and I’ve laughed way too hard at her.
Now, as for the storyline, Lu-Tze and Lobsang are amazing too. I found it a bit difficult to follow their storyline in the beginning, but as with a lot of other novels in this series, I’ve found that it works that I shouldn’t think about the other subseries, and completely freeing the mental image I have of the world in those subseries. A lot of things are the same, since everything happens on the Discworld, but on the other hand, the Discworld has a huge variety of places and things happening so there’s that. I loved the way I found out what these two were going to do.
As for Jeremy, he is just a clock maker. You can’t blame him for anything, especially not when he doesn’t know the effect his clock will have. He might be a bit oblivious at times, but I’ll excuse him for that. He also understands clocks so well, he needs to take medication for it (which, of course, he doesn’t and that’s usually where things go wrong)
Another thing I’d like to point out is this conversation between Death and Susan, which is hilariously, but also sadly accurate:
“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 to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying “End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH,” the paint wouldn’t even have time to dry.
So, on that note, I’ll stop. I look forward to reading a lot more in this universe!
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