Small Gods

Small Gods : (Discworld Novel 13)

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Just because you can't explain it, doesn't mean it's a miracle.' Religion is a controversial business in the Discworld. Everyone has their own opinion, and indeed their own gods. Who come in all shapes and sizes. In such a competitive environment, there is a pressing need to make one's presence felt. And it's certainly not remotely helpful to be reduced to be appearing in the form of a tortoise, a manifestation far below god-like status in anyone's book. In such instances, you need an acolyte, and fast. Preferably one who won't ask too many questions...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 126 x 192 x 22mm | 258.55g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552152978
  • 9780552152976
  • 68,084

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'Deftly weaves themes of forgiveness, belief and spiritual regeneration....While other writers gnaw at violence, sexuality and rootless despair' - The Times. 'An intriguing satire on institutionalized religion corrupted by power, crackling with one-liners while obliquely suggesting that maybe gods are only as powerful as the beliefs of their followers' - Independent. 'Spectacular inventiveness make the Discworld series one of the perennial joys of modern fiction' - Mail on Sundayshow more

About Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages. www.terrypratchett.co.uk.show more

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"Get thee behind me, demon," says Brutha. "I AM behind you," the tortoise replies, and so begins one of the 20th century's finest satires. In my own novels, I've always been careful when criticising organised religion, but Terry Pratchett is much more daring. Where I would use a scalpel, he uses a machete, and where I would use a machete, he drops a nuclear warhead. The gods are pompous, the worshippers cowed, and the priests violently closed-minded. Yet the tale is never heavy-handed, thanks to Brutha's sincerity and some deftly comical plot twists, as well as all the levity that comes from picturing an angry God trapped in the body of a tortoise. Small Gods will appeal to the cynic, the chuckler and most of all, the philosopher in every reader. If you've never read Pratchett before, do yourself a favour; start here and never stop.show more
by Jack Heath
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