Pyramids

Pyramids

Discworld Series, Book 7

eBook - 2008
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'Look after the dead', said the priests, 'and the dead will look after you.'

Wise words in all probability, but a tall order when, like Teppic, you have just become the pharaoh of a small and penniless country rather earlier than expected, and your treasury is unlikely to stretch to the building of a monumental pyramid to honour your dead father.

He'd had the best education money could buy of course, but unfortunately the syllabus at the Assassin's Guild in Ankh-Morpork did not cover running a kingdom and basic financial acumen...

Publisher: Transworld

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IndyPL_JosephL May 25, 2019

Yet another great entry into the larger Discworld canon, Pyramids takes a comedic stab at Egyptian mythology and some modern perceptions of ancient Egypt. Having spent his teenage years training to be assassin and not quite feeling up to the job, Prince Pteppic of the kingdom of Djelebeybi (pronounced like the British candy "Jelly Babies") finds himself thrust into yet another position he wasn't ready for, the God-King of a civilization that has remained stagnant in its traditions for thousands of years. Quickly learning that he's more of a figurehead than anything, Pteppic learns that there might be more to his people's situation when he finally decides to go rogue once again and flees the country with his late-father's favorite handmaiden.

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csrestall
Feb 25, 2018

This was Discworld novel number seven! I really enjoyed the Egypt theme and the spoof on the egyptian gods and cultures. It was quite funny at parts especially once the camel was introduced. He was very much like the chest and the staff in previous novels. I loved his inner monologue about being a camel and calculus. The novel is about Teppic who's father was the last pharoh and has died after trying to 'fly'. Teppic is supposed to construct a pyramid in his honor. This quickly gets out of hand and becomes the biggest pyramid of all time, which causes a disturbance in space time. Pyramids are keeping the country suspended in time in that it never progresses forward or changes. It will be interesting to see if there are any other novels that take place after this one, in terms of now the country is not stuck in time. Cant wait for the next one!

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RogueJen
Jul 11, 2016

I enjoy all the Discworld novels, but I have to say this was not one of my favorites. It explores belief and tradition and what it means to be tied to those, which I thought was interesting. At the same time, I found that the story dragged sometimes, and I had a hard time staying focused and engaged with it, especially any time the narrative shifted away from Teppic.

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Aug 10, 2019

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csrestall
Feb 25, 2018

csrestall thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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Feb 25, 2018

Teppic lives in a country that is much like the earth's country of Egypt. As a young man he is sent to Ank Morpork to become an assassin. Once his father the pharoh dies, Teppic is expected to return home and become the new pharoh after him. Upon returning home he finds that being pharoh is not all it is cracked up to be, and no one actually listens to him. The old pharoh his father, mean while is haunting the palace as a ghost hoping to convice someone that he does not want to be burried in a pyramid forever. Teppic can sense this, however he is ropped into building the largest pyramid of all time. The contstruction of the pyramid is dangerous because pyramids absorb and store time, they need to be flared each night through their capstones. Before the great pyramid can be capped and flared it creates a rip in space time and the whole country disapears to a new dimension and caused all of the gods and things they believed in to become real. Teppic who was escaping with a harem girl named Ptraci at the time, now has to find a way to return to a country that no longer exists. You Bastard his camel is particularly adept at calculus and is able to calculate them into the country in his desperate search for water. Teppics father and all the ancesters before him have returned as mummies. Teppic then climbs the pyramid with the help of the mummies and uses a dagger to flare it off, which causes a huge explosion. The explosion destroys all of the pyramids allowing the country to finally move forward in time after thousands of years. Time for some aqueducts, plumbing, beds, etc!

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Feb 25, 2018

Coarse Language: the camel is named You Bastard

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