Thief of Time

Thief of Time

Book - 2001
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It was only a matter of time before Terry Pratchett would win the minds and hearts of America. Already a worldwide sensation and Great Britain's indisputable number one author, this intellectually audacious and effortlessly hilarious writer sold more hardcover books in the United Kingdom during the previous decade than any other living novelist. His novels have reigned supreme on English bestseller lists since before the Iron Lady left Downing Street, and though some things have changed since then, Pratchett, thankfully, continues to pen insightfully irreverent tales set in a world a lot like our own -- only different.

Celebrated as one of the keenest practitioners of satire and parody at work today -- alongside Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and Carl Hiaasen -- Terry Pratchett commands a loyal and ever-increasing number of readers and appreciative critics from coast to coast in our own country. As he skewers all aspects of modern life -- and especially our sacred cows -- Pratchett makes us laugh and challenges us to think. And he's at his sharpest, most uproarious best in Thief of Time.

Everybody wants more time, which is why on Discworld its management is entrusted to the experts: the venerable Monks of History, who store it and pump it from where it's wasted, like underwater (after all, how much time does a codfish really need?) to places like cities, where harried citizens are forever lamenting, "Oh where does the time go?"

And while everyone always talks about slowing down, one clever soul is about to stop. Stop time, that is. For good. Going against everything known (and the nine tenths of everything that remains unknown), a young horologist has been commissioned to build the world's first truly accurate clock. It falls to History Monk Lu-Tze and his apprentice Lobsang Ludd to find the timepiece and stop it before it starts. For if the Perfect Clock starts ticking, Time -- as we know it -- will stop. And then the trouble will really begin.

A superb send-up of science and philosophy, religion and death (after all, isn't that where time stops, for most of us, anyway?), and a host of other timely topics, Thief of Time provides the perfect opportunity to kick back and unwind. So don't put off till tomorrow what you could do today. Read Thief of Time. Right this minute. Because tomorrow may not come. (You'll have to read the book to find out why. This is a Terry Pratchett novel, after all.)

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Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2001
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780060199562
0060199563
Characteristics: 324 pages ; 25 cm

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storywizard
Nov 30, 2017

wonderful book, my favourite so far...witty, insightful and full of strange wisdom.
Highly recommended!

Brenda74 Nov 12, 2012

This was the first book I read within the DiscWorld series. I fell for the sharp wit and inventiveness of the story. Now he is one of my favorite authors.

unbalancedbutfair Apr 20, 2012

Terry Pratchett is one of my favorite authors and of his discworld novels this is one of my favorites. If you like laughing, thinking, and well wrought story telling (and especially if you like them in that order) read this book.

Pratchett has outdone himself in this work. His unique blend of the absurd, the realistic, the philosophical, and the hilarious has hooked me. This is one of the very few authors who can make me laugh out loud while reading. And he does it while telling a story worth telling, and making you think thoughts worth thinking.

Discworld has been compared to hitchhikers guide to the galaxy, and there are similarities. Pratchett turns things on their ear and amuses with the absurd similarly to Adams, but Pratchett's work doesn't feel jaded or cynical and is every bit as cognizant of individual and societal foibles. He is every bit as intelligent and yet lighthearted.

I haven't said anything about this book's specific plot and I'm not really going to, Pratchett is an author that I like so much I don't read the back of his books before starting them. I trust him as an author and not knowing where the story is headed is a good thing in his case. Seriously, go out and read this book.

LudditeLord May 17, 2011

Best of the Discworld novels. Reveals what really happened to the Five Horseman of the Apocalypse. (Yes 5 Horseman. One of them went solo due to artistic differences.)

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Brenda74 Nov 12, 2012

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unbalancedbutfair Apr 20, 2012

unbalancedbutfair thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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LudditeLord May 17, 2011

You can't summarize a Pratchett story.

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unbalancedbutfair Apr 20, 2012

"You don't look insane" Susan lied "as such."

"Thank you. But sanity is defined by the majority I'm afraid"

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