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Small Gods

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 co. One of Pratchett s best Discworld novelsPratchett delivers a brilliant parody of religion in this early the 13th standalone In the land of Omnia the great god Om is worshiped and all who don t are subject to the uisition a satire of the politicaltheological Inuisition His high priest Vorbis controls all with fear of holy retributionBut is it Om or his religion that controlsThe great god Om has a problem Historically taking the shape of animals like bulls or majestic predators he finds himself stuck in the shape of a tortoise Seems no one actually believes in him The citizens of Omnia are fearful of his autocratic sect that him as a godWhile Neil Gaiman explored this theme better in his archetypal novel American Gods Pratchett also has some fun with the idea that a god exists because of the number of people who believe In Small Gods only lowly novice Brutha truly believes in Om and Pratchett fashions a story around the strange relationship between the twoFeaturing Pratchett s signature humor and superb writing Discworld fans will also enjoy time with Lu Tze The Librarian Death very likable protagonist Brutha and the introduction of the Diogenes like philosopher Didactylos This scathing satire on religion is one of his darker Discworld outings but also one of his best

Summary Small Gods

Ing 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 uestio. The trouble with being a god is that you ve got no one to pray toWhat good is being a god when you re stuck in the body of a lowly tortoise and your only follower is an uneducated melon hoerYep it sucks to be OmNow imagine poor Brutha s disappointment One day he s uietly minding his melons the next he s on some wild adventure with a smart ass tortoise who insists he s a god even though THIS god is NOTHING like the prophets said he would be For one thing he doesn t have horns for another this so called god can t even remember MEETING the prophets The Prophet HashimiNever met the manOh Oh So I suppose you didn t give him the Book of Creation thenWhat Book of CreationYou mean you don t knowNoThen who gave it to himI don t know Perhaps he wrote it himselfWhoa A blasphemous god You don t meet one of those every dayThese little exchanges between Om and Brutha are priceless Opened my eyesmy eyeand I was a tortoiseWhyHow should I know I don t know lied the tortoiseBut youyou re omnicognisant said BruthaThat doesn t mean I know everythingBrutha bit his lip Um Yes It doesI ve always had a fondness for characters who are forced to hold conversations with entities that no one else can see Hilarity freuently ensues as everyone else assumes you re talking to yourself and therefore just a bit batty Does anyone besides me remember My Partner the GhostThis is not Pratchett s funniest book but there s still a lot to love here Just about everyone and every thing is mocked and that s always good for us all I ll let Brutha have the final word You know I used to think I was stupid and then I met philosophersAmen Brother Brutha

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Me 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 appear. So this is book 13 in my continuing monthly saga of reading all the Discworld novels And what a good entry in the saga this wasAs an aside i am a little behind in my reading timetable as I was meant to finish this in January My challenge shows me ahead but that is only because I listened to a number of Agatha Christie dramatisations whilst my wife and I were decorating painting inside the houseAnyway back to Small Gods This is in someway slightly different to most of the other Discworld novels I have read so far in my humble opinion Most all of the previous reads have involved some sort of parody of Earth culture in some fashion or another This whilst all about religion which is of course a major part of Earth s culture doesn t really parody at all which may be a good thing This book is based on the wonderful premiss that a God is view spoiler only as powerful omnipotent as the number of believers heshe has not followers but true believers Hmmm I wonder what that would do to Earth religions So when a God that at one point was probably First or even Premier League football soccer sorry analogy falls on hard times in terms of believers in fact falls on SUCH hard times that he is only left with ONE believer tries to make a comeback well chaos ensues That is the normal Sir Terry Discworld chaos that ensues hide spoiler


About the Author: Terry Pratchett

Born Terence David John Pratchett Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen which earned him enough money to buy a second hand typewriter His first novel a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels i



10 thoughts on “Small Gods

  1. says:

    It´s one of Pratchett´s best works retelling what has happened happens and will happen as soon as faith goes mad uncontrolled and vicious tries to expand it´s sphere of influence and doesn´t care about the foundations and rules co

  2. says:

    This was the first Pratchett book I read and I'm glad of it While it has the humor and satire that is inherent in all of the Discworld books it also has something else something to say It was evident even from the first time I read this book that Pratchett had put some real heavy thinking into itThis book is as the title suggests about gods Where do they come from? Where do they go? What keeps them moving? Ordinarily

  3. says:

    One of Pratchett’s best Discworld novelsPratchett delivers a brilliant parody of religion in this early the 13th standalone In the land of Omnia the great god Om is worshiped and all who don’t are subject to the uisition – a satire of the politicaltheological Inuisition His high priest Vorbis controls all with fear

  4. says:

    Bulgarian review belowРевюто на български е по долу“YOU HAVE PERHAPS HEARD THE PHRASE he said THAT HELL IS OTHER PEOPLE?”“Yes Yes of course”Death nodded“IN TIME he said YOU WILL LEARN THAT IT IS WRONG”It makes you contemplate so many things Beyond religion too There were so many passages

  5. says:

    So this is book 13 in my continuing monthly saga of reading all the Discworld novels And what a good entry in the saga this wasAs an aside i am a little behind in my reading timetable as I was meant to finish this in January

  6. says:

    The high and mighty Om has been stuck as a tortoise for over three years now Odd really that this should happen with a country full of zealous believers at His disposal They're devout enough to wage war in His nam

  7. says:

    One of the Discworld novels that doesn't belong to any character sub series Small Gods is nevertheless one of the best ones I've read so farTerry Pratchett was a humanist That is to say he wasn't religious He appa

  8. says:

    Winning in HeavenPratchett at his theological best there are many gods varying in size and power depending on the numbers

  9. says:

    The trouble with being a god is that you've got no one to pray toWhat good is being a god when you're stuck in the body of

  10. says:

    I'm upping my ranking from a four to a five just because this tickled me much better the second time around Re read from about 15 years ago and somehow satisfying now than it was then Why? Om I don't know Flying turtles kinda rock my world This is a total Moses coming out of the desert kind of tale only the GREAT GOD OM is a tiny turtle with only one believer and the kid is kinda hopeless but a god's gotta do

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