Pyramids

Pyramids

A Novel of Discworld

Book - 2001
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Magic and humor are combined in the whimsical story of the hard life of a teenage pharaoh who does not have a clue about what he is supposed to do as the new ruler of the desert kingdom of Djelibeybi.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : HarperTorch, [2001], c1989
ISBN: 9780061020650
0061020656
Branch Call Number: SF Prat
Characteristics: 323 p. ; 18 cm
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IndyPL_SteveB Nov 01, 2020

Humorous fantasy, 7th in the Discworld series. This is a good starting place for some people, because none of the characters in the previous six books appear. (Except DEATH, of course. DEATH is unavoidable.) It is creative, cleverly satiric, and intensely funny.

Teppic is the only son of the king of the desert kingdom Djelibeybi (British humor – pronounced by the audiobook narrator as “Da-jelly-baby”), but he was sent off to the large Discworld city of Ankh-Morpork to learn the trade of assassin. That’s always good knowledge to have if, as king someday, you might become of great interest to that profession. When King Teppicymon suddenly dies, Teppic is hauled back home to take over the duties. He has no idea what to do and discovers that he has become used to the luxuries of Ankh-Morpork: running water, plumbing, mattresses and pillows made of something softer than wood, and food with no sand in it. Besides, now as the king he is considered a god, with no god training. And he really isn’t keen on pyramids. But the High Priest Dios insists all of that must be left behind because the gods insist that no change ever occurs in Djelibeybi. Dios has his own secrets, of course.

Obviously this is a satire on Ancient Egypt, but with Pratchett one theme isn’t enough. The satire covers “belief” in general and what happens if the things you believe in suddenly comes true and stand in front of you? Pyramid power and quantum physics get a going over. Also courtly manners, mummification, the absurdity of war, war profiteering, tattoos, philosophers, and camels. Actually, the camels come out quite well.

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

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csrestall
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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