Book Review: Pyramids by Terry Pratchett

February 9, 2018 Blog, Book Reviews, Terry Pratchett 17

Book Review: Pyramids by Terry PratchettPyramids by Terry Pratchett
Published by HarperCollins on 2001-07-31
Narrator: NIgel Planner
Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, General
Pages: 352
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It's bad enough being new on the job, but Teppic hasn't a clue as to what a pharaoh is supposed to do. After all, he's been trained at Ankh-Morpork's famed assassins' school, across the sea from the Kingdom of the Sun.First, there's the monumental task of building a suitable resting place for Dad -- a pyramid to end all pyramids. Then there are the myriad administrative duties, such as dealing with mad priests, sacred crocodiles, and marching mummies. And to top it all off, the adolescent pharaoh discovers deceit, betrayal -- not to mention aheadstrong handmaiden -- at the heart of his realm.

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Very Pratchett! It’s interesting seeing Ankh Morpork in a different light.  Although Pyramids is partly in Ankh-Morpork you rarely run into anyone that you’ve met from previous books. All of Terry Pratchett’s books can stand alone but this one really does a fine job of it.

The characters in this book, like all of Pratchett’s book,  either really get my blood boiling or make me want to stand up and cheer. I’m not a fan of the High Priest Dios and just wish that Teppic would DO something about him, but seeing as Teppic does not want to rule over anyone, he’s put in between a rock and a hard place and decides it would be easier to just leave it all behind him.

I haven’t read this one much. I think this may only be my second time reading. So it’s another that was fun to listen to because so much happens that I forgot. It’s an entire world in itself! It’s not one of my FAVORITE favorites, due to not having many Discworld characters, but it’s still a great listen.

This is a book about religion, beliefs, and all the misconceptions that can be had in between. Uproariously good time will be had by all while reading!

Since this is a stand alone, it can be picked up in ANY order! Although I enjoyed reading about Ankh-morpork a bit before delving into this one. It is nice knowing about the assassin’s guild, the Patrician, etc… but really that is not needed. Even with being a complete stand alone, I simply loved it!  Ending is fantastic!

“The trouble with life was that you didn’t get a chance to practice before doing it for real.” ~Terry Pratchett, Pyramids


About Terry 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, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983. In 1987 he turned to writing full time, and has not looked back since. To date there are a total of 39 books in the Discworld series, of which four (so far) are written for children. The first of these, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal. A non-Discworld book, Good Omens, his 1990 collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller, and was reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early 2006 (it is also available as a mass market paperback (Harper Torch, 2006) and trade paperback (Harper Paperbacks, 2006). In 2008, Harper Children's published Terry's standalone non-Discworld YA novel, Nation. Terry's latest book, Snuff, was published in October 2011.

Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English-language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature” in 1998, and has received four honorary doctorates from the Universities of Warwick, Portsmouth, Bath, and Bristol. His acclaimed novels have sold more than 45 million copies (give or take a few) and have been translated into 33 languages.

In Dec. of 2007, Pratchett admitted to being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. On 18 Feb, 2009, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

He was awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2010.



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17 Responses to “Book Review: Pyramids by Terry Pratchett”

  1. Ermilia

    Hey, thanks for the ping-back. I’m randomly working my way through the Discworld series. I can’t wait to get to this one!


    • novareylin

      That’s how I read them all to begin with. But I’m actually trying to read them all in order this year. 😀 And probably every year from here on out.

    • novareylin

      Totally agree!! Funnily enough, my hubby had to literally MAKE me pick up a Pratchett book. I thought I was too good for them. Now I just can not get enough!

      • judysp

        Yes he certainly gets a devoted following doesn’t he? I am addicted to him. I have to read the funny bits out to the spouse because he wants to know what I am giggling at.

  2. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    Your enjoyment of this series is definitely infectious. I simply must read at least one in this series this year. I do have three on my Kindle. I love the quote you featured – how true!

    • Christina

      I really hope you do but we all know how many other great books are out there! I mean 40 ish in this one series and then Terry Pratchett has extras! Hence why I’m doing the full year of Pratchett reading. But honestly, they just make me happy.

  3. Paul Torretta

    Being her hubby, while she was listening to this book and yes i have read it many time. She would burst out laughing, and i am like, what are you laughing at … I am very glad she enjoys the novels. As it gives us many conversational pieces.