Series: Discworld #13
Published by Corgi, HarperCollins on August 1st 2005
Narrator: Nigel Planar
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, General
Reading Challenges: Author Love, British Books Challenge, Terry Pratchett - Discworld
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 come 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 appearing 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 questions...
This isn’t the first time I’ve read Small Gods, but it is one of the few Discworld books that doesn’t quite fit why I love Terry Pratchett and his Discworld.
I do like his take on religion on the Discworld, and how the Gods (and there are many) need man’s approval to be able to grow. Here we meet one little guy that is in the form of a turtle. He’s supposed to be a great, all knowing, all seeing God, and yet, he’s just a turtle. It is because of man’s belief, or lack thereof, that made him this way.
Of course, when Brutha meets Om, he thinks he is some kind of demon sent to trick him and dissuade him from believing in the one, true Om. Even more interesting is the fact that Brutha can remember absolutely everything. Still, he is a humble servant albeit a bit naive. Om on multiple occasions swears (I believe to himself even) for winding up with Brutha. But it’s a good match!
The villain is very easy to spot as he is outrageous even while he is saying he is a practitioner of Om and Om’s ways. He does things his own way. It is very reminiscent of Pyramids in the way these two work against each other.
‘Vorbis could humble himself in prayer in a way that made the posturings of power-mad emperors look subservient.’
Although not my favorite, there are some moments in this. Not only that made me laugh, but really make me think. It’s not a book that I read every year, but it does fit nicely into the Discworld series. There are not many other characters, just a few make a cameo or two, so it is mostly a stand alone, and as such can be read separated from the rest of the series.
Maybe it’s due to its darkness, or that religion is not my favorite topic, but it is a good book, just not one of my favorites.
The trouble with being a god is that you’ve got no one to pray to.
|Overall:||3.3 / 5|
When reading a series, do you prefer the books stay in line with each book, or do you like it when they venture off into another area and introduce you to new characters?
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: