Thief of Time

Thief of Time

A Novel of Discworld

Book - 2001
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Everybody wants more time, which is why on Discworld only the experts can manage it -- the venerable Monks of History who store it and pump it from where it's wasted, like underwater (how much time does a codfish really need?), to places like cities, where busy denizens lament, "Oh where does the time go?"

While everyone always talks about slowing down, one young horologist is about to do the unthinkable. He's going to stop. Well, stop time that is, by building the world's first truly accurate clock. Which means esteemed History Monk Lu-Tze and his apprentice Lobsang Ludd have to put on some speed to stop the timepiece before it starts. For if the Perfect Clock starts ticking, Time -- as we know it -- will end. And then the trouble will really begin...

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2001.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061031328
Branch Call Number: SCI FI Pratchet Terry 2001
Characteristics: 324 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.


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Oct 09, 2020

Thief of Time is a book I've been meaning to read for years, and I'm so glad I finally did. Pratchett's mastery of character and humour is on display in full force, and the Auditors are an enjoyably cold and distant villain, whose contrast against the personifications of Death, War, and Time only serves to make both groups more vivid. The History Monks are an interesting addition to the Disc, and a welcome one.

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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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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