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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 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 apparently distinguished between religion as in religious institutions such as The Church and faith as in what people believe in their own hearts and minds and was especially critical of the former I m much the same Personally I find religion silly period It has had its place in the evolution of mankind surely but not nowadays And yet look around I keep hearing people talk about all the good this or that person or institution is doing for religious reasons and maybe some are but they are not the norm and many do it for ulterior reasons anyway eg wanting to get recognition for what they are doing or being afraid of some form of hell or whateverThis and are points Sir Terry is addressing in this book as wellWe meet Brutha a novice in the temple of the Great God Om The problem Well for starters Brutha might be honest to a fault and have an impeccable memory but he also just wants peace which he is unlikely to get to enjoy since he s been chosen as the new Prophet And then there is the tiny problem of The Great God Om who is speaking to Brutha currently being trapped in the body of a cute little tortoiseIn a world full of gods and saints and whatnot with almost everyone believing something else they have to find a way to restore Om to His Former Glory and possibly make things a little better in Brutha s home country and some neighbouring ones as wellAuthoritarian systems the Discworld version of the Inuisition gods saints demons lions eagles philosophers priests and some mysterious monks safeguarding history The reader gets a wide cast of characters that are all tragically funny and always spot on when it comes to condemning wilfull ignorance and promoting free will Pratchett nails it with his snarky and bone dry observations on religious upbringing I should know because despite being an atheisthumanist I was born into a Roman Catholic family In his signature funny and light way he shows how these oppressive systems work often so that those trapped in them don t even realize it Moreover he makes valid points such as that either you do nice good things because you want to and because it s the right thing to do or you shouldn t bother However despite all that the book is never preachy see what I did there P or boring On the contrary the mad romp through several hitherto unseen countries on the disc was delightful and fast paced and I was constantly laughing about the clumsiness and bad luck of Om and Brutha

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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 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 contradicting its own commandmentsThe idea of the manifested power of belief imagination and prayers is an often seen trope in fantasy and sci fi in this case defined by the simple formula of believers power But it can go many directions for instance mind viruses and plagues infecting other faiths systems programming errors turning the persons mad fractions trying to manipulate to get the most beliefs different ways of psi magic and fantasy systems to control harvest and use the power for peace and war combining it with technology etcIt s great how the deity view spoileris irritated by the way humans invented many rules holy books misused its name for product placement and branding institutionalized torture and holy wars and in general didn t take the advice it gave to them seriously The it gets to know about the real world the shocked and disgusted it is hide spoiler

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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 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 name At the same time they seem to have trouble hearing His reuest for lettuce leaves with the except for Brutha the most simple minded of them allIn dire need of protection from non believing eagles our tiny little Om as a tortoise will take what He can get where He can get it As diplomatic destinations go one could do much worse than Ephebe home to a vast number of thinkers and the occasional brilliant inventionSmall Gods was not particularly high up on my Discworld reread list like a task to be ticked off on the way to interesting books Something that I could see being useful to open other people s eyes about organized religionI for one have already done the fervent little believer who worries that the Almighty has seen her wish to do her long put off chores on Sundaysor the spiteful atheist who will strive to insert twice as many mean spirited remarks as anyone else into all her interactions with the devoutonly to become an occasional eye roller and constant exasperated sigherand I did it all in heelsOh OK they were wedges but my point ha stands I ve done it already felt sufficiently ashamed of it and it was now time to turn to practical pursuits But then little by little the characters started to grow on me and I suddenly found myself so hooked that I devoured the whole book within a dayWhile the uisition department s tortures the mindless religious bigotry and power hungry coups d tat all left me in various states of disgust when the narrative perspective would switch to Brutha I was ready to swing my metaphorical pom poms his way Brutha s simple minded yet thoughtful way of believing was so touching especially because I was expecting him to do a 180 character change with each of his fervently held beliefs that came crashing downHaving recently finished a children s book whose love thy enemies message left me utterly nonplussed I was pleasantly surprised to find myself earnestly hoping that Brutha s kindness would eventually pay off even though I would ve been happy to have the main antagonist drop dead at any momentScore 485 starsI have to admit that I did end up skimming through some of the philosophical passages in favor of the action packed scenes but all in all I can t say I was ever bored As a matter of fact I even cried at the climactic moment which is highly unusual for mePS Fans of Carpe Jugulum should definitely read this in order to have a better understanding of the legends surrounding the prophet Brutha

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  • Small Gods
  • Terry Pratchett
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  • 24 March 2019
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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 contradicting its own commandmentsThe idea of the manifested power of belief imagination and prayers is an often seen trope in fantasy and sci fi in this case defined by the simple formula of

  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

  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 fea

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    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 when I wa

  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 name At the same time they seem t

  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 apparently di

  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 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 pro

  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 abo

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