In Discworld, Time is a resource managed by the highly capable Monks of History. Ironically, the construction of the world's first truly accurate clock threatens to stop Time altogether--and then all the trouble will really begin. (May)In Discworld, Time is a resource managed by the highly capable Monks of History. Ironically, the construction of the world's first truly accurate clock threatens to stop Time altogether--and then all the trouble will really begin. (May)Read Less
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If you have never read Terry Pratchett this may be a heavy book to start with. The plot is more complex and slightly more fragmented than many of his books. But if Pratchett's books have a frequent appearnce on your book list, this story will settle in like a favorite pair of shoes.
Pratchett is a master of satire, and this book is no exception. The everyday folly of our world is brought to life through the experience of a time monk, Death's grandaughter, and Time's son. There are so many cultural references in the book that you will probably have to read it again to catch them all. I enjoyed this story, and near the end felt it was one of his better compositions. However, it did take more time for the story to engage me as a reader than I am used to with Pratchett books. Stick through the first few chapters, though, and you will not be dissapointed.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-04-09 Here we go again! In the newest appealing installment of the Discworld series, Pratchett (The Truth) takes on religion, time and... kung-fu movies? The cast includes Death; Miss Susan, Death's granddaughter; Jeremy Clockson, a clockmaker; Lobsang, a novice monk; and Lu-Tze, a sweeper at the temple of the History Monks. When a mysterious lady asks Jeremy to make a clock that is perfectly timed (even to the last tick), trouble begins it seems that such a clock would have the power to stop time completely. There would be no yesterday, no tomorrow, no next minute; in fact, everything and everyone would stop in its tracks. It's up to Miss Susan, Lobsang and Lu-Tze to figure out who in the end has decided to build the dangerous clock and how to stop him before the world crashes to a halt. Along the way we learn Rule One: "Do not act incautiously when confronting a little bald wrinkly smiling man," which is a very good lesson to learn. We also find out that Lobsang has more in store for his future than to be an apprentice monk. The story includes a quick nod to James Bond flicks with Qu, the monk who supplies gadgets to Lu-Tze and Lobsang, and at the end of Time the four (no, make that five) horsemen of the Apocalypse get to ride out for a jaunt. You don't need to catch all the in-jokes to enjoy the fun. Agent, Ralph Vincinanza. 6-city author tour. (May 5) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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