Cover Illustrator : Josh Kirby
Setting: Ankh-Morpork, Djelibaybi
Rated : 7 Stars
Nothing but stars, scattered across the backness as though the Creator had smashed the windscreen of his car and hadn't bothered to stop to sweep up the pieces.
–Terry Pratchett - Pyramids - c.1988, 2011
Discworld series ; #7
I think this might be the first Terry Pratchett book I ever read. I certainly recall reading it, but I don’t think I’ve ever reread it, and only remember the vaguest of details. Assassins and pyramids and time, that’s what popped into my brain.
Set in Djelibaybi, a Discworld version of Ancient Egypt, Pyramids is the story of Teppic, heir to the throne and would be assassin, even though he isn’t really certain what he feels about actually inhuming people…
It is an entertaining read, certainly a step up from The Colour of Magic, but it doesn’t have quite the complexity and satire of some of the later books. I enjoyed it, lots of great puns and interesting ideas. It’s all quantum.
It’s strange how I couldn’t point out the exact moment in this series when the truth behind the stories really becomes evident, but it is certainly starting to make an appearance here. A lot of the earlier books are more a series of puns, or references to genre fiction and the tropes. But gradually Pratchett has begun to make comments about life through his fiction. It isn’t quite so profound here as in some of the later ones, but that aspect of the Discword is certainly beginning to come to the fore.
Plus there are puns! and humour, and mathematical camels. What more could you ask for?