Thief of Time

Thief of Time

A Novel of Discworld

Book - 2001
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Random House, Inc.
The twenty-sixth Discworld novel from Britain’s funniest and bestselling novelist.

Time is a resource. Everyone knows it has to be managed.

And on Discworld that is the job of the Monks of History, who store it and pump it from the places where it’s wasted (like underwater – how much time does a codfish need?) to places like cities, where there’s never enough time.

But the construction of the world’s first truly accurate clock starts a race against, well, time for Lu Tze and his apprentice Lobsang Ludd. Because it will stop time. And that will only be the start of everyone’s problems.

Thief of Time comes complete with a full supporting cast of heroes and villains, yetis, martial artists and Ronnie, the fifth horseman of the Apocalypse (who left before they became famous).

Blackwell North Amer
Everybody wants more time, which is why on Discworld its management is entrusted to the experts: the venerable Monks of History, who store it and pump it from where it's wasted, like underwater (and after all, how much time does a codfish really need?) to places like cities, where harried citizens are forever lamenting, "Oh where does the time go?"
And while everyone always talks about slowing down, one clever soul is about to stop. Stop time, that is. For good. Going against everything known (and the nine tenths of everything that remains unknown), a young horologist has been commissioned to build the world's first truly accurate clock. It falls to History Monk Lu-Tze and his apprentice Lobsang Ludd to find the timepiece and stop it before it starts. For if the Perfect Clock starts ticking, Time - as we know it - will stop. And then the trouble will really begin.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385601887
Characteristics: 324 p. ; 25 cm


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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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"You don't look insane" Susan lied "as such."

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