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Small Gods: (Discworld Novel 13) (Discworld series) (English Edition) Kindle版
|Kindle版 (電子書籍), 2008/12/26|| |
'You should do things because they're right. Not because gods say so. They might say something different another time.'
Religion is a competitive business in the Discworld. Everyone has their own opinion and their own gods, of every shape and size - all fighting for faith, followers, and a place at the top.
So when the great god Om accidentally manifests himself as a lowly tortoise, stripped of all divine power, it's clear he's become less important than he realised.
In such instances, you need an acolyte, and fast. Enter Brutha, the Chosen One - or at least the only One available. He wants peace, justice and love - but that's hard to achieve in a world where religion means power, and corruption reigns supreme . . .
'An intriguing satire on institutionalized religion corrupted by power . . .' Independent
'Deftly weaves themes of forgiveness, belief and spiritual regeneration' The Times
The Discworld novels can be read in any order but Small Gods is a standalone.
- ASIN : B00354YA7W
- 出版社 : Transworld Digital; 第1版 (2010/1/19)
- 発売日 : 2010/1/19
- 言語 : 英語
- ファイルサイズ : 3761 KB
- Text-to-Speech（テキスト読み上げ機能） : 有効
- X-Ray : 有効
- Word Wise : 有効
- 本の長さ : 347ページ
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 228,323位洋書 (の売れ筋ランキングを見る洋書)
Sadly there is never an eagle or a tortoise around when you need them.
True, the villain is a rather generic Pratchett villain (if you've read several other books, you'll find him irritatingly familiar), but there is little else to find fault with. As with many of his stories, Pratchett manages to weave in some trenchant observations on human nature, and a bit of philosophy, without messing up the plot or finger-wagging. I really have only one criticism: torture, even in the hands of a black-comedy master, is never funny. Particularly when it references real-world historical events. The violence in other Pratchett books tends to be slapstick and cartoonish, but here it's a bit too close to the bone.
Oh? You can? Then this the book for you, especially if you are fond of tortoises. This is Terry Pratchett on a soapbox, so it has dark tinges, but is still full of fun. A young novice in the One True Religion (aren't they all?) is sent out with a nefarious mission to a heretic (aren't they all?) neighbouring country. His survival is uncertain. The main question, though, is whether the truth can survive. A masterpiece by Terry Pratchett (aren't they all?). Lettuces also figure largely. And exploding steam-boats.
In truth, it has its moments of pointed social commentary, some perhaps more pointed than others. Overall though, and what really elevates this material is how well it sticks to the good-natured tone whilst exploring the sharp end of theocracy, dogma and absolute bloody-mindedness in the face of better alternatives.
Its an exploration of mindsets. In the belief of hierarchies over gods, the subjective nature of belief and the innate need to believe in something over nothing. It's hefty stuff but never reads like a thesis on theology, psychology or culture.
In short it's quite the piece of work and a definite high point of the series. Gods large and small may impose themselves upon it's events but as is usually the case with these books it's the fundamental humanity of it's characters that always shines through. A solid recommendation.
However, much of the second half became quite chatty and irrelevant - lots of focus on steam-powered inventions that were neither entertaining not even involved with the plot.
In the end, this book still has strengths, but I noticed the weaknesses more this time around.