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Thief of Time

de Terry Pratchett

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Séries: Discworld: Susan (3), Discworld: Death (5), Discworld (26)

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In Discworld, time is a resource managed by the highly capable Monks of History. Everybody wants more time, which is why on Discworld only the experts can manage it. While everyone always talks about slowing down, one young horologist is about to do the unthinkable. He's going to stop. Well, stop time that is, by building the world's first truly accurate clock. Which means esteemed History Monk Lu-Tze and his apprentice Lobsang Ludd have to put on some speed to stop the timepiece before it starts. For if the perfect clock starts ticking, time, as we know it, will end. And then the trouble will really begin.… (mais)
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Average Pratchett. Which means a very good book. ( )
  Stravaiger64 | Apr 5, 2021 |
What to say, except that Mr. Pratchett took on an original subject for a story: time and building the ultimate clock, one that couldn't be more precise. But the downside is that once it's activated, it stops time. This has to be avoided at all costs, even if it means playing with different times / events / eras / ...

As is custom, there must also be humour, although on a whole I found a little less dominant compared to previous Discworld novels I've read, not in the least [b:Reaper Man|833424|Reaper Man (Discworld, #11)|Terry Pratchett|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1323724828s/833424.jpg|1796454], for example, or [b:Hogfather|797189|Hogfather (Discworld, #20)|Terry Pratchett|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1306814220s/797189.jpg|583655].

The cast is quite varied, with the four, eh, five Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Auditors who learn to become human and what it takes to be "human", Nanny Ogg (one of the witches in the series), some Chinese philosopher (well, he's formally a sweeper, which is an undercover activity), a yeti, Death, Death's granddaughter Susan, and several more. This also makes the focus shift from one or more character(s) to the next one(s), each getting a few pages, after which several characters end up together in the same time-frame.

There's a lot of philosophical and some psychological influence throughout the story, I'd say several pinches more than the ones I've read so far. Add a common time-related expression now and then, and the picture's complete. This then also made me think of Terry Pratchett not as a storyteller, but a philosopher who uses stories (and humour) to convey his thoughts on man, the world, life, and so on. It's a two-ways kind of approach, the Discworld novels.

Did I mention the ending? Totally unexpected, but come to think of it, quite a nice twist. :-)

'Thief of Time' requires a bit more thinking, although you can read for entertainment purposes, too. Regardless of this, it's another recommended read when you want to spend some time ( ;-) ) on Discworld. ( )
  TechThing | Jan 22, 2021 |
Cosmic auditors want to clean up the universe by stopping time.

2/4 (Indifferent).

There is some pleasant silliness here and there, but there's a lot more cryptic foreshadowing of stuff that has no pay-off. The story never quite makes sense, and takes about half the book before it gets around to doing anything at all. ( )
  comfypants | Dec 27, 2020 |
This novel is beautiful, not a word I would normally use to describe Terry Pratchett's books, but it is the first word that comes to mind. Unlike some of Pratchett's books (e.g. The Last Continent), this novel is cohesive and has the feel of a tight, focused story. For some reason, this story reminded me of a Dr. Who episode (perhaps because of the Auditors (the bad guys in this book), who reminded me of the hive-like bad-guy aliens in Dr. Who episodes).

As is typical of his Discworld books, Pratchett indulges in his own physics, in this case a physics of time. Okay, I barely understood the construction of the Hall of Procrastinators -- I can visualize the procrastinators, but not the bobbins or the shutters (?). That doesn't matter because I don't need to be able to 'see' it in my head to follow the action. Besides the physics, Pratchett explores philosophical questions such as: What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be alive? What does it mean to be an individual? Others have commented about how Pratchett's conclusions differ from Descartes' "I think therefore I am" which divorces "being" from "body." On the contrary, Pratchett says "For something to exist, it has to be observed." (p 2) Pratchett elaborates on the role our bodies play in our humanity:

Talking about the existence of a being housed in a "solid body," one of the Auditors (the bad guys) says:

"When water fills a jug, it takes the shape of the jug. But the water is not the jug, nor is the jug the water." (p 198)

Then later, an Auditor who has taken on a human body muses on how being in a human body has changed her:

"We were wrong. When you pour water into a jug, it becomes jug-shaped and it is not the same water anymore." (p 212)

One can take the metaphor too far, and I'm sure it wasn't Pratchett's intention to comment on disability, but that's where my thoughts go when considering Pratchett's assertions that our bodies determine how we exist in the world. Sounds obvious, huh? But does that mean that people with differently-abled bodies (jugs) have a different human-ness than people with normatively-abled bodies?

I've read other Pratchett novels where his exposition on some metaphysical subject sounds preachy and out of character for whichever character is voicing it. Not so for Thief of Time. The philosophical debate in this novel is well-integrated with the story and sounds natural as voiced by various characters.

The story centers around new characters, while Death and his granddaughter Susan have significant roles. There's even a cameo appearance by Nanny Ogg! The new characters are fascinating and carry the story through the action and circumstances, although it's really only Susan who has a character arc.

There are some truly surprising plot twists which delighted me and made me laugh out loud. The writing is very polished and smooth (even for Terry Pratchett). The pacing is perfect, speeding up and slowing down at points to give the whole story its own rhythm. As far as the satirical qualities of this story go, I found it easier to appreciate some of his references if I read the "foreign" words out loud, as when Pratchett listed the various martial arts practiced by the History Monks like Okidoke and Sna-fu. There's also an introduction to the fifth horseman of the Apocalypse (like the fifth Beatle).

I think Pratchett wrote this book before he was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease and became an advocate for assisted suicide. When I read this line in the novel, it gave me shivers:

"When in doubt," [said Lu-Tze] "choose to live." (p 115)

~bint ( )
1 vote bintarab | Nov 23, 2020 |
Jeremy Clockson is so keen about being accurate that he drives his fellow clock makers around the bend. One day, a woman comes to him with a challenge: to create the most accurate time piece ever conceived, what people call a "glass clock." As you can imagine, this draws the ire of The Monks of History, last seen in Small Gods. Toss in Lu Tze and Lobsang, martial arts flicks, rock bands and how teaching should be done according to Susan Sto-Helit running afoul of her school's principal, Madam Frout, and we're off. One small problem, as soon as the clock starts ticking, time officially stops for the Discworld and so too does life as the Disc understands it, which is just fine for the auditors. That is until one auditor finds out just how wrong they were to deny all the things the Disc offers. ( )
  Ravenwood1984 | Oct 13, 2020 |
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In Discworld, time is a resource managed by the highly capable Monks of History. Everybody wants more time, which is why on Discworld only the experts can manage it. While everyone always talks about slowing down, one young horologist is about to do the unthinkable. He's going to stop. Well, stop time that is, by building the world's first truly accurate clock. Which means esteemed History Monk Lu-Tze and his apprentice Lobsang Ludd have to put on some speed to stop the timepiece before it starts. For if the perfect clock starts ticking, time, as we know it, will end. And then the trouble will really begin.

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