Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
Discworld series #13
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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
First Published: 1992
Read from: March 1 to March 19, 2015
Yet another excellent book that deserves a full review, but I was either too lazy, busy or uninspired at the time.
As always with Pratchett’s work, this book while being funny and amusing, hit me in surprisingly “deep” places. I have literally PAGES of highlighted quotes from this book. Many because they were funny. But far more because they were so honest and True. True with a capital ‘T’.
There were comments about the good and bad of religion. And some very touching comments on death. Just as I was finishing this, in fact just as I was reading the bits about Death and the desert, Terry Pratchett passed away in real life. Anything I could think to say in a review that no one will probably read, paled beside his massive life’s work.
As I finished the book that ended in the Black Desert we will all face, Terry Pratchett’s last “official” comment, posted on Twitter by Pratchett’s publicist with his surviving daughter’s approval, hit the news:
At last, Sir Terry, we must walk together.
Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night.
Nothing I could post would be more elegant, but I think the last couple of pages of Small Gods sums up my thoughts. SPOILER WARNING: I’ll hide this quote behind a SPOILER tag just in case someone hasn’t read the book and doesn’t want to see the very ending. I normally wouldn’t include this large of a quote right from the ending of a book like this, but it seems SO IMPORTANT after Pratchett’s death that I felt I had to do it.
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Terry you will not be forgotten, and I’m glad there are still so many books of your’s to read that it will be like you are still around for me. And whether it was your belief or not, I know from how much your work has touched me, that you will have a huge family of Brutha’s waiting to walk with you across that desert.