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Thief of Time: Trademark storytelling, symbolism, setting, and wit

Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett

Thief of Time is Terry Pratchett’s 26th official entry into the DISCWORLD series. Published roughly six months after The Truth and six months before The Last Hero, Thief of Time finds Pratchett in good form, extemporizing on the scientific quest to put time in a bottle versus more transcendental ideologies revolving around passive regard to the great clock of life (pun intended for those who’ve read the book!).

Thief of Time opens at a monastery where the History Monks keep the spindles of time greased and spinning eternally. Lobsang Lud, a common monk, averts a major disaster one day and earns himself an apprenticeship with the master, Lu-tze. Meanwhile in Ankh-Morpork, a down-on-his-luck clockmaker, Jeremy Clockson, is commissioned by an Auditor-in-disguise to build the world’s first glass clock, and is not told that the giant... Read More

The Last Hero: Funny and deep

The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett

Note: Terry Pratchett's The Last Hero works without the illustrations, but you don’t want to miss out on Paul Kidby's fabulous Discworld art.

The Last Hero follows the trail of several popular Discworld characters and this is the closest you'll get to a world-spanning crossover. There's no real villain in the story — simply lots of good guys working on opposite ends.

As typical of a Discworld novel, Pratchett pokes fun at the convention of fantasy and what makes a hero a hero. Comedy aside though, the book contains depth and, at the end of al... Read More