Time is a resource. Everyone knows it has to be managed. And on the Discworld that is the job of the Monks of History, who store it and pump it from the places where it's wasted (like the 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, villains, yetis, martial artists and Ronnie, the fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse (who left before they became famous).
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This is the 26th Discworld novel, but Pratchett's legendary inventiveness is still strongly in evidence, and he manages to pull a whole slew of new ideas out of the hat. It is the job of the Monks of History on Discworld to manage the resource that is time. Time is stored and pumped from places where it's wasted to places like cities, where there's never enough of it. But when the construction of the world's first truly accurate clock begins, problems for the denizens of Discworld include nothing less than the end of time. Familiar characters include Death's charismatic granddaughter Susan, and we're introduced to obsessed clockmaker Lu-Tze and simple-minded apprentice Lobsang - not to mention Ronnie, the fifth horseman of the Apocalpyse (he left before they got famous). As ever, there are gags, puns and digressions enough to satisfy the most hardened Pratchett fans, and the cleverness of the storyline gives the lie to those who claim the master of comic fantasy is running out of steam. (Kirkus UK)
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Book Review: Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett - Reviewed by Scotchmist (03 Nov 2011)
This was the first Pratchett novel I ever read and was the beginning of my obsession with his books. I would describe his writing as Black Adder meets Monty python. It is still my favourite book from his Discworld series possibly because it was the first book of his that I read or possibly because it is the cleverest. This book makes me feel like a kid again as it fires my imagination. It takes me back to a a time in my life when I thought magic was still possible. His annotations and footnotes always make me giggle out loud, which can be embarrassing while riding a crowded city train.
Author Biography - Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he was the author of over fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. He died in March 2015.