Friday, October 06, 2006

Thief of Time

Thief of Time

Terry Pratchett

Date: 30 April, 2002   —   $6.99   —   Book

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Fiction, Satire/Fantasy

The Auditors, who hate all life, are trying to stop it again. This time, they have commisioned a clock so accurate that it will stop time entirely - life will still exist, but it will hold still for once and let itself be examined. Death, of course, can't do much about it so, once again, ropes in his granddaughter Susan.

Susan has developed nicely. When last we saw her (in Hogfather), she was a governess and a rather stern person to be around. She's still pretty stern in her new position as schoolteacher, but she's loosened up enough to not freak out when strange things happen. And she's developed a very human weakness in the form of premium chocolates. One can only be a little stern with a mouth full of nougat, after all.

And it's not only Susan who has stepped up; the History Monks are on the job... or at least, the sweeper Lu-Tze and his strangely precocious assistant Lobsang are. (Incidentally, Pratchett has masterfully dispensed with anyone foolish enough to argue about continuity problems in the Discworld with a few offhand statements regarding the Monks.) Now the only trick is to stop the clockmaker before everyone runs out of time, and the Five* Horsemen ride out...

*He left before they got famous.

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