Synopses & Reviews
It was only a matter of time before Terry Pratchett would win the
minds and hearts of America. Already a worldwide sensation
and Great Britain's indisputable number one author, this
intellectually audacious and effortlessly hilarious writer sold
more hardcover books in the United Kingdom during the
previous decade than any other living novelist. His novels have
reigned supreme on English bestseller lists since before the
Iron Lady left Downing Street, and though some things have
changed since then, Pratchett, thankfully, continues to pen
insightfully irreverent tales set in a world a lot like our own only
Celebrated as one of the keenest practitioners of satire and
parody at work today alongside Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas
Adams, and Carl Hiaasen Terry Pratchett commands a loyal
and ever-increasing number of readers and appreciative critics
from coast to coast in our own country. As he skewers all
aspects of modern life and especially our sacred cows Pratchett makes us laugh and challenges us to think. And he's
at his sharpest, most uproarious best in Thief of Time.
Everybody wants more time, which is why on Discworld its
management is entrusted to the experts: the venerable Monks
of History, who store it and pump it from where it's wasted, like
underwater (after all, how much time does a codfish really
need?) to places like cities, where harried citizens are forever
lamenting, "Oh where does the time go?"
And while everyone always talks about slowing down, one
clever soul is about to stop. Stop time, that is. For good. Going
against everything known (and the nine tenths of everything that
remains unknown), a young horologist has been commissioned
to build the world's first truly accurate clock. It falls to History
Monk Lu-Tze and his apprentice Lobsang Ludd to find the
timepiece and stop it before it starts. For if the Perfect Clock
starts ticking, Time as we know it will stop. And then the
trouble will really begin.
A superb send-up of science and philosophy, religion and
death (after all, isn't that where time stops, for most of us,
anyway?), and a host of other timely topics, Thief of Time
provides the perfect opportunity to kick back and unwind. So
don't put off till tomorrow what you could do today. Read Thief
of Time. Right this minute. Because tomorrow may not come.
(You'll have to read the book to find out why. This is a Terry
Pratchett novel, after all.)
"[T]he best Pratchett I've read to date. Sunday Telegraph [London]
"Philosophical humor of the highest order."
More gloriously uproarious doings from Discworld.
Pratchett's humor is international, satirical, devious,
knowing, irreverent, unsparing and, above all,
Kirkus (Starred Review)
In Discworld, Time is a resource managed by the highly capable Monks of History. Ironically, the construction of the world's first truly accurate clock threatens to stop Time altogether--and then all the trouble will really begin.
About the Author
Terry Pratchett is one of the most popular living authors in the world. His first story was published when he was thirteen, and his first full-length book when he was twenty. He worked as a journalist to support the writing habit, but gave up the day job when the success of his books meant that it was costing him money to go to work.
Prachett's acclaimed novels are bestsellers in the U.S. and the United Kingdom and have sold more than twenty-one million copies worldwide. He lives in England, where he writes all the time. (It's his hobby as well.)