Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

Small Gods by Terry PratchettSmall Gods (Discworld #13) by Terry Pratchett
Published: HarperTorch (1992), Paperback, 400pg
Source: Bought
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Humor

'Just because you can't explain it, doesn't mean it's a miracle.'

Religion is a controversial business in the Discworld. Everyone has their own opinion, and indeed their own gods. Who come in all shapes and sizes. In such a competitive environment, there is a pressing need to make one's presence felt. And it's certainly not remotely helpful to be reduced to be appearing in the form of a tortoise, a manifestation far below god-like status in anyone's book. In such instances, you need an acolyte, and fast. Preferably one who won't ask too many questions... (from Goodreads)

What a fabulous book! It’s funny, of course, but not because of any puns. Mostly I found humor in the absurd situations. I mean, hello, a big warrior/scary-father god get stuck in a tiny turtle body. And THEN he spends the entire book bullying a monk into doing his bidding– until he gets bullied back.

It reminds me of Nation, actually, because it talks about a lot of the same things re:gods and humanity’s relationship with them. Do we bow and scrape? Or do we forge strong, mutually benefitial relationships? (Is that even possible, eh? See! It makes you think! In a way that is also funny and somewhat heart-warming as well!)

I LOVED Brutha and how untypical of a protagonist he is. He’s smart, but not in a way you’d except. His cleverness comes from his ability to think things through in a way that’s deeper than how other people think them (he also has a killer memory). He’s sort of like Mort in that way, sort of intelligent through what seems like obfuscating stupidity. He ALSO reminds me of the Dalai Lama for some reason (is that weird?).

Can definitely see myself rereading Small Gods for years to come, it’s that’s good. Definitely a keeper!

Read: September 4-5, 2013

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