Denver Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club

Small Gods USA cover Small Gods (1992)
A Novel of Discworld

HarperPrism USA paperback
344 pages (left)

Corgi UK paperback
cover art by Paul Kidby

384 pages (right)
  Small Gods UK cover

From the back cover of the US paperback:
       Lost in the chill deeps of space between the galaxies, it sails on forever, a flat, circular world carried on the back of a giant turtle---Discworld---a land where the unexpected can be expected.  Where the strangest things happen to the nicest people.  Like Brutha, a simple lad who only wants to tend his melon patch.  Until one day he hears the voice of a god calling his name.  A small god, to be sure.  But bossy as Hell.

From the back cover of the UK paperback:
       In the beginning was the Word.  And the Word was: "Hey, you!"  For Brutha the novice is the chosen one.  He wants peace and justice and brotherly love.  He also wants the Inquisition to stop torturing him now, please...

Read for group discussion on March 20, 1999

Amy's summary   Terry Pratchett - Small Gods

A tortoise is dropped out of the sky by an eagle and falls into a garden of the Church of the Great God Om.  This is not just any tortoise, this is the God Om himself, although in a greatly reduced state.  A novice and true believer, Brutha, alone hears Om, but at first thinks him a demon.  Brother Nhumrod and Deacon Vorbis the exquisitor don't hear Om but they think they do His will.

Brutha's memory is unusually good.  Scheming Vorbis hopes to use this skill, so he takes Brutha, along with the tortoise Om, to the city Ephebe.  The Ephbians have gods and philosophers everywhere.  Battles have been fought between the lands of Omnia and Ephebe.

Meanwhile there is a underground group proclaiming "The Turtle Moves".

summary written by

How we each rated this book
Dan 8 Amy 7 stack of books 10   Wow! Don't miss it
8-9  Highly recommended
7    Recommended
5-6  Mild recommendation
3-4  Take your chances
1-2  Below average; skip it
0    Get out the flamethrower!
U    Unfinishable or unreadable
-    Skipped or no rating given
Cheri 9 Barb 8
Aaron - Cynthia 8
Lars - Jackie -
Kerry 8 Lindsey 8

Our book group has also read the following books by Terry Pratchett:
-- Guards! Guards! in July 1995
-- Good Omens (written with Neil Gaiman) in May 1996
-- Hogfather   in July 2000
-- The Fifth Elephant   in January 2002
-- The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents   in July 2003
-- The Truth   in June 2004
-- The Wee Free Men   in March 2007

Terry Pratchett (1948-    ) is a English writer. His humorous, loosely-connected Discworld fantasy books are bestsellers in the UK.

1990 British Science Fiction Association Award for Pyramids
Carnegie Medal for The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents

Pratchett's Discworld books include characters such as the inept wizard Rincewind, witch Granny Weatherwax, the City Guard or Night Watch, and Death.

Discworld series books
The Colour of Magic (1983)
The Light Fantastic (1986)
Equal Rites (1987)
Mort (1987)
Sourcery (1988)
Wyrd Sisters (1988)
Pyramids (1989)
Guards! Guards! (1989)
Eric (with illustrator Josh Kirby) (1990)
Moving Pictures (1990)
Reaper Man (1991)
Witches Abroad (1991)
Small Gods (1992)
Lords and Ladies (1992)
Men at Arms (1993)
Soul Music (1994)
Interesting Times (1994)
Maskerade (1995)
Feet of Clay (1996)
Hogfather (1998)
Jingo (1998)
Last Continent (1999)
Carpe Jugulum (1999)
The Fifth Elephant (2000)
The Truth (2000)
The Thief of Time (2001)
Night Watch (2002)
Monstrous Regiment (2003)
Going Postal (2004)
Thud! (2005)
Making Money (2007)
Nation (2008)

Discworld young adult books
The Tiffany Aching Adventures
The Wee Free Men (2003)
A Hat Full of Sky (2004)
Wintersmith (2006)

The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents (2001)

Discworld related books illustrated by Paul Kidby
The Pratchett Portfolio (1996)
Nanny Ogg's Cookbook (1999, with Stephen Briggs and Tina Hannan)
Gurps Discworld: Adventures on the Back of the Turtle (1998, by Phil Masters for Steve Jackson Games)
Death's Domain : A Discworld Mapp (1999)
Discworld's Unseen University Diary 1998 (with Stephen Briggs, 1997)
Discworld's Ankh-Morpork City Watch Diary 1999 (with Stephen Briggs, 1998)
Discworld Assassin's Guild Yearbook and Diary 2000 (with Stephen Briggs, 1999)
Discworld Fools' Guild Yearbook and Diary 2001 (with Stephen Briggs, 2000)
Discworld Thieves' Guild Yearbook and Diary 2002 (with Stephen Briggs, 2001)
The Last Hero: A Discworld Fable (2001).

Discworld related books with Stephen Briggs
The Streets of Ankh Morpork (1993)
The Discworld Companion (1994, 1997)
The Discworld Mapp (1995)
A Tourist Guide to Lancre (1998)
The New Discworld Companion (2003)

Discworld science books with Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen
The Science of Discworld (1999)
The Science of Discworld II: The Globe (2002)
The Science of Discworld II: Darwin's Watch (2005)

Other Discworld spinoff books
Mort: A Discworld Big Comic (with Graham Higgins, 1994)
The Unseen University Challenge by David Langford (1996)
A Discworld Quizbook - The Wyrdest Link by David Langford (2002)
Where's My Cow? (illustrated by Melvyn Grant, children's picture book (2005)
The Unseen University Cut Out Book (with Alan Batley and Bernard Pearson, 2006)

Other books
Good Omens (written with Neil Gaiman, 1990), subtitled The Nice and Accurate Prophesies of Agnes Nutter, is a fantasy about the end of the world.

The YA Johnny Maxwell tilogy is Only You Can Save Mankind (1992), Johnny and the Dead (1993), and Johnny and the Bomb (1996)

The Nomes trliogy or the Bromeliad children's SF series is Truckers (1989), Diggers (1990), and Wings (1990).

Standalone works are his first novel The Carpet People (1971) a children's fantasy; The Dark Side of the Sun (1976) which is SF; Strata (1981) a SF parody; and The Unadulterated Cat (with Gray Jolliffe, 1990).

Our book club's page for Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
Our book club's page for The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett
Our book club's page for The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Pratchett
Our book club's page for The Truth by Terry Pratchett
Our book club's page for The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
Fantastic Reviews: Aaron's book review of The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett - Wikipedia
Discworld - Wikipedia
L-Space Web: About Terry Pratchett
Discworld Monthly - Online newsletter about Terry Pratchett & his works
Terry Pratchett and the Discworld
Discworld MUD - multi-user game based on the Discworld books
January magazine - Profile | Terry Pratchett
GURPS Discworld - RolePlaying Game
The Discworld Emporium

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