Pyramids Epub ¼ Paperback

It's bad enough being new on the job but Teppic hasn't a clue as to what a pharaoh is supposed to do After all he's been trained at Ankh Morpork's famed assassins' school across the sea from the Kingdom of the Sun First there's the monumental task of building a suitable resting place for Dad a pyramid to end all pyramids Then there are the myriad administrative duties such as dealing with mad priests sacred crocodiles and marching mummies And to top it all off the adolescent pharaoh discovers deceit betrayal not to mention a headstrong handmaiden at the heart of his realm


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    Conservatives vs progressives was even in this version of ancient Egypt a hot topic and Pratchett ridicules the arguments of antiquated minds by exaggerating their prime goals and authorities in generalIt´s never bad for craftsmen to organize in guilds or unions and if the specialization is something not as mainstream as wood and metalwork but let´s say different forms of working with living material it gives the whole idea potential for satirizing the strange bureaucracy of the political apparatus If robbers assassins smugglers prostitutes all have their accepted democratic councils and can influence legislation and jurisdiction the manifold interests and manipulations that are forming the processes in real life can be shown in a new lightMadness in the form of prestige buildings world wonders costing the lives of tens of thousands and have such a fascination for humans that we may keep building them forever no matter what a waste of time resources and money it is Bloody old temples and pyramids but the modern skyscrapers for which instead endless amounts of standard houses could be built speak a similar languageAnd it doesn´t stop with that it stays in Western countries mostly just metaphorical dirty and gritty but not in the third world and in the ancient times nothing could be fun than sacrificing and killing to ensure that the Gods are happy and willing to help the wise ruler Who befitting his rank needed of course vast amounts of undead zombie servants mistresses court jesters to have a good afterlife Not to forget all the ones who didn´t already die as slave workers while constructing the monument tourists love to visit today but were specialists building the treasure chambers and needed special treatments to ensure that they stayed silent and didn´t give away the secret of the exact location or where the Indiana Jones style pitfalls rolling stones murder holes mystical paranormal bioweapons etc are hidden Just as the architects the soldiers killing the workers and the architects the soldiers killing the soldiers difficult to keep track of such things one ought have a good coordinator And kill herhim And his family and friends in the style of ancient Asia until the seventh grade of acquaintance piling one or two extra layers of corpses onto the dark poisonous wedding cake of insanity and greedToday all is subtle politically correct greenwashed bigoted corporate responsible dishonest code of conducty PR fine tuned state media approved but if I see a headquarter of a company bank public buildings seat of governments and ministries hotels I imagine the environmental destruction neocolonialism suffering neoconservatism neoliberalism exploitation leading to superpowerful states able to construct such useless monuments of oldfashioned thinking of nationality patriotism and megalomaniaOne of the rare cases that Pratchett uses a bit of theoretical hard science as a plot element may be a reminiscence of some of his first attempts at writing including some Sci Fi ideas It´s used to show that it may be disillusioning and frustrating to meet the idols of ones´ time be it different physically manifested ancient deities or possibly stars and politicians nowadays Exceptions are authors of course they are all admirable and epicI find this one of the funniest early works showing that Pratchett trained his muscles enough and is coming closer and closer to ingenuity and unique telling talent From now on each book is a total must read except of the later ones which turn dark and are sometimes so different that it may be difficult to find traces of Pratchetts´early lighthearted exceptionally funny writing in them And I don´t mean a bit sad or something I mean depressingly and frustratingly showing the darkest sides of humankind in pictures ineradicable out of the readers´ mindview spoiler I want to have an always listening sympathetic professional paid opportunist too Someone who can bear my monologues without impolite expressions of own opinions or in general saying anything unasked and unauthorized instead of just acclaiming as it should be hide spoiler