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Reading Pratchett: Pyramids - 2nd April
Travisina
Terry Pratchett - Pyramids

Date: Thursday 2nd April
Time: 7.45pm UK time (BST - please note that our clocks are going forward on 28th March)


All welcome to join us for a chat about Discworld's version of Ancient Egypt!
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sweevo
I don't think I can make it, as it's my mother's birthday.
 
Travisina
sweevo wrote:

I don't think I can make it, as it's my mother's birthday.

Ah, happy birthday to your mother. We'll be doing more Pratchetts, so feel free to join another one.
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M1795537 OC Virn
'Pyramids'

For anyone new to Terry Pratchett, the majority of his stories are set in ‘Discworld’, an alternative universe. There, things that we know as mythical or magical on Earth tend to be real. It’s often described as ‘fantasy’, but it’s a lot more than that. In some ways, it’s more like Charles Dickens. Pratchett asks ‘what if?’ which is what I believe real SF is all about.

Discworld stories remind me of Blake’s Seven, because in both, we discover people not unlike ourselves making the best of the circumstances in which they find themselves.
In the ‘Discworld’, those circumstances cover a variety of topics we’ve encountered here on Earth: for instance, in ‘Pyramids’, Pratchett explores somewhere a lot like Egypt. For instance, is it true that pyramids can preserve things? And what are camels thinking all day?
In this first Pratchett re-read, we discover the answers. Well, Pratchett’s answers, anyway.

Pyramids also brings to mind my favourite John Hegley poem:

When Michelle Pfeiffer goes to the loo
She doesn’t make a noise like me or you,
She doesn’t make a noise like you or me,
‘Cos Michelle Pfeiffer has a silent ‘p’.

Looking forward to hearing your comments on Thursday.
Edited by M1795537 OC Virn on 30 March 2020 18:52:55
You're not sulking, I hope?
 
stormypetrel
My copy arrived today. Unfortunately, I’m supposed to be working, but fortunately, from home, so reading under the desk is unlikely to be noticedSmile
 
One Spare Part
Pstormypetrel are you here?
"We're in the centre of a mystical convergence here."
 
One Spare Part
P-virn are YOU here?
"We're in the centre of a mystical convergence here."
 
stormypetrel
I think so
 
Travisina
PTravisina reporting in!
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One Spare Part

You haven't turned 90° have you?
"We're in the centre of a mystical convergence here."
 
One Spare Part
Travisina wrote:

PTravisina reporting in!

Pip Pip purrah!
"We're in the centre of a mystical convergence here."
 
stormypetrel
One Spare Part wrote:


You haven't turned 90° have you?

Um... has anyone got a protractor?
 
M1795537 OC Virn
Hi, yes I'm here, trying not to refresh too often!
You're not sulking, I hope?
 
Travisina
I've not finished reading the book yet, but am happy to discuss as far as I've got (page 186) and don't mind spoilers.
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M1795537 OC Virn
Have we all finished Book 1? (P 89)
Edited by M1795537 OC Virn on 02 April 2020 19:49:13
You're not sulking, I hope?
 
Travisina
M1795537 OC Virn wrote:

Have we all finished Book 1?

I'm in the middle of Book 3, Birth of the New Son.
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Cygnus Bazza
I'm here but I've only read the first psix ppages and didn't really understand them.

Plus I've got to go and clap the PNHS at 8 cos my son works in a ppharmacy.
 
Travisina
M Virn, would you like to take the role of the High Priestess?
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One Spare Part
Cygnus Bazza wrote:

I'm here but I've only read the first psix ppages and didn't really understand them.

Plus I've got to go and clap the PNHS at 8 cos my son works in a ppharmacy.

I thought that was Last week?
"We're in the centre of a mystical convergence here."
 
stormypetrel
I read it yesterday. I had a lot of online meetings yesterday.
 
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