THIEF OF TIME by Terry Pratchett


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Another Discworld yarn (The Truth, 2000, etc.). The Auditors are beings who, on a cosmic scale, keep track of everything that happens; they love order, with everything in its place and all events predictable and unsurprising. Humans are therefore a source of great irritation. The Auditors, then, have developed a plan: they order one of their number to assume corporeality, whereupon Lady LeJean visits eccentric genius Jeremy Clockmaker and commissions him to build the ultimate clock, one that will bring time to a stop. Helpfully, she arranges an assistant for Jeremy—Igor, naturally ordered from “We R Igors.” Fortunately, the Opposition’s also getting organized: Death’s granddaughter, Susan the schoolteacher; the rat-skeleton Death of Rats; the Monks of History; and the humble sweeper, Lu-Tze, and his eerily fast apprentice, Lobsang. Philosophical humor of the highest order.

Pub Date: May 4th, 2001
ISBN: 0-06-019956-3
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2001


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