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    THIEF OF TIME by Terry Pratchett


    HarperCollins, 2001

    The auditors, a disembodied group of entities whose role is to count and account for everything, are bothered by the complexities of life. When they find a certified sane clockmaker who wants to build the perfect clock, they come up with a plan to stop time itself. Opposing the billions of auditors are time's granddaughter, an 800 year-old monk and his apprentice, and the run-down and aging riders of the apocalypse.

    The glass clock trick has been tried before, and the monks of history are still working to repair the damage it did to continuity stealing years from Discworld's past to fill in the gaps. Another attack is likely to be final. Yet the auditors cannot be stopped.

    If you haven't discovered Terry Pratchett (see more reviews of novels by this author), you are in for a treat. Pratchett doesn't write complex character-driven novels. What he writes--what he is the master of--is funny and illogical books that make you think. Imagine a mix of Douglas Adams and J.R.R. Tolkien and you start to have an idea of what Pratchett delivers. His novels are funny, but contain thoughtful gems that can stop you in your tracks. A monk who has discovered the way via a boarding house keeper's store of cliches is funny, especially when he is able to use these cliches in ways that are both true and new. THIEF OF TIME does not delve as deeply into the low-life of Ankh-Morpork or the characters Pratchett fans have come to love. It does, however, cast new light on the strange universe in which the Discworld floats.

    Whenever a new Discworld novel comes out, I grab it--it's a rule that THIEF OF TIME only reinforces.

    Four Stars

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