Title: Small Gods
Author: Terry Pratchett
Length: 357 pages
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
This is one of my absolute favorite Terry Pratchett books (that I’ve read so far!) This book is a very interesting parody on organized religion. As Christian, I found that there was some absolute wisdom to this book. Many places in the Church today, Christians are just living for the church and its hierarchies, but not the God that established it. Everything I’ve ever read about Mr. Pratchett indicates that he is a polite, but outspoken atheist, but much of this book speaks volumes of truth about the human condition when it comes to religion. I found that it helped me to really think hard about my worship practices and it bolstered my faith in the God that saved me.
The main character of this book is Brutha. He is a lowly member of the clergy that serve the god Om. Most of Brutha’s life, he has been told what to think, do, say, and believe. Om is a God who has “fallen” from the perches of greater glory and now lives in the body of a stumpy tortoise. When he falls from the sky right into the lap of Omnia (the theocratic country that “serves” him), Om finds the only person who can truly hear his voice out of all the “believers” is Brutha. *Shivers*. SUCH good stuff, folks.
I won’t give too much away, but suffice it to say that Brutha and Om forge a tenuous relationship that is filled with laughter, hard points, and adventure. This book made me laugh SO much, but it also made me think a great deal. The cast of characters in this book was superb. Brutha and Om were spectacular, but so were the Philosophers, Death (who has to make an appearance in nearly all Discworld novels), and Vorbis. If you’re looking for a great Terry Pratchett read, give Small Gods a go! You won’t regret it. I can’t wait to reread it again!
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