Saturday, July 19, 2008

More funny little men

In an enormous department store (Arnold Bros, est 1905) , beneath the floorboards and inside the walls, live teeny tiny people. Humans have no idea that these people, the nomes, live there, and because humans are so slow (and slow-witted, according to the nomes), they have no idea that the little people not only exist, but that they are living entirely on the bounty of the merchandise of Arnold Bros (est 1905).

Meanwhile, there is a small group of nomes who live Outside. Their numbers have decreased over the years, and now they are composed of a group of elderly nomes and two younger nomes, Masklin, who's been hunting to provide food for everyone, and Grimma, a young woman who does her best to take care of the group. But food grows more and more scarce, and finally Masklin realizes they risk starvation if they remain where they are. It is time to move on.

When a group of nomes from the mythical Outside shows up at Arnold Bros (est 1905), no one knows what to think. It hardly seems possible - after all, Arnold Bros (est 1905) is their entire world. The store nomes don't know it yet, but the arrival of the outsiders is just the beginning of enormous changes that are about to happen. Masklin just wants to find a safe place for his little group - the last thing he wants is to be responsible for more nomes than he knew even existed in the world. But it doesn't appear he's going to have much choice in the matter.

I can honestly say I've never a read book by Terry Pratchett that I haven't enjoyed, and this one is no exception. There is humor, as always, and wonderful characters, interesting predicaments, and a bit of social commentary. It is an excellent opening book to the trilogy, and I look forward to reading the second book soon.

Books in the Bromeliad trilogy:
1. Truckers
2. Diggers
3. Wings

Truckers (#1 in the Bromeliad trilogy) by Terry Pratchett (Corgi Books, 2004)

Also reviewed at:
A Fort Made of Books
Sue's Book Reviews
Things Mean a Lot

8 comments:

  1. I read this series when I was a kid and really enjoyed it. I didn't get into the discworld books until a few years ago having preferred this serise. I think at the moment my favourite Pratchetts are the Tiffany Aching series which I just caught up with.

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  2. This is one of the best books I've ever read! The next two are good but imho this one is the best (and funniest) of the lot.

    I read this aloud to my oldest son and I kept having giggle fits where I had to compse myself before I could continue reading.

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  3. Just the sight of the words Arnold Bros, est 1905 got me giggling all over again :P I love this series. I can't wait to see what you think of the other two!

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  4. Rhinoa - I have loved all of Pratchett's books so far, but the Tiffany Aching books are definitely my favorites, too.

    Nicola - I don't know why it did not occur to me to read this to my kids, but of course I will have to do just that. I can see it would be hard to read without stopping to laugh!

    Nymeth - Ha! I can see that. I'm looking forward to reading the next one, but I thought I'd take a break - you know, to rest from laughing. :-)

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  5. I just read Good Omens by Pratchett and Gaiman. It's the first of his that I've read. If it's indicative of his Discworld series, then I MUST read them!

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  6. Stephanie - I've had that book sitting on my shelf for YEARS, and for some reason haven't gotten around to reading it. Can you believe it? I guess I should get to it soon!

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  7. My daughter loaned me Truckers to read recently, so I must get to it. Your review has made me keener than ever! I hadn't realised it was quite so much fun... but then I thought that about Tiffany Aching and was *so* wrong.

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  8. I think Tiffany is and will always be my favorite, but this was wonderful, too. I'll be waiting to hear what you think when you read it!

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