Thief of Time

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Thief of Time

Postby sparky » Thu May 21, 2009 9:19 pm

:D I'm about a third of the way through this book and am finding it one of Sir Terry's more complicated books to follow because of all the different threads (that surely must all come together at the end) that have to be followed. But it is still very funny ! I do love Jeremy Clockson ! Does anyone else agree ?
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Postby Tonyblack » Fri May 22, 2009 12:51 am

Hi there sparky! :D

Thief of Time is a really good book - and yes, things do become clearer - and also very exciting. :wink:

I think you may be in for a surprise with Jeremy in the end. It is a complicated book, but well worth the effort.

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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Fri May 22, 2009 9:43 am

What Tony said - and Lu Tze rocks :D

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Postby Dotsie » Fri May 22, 2009 10:31 am

Welcome Sparky :)

I've only read Thief of Time once. It wasn't one of my favourites, but I think I'll have another go.
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Postby Perdita X » Fri May 22, 2009 12:22 pm

Thief of time is my favourite Susan book
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Postby Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit » Fri May 22, 2009 6:33 pm

The threads Do eventually come together. It is the one where Susan COMES INTO HER OWN, lol, realizing that Death is Really her grandfather and tries desperatly to deny and ignore it.
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Postby Tiffany » Fri May 22, 2009 6:52 pm

Hi Sparky :) Welcome to the forum.
I like Susan.
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Postby chris.ph » Fri May 22, 2009 7:13 pm

welcome to the site sparky :)
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Postby swreader » Sat May 23, 2009 1:54 am

Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit wrote:The threads Do eventually come together. It is the one where Susan COMES INTO HER OWN, lol, realizing that Death is Really her grandfather and tries desperatly to deny and ignore it.


I agree that the threads in this book do eventually come together--and there are multiple threads in this book. I would identify the four major threads as the Lobsang/LuTze thread, the Jeremy/Igor thread, the Susan thread and the DEATH thread but they intertwine and one could make a case for still more threads.

However, I'm totally puzzled by your last sentence, and have finally decided that you are probably confusing Susan in Soul Music (her first appearance and function as a substitute Death)and Susan in Thief of Time. But your statement that this is when she realizes that Death really is her grandfather makes no sense--she always has known that he was her grandfather (from the time she went to visit him as a small child and thought all grandfathers had bony knees and wore black robes). She resents, to some extent, the fact that DEATH expects her to "drop everything" and come help him in this book, But she certainly doesn't try to deny their special relationship nor does his use of her to do something he cannot do come as a surprise to her.

And by the way, Sparky, Welcome to the Board. :D I hope you enjoy this book--it's one of my favorites :) , but it certainly takes more than one reading.
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Postby Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit » Sat May 23, 2009 11:33 pm

I suppose it comes from my last reading of Hogfather. She has vague memories of visiting him as a young child and remembers her parents stopped taking her there before they died, because they thought it would twist her point of view... let me find the reference. Well, first I must find the blasted book hehe, I keep re-reading them and setting them in unexpected places...thyroid issues make ones' memory a bit wonky.
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Postby Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit » Sat May 23, 2009 11:43 pm

Oh bugger it. I am going to look later. My spouse is fixing the brakes with my sons and it is getting to be too much to deal with.

Later tho... :twisted:
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Postby sparky » Thu Jun 04, 2009 9:23 pm

Thank you for all your replies - and yes, this book was well worth the effort and the twist with Jeremy was very good ! will be one of the books I will re-read in the future. Am in the middle of The Colour of Magic at the moment for a bit of light relief :D I do love the books with the three witches in them, especially Nanny Ogg ! :D
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Postby Foul ole Ron » Fri Jun 05, 2009 1:03 pm

My favourite discworld book so far.

I'm reading them in order & have just finished this one.

It's very funny, I also love the character of Lu-Tze, but most of all I love the ideas behind this one.
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Postby swreader » Fri Jun 05, 2009 2:15 pm

Foul ole Ron wrote:My favourite discworld book so far.

I'm reading them in order & have just finished this one.

It's very funny, I also love the character of Lu-Tze, but most of all I love the ideas behind this one.


Welcome to the forum, Ron! Are you going on to the Last Hero, or skipping to Nightwatch? I really found the former a bit tiresome, though the illustrations are interesting. But Nightwatch is a real tour de force and gives you more of Lu-Tze. It also connects nicely with Thief of Time.
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Postby Foul ole Ron » Fri Jun 05, 2009 3:13 pm

swreader wrote:
Foul ole Ron wrote:My favourite discworld book so far.

I'm reading them in order & have just finished this one.

It's very funny, I also love the character of Lu-Tze, but most of all I love the ideas behind this one.


Welcome to the forum, Ron! Are you going on to the Last Hero, or skipping to Nightwatch? I really found the former a bit tiresome, though the illustrations are interesting. But Nightwatch is a real tour de force and gives you more of Lu-Tze. It also connects nicely with Thief of Time.


Good question.

I have the Last Hero as an audiobook only so I'm not going to appreciate the illustrations obviously.

Does it stand up in it's own right?

I do like the character of Cohen the Barbarian very much & enjoyed Interesting Times a lot but I see it's short novel rather than the usual length.

I may listen to the audiobook in the car & leave Nightwatch to read.
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