Pyramids by Terry Pratchett
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This review was originally posted at Goodreads and imported here later with next to no spell/grammar checking.
Pyramids, just like the country it’s set in is completely isolated from the rest of Discworld.
It is about a little kingdom similar to Egypt and it’s taking the piss out of ancient religions, Greek philosophy, cosmology and for some reason, quantum.
It’s hilarious. I’ve only got a passing knowledge of the classics and even then it gets extremely funny, combining — as ever — the lowliest of puns with literary and cultural references ranging from the obvious to the obscure. And quantum woo because that’s a perfectly sensible explanation for anything out of the ordinary.
Someone actually well-versed in the stories of Homer or the ancient Egyptian culture will find this book to be the one place where all that knowledge can finally be put to some use :-).
Since it’s an isolated book, it’s a pretty good way to get your feet wet with Discworld. There’s no need to have read any of the previous books and no obligation to read the remaining 40 either.