Mark Reads ‘Thief of Time’: Part 2

In the second part of Thief of Time, THIS IS GONNA BE GREAT, I CAN ALREADY TELL. Intrigued? Then it’s time for Mark to read Discworld.

Miss Susan

I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS EXCEPT I CAN TOTALLY BELIEVE IT BECAUSE IT’S SO PERFECT. Susan Sto Helit is a teacher. OF COURSE SHE IS. It’s a natural progression from her being a governess!

And look at her classroom! And her lessons! She gets away with a non-traditional form of teaching by giving others a Look, and it’s so perfectly in-character for her that I just can’t deal with it. Can we have a YA tie-in series of just this? I’m pretty sure I asked for one last time Susan was a protagonist, but look, I am but a simple man, and this is all I want. (On top of about 100 other things, no big deal.) Just give me four hundred books about Susan teaching generation after generation about the sensible way in which to interpret the universe. Is that so much to ask?

Oh, she’s gonna be so pissed that her father has gotten her involved in this newest adventure, but I’m selfish, and I can’t wait to see what she’ll do.


I think I’m wrong about Lu-Tze’s last appearance. Wasn’t it in Small Gods? Maybe??? All I am certain of is that he appears when time needs to be corrected… er, perhaps I should say that history needs to be put in its proper place, so… OH GOD, WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN.


Okay, WHO IS THIS NEW CHARACTER. Seriously, there’s so much going on at the start of this book!!! So, there’s a child who is living with the History Monks, was discovered in Ankh-Morpork, and who annoys everyone because of his apparent ability to move faster than anyone can see. Oh, and he’s smart. He’s way more clever than any of the monks in the monastery, so of course that infuriates everyone even more. So… what if it’s not a speed thing, but a time thing? What if he’s stopping time? I’M TRYING TO THINK OF THEMATIC THEORIES HERE, OKAY. I love the idea that he’ll be paired with Lu-Tze because there are really only two outcomes here: they’ll become fast friends or they’ll despise one another.


You know, it’s kind of hard to not think of the negative repercussions of Jeremy’s newest project. A rich woman Jeremy has never heard of showed up in his shop, promised him wealth and prestige, and asked him to build something impossible. That’s… that’s like the start of a horror film or, at the very least, a tragedy. WHEN DOES SOMETHING LIKE THIS EVER END WELL.

Now, though, Lady LeJean has sent Jeremy his own Igor. Which is great for job creation, sure, but… I’m worried. That weird dream about the glass clock is also a surefire sign that this is heading for disaster. Why was that thing so creepy, you know?


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