In the eighteenth and final part ofÂ Pyramids, the Djel valley changes. Intrigued? Then itâ€™s time for Mark to readÂ Discworld.
Change can be a difficult thing to go through, but I like that this book shows how quickly many of these characters were able to adapt to new circumstances. LETâ€™S DISCUSS.
Teppic / Ptraci
Iâ€™d say that the power of choice is an important part of this narrative, given that a lot of the more moving scenes in this final part ofÂ Pyramids revolve around these characters being able to do something â€“ anything, really â€“ that does not center around tradition. If we start with Teppic, itâ€™s very easy to see how he rejects what is expected of him as a king. Becauseâ€¦ well, he abdicates. He just washes his hands of the whole affair. Itâ€™s his way of saying, â€œNo.â€ Like we see of Ptraci in her interactions with Koomi, Teppic discovers the brilliance of being able to refuse. Just outright saying NOPE! And itâ€™s an awesome thing! (Though I found it strange that Teppic then doesnâ€™t let Ptraci say no to being queen. He kind of dumps the whole thing on her. Itâ€™s entertaining that she quickly realizes the power she holds, but I still think itâ€™s kind of hypocritical of Teppic to celebrate his own rejection of this system while hoisting it upon Ptraci.)
So what exactlyÂ does an ex-king and mega-successful assassin do after all this? (Iâ€™M SO HAPPY THAT PRATCHETT POINTED OUT THAT TEPPIC INHUMED A PYRAMID. That truly makes him the best assassin ever, right??? IN MY BOOK, IT DOES.) Well, the beauty of this is that Teppic has utter freedom to go wherever he wishes and do whatever he wants:
â€œWeâ€™ll avoid Ephebe,â€ Teppic said, ostensibly to the camel. â€œWeâ€™ll go up the end of the Circle Sea, perhaps to Quirm or over the Ramptops. Thereâ€™s all sorts of places. Maybe weâ€™ll even look for a few of those cities, eh? I expect youâ€™d like that.â€
Teppic helped bring change to Djel in a way that didnâ€™t ruin anyoneâ€™s life. Hell, it made thingsÂ better. Plumbing. Mattresses. No death by crocodiles. And now, Ptraci is in power and utterly uninterested in a single goddamn ritual, and thatâ€™s pretty spectacular.
The Ptaclusp Dynasty
â€œItâ€™s called a bridge,â€ said IIb.
â€œIs that like an aqueduct?â€ said Ptaclusp.
â€œIn reverse, sort of thing,â€ said IIb. â€œThe water goes underneath, we go over the top.â€
GODDAMN IT, NOW I CANâ€™T EVER LOOK AT BRIDGES THE SAME.Â EVER. Thanks, Terry Pratchett.Â Thanks.
I really wasnâ€™t sure how Dil and Gern could ever readjust to the new world in the Djel. The Ptaclusp family were builders, so it stood to reason that theyâ€™d findÂ some way to adapt. But Dil and Gern were embalmers! With the destruction of the pyramids, their jobs were rendered immediately obsolete.Â Or so I thought. I read Dilâ€™s end as a joke about the fact that he always had to delicately handle internal organs as an embalmer, so food art was kind of second nature to him. But it was still nice to know that Teppic had ruined their lives. Like everyone else here, change was met with resilience. People may be hard to predict, but they generally do find a way to deal with most things.
In the Beginningâ€¦
Thereâ€™s now a cyclical nature to Diosâ€™s character that I canâ€™t ignore. Of course, itâ€™s now built in to his story; after the Great Pyramid exploded, all of his time unraveled and HE STARTED AT THE LITERAL BEGINNING OF THE DJEL. With that, though, went most of his memories. Not all of them, though, and I wonder if Dios will repeat himself. Will he wind his way through time, exploiting the power of the pyramid? Or will this be his last â€œlifeâ€? Pratchett doesnâ€™t tell us, but Dios had spent thousands of years repeating himself. If thereâ€™s any monumental change to be had in this story, I think Diosâ€™s has the greatest potential. He just needs toâ€¦ well,Â die.
I liked this book, but I wouldnâ€™t say that this was my favoriteÂ Discworld book. (Iâ€™M STILL SUPER INTOÂ WYRD SISTERS, Yâ€™ALL.) It was a treat to get a new culture on the Disc, set in a place weâ€™d not been before. I have no idea whatÂ Guards! Guards!Â is about or who is in it, but a lot of folks seem really excited about me starting it? I DONâ€™T KNOW, people yell at me on Twitter about it, so I hope thatâ€™s a good thing!
The original text contains use of the word â€œstupidâ€ and â€œcrazed.â€
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