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Under the floorboards of the Store is a world of four-inch-tall nomes that humans never see. It is commonly known among these nomes that Arnold Bros. created the Store for them to live in, and he declared: "Everything Under One Roof." Therefore there can be no such thing as Outside. It just makes sense. That is, until the day a group of nomes arrives on a truck, claiming Under the floorboards of the Store is a world of four-inch-tall nomes that humans never see. It is commonly known among these nomes that Arnold Bros. created the Store for them to live in, and he declared: "Everything Under One Roof." Therefore there can be no such thing as Outside. It just makes sense. That is, until the day a group of nomes arrives on a truck, claiming to be from Outside, talking about Day and Night and Snow and other crazy legends. And they soon uncover devastating news: The Store is about to be demolished. It's up to Masklin, one of the Outside nomes, to devise a daring escape plan that will forever change the nomes' vision of the world. . . .


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Under the floorboards of the Store is a world of four-inch-tall nomes that humans never see. It is commonly known among these nomes that Arnold Bros. created the Store for them to live in, and he declared: "Everything Under One Roof." Therefore there can be no such thing as Outside. It just makes sense. That is, until the day a group of nomes arrives on a truck, claiming Under the floorboards of the Store is a world of four-inch-tall nomes that humans never see. It is commonly known among these nomes that Arnold Bros. created the Store for them to live in, and he declared: "Everything Under One Roof." Therefore there can be no such thing as Outside. It just makes sense. That is, until the day a group of nomes arrives on a truck, claiming to be from Outside, talking about Day and Night and Snow and other crazy legends. And they soon uncover devastating news: The Store is about to be demolished. It's up to Masklin, one of the Outside nomes, to devise a daring escape plan that will forever change the nomes' vision of the world. . . .

30 review for Truckers

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mark Lawrence

    My wife bought this for Celyn and I read it to her. There are plenty of good things to say about the book. It has a moderate supply of Terry Pratchett's trademark wit for starters. The nomes (gnomes if you like) are an interesting mix of clever and stupid, and the addition of a lost history and their origin in the stars gives a refreshing sci-fi twist to a fantasy-in-the-real-world story. I wonder why that appeals to me... I'm not sure what age range this is aimed at, but it's published by Corgi C My wife bought this for Celyn and I read it to her. There are plenty of good things to say about the book. It has a moderate supply of Terry Pratchett's trademark wit for starters. The nomes (gnomes if you like) are an interesting mix of clever and stupid, and the addition of a lost history and their origin in the stars gives a refreshing sci-fi twist to a fantasy-in-the-real-world story. I wonder why that appeals to me... I'm not sure what age range this is aimed at, but it's published by Corgi Children's and I'm pretty sure my wife would have picked it up in the 11 year old (or less) section. A large part of the humour is too old for 11 year olds, I suspect. I doubt many 11 year olds today know what a haberdashery department is, or even perhaps an iron mongery or stationery department, so when these words are slightly altered and used as tribal names ... most will only hear the whooshing sound as it goes over their heads. So it goes with many of the jokes. Even so, it's an inventive story with various challenges facing our nomes, not least the understanding of the human world. When the outside nomes meet the store nomes and try to convince them there really is an outside a subtle satire on world views plays out whilst other more concrete problems are overcome. What was lacking for me, and why this fell shy of 4* was the characters. Pratchett normally delivers strong and interesting characters. Here though, perhaps overwhelmed by the world-building and all the opportunities for fun, Pratchett really doesn't do the job. The single nome we follow through the story does learn a lesson or two about leadership but there isn't any real emotional core or heart to the story. I never cared about the nomes. They could all have been eaten by badgers and I wouldn't have batted an eyelid. This was quite an early effort by Sir Terry and he definitely improved with age. Even so, there's enough magic (of the literary kind) here to mean I don't count the money wasted. I liked the book, 3*. I didn't *really* like it, 4*, or think it amazing 5*. Join my 3-emails-a-year newsletter #prizes ...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    Every now and then I feel a touch of Pratchett withdrawal and have a look to see if there are any of his books I have not read yet. Fortunately he wrote loads so I can usually find something and in this case I have scored the first book in a trilogy! Truckers: The First Book of the Nomes is a fun book about a colony of Nomes who live under the floorboards of a huge department store, until the store is demolished and the story unfolds. It is not quite as good as the Discworld books, maybe because Every now and then I feel a touch of Pratchett withdrawal and have a look to see if there are any of his books I have not read yet. Fortunately he wrote loads so I can usually find something and in this case I have scored the first book in a trilogy! Truckers: The First Book of the Nomes is a fun book about a colony of Nomes who live under the floorboards of a huge department store, until the store is demolished and the story unfolds. It is not quite as good as the Discworld books, maybe because it is directed at a younger audience and although the typical Pratchett humour is there it is not quite as clever. Still a very enjoyable read and I cannot wait to see what the Nomes do next.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    It only took me a few pages to realise that I'd already knew the story to the first in the Bromeliad trilogy. There was a stop-motion animation series that I'd watched as a kid, seeing 4inch nomes inhabit a department store is pretty memorable! With each page brought back both vivid memories of the show and a bygone way of shopping. I still remember visiting old department stores. Just as the nomes believed there was literally everything under one roof. That meant they didnt believe there was an out It only took me a few pages to realise that I'd already knew the story to the first in the Bromeliad trilogy. There was a stop-motion animation series that I'd watched as a kid, seeing 4inch nomes inhabit a department store is pretty memorable! With each page brought back both vivid memories of the show and a bygone way of shopping. I still remember visiting old department stores. Just as the nomes believed there was literally everything under one roof. That meant they didnt believe there was an outside, that was until another group of nomes arrive at the store. Prachett likes tackling the topic of religion and again its brilliantly handled here. For the nomes that have a short life span, the creation myth has them believe that Arnold Bros (est. 1905) has always been there home. So a group of outsiders challenging the ideas really rocks the stores residents. Predominantly written as a children's book in the late eighties, this fun adventure can be enjoyed by all ages. The store itself is due for demolition, can the new arrivals convince those nomes who for generations believed the store was there sole existence have their viewpoint changed? Witty observations alongside funny snippets from The Book of Nome, it's a true nostalgic classic.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julian Worker

    The first of The Bromeliad Trilogy leading to Diggers and Wings. After Terry Pratchett died I read an obituary that stated when Pratchett reached heaven he was welcomed by Jonathan Swift who told him that he (Swift) wished he'd written Truckers. The book is inventive, witty, and so clever. I found myself rooting for the gnomes and hoping they'd succeed despite all the obstacles in their path. With hindsight, you only realise how good this book is when you see other 'comedic' novels being churned The first of The Bromeliad Trilogy leading to Diggers and Wings. After Terry Pratchett died I read an obituary that stated when Pratchett reached heaven he was welcomed by Jonathan Swift who told him that he (Swift) wished he'd written Truckers. The book is inventive, witty, and so clever. I found myself rooting for the gnomes and hoping they'd succeed despite all the obstacles in their path. With hindsight, you only realise how good this book is when you see other 'comedic' novels being churned out that pale into comparison with Truckers. I'm going to have to read this again, very soon.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Margo

    Very, very funny. Surprised to see on Amazon that this book is listed as ages 8 - 10. I first read it in my mid twenties, and enjoyed equally well now in my late forties. You can't put an age limit on humour! Very, very funny. Surprised to see on Amazon that this book is listed as ages 8 - 10. I first read it in my mid twenties, and enjoyed equally well now in my late forties. You can't put an age limit on humour!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    I have been O Deeing on psycho serial killers of late and was in need of something completely different. Went looking and when I came across Terry Pratchett, I had a light globe moment, haven't read any Sir Terry for about twenty years. Went looking in my box of many thing and found Truckers an audio edition. What a joy. So funny I laughed out load. I like listening to audio books when my dog is taking me for a walk. Picture, if you will, a man well past his prime being dragged along by a 6 kgs d I have been O Deeing on psycho serial killers of late and was in need of something completely different. Went looking and when I came across Terry Pratchett, I had a light globe moment, haven't read any Sir Terry for about twenty years. Went looking in my box of many thing and found Truckers an audio edition. What a joy. So funny I laughed out load. I like listening to audio books when my dog is taking me for a walk. Picture, if you will, a man well past his prime being dragged along by a 6 kgs dog laughing his head off. The look of consternation on passers by had to be seen to be believed. To make matters worse, by way of explanation, I'd point to my ears and say " Sir Terry". Mothers pulled children to to their sides saying " promise me that you will have me put down before I end up like that" Terry Pratchett has the ability to turn very ordinary thing upside down and make them extra-ordinary. Things that were just there and taken for granted suddenly need closer attention. Whilst this is supposed to be a kids book I believe that it is really an adult book disguised as a kids book. For a kids book there's a lot of finger pointing at organised religion, politics and female emancipation, or lack there of. That a part, this was, once again, a joy to read. Will the thing rescue them? To be continued. The narration is by Stephen Briggs and is beyond good. Recommended for grown up kids of all ages. 5 stars.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Anu

    Review to come, because post-match euphoria.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alice Gold

    The librarian at our local library has amazing taste in books. When she hands me a stack every time I go to the library I know I will like every single one. She is such a motivation for me to read often. This book is the first in a series of three books and was recommended to me by her and she said, "You are going to love these." She was absolutely right. While reading the whole time I kept thinking I want to write books like these. Forget the huge daunting novel. How about a short, quirky, hilar The librarian at our local library has amazing taste in books. When she hands me a stack every time I go to the library I know I will like every single one. She is such a motivation for me to read often. This book is the first in a series of three books and was recommended to me by her and she said, "You are going to love these." She was absolutely right. While reading the whole time I kept thinking I want to write books like these. Forget the huge daunting novel. How about a short, quirky, hilarious, and fun short series for older kids? I think I can do that. The book is about a bunch of gnomes. They are very literal and live in the walls of a store. They've been around since humans have even though they never show themselves to humans. A group of gnomes shakes things up when they arrive from the outside (a place no one thought existed). The inside gnomes worship the store maker as their God and they try to follow all the signs in the store like "everything must go." The outside gnomes try to be patient with the inside gnomes funny ways and whimpy attitudes. The characters are wonderfully intricate and the plots are almost silly yet still intriguing. I read all three books in a week. I hope that someday my kids will read these stories and get as many laughs as I did. Thank you Terry Pratchett. You are so witty and I love your relaxed writing style.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Qt

    I really liked this one! It was an exciting, thoughtful, and, I thought, intelligent story of the four inch high nomes and their struggle to find somewhere safe to live. It was interesting to read about how they find ways to use the much bigger, human-sized objects, and the adventures they have are surprisingly gripping and dramatic. I am looking forward to the rest of the series!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

    A small band of nomes (think: gnomes) leaves the Outside and travels in the back of a truck to the Store where they discover a huge city of nomes. For generations, the Store nomes have lived inside, divided up into contentious departmental groups. The nomes learn that the Store is to be destroyed in twenty-one days. To escape, the nomes must do the impossible: the nomes must learn how to work together to drive a huge eighteen-wheeler to a safe location. A silly delight of a book, filled with the A small band of nomes (think: gnomes) leaves the Outside and travels in the back of a truck to the Store where they discover a huge city of nomes. For generations, the Store nomes have lived inside, divided up into contentious departmental groups. The nomes learn that the Store is to be destroyed in twenty-one days. To escape, the nomes must do the impossible: the nomes must learn how to work together to drive a huge eighteen-wheeler to a safe location. A silly delight of a book, filled with the usual Terry Pratchett nonsense. Some random quotes: “The important thing about being a leader is not being right or wrong but being certain. Of course, it helps to be right as well, the Abbot conceded.” “I don’t know enough words, he thought. Some things you can’t think unless you know the right words.” “It was always a good idea, he said, to be good at something other people couldn’t or didn’t want to do.” "Nomes had always lived in corners of the world, and suddenly there weren't too many corners anymore. The numbers started going down. A lot of this was due to natural causes, and when you're four inches high, natural causes can be anything with teeth and speed and hunger." '"What's up with him?" asked Masklin. "He's having to think," she said. "That always worries people."' "According to Gurder, the big pink humans that stood in Fashions, and Kiddies Klothes, and Young Living, and never moved at all, were those who had incurred Arnold Bros (est. 1905)'s displeasure. They had been turned into horrible pink stuff, and some said they could even be taken apart. But certain Klothian philosophers said no, they were particularly good humans, who had been allowed to stay in the store forever, and not made to disappear at Closing Time. Religion was very hard to understand."

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joey Woolfardis

    [Quick, short review from memory before I re-read and review fully: Memories are fairly vague, though the plot is almost there. I recall I enjoyed it, though I don't remember specifics. No characters spring to mind but setting is viable. Some happenings. Good writing. Elsewise vague.] [Quick, short review from memory before I re-read and review fully: Memories are fairly vague, though the plot is almost there. I recall I enjoyed it, though I don't remember specifics. No characters spring to mind but setting is viable. Some happenings. Good writing. Elsewise vague.]

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    A fun and light hearted story about the Nomes who live among us.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bella

    Was good, but I lost interest at some points.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mario

    If you ask 10 nomes to push four will pull and two will say pardon. Reading this book was pure fun. Technically, this was my first Pratchett's book. I've read Good Omens, but he co-wrote that with Neil Gaiman. And after reading Good Omens I knew that Pratchett's books are going to be fun to read, and I was completely right. But also, while this book had lots of humor, it still had some meaningful things hidden in that humor. And I'm so glad that I have second part of this series, because I'm goin If you ask 10 nomes to push four will pull and two will say pardon. Reading this book was pure fun. Technically, this was my first Pratchett's book. I've read Good Omens, but he co-wrote that with Neil Gaiman. And after reading Good Omens I knew that Pratchett's books are going to be fun to read, and I was completely right. But also, while this book had lots of humor, it still had some meaningful things hidden in that humor. And I'm so glad that I have second part of this series, because I'm going to start reading it immediately.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    On a green cover, you find.. Truckers: The First Book of the Nomes! Did you know there was a colony of Nomes who lived under the floorboards of a huge department store? Well, there were.. they had to learn to read, drive, and go outside .. because everything for so long was between the floorboards that they forgot about the OUTSIDE... A clever book that has such things as pet rats.. I might want one, I think... maybe not... but still so very clever. So clever in fact that they are able to plan an On a green cover, you find.. Truckers: The First Book of the Nomes! Did you know there was a colony of Nomes who lived under the floorboards of a huge department store? Well, there were.. they had to learn to read, drive, and go outside .. because everything for so long was between the floorboards that they forgot about the OUTSIDE... A clever book that has such things as pet rats.. I might want one, I think... maybe not... but still so very clever. So clever in fact that they are able to plan and pull off the escape of 2000 nomes in a truck.. which is pretty much a FEAT when you consider they are pretty tiny... I have to find the next book to see if they are going to fly.. last we 'saw' them they were admiring an airplane in the OUTSIDE. Such an enjoyable read .. so very creative and colorful. It is a 5-star reprieve for me! I just garden away while laughing like crazy..

  16. 5 out of 5

    John Naylor

    As I noted in my review for Diggers, I have read this before. It was just so long ago that I had forgotten nearly all of it. (To be honest I had to check my review of Diggers for information and that was only 6 months ago.) Terry Pratchett definitely improved his writing with each book he wrote. It is good but not as polished as the Discworld novels. His use of language was still developing here and some if the great puns foreshadow his future works. I definitely recommend this series. I recommen As I noted in my review for Diggers, I have read this before. It was just so long ago that I had forgotten nearly all of it. (To be honest I had to check my review of Diggers for information and that was only 6 months ago.) Terry Pratchett definitely improved his writing with each book he wrote. It is good but not as polished as the Discworld novels. His use of language was still developing here and some if the great puns foreshadow his future works. I definitely recommend this series. I recommend anything Sir Terry wrote. He was one of the best and most beloved authors ever.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marta

    Truckers is no Discworld; it lacks the hilarity, but it possesses a charm that would endear itself to children more. It is very reminiscent of Pratchett’s first book, The Carpet People. In both, tiny people living near, but unseen by, humans, interact with the human world from an ants-eye view, often with silly results. They also mimic human society in Pratchett’s quirky way, giving opportunity to comment on prejudices, ignorance, religion, leadership, and human failings, in a gentle and underst Truckers is no Discworld; it lacks the hilarity, but it possesses a charm that would endear itself to children more. It is very reminiscent of Pratchett’s first book, The Carpet People. In both, tiny people living near, but unseen by, humans, interact with the human world from an ants-eye view, often with silly results. They also mimic human society in Pratchett’s quirky way, giving opportunity to comment on prejudices, ignorance, religion, leadership, and human failings, in a gentle and understanding way. A great read with kids or for a Pratchett fan.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Toast

    This is superb! One of the funniest books I've read in ages. The observational comedy of life in a Department Store made into a life, a religion is genius. I'm not normally a fan of TP - my brain can't take the 7 levels of existance all balanced on the back of a giant turtle - but this is much more my level and I was completely taken blown away. The use of language, signs, commandments is just brilliant. The characters are wonderful. The adventures are pure slapstick. I know its a children's boo This is superb! One of the funniest books I've read in ages. The observational comedy of life in a Department Store made into a life, a religion is genius. I'm not normally a fan of TP - my brain can't take the 7 levels of existance all balanced on the back of a giant turtle - but this is much more my level and I was completely taken blown away. The use of language, signs, commandments is just brilliant. The characters are wonderful. The adventures are pure slapstick. I know its a children's book but who cares - its great for all. Laughing all the way to 'Everything must Go' Toast

  19. 5 out of 5

    Natasha Glerup

    An interesting story with great illustrations. 5 stars :)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I've been a fan of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series since I was a teenager but I'd never actually read his Bromeliad trilogy so when I was given the chance to take part in the Farewell Terry Pratchett Blog Tour I thought it was the perfect time to pick up my copy of Truckers. I didn't actually know a great deal about this story before I started reading, I knew it was a children's book and I knew it wasn't connected to the Discworld but that's about it. I was sure it would be clever and witty li I've been a fan of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series since I was a teenager but I'd never actually read his Bromeliad trilogy so when I was given the chance to take part in the Farewell Terry Pratchett Blog Tour I thought it was the perfect time to pick up my copy of Truckers. I didn't actually know a great deal about this story before I started reading, I knew it was a children's book and I knew it wasn't connected to the Discworld but that's about it. I was sure it would be clever and witty like the rest of Terry Pratchett's books though and I was definitely proved right there. Truckers is the story of a group of nomes who have spent so long living inside a department store that they have become convinced that the outside doesn't even exist. So they're quite shocked when a group of strangers arrives, especially when those strangers tell them that the store will be closing and that all the nomes must leave and find a new place to live. I don't really want to tell you much more about the story but where Terry Pratchett excels is with his clever observations about life, the way he finds the completely absurd in every day life and with just a tiny twist makes us realise just how strange things we take for granted really are. Imagine if you're part of a race that is just four inches tall and that you've spent your entire life living in one building. Just imagine how scary it would be to even think of leaving, not to mention the logistical issues of trying to move an entire colony when you have to stay out of sight, have no clue where you're actually going and need to bring enough food and materials with you to survive any potential situation. That is the task that Masklin and his friends are facing and it's a daunting one. Truckers is such a fun story but it has great morals to it too, it talks about the importance of education and equality of the sexes but it does it in a way that is easy for young children to understand and relate to. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and can't wait to carry on reading the rest of the trilogy!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Eric Mesa

    While this book started off kind of slowly, it does eventually pick up and get pretty darn interesting. The story begins with the last of the nomes making a desperate play to try and leave their lives behind because they're in danger of going extinct. The lack of nomes doesn't leave them with enough "manpower" to hunt or keep predators away. They end up at a department store and discover that thousands of nomes live there. At that point the plotting picks up and the story becomes a satire of bli While this book started off kind of slowly, it does eventually pick up and get pretty darn interesting. The story begins with the last of the nomes making a desperate play to try and leave their lives behind because they're in danger of going extinct. The lack of nomes doesn't leave them with enough "manpower" to hunt or keep predators away. They end up at a department store and discover that thousands of nomes live there. At that point the plotting picks up and the story becomes a satire of blindly following religion in the face of opposing proof, a satire of politics, and a fish out of water story. There are lots of cute jokes around what the nomes have interpreted about human culture since they're unable to understand humans. If you remember Disney's The Little Mermaid - think about the way Scuttle describes the human artifacts to Ariel. The book eventually drops its plot twist: (view spoiler)[nomes used to be an incredibly advanced and space-faring race and kick-starated human technology to try and get back to space after they crash-landed on Earth. But over the thousands of years they lost knowledge of all that. (hide spoiler)] . I didn't find it as funny or well-plotted as his Discworld books, but it was only his second attempt at a YA book. And Nation was awesome, if not comical at all. Give it a shot if you're a Pratchett completionist. I think it eventually redeems itself, but I wouldn't recommend that you go out of your way to read it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kyriakos Sorokkou

    That was a fast read. This was my first Terry Pratchett book. I was lucky that it wasn't part of the Discworld series because I wasn't sure which of the books I found there at the bazaar was the 1st from the 40+ books of the Discworld series, so I was lucky that this book was part of a trilogy not a fortylogy. The protagonists of this series are the Nomes or Gnomes if you like, they move faster than us (humans) so we (almost) can't see them, that means we are moving like sloths to them and speak That was a fast read. This was my first Terry Pratchett book. I was lucky that it wasn't part of the Discworld series because I wasn't sure which of the books I found there at the bazaar was the 1st from the 40+ books of the Discworld series, so I was lucky that this book was part of a trilogy not a fortylogy. The protagonists of this series are the Nomes or Gnomes if you like, they move faster than us (humans) so we (almost) can't see them, that means we are moving like sloths to them and speak in slow-motion, so for these reasons they think we are sluggish and stupid. Anyway one small group of Nomes that lives in the outside enters a department store and they come face to face with hundreds of other Nomes living inside the department store under, the floors that is. But then the Store a.k.a Arnold Bros (est. 1905) has to close down so the Nomes have to find a new home. This was a hilarious book describing human things from the point of view of Nomes, they thought rain as sprinklers for fire, that human names are as follow: Salaries, Accounts, Personnel, etc; they thought Road Works as a no-problem sign because the road is working so ahead we go. . . (no) Anyway I really liked this book and I want to find out what happened to them after the end in the next book Diggers. 4 stars from me.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Zana

    This is the sort of engaging, fun, funny story that would be ten zillion times better if there were more than one female character in the entire F*ing thing. But, you say, there are three female characters -- THREE out of a cast of two thousand (and not a single female background character, mind). And unto you I say, they are all the same damn characters: stubborn, plucky windowdressing with a side of "of course women should learn to read" thrown in. This was published only fifteen years ago, wh This is the sort of engaging, fun, funny story that would be ten zillion times better if there were more than one female character in the entire F*ing thing. But, you say, there are three female characters -- THREE out of a cast of two thousand (and not a single female background character, mind). And unto you I say, they are all the same damn characters: stubborn, plucky windowdressing with a side of "of course women should learn to read" thrown in. This was published only fifteen years ago, which is a sad commentary on the state of affairs. Ugh, way to ruin a good book, Pratchett.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Larry Schmidt

    What begins as one of those "cute" stories about little people living in baseboards and using paper clip chains as climbing ropes becomes both an entertaining adventure and an exploration of superstition, prejudice, the nature of religion, and how we know what we know. And it's funny. What begins as one of those "cute" stories about little people living in baseboards and using paper clip chains as climbing ropes becomes both an entertaining adventure and an exploration of superstition, prejudice, the nature of religion, and how we know what we know. And it's funny.

  25. 5 out of 5

    QueenBee

    A nice fun little re read of a fave of mine always makes me smile 😊

  26. 5 out of 5

    Karl Orbell

    Well, I've had this book for a long time. I located it on my Pratchett shelf, at the back, discoloured pages, a little beaten up from being lent out a few times - but I had never read it myself. I wanted to read the Discworld novels first. However, he kept writing those and well, the years and then decades rolled by. I think I bought the book sometime between 1994 and 1996, it's a 1991 issue. Anyhow, reading this series, I bought all three books at once, is long overdue. This is an earlier book b Well, I've had this book for a long time. I located it on my Pratchett shelf, at the back, discoloured pages, a little beaten up from being lent out a few times - but I had never read it myself. I wanted to read the Discworld novels first. However, he kept writing those and well, the years and then decades rolled by. I think I bought the book sometime between 1994 and 1996, it's a 1991 issue. Anyhow, reading this series, I bought all three books at once, is long overdue. This is an earlier book by Pratchett standards, written in the late 80s, it was also one of few targeted directly at children, well young adults at least. I was not sure quite what to expect, I knew it had been televised (I've had the DVD for many years, but wanted to read the book first...), so other people must've thought it was great, Pratchett is always great! Well, I'm very pleased to report that having read this, that statement seems more true than ever. He has excelled himself on this one. The story follows a group of Nomes, they are small creatures, who live fast and die young. Or rather, they are smaller and faster and thus age faster and experience life at a faster rate than we do. To be precise, around 10x faster, so one of our years is like a decade to them. They have been on the Earth a long time, about 15,000 years and unfortunately they have quite lost that information to history as well as most other information it seems. The main bulk of the species is held up in Arnold Bros. Department Store, "Everything Under One Roof!". The Nomes have been there since the beginning, est. 1905, and have not ventured outside. Such a very long duration in this retail world has led to the development of a religion based around the store and, due to the fact that Everything [is] Under One Roof, they don't believe in the Outside. This causes rather a problem when other nomes arrive from somewhere that doesn't exist and still more problems when their universe appears to be scheduled for demolition. "Clearance Sale, Everything Must Go!" It's wonderfully funny and inventive and in true Pratchett style, particularly in his later years, but evident here long ago, is full of philosophical insight in to the nature of belief and people. How myths become facts and how people believe things contrary to the evidence their senses provide them with. Very much worth a read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Keith Blodgett

    Nomes, not gnomes mind you, Nomes are small bipedal people who live life faster than we humans. We barely see them, they're faster than mice. Have you ever tried to catch a mouse? Exactly. They see us as slow lumbering beasts making fog horn like noises and generally not seeing much in the world around them. Masklin is the last surviving hunter, the last young Nome in his tribe. The rest have died or gone off hunting never to return. Living on rat and what they can scavenge from a city garbage bi Nomes, not gnomes mind you, Nomes are small bipedal people who live life faster than we humans. We barely see them, they're faster than mice. Have you ever tried to catch a mouse? Exactly. They see us as slow lumbering beasts making fog horn like noises and generally not seeing much in the world around them. Masklin is the last surviving hunter, the last young Nome in his tribe. The rest have died or gone off hunting never to return. Living on rat and what they can scavenge from a city garbage bin. The Nomes are dying. It's almost impossible to hunt alone when every other predator out there, cat, fox, hawk and owl view you as a potential meal, . . did you ever dissect an owl pellet and try to reassemble the bones found within? Do you think any kids got Nome bones to wire back together? Risking it all, Masklin, Grimma, a very sensible younger female Nome, and the remaining members of his tribe scale into the back of a truck and arrive at The Store. Arnold Bros (Edt. 1905) is a multistory department type store but even more remarkable, the store has Nomes. More Nomes than Masklin has numbers for. These Nomes have lived inside for so long that outside has become legend, taboo, something to be denied. This is the story of Nomes finding their place in the world or. . . out of this world. This is the story of finding out just how much Humanity owes to Nomeanity, it's a lot but it's not important really. There's going to be an adventure. Are you coming?

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jody

    This was cute, with some great puns and wordplay (of which the Spider and I are both big fans). The concept was interesting, but the characters themselves were a little lacklustre. We will continue the series, as I’m interested to see how things will develop. The Spider enjoyed this very much - she said that she didn't want it to be over, and immediately asked if there was another one. Cheers ensued when I told her that there was. She then asked me who my favourite character was, and shared who h This was cute, with some great puns and wordplay (of which the Spider and I are both big fans). The concept was interesting, but the characters themselves were a little lacklustre. We will continue the series, as I’m interested to see how things will develop. The Spider enjoyed this very much - she said that she didn't want it to be over, and immediately asked if there was another one. Cheers ensued when I told her that there was. She then asked me who my favourite character was, and shared who hers was. I'm so glad to be able to read with her.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nicola

    I did so enjoy reading this. I got it out of the library as part of feeling my way for when Pratchett might be suitable to introduce to Miss 6. Although this is filed in the Children's section, the ideas and pacing would probably place it more in 10+ years (though I would have been happy reading it at 8yrs). It put me very tangentially in mind of The Borrowers (although of course this has a sci-fi twist). What I like about the book is that Pratchett doesn't 'write down' for his books aimed at a I did so enjoy reading this. I got it out of the library as part of feeling my way for when Pratchett might be suitable to introduce to Miss 6. Although this is filed in the Children's section, the ideas and pacing would probably place it more in 10+ years (though I would have been happy reading it at 8yrs). It put me very tangentially in mind of The Borrowers (although of course this has a sci-fi twist). What I like about the book is that Pratchett doesn't 'write down' for his books aimed at a less-adult audience. There are plenty of mature themes in the book - not in terms of sex and violence, rather in terms of questioning what one needs to be content and to have meaning in life, what leadership can and should look like, the importance of history, and examining a cultural diaspora.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mila

    I laughed so much! Can wait to read the next book of the trilogy. It makes you think how weird and nonsensical are the people believes most of the time. How we are creating our own world, full of things for which we have no idea what they really are, but we still feel quite confidente about our knowledge.

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