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'Just because you can't explain it, doesn't mean it's a miracle.' In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was: 'Hey, you!' This is the Discworld, after all, and religion is a controversial business. Everyone has their own opinion, and indeed their own gods, of every shape and size, and all elbowing for space at the top. In such a competitive environment, shape and size 'Just because you can't explain it, doesn't mean it's a miracle.' In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was: 'Hey, you!' This is the Discworld, after all, and religion is a controversial business. Everyone has their own opinion, and indeed their own gods, of every shape and size, and all elbowing for space at the top. In such a competitive environment, shape and size can be pretty crucial to make one's presence felt. So it's certainly not helpful to be reduced to appearing in the form of a tortoise, a manifestation far below god-like status in anyone's book. In such instances, you need an acolyte, and fast: for the Great God Om, Brutha the novice is the Chosen One – or at least the only One available. He wants peace and justice and brotherly love. He also wants the Inquisition to stop torturing him now, please... Now adapted into graphic novel form with new artwork by Ray Friesen.


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'Just because you can't explain it, doesn't mean it's a miracle.' In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was: 'Hey, you!' This is the Discworld, after all, and religion is a controversial business. Everyone has their own opinion, and indeed their own gods, of every shape and size, and all elbowing for space at the top. In such a competitive environment, shape and size 'Just because you can't explain it, doesn't mean it's a miracle.' In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was: 'Hey, you!' This is the Discworld, after all, and religion is a controversial business. Everyone has their own opinion, and indeed their own gods, of every shape and size, and all elbowing for space at the top. In such a competitive environment, shape and size can be pretty crucial to make one's presence felt. So it's certainly not helpful to be reduced to appearing in the form of a tortoise, a manifestation far below god-like status in anyone's book. In such instances, you need an acolyte, and fast: for the Great God Om, Brutha the novice is the Chosen One – or at least the only One available. He wants peace and justice and brotherly love. He also wants the Inquisition to stop torturing him now, please... Now adapted into graphic novel form with new artwork by Ray Friesen.

30 review for Small Gods: A Discworld Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jaya

    ♥♥♥ I want this. Right. Now ♥♥♥

  2. 4 out of 5

    Νατάσα Παυλίτσεβιτς

    Beautiful work, funny and touching.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tasha

    Loved the artwork for this adaption to comic, this felt more like the colourful, happy artwork suitable for a Pratchett book. There's some Easter eggs throughout the pages referencing other Pratchett things. Some of the characteristic comedy of Small Gods was present. I think a comic just can't encompass Pratchett's full ideas as the media isn't set up for it. This is a much better adaption than the previous comics.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Beth Revers

    One of the first discworld books I read. Hysterical irreverent and thought provoking. Perhaps I need to revisit it. Highly recommended.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin

    Yes. Funny, philosophical, irreverent. Enjoyable artwork.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jarrah

    Ray Friesen's adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Small Gods into a graphic novel format is vibrant and full of character. It maintains much of the wit and all of the heart of the original, though out of necessity sacrifices some of the detail. The subplot involving Simony and Um's Machine of War is largely sacrificed, and it made me wonder whether someone who hadn't read the novel would be able to understand how what was left fit into the main plot. But overall it was a very fun read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cristian

    Do yourself a favour and read the book. If anything, this underlines the power of Terry's writing and what a difficult endeavor it is to have to cut it down to what fits inside of a few speech bubbles in comic form. At points the story almost made no sense, text jumping from idea to idea like they were running out of pages, half the jokes fell flat as the whole of the context around them was almost non-existent or diluted. It was difficult to go through it after reading the book (which I rated 5/ Do yourself a favour and read the book. If anything, this underlines the power of Terry's writing and what a difficult endeavor it is to have to cut it down to what fits inside of a few speech bubbles in comic form. At points the story almost made no sense, text jumping from idea to idea like they were running out of pages, half the jokes fell flat as the whole of the context around them was almost non-existent or diluted. It was difficult to go through it after reading the book (which I rated 5/5 mind you!). The artwork is pretty cool and I liked the style, but unfortunately the text is written like they had a word limit. Read Small Gods the novel, it is brilliant.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Aiyana

    I almost prefer it to the original. The artwork is so evocative. And I don't think I'll ever get over just how hilarious an angry tortoise can look!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dane Cobain

    This was beautiful, and a real privilege to read. Friesen did a great job of adapting the Discworld novel into a graphic novel even without Sir Pratchett’s influence, although they were at least friends beforehand and so I’m sure that helped. I’m actually going to recommend this one to my girlfriend as a good place to get into reading Terry Pratchett. Sure, it’s not the chronological first in the series, but it’s great if you’re into graphic novels and I thought it would work well enough as a sta This was beautiful, and a real privilege to read. Friesen did a great job of adapting the Discworld novel into a graphic novel even without Sir Pratchett’s influence, although they were at least friends beforehand and so I’m sure that helped. I’m actually going to recommend this one to my girlfriend as a good place to get into reading Terry Pratchett. Sure, it’s not the chronological first in the series, but it’s great if you’re into graphic novels and I thought it would work well enough as a standalone. Plus there were a couple of Latin jokes in there, too.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tam

    When life feels wrong you always bring me peace. Thank you, Terry.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Essi

    One of my favorite Pratchett books. The art took a while to get used to but I think it fit well in the end.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lara

    *2.5 stars

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    Small Gods is one of my all-time fave books. This graphic novel adaptation is a lot of fun, but I would recommend only reading it if you have read the full book already, or you will miss out on a lot!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mike Portsmouth

    I like the art work in this graphic novel, it is quirky and reminiscent of Sergio Aragones and other cartoonists from the late 70s and early 80s. The colours are vibrant, and this interpretation flows well, obviously it is shorter than the text novel, but I feel that they have done a good job.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marinda Koleva

    This is terrible! How could the publishers of the Discworld even allow this?! How is it allowable to add text? To change the story? To change the characteristics of the main characters?! This is sacrilege. I understand that a graphic book must be abridged, but to change the text is unacceptable.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ed Erwin

    Discworld novels have been adapted into TV movies, animated movies, audio plays, and graphic novels. Many of those adaptations work pretty well because the stories are so good to begin with. This one works, too, but by necessity leaves out some of the text. That means that many of the very quotable quotes from the novel don't make it into this version. That is a real shame. The story is still a good one, and in comics format it can be read more quickly than the original novel. It could be a good Discworld novels have been adapted into TV movies, animated movies, audio plays, and graphic novels. Many of those adaptations work pretty well because the stories are so good to begin with. This one works, too, but by necessity leaves out some of the text. That means that many of the very quotable quotes from the novel don't make it into this version. That is a real shame. The story is still a good one, and in comics format it can be read more quickly than the original novel. It could be a good introduction to discworld for those who are intimidated by a shelf of 41 novels. You do not need any familiarity with the other novels to fully understand this one. In fact, that is true of all of the novels. But this one is even more independent than most since none of the characters or locations in this one appear in any of the others. (Except for DEATH, but everyone knows who DEATH is.) That independence is a liability, too, though, since one of the great things about the novels is the colorful characters that you enjoy seeing over and over. None of the characters in this one really needs to be seen again. (OK, maybe one of the philosopher characters could be fun to see again.) Most discworld novels are satirizing something. This time it is organized religion, especially authoritarian, state-sponsored organized religion, partly, but not only, the Catholic church. Since authoritarian religions deserve to be satirized, this works. But it is almost too easy of a topic for satire, so there isn't much new insight. I appreciated the nice bits of smaller jibes at philosophy, science, and democracy in here, too.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hamda

    I was lucky enough to either read the books or listen to the audio version of most discworld novels. This was the first graphic novel I found for Terry Pratchett in the local bookshop so naturally I grabbed it and read it over a cup of coffee (ok so a pot of coffee, IT'S A LEGAL AND SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE ADDICTION DAMNIT!) The artwork is beautiful and has a nostalgic touch to it. For some reason it reminded me of the Horrible Histories books, the styles are different but something about them is sim I was lucky enough to either read the books or listen to the audio version of most discworld novels. This was the first graphic novel I found for Terry Pratchett in the local bookshop so naturally I grabbed it and read it over a cup of coffee (ok so a pot of coffee, IT'S A LEGAL AND SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE ADDICTION DAMNIT!) The artwork is beautiful and has a nostalgic touch to it. For some reason it reminded me of the Horrible Histories books, the styles are different but something about them is similar. Now for the story itself I'd recommend reading the actual book or listening to the fantastic Audio over the graphic novel. Terry Pratchett's jokes tend to range from unexpected to so subtle that you might not get it in the first reading. The subtle one didn't translate well in this edition. Infact I wouldn't have caught it if I hadn't re-read this particular book multiple times already. Alot of the little things were cut out altogether which is a shame since they were the parts that made me smile and made the story so enjoyable. A fun novelty item to own none the less. Fun, philosophical and entertaining from beginning to end. Sadly it's just a taste of what the book has to offer you.

  18. 5 out of 5

    R

    HOLY HORNS!!! De Chelonian Mobile... That was INSANELY BRILLIANT!!! I am still reading the original novel, but loved this graphic novel adaptation through and through. I am sure there are lot of points to be critical about (translating a Pratchett book into any visual form is, by no means, a feat easily achievable). However, I feel that overall it is a great job by Friesen adapting such a complex satire and embedding it into easy-on-the-eye artwork. This graphic novel adaptation is missing a lot of HOLY HORNS!!! De Chelonian Mobile... That was INSANELY BRILLIANT!!! I am still reading the original novel, but loved this graphic novel adaptation through and through. I am sure there are lot of points to be critical about (translating a Pratchett book into any visual form is, by no means, a feat easily achievable). However, I feel that overall it is a great job by Friesen adapting such a complex satire and embedding it into easy-on-the-eye artwork. This graphic novel adaptation is missing a lot of the MADLY SANE philosophy from the original text that makes the book what it is - one of the most dexterously carved satires ever - but it retains every molecule of the essence of the story. It's fun every turn of the page. The artwork meticulously hides the dark chocolate layers at a deeper bite, beneath the bright velvet red and vanilla layers, so it caters well to both the lickers (who like the happy, bright, easy-on-the-palette icing) and the biters (who want to sink their teeth deeper for a taste of the underlying dark, unseen, unspoken corners for a mouthful of bitter-sweet). Overall...WHAT A PRECIOUS BOOK!!! Definitely recommended to Pratchett converts and otherwise alike.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Eliatan

    I bought this for my teenage son as a religious primer (hint, we are an atheist family) and also as intro to Terry Pratchett, who I knew he'd love (he's a big Douglas Adams fan), if only he would pick up one of his novels off our well stocked shelf. Success! Boyo loved the graphic novel, which I promptly devoured after him, and is now stuck in to The Colour of Magic. Terry Pratchett should be required reading for all teenagers, particularly those who have well meaning school religion inflicted up I bought this for my teenage son as a religious primer (hint, we are an atheist family) and also as intro to Terry Pratchett, who I knew he'd love (he's a big Douglas Adams fan), if only he would pick up one of his novels off our well stocked shelf. Success! Boyo loved the graphic novel, which I promptly devoured after him, and is now stuck in to The Colour of Magic. Terry Pratchett should be required reading for all teenagers, particularly those who have well meaning school religion inflicted upon them. Small gods in need of human believers, indeed.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Something was missing here for me. At its most basic level the story was entertaining (it even included some parts that made me laugh) but it felt like it was missing the usually Terry Pratchett magic. Maybe I felt this way since I haven't read the novel version of Small Gods so I'm not familiar with the story. The artwork is great and the Small Gods was an entertaining, albeit speedy, read. It left me unsatisfied so I guess I'll have to go read the novel version now to fully enjoy the satire th Something was missing here for me. At its most basic level the story was entertaining (it even included some parts that made me laugh) but it felt like it was missing the usually Terry Pratchett magic. Maybe I felt this way since I haven't read the novel version of Small Gods so I'm not familiar with the story. The artwork is great and the Small Gods was an entertaining, albeit speedy, read. It left me unsatisfied so I guess I'll have to go read the novel version now to fully enjoy the satire that was introduced here.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Etienne Merwe

    So I absolutely love Small Gods!! It is by far my favorite Discworld book. Yet, somehow, I just did not enjoy this graphic novel. At all. It is hard to pinpoint a reason for this. But the only reason I can think is that this graphic novel is so abbreviated. It leaves out so many of the absolute gems that made Small Gods such a fantastic read that I have gone back time and time again. But I suppose that is what has to happen with a graphic novel. Maybe I was just expecting too much. All in all I suppo So I absolutely love Small Gods!! It is by far my favorite Discworld book. Yet, somehow, I just did not enjoy this graphic novel. At all. It is hard to pinpoint a reason for this. But the only reason I can think is that this graphic novel is so abbreviated. It leaves out so many of the absolute gems that made Small Gods such a fantastic read that I have gone back time and time again. But I suppose that is what has to happen with a graphic novel. Maybe I was just expecting too much. All in all I suppose it is a good effort, just not what I was expecting.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elle Kay

    I read the novel version of this book and really enjoyed it as a thinly veiled dig at religion and a funny light read. The graphic version is not quite as good because many of the subtleties do not translate well into this medium, but it is still a worth reading and a great way to explore the creative world of Terry Pratchett.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Griffin

    This is the first graphic novel adaptation that I remember reading before the source material. I wanted to see how the experience would be when I do read the actual novel. I really enjoyed this graphic novel. The artwork is incredible and the story was great also. Terry's trademark humor is here in full force and I can tell what lines come directly from the novel.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jayne

    I liked it. I may be wrong, and I'm never wrong, but I think a lot has been missed out which is probably okay if you haven't read the original story. However, I have read the original story, so even though I could appreciate it, it didn't really do it for me.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Miia

    It's been a while since I read the original novel. I remembered that I liked it, had forgotten that I absolutely loved it. This graphic novel has all the necessary parts in it and it made me chuckle a lot. Totally must-have.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Enfys Holmes

    Read it straight through in 40 minutes. Especially loved the scenes with Death, very interesting to see how they illustrated the landscape. It goes very fast, and in many aspects is inferior to the book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne Bhargava

    Hilarious and irreverent. Such fun to read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Fantastic.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Li

    Wonderful adaptation! The illustrations are great. Was giggling a lot

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Hard to gauge as I’ve read the novel and love it. Good art, cute narrative. 3.5 stars. Doesn’t really stack up to novel but I’d be interested to see what someone thinks who hasn’t read it.

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