Thief of Time: A Novel of Discworld

By Terry Pratchett

Time itself is threatened— and it truly is as much as the heritage priests to reserve it in Terry Pratchett's bestselling Discworld® series

Everybody desires extra time. that's why, on Discworld, purely the specialists can deal with it—the venerable priests of historical past who shop it and pump it from the place it is wasted, like underwater (how a lot time does a codfish really need?) to locations like towns, the place busy denizens lament by no means having sufficient of it.

While everybody talks approximately slowing down, one younger horologist is set to do the unthinkable. he'll cease. good, cease time, that's, by means of development the world's first actually exact clock. this means that esteemed heritage Monk Lu-Tze and his apprentice Lobsang Ludd need to wear a few velocity to forestall the timepiece sooner than it begins. For if definitely the right Clock begins ticking, time—as we all know it—will finish. after which the difficulty will really commence . . .

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Wahahaahaha ah, yes…Lu-Tze. How previous are you presently? ” “Eight hundred, Your Reverence. yet that’s no age in any respect! ” “Nevertheless, you could have spent loads of time on the earth. I understood you have been seeking to retire and domesticate your gardens? ” “Yes, but—” “But,” the abbot smiled angelically, “like an previous warhorse, you are saying ‘haha! ’ on the sound of trumpets, certain? ” “I don’t imagine so,” stated Lu-Tze. “There’s not anything humorous approximately trumpets, fairly. ” “I intended that you simply lengthy to be out within the box back. yet you've been assisting to coach global operatives for a few years, haven’t you? those gents? ” On one facet of the room, a few burly and muscular priests have been sitting. They have been kitted out for go back and forth, with rolled drowsing mats on their backs, they usually have been wearing free black garments. They nodded sheepishly at Lu-Tze, and their eyes above their half-masks regarded embarrassed. “I did my best,” stated Lu-Tze. “Of direction, others informed them. I simply attempted to undo the wear and tear. I by no means taught them to be ninjas. ” He nudged Lobsang. “That, apprentice, is Agatean for ‘the Passing Wind,’” he stated in a degree whisper. “I am providing to ship them out instantly WAH! ” The abbot hit his excessive chair together with his spoon. “That is my order, Lu-Tze. you're a legend…but you've been a legend for a very long time. Why no longer belief sooner or later? Bikkit! ” “I see,” acknowledged Lu-Tze unfortunately. “Oh, good, it needed to occur someday. thanks in your attention, Your Reverence. ” “Brrmbrrm…Lu-Tze, i've got identified you decades! you won't cross inside 100 miles of Uberwald, will you? ” “Not in any respect, Your Reverence. ” “That is an order! ” “I comprehend, in fact. ” “You’ve disobeyed my baababa orders sooner than, notwithstanding. In Omnia, I bear in mind. ” “Tactical selection made by way of the guy prompt, Your Reverence. It used to be extra what chances are you'll name an interpretation of your order,” stated Lu-Tze. “You suggest, going the place you had exceedingly been instructed to not cross and doing what you have been completely forbidden to do? ” “Yes, Your Reverence. occasionally you'll want to circulate the seesaw by means of pushing the opposite finish. while I did what shouldn’t be performed in a spot the place I shouldn’t were, I completed what had to be performed within the position the place it may have occurred. ” The abbot gave Lu-Tze a protracted difficult stare, the sort that infants are solid at giving. “Lu-Tze, you're not nmnmnbooboo to visit Uberwald or wherever close to Uberwald, comprehend? ” he acknowledged. “I do, Your Reverence. you're correct, after all. yet, in my dotage, may possibly I commute one other direction, of knowledge instead of violence? I desire to convey this younger man…the approach. ” there has been laughter from the opposite priests. “The approach of the Washerwoman? ” acknowledged Rinpo. “Mrs. Cosmopilite is a dressmaker,” acknowledged Lu-Tze frivolously. “Whose knowledge is in sayings like ‘It won’t recuperate in case you decide it’? ” stated Rinpo, winking on the remainder of the priests. “Few issues recover when you decide at them,” acknowledged Lu-Tze, and now his calmness was once a lake of tranquillity. “It could be a suggest little method yet, small and unworthy although it is…it is my manner. ” He became to the abbot.

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