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Encyclopedia > Thief of Time
Terry Pratchett
The Discworld series

26th novel – 5th Death story
Outline
Characters: Susan, Lu-Tze, Jeremy Clockson, Lobsang Ludd
Locations: Ankh-Morpork, Ramtops
Motifs: Wuxia and Martial arts films, Apocalypse, Momo, Matrix
Publication details
Year of release: 2001
Original publisher: Doubleday
Hardback ISBN: ISBN 0-385-60102-6
Paperback ISBN: ISBN 0-552-14840-7
Other details
Awards:
Notes: Came 152nd in the Big Read.

Thief of Time is the 26th Discworld novel written by Terry Pratchett. Terence David John Pratchett OBE (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England[1]) is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. ... Cover of an early edition of The Colour of Magic; art by Josh Kirby Discworld is a comedic fantasy book series by the British author Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld, a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants which are in turn standing on the back of... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (535x800, 232 KB) Summary Thief of Time cover from http://www. ... Susan Sto Helit is a fictional character who features in three of Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels - Soul Music, Hogfather, and Thief of Time. ... Lu-Tze is a character in the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. ... Jeremy Clockson is a character from the Discworld novel, Thief of Time. ... The Order of Wen the Eternally Surprised, better known as the History Monks, and also sometimes referred to as the Men In Saffron (see Men in Black) and No Such Monastery (see NSA), is a highly secretive religious organisation in the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett, based in the Monastery... Ankh-Morpork is a fictional city-state which prominently features in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ... The Ramtops are a fictional mountain range appearing in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... Wǔxiá (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: , Mandarin IPA: , Cantonese Pinyin: mou5 hap6), literally meaning martial (arts) heroes, is a distinct quasi-fantasy sub-genre of the martial arts genre in literature, television and cinema. ... Martial arts film is a film genre that originated in the Pacific Rim. ... Look up Apocalypse in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Momo, also known as The Grey Gentlemen or The Men in Grey, is a fantasy novel by Michael Ende, published in 1973. ... The Matrix is a 1999 science fiction action film written and directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski and starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano and Hugo Weaving. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Doubleday is one of the largest book publishing companies in the world. ... The Big Read was a 2003 survey carried out by the BBC, with the goal of finding the Nations Best-loved Book by way of a viewer vote via the Web, SMS and telephone. ... Cover of an early edition of The Colour of Magic; art by Josh Kirby Discworld is a comedic fantasy book series by the British author Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld, a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants which are in turn standing on the back of... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ... Terence David John Pratchett OBE (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England[1]) is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. ...

Contents

Plot summary

The Auditors convince a young clock maker, Jeremy Clockson (Possibly a pun on Jeremy Clarkson), in Ankh-Morpork to build a perfect glass clock. They do not reveal that this will imprison Time (the anthropomorphic personification) and thereby freeze time (the physical quantity) on the Discworld. By freezing time, the Auditors intend to eliminate the unpredictability that humans were causing through their everyday actions. Death discovers their plans, but is unable to act directly because of previous agreements with the Auditors. Death sends his granddaughter Susan to stop them. The Auditors of Reality are fictional godlike beings in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ... Jeremy Clockson is a character from the Discworld novel, Thief of Time. ... Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson (born 11 April 1960) is an English broadcaster and writer who specialises in motoring. ... Ankh-Morpork is a fictional city-state which prominently features in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ... Anthropomorphism, also referred to as personification or prosopopeia, is the attribution of human characteristics to inanimate objects, animals, forces of nature, and others. ... Phillipp Veits Germania (1877), a personification of Germany. ... A pocket watch, a device used to tell time Look up time in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Discworld is the fictional setting for all of Terry Pratchetts Discworld fantasy novels. ... Death is a fictional character in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... Susan Sto Helit is a fictional character who features in three of Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels - Soul Music, Hogfather, and Thief of Time. ...


Meanwhile, in a distant valley, a young apprentice of the History Monks, Lobsang Ludd, and his old teacher, Lu-Tze, called 'The Sweeper', hear that a glass clock is being built. Lu-Tze knows of such a clock's side-effects, since he was sent, but failed, to prevent a previous clock from being built. He and Lobsang head for Ankh-Morpork to stop Jeremy from building it. The Order of Wen the Eternally Surprised, better known as the History Monks, and also sometimes referred to as the Men In Saffron (see Men in Black) and No Such Monastery (see NSA), is a highly secretive religious organisation in the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett, based in the Monastery... The Order of Wen the Eternally Surprised, better known as the History Monks, and also sometimes referred to as the Men In Saffron (see Men in Black) and No Such Monastery (see NSA), is a highly secretive religious organisation in the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett, based in the Monastery... Lu-Tze is a character in the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. ... Jeremy Clockson is a character from the Discworld novel, Thief of Time. ...


The Auditors were using one of their own as an agent when contacting Jeremy. Myria LeJean took a human form and became quite disturbed by "her" experiences as "she" became more human and individual as opposed to the collective Auditors. As she begins to understand more about humans, she opposes the activation of the clock and she eventually joins with Lobsang and Susan to defeat the other Auditors who have also made themselves human. The Auditors of Reality are fictional godlike beings in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with List of Discworld characters. ...


Characters introduced

  • Lu-Tze
  • Lobsang Ludd
  • Jeremy Clockson

Notable aspects

"'No, they're a substition,' said Susan. 'I mean they're real, but hardly anyone really believes in them. Mostly everyone believes in things that aren't real.'"
  • A number of the oddities noted by Susan as evidence that the timeline was fractured had previously been commented on by fans. These include the variable dating of Koom Valley; the fact that an Elizabethan theatre was "a new type of building" in Wyrd Sisters, but there was a venerable Victorian Opera House by Maskerade and the uncertainty as to the setting of Small Gods.

A neologism (Greek νεολογισμός [neologismos], from νέος [neos] new + λόγος [logos] word, speech, discourse + suffix -ισμός [-ismos] -ism) is a word, term, or phrase which has been recently created (coined) — often to apply to new concepts, to synthesize pre-existing concepts, or to make older terminology sound more contemporary. ... Jingo is a novel by Terry Pratchett, one of his phenomenally popular Discworld series. ... ... For other uses, see Superstition (disambiguation). ... This article details minor Discworld concepts: concepts and ideas from the Discworld of novels by Terry Pratchett which only appear in the background, or are not well fleshed out. ... This article is about the novel. ... Maskerade is the eighteenth novel in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. ... This article is about the novel Small Gods; for the concept of Small Gods within the Discworld, see Discworld Gods Small Gods is the thirteenth of Terry Pratchetts popular Discworld novels, published in 1992. ...

Translations

  • Крадец на време (Bulgarian)
  • Zloděj času (Czech)
  • De dief van tijd (Dutch) The Thief of Time
  • Procrastination (French) see Procrastination, the meaning is the same in French and English
  • Der Zeitdieb (German) The Timethief
  • Lleidr Amser (Welsh)
  • Вор времени (Russian)
  • Złodziej czasu (Polish)

Procrastination is the deferment or avoidance of an action or task to a later time. ...

External links

  • Annotations for Thief of Time
  • Quotes from Thief of Time
Reading Order Guide
Preceded by
The Truth
26th Discword Novel Succeeded by
The Last Hero
Preceded by
Hogfather
5th Death Story
Published in 2001
Succeeded by
Death and What Comes Next

  Results from FactBites:
 
Thief of Time - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (336 words)
Thief of Time is the 26th Discworld novel written by Terry Pratchett.
They do not reveal that this will imprison Time (the anthropomorphic personification) and thereby freeze time (the physical quantity) on the Discworld.
Thief of Time features the neologism Substition (first used by Pratchett in Jingo), a term denoting the opposite of superstition.
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