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Truckers [Paperback]

Terry Pratchett
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Feb. 1 1991 Truckers trilogy
THE BROMELIAD, the magnificent trilogy about nomes, a race of little people struggling to survive in a world of humans.

To the thousands of tiny nomes who live under the floorboards of a large department store, there is no Outside. Then they hear that the Store – their whole world – is to be demolished. And the nomes must move to the great Outside.

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British author Pratchett's first YA novel is a rollicking tale about a race of "nomes"--little people who came from outer space and now live under the floorboards of a department store. Since the store is about to be demolished, the nomes must be convinced to move out, even though most of them don't believe in such a thing as Outside. After all, the store has "Everything Under One Roof!" In a story reminiscent of Mary Norton's The Borrowers , Pratchett has added distinctive touches of his own to the hilarious complications that ensue. One of the novel's greatest strengths is the depiction of the civilization the nomes have built for themselves, including an intricate religion based on advertising signs. hung in the store. Truckers is funny enough to warrant sequels (at least one more tale is promised), but a clearer resolution would have made this a more satisfying read. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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'Certifiably funny... Truckers is a gem' -- Lloyd Alexander, author of The Black Cauldron

'Witty, funny, wise and altogether delightful' -- Locus

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4.0 out of 5 stars Slow-moving but witty Nov. 24 2003
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Terry Pratchett's Bromeliad trilogy is a mix of childlike fantasy and offbeat SF. While the opening book, "Truckers" lags in places and takes quite some time to really get moving, it's imaginative and very funny. Certainly it's a good place to start off with Pratchett's fiction.
Masklin and the other nomes are tiny people who scavenge on the streets, and now there are only a handful of them left. In an act of desperation, they climb into a lorry and ride to... The Store. Also known as Arnold Bros (est. 1905), where a complex civilization of nomes (about two thousand) live in semi-peace and prosperity. They either are dazzled by the idea of "Outside," or insist that the whole world is in Arnold Bros (est. 1905).
Seemingly, everything is fine for Masklin and his friends, especially when the mysterious Thing (a black box that is a spaceship's flight computer) comes to life and tells them more about their history. But suddenly their world is disrupted by the news of "All Things Must Go -- Final Sales." Now the nomes must escape the
Tiny people living in a department store? Ones from another planet? That is something that could have bombed so easily. But it doesn't, at least not in "Truckers." Clever plot elements like the sign-based religion (they take "everything under one roof" seriously!) and the department-based clans (Stationari? Corsetri?) keep this unlikely plot afloat.
While "Truckers" is a self-contained story in itself, it has plenty of loose threads (mostly involving the Thing and the origins of the nomes) at the end, for the second and third books of the trilogy. The writing has Pratchett's usual sparseness and wit; the only problem is that it takes forever for the nomes to do anything.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous and Hillarious Adventure May 2 2001
Format:Paperback
Truckers is the first book of the Bromeliad trilogy (followed by Diggers and Wings).
Masklin and his family are the last ten nomes of their warren, devastated by cold, predators and hunger. Desperately, they set out on a last chance journey and climb up on one of the lorries of the humans.
What they'll soon discover is that this lorry has lead them to the Store of Arnold Bros (est. 1905), the home of thousands of other little nomes who, having never left the Store, think of the Outside as of nothing more than just another fairy tale. The coming of Masklin will be a great upheaval in their quiet lives. And as they learn that the Store is to be demolished, they make plans for their escape.
Although Truckers was originally written for a young audience, it's an enthralling adventure but also a story about understanding other people's ways and helping each other, and no doubt grown-ups will love it too. Because Terry Pratchett's unique sense of humour is lurking round every corner, especially when nomes try to interpret our human world... and what's more to make sense of it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars readable and re-readable Sept. 20 2000
Format:Paperback
This is the first book in a great fantasy adventure series for kids (and adults). Nomes live 10 times faster than humans, which is why no-one notices them, and they are getting squeezed out of their home by human development. They go forth to try and find somewhere for themselves, but this is very tricky when you're only a couple of inches high.
The books are very thin, which is good for reluctant readers - not so daunting to start reading, and then exciting enough to keep them going. I would also recommend it to anyone going through Harry Potter withdrawals.
Rather than purchase the three books individually (which you *will* want to do if you buy the first one!) you would be better off trying to get "The Bromeliad" which is a hardcover collection of the trilogy - actually cheaper and set to stand up to lots of re-reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big problems for little people. Oct. 13 2000
Format:Paperback
Another race also inhabits this Earth, a race four inches tall that lives and moves very quickly, and they are called "nomes." Masklin, the leader of a dwindling band of nomes, decides that a better life must be found, so they stowaway aboard a truck, and find themselves taken to a huge department store. This department store, Arnold Bros. (est. 1905), is populated by thousands of nomes, something the humans above then never suspect. To Masklin and his band this place looks like heaven, but what is the meaning of the signs that read, "Final Sale: Everything Must Go?"
This book is a laugh-riot. Terry Pratchett succeeds is making the Nomes so different, and yet so human. This book is the first of a trilogy; with the other two entitled Diggers and Wings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truckers is a real classic. Aug. 8 1999
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Format:Paperback
Terry Pratchett (Author of the Discworld series) is a really good author about Gnomes and other worlds, Truckers is the first story to Pratchett's Gnome trilogy. Maskerlin, a gnome who is among a family of outside Gnomes, journeys to the floor boards of a hugh supermarket, which is a inside colony full of gnomes who have never been outside before. Maskerlin and the gnomes recieve Soul destroying news from the gnomes device called The thing, which can communicate with electricity that the Supermarket is going to be closed. Maskerlin must plan a escape to the outside world before the humans destroy the whole supermarket. (Truckers is followed by Diggers And Wings)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Aliens, I hate aliens
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This book was quite enjoyable. I don't like aliens and so did not finish it but it was clever and well thought out.
Published on April 28 2011 by EdenRose
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun romp!
These books (Truckers, Diggers, and Wings) are a fun romp! Well thought out, well told, with a liberal dose of humor. Read more
Published on July 26 2001 by Kathy Carrington
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill. book - read it if you can. The first in the trilogy.
'In the beginning was Arnold Bros. (est. 1904) and Arnold Bros. (est. 1904) created the store and everything in it. Read more
Published on June 13 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Truckers is a Terry Pratchett true Science fiction classic.
In Terry Pratchett's Gnome Classic Epic. A family of wild Gnomes lead by the brave Maskerlin become new arrivals inside the floor boards of a old superstore, only Maskerlin's black... Read more
Published on June 8 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars The Swift of 20th century
Do read this book and the two following (Diggers Wings) if you want to learn a few things about humans, and human society. Read more
Published on May 19 1999 by Manfred Kraut
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Children and Adults!
I really joined reading this book, as a child and now as an adult. I love the imaginative perspective Terry Pratchett gives on the world from the nomes point of view. Read more
Published on May 17 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest book ever!!!!
Terry Pratchet has done very well with this one and I believe I shall read the other two from the trilogy of the adventurous nomes(Diggers and Wings). I find it hillarious. Read more
Published on April 23 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've ever read.
It's equally thrilling and hilarious, and just as enjoyable the third time through. I'm rather disgruntled to find out that this book is out of print, and only two Amazon. Read more
Published on Feb. 14 1999
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