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on April 28, 2011
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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.
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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. At least it's a fun slow ride. The drive near the end is one of the best parts of the book.
Masklin and his nome band (especially the indefatigable, vaguely frightening Granny) serve as a good window into the nome civilization, since they're learning about it too. The better-off nomes are a bit snottier but eager to explore the Outside. But the Thing steals the show; despite being just a computer, it has a better idea than the nomes what is going on.
"Truckers" will delight fans of Pratchett, but you don't need to be a fan already to enjoy this story. While the plot takes awhile to go anywhere, the quirky characters and wonderful worldbuilding make it worthwhile.
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These books (Truckers, Diggers, and Wings) are a fun romp! Well thought out, well told, with a liberal dose of humor. If you have read any of Terry Pratchett's "Disc World" books, you'll love this light hearted series....
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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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on October 13, 2000
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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on September 20, 2000
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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on August 8, 1999
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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on June 13, 1999
'In the beginning was Arnold Bros. (est. 1904) and Arnold Bros. (est. 1904) created the store and everything in it.'
At least, that's what the store nomes thought, but when they meet the outside nomes, and realise the store in being destroyed, they all have to work together and venture into the unknown outside. It's a brilliant book, and if you can, you should read it.
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on June 8, 1999
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 box "The Thing" can communicate with electricity only to tell them that the workers are going to shut the superstore down. (Trucker's was apdapted into a TV series in 1992 in the UK)
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Do read this book and the two following (Diggers Wings) if you want to learn a few things about humans, and human society. Gullivers journeys are now mostly seen as childrens literature, the same applies to this series. It's ok for children, but I think, grown ups should take more out of it.
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