Book Reviews: “Small Gods”


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A copy of “Small Gods,” a satire-fiction novel by Terry Pratchett.

Religion is an iffy topic in the controversial world to be seen talking about, as it can quickly lead to accusations and self-centered bias. Satire fiction struggles to deal with this topic without causing a scene. Yet Terry Pratchett, author of “Discworld,” has managed to seal the deal.

In Pratchett’s work, he takes on everyday issues and national problems, turning them into hilarious, comedic works of fiction for all ages. “Small Gods” takes on a different style compared to Pratchett’s more known writing. As the story takes on a more serious topic, the style of writing had been noticeably deeper in theme.

The main character of the story is named Brutha, a novice in the Omnian Church farming melons. One day, he hears a voice call out to him: the voice of a small god, Om, reincarnated as a tortoise. Finding out he’s the “chosen one,” Brutha learns more about his religion, perhaps more than he would have liked.

Pratchett expertly tackles something many people are afraid to bring up in today’s world: the belief in the system of a Church rather than the god itself.

As I read “Small Gods,” I was able to reflect on my own religion and what I truly do and don’t believe. It is full of very sharp wit that often cuts deep into exactly what must be addressed.