Small Gods Book Summary and Study Guide

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Brutha, a lowly novice in the Citadel, is visited by Om (who has taken form as a one-eyed tortoise these past three years) because Brutha is Om's one true remaining believer. A simple-minded soul who normally likes to hoe the monastery garden, Brutha comes to the notice of Vorbis the Exquisitor (a specialist in extracting faith and confession by torture) because he has perfect memory and total recall. Vorbis hopes to use Brutha in his plans to invade and conquer the rival kingdom of Ephebe. Om the tortoise goes along for the ride, mainly to fight off the other small gods who want to take over Brutha, but incidentally to teach Brutha the true nature of faith, the universe, and gods. Though filled with typical Pratchett humor, _Small Gods_ is more thoughtful and philosophical than many of the other Discworld novels.
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The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

A very humorous look at good and evil in an oppressive religious society. The true God, discovered to be a small, angry turtle, has only one follower. The blasphemous leaders of the faith are out to conquer the unbeleivers. Can our hero, and the turtle overcome them? Very dry humor and thought provoking.
The review of this Book prepared by John D. Dougherty

Brutha the Novice learns he's the true chosen one after being spoken to by his god Om (in the form of a tortoise). Despite this, he does not challenge Vorbis the Exquisitor whom everyone knows is the real Prophet, and in fact, helps save him despite the result of being persecuted. Funnier than this review would make out, too.
The review of this Book prepared by Confusing Manifestation

A once great God returns to The world to find he only has one believerleft in a society built to revere him. And the believer is not very smart.
The review of this Book prepared by Barry Regan

Small Gods deals mostly with the nature of belief. Brutha, a young novice in the church of the great god Om, is visited by Om who is currently (and most embarrasingly) appearing in the form of a half-blind turtle. Om realizes that he only has one believer left - Brutha - who isn't all that smart but is good at mucking out the melons and remembering things. Small Gods deals with Brutha's attempt to understand the very organized religion he is part of and not be smote by Om. Humerous scenes with philosophers, towels. One of Pratchett's more thoughtful novels, although still as funny as hell.
The review of this Book prepared by alicia garbe

When people loose faith in a deity, funny things can happen - for instance that deity could get turned into a very old turtle with poor eyesight. The search for identity for the deity and retribution to those that lost the faith are told in a very witty and cynical manner.
The review of this Book prepared by D'Arave Southerland

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 37.1%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 32.9% Tone of book    -   humorous or laughable FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Religious overtones?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   religious figure Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Desert A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex in book?    -   Yes How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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