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Andre the Giant: Life and Legend by Box Brown
The Arncliffe Puzzle by Gordon Holmes
Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett
The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom
Code Name Pauline by Pearl Witherington Cornioley and Kathryn J. Atwood
Dragon's Breath by E.D. Baker
Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott
The Field of Wacky Inventions by Patrick Carman
Flash Forward by Robert J. Sawyer
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young
Grizzwold by Syd Hoff
A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett
Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis
The Last Sewer Ball by Steven Schindler
Let's Call it Canada: Amazing Stories of Canadian Place Names by Susan Hughes, Clive Dobson and Julie Dobson
The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Mr. Pratt's Patients by Joseph C. Lincoln
Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Return of the Player by Michael Tolkin
Roadside Picnic by Arkady Stragosky and Boris Stragosky
Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 3 by Gail Carriger
Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
Trust No One by Linda Sue Park
Undead by Kirsty McKay
Voltron Force Volume 3: Twin Trouble by Brian Smith
Undead by Kirsty McKay
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
What Does the Fox Say? by Ylvis
The Whole Enchilada by Diane Mott Davidson
Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
Yoko Ono: Collector of Skies by Nell Beram

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Thief of Time: 07/17/14

cover artThief of Time by Terry Pratchett is the 26th Discworld book. It's also the thematic prequel, if you will, to The Long Earth.

Lu Tze, a Monk of History, has taken on a new pupil, Lobsang. Together they must prevent the End of Time. Helping out is Susan, now working as a teacher, and still as ever, frustrated by the fact she's Death's granddaughter.

The man everyone is after is Jeremy. He can do to time what Joshua can do with the stepwise Earths. I point this out because Lobsang the automaton claims to be a reincarnated Tibetan. Mind you, he says he was a motorcycle repairman in Tibet, but if he's really as human as he claims, he can lie.

But I'm getting ahead of myself and Pratchett as Thief of Time was published eleven years before. And of course we can't ignore Stephen Baxter's role in the creation of The Long Earth.

Nonetheless, Thief of Time isn't about a multiverse of multiple Earths. It is instead about a multiverse of multiple Discs, all being mucked about by a devious clock, it's maker, and lots of wibbly wobbly timy wimy bits (minus the Doctor, his TARDIS, or any of his companions).

As with the majority of the Discworld books, this one lacks chapter breaks. Like Thud, the breaks are all marked with something relevant to the plot. Here it is a TOCK, the counting down of the clock to doomsday.

Four stars

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