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Book Review – Small Gods

Last updated on 2012-12-09

It probably won’t surprise you that this is another Terry Pratchett book. I have read a lot of them lately to fill in the blanks that I had in the Discworld series (I used to buy them printed and here in Israel they are not always available. But now that I am using my Kindle life is soooo much better). But it is not just another Pratchett book…


Small Gods is a book about philosophy, theology, sociology and psychology. It shows human nature in a very simple and funny way, how stupid our species is. For anyone who believes in God, this book gives you an interesting picture of how God must feel about you. Om the turtle puts it simply by saying “Humans! They lived in a world where grass continued to be green and the sun rose every day and flowers regularly turned into fruit, and what impressed them? Weeping statues. And wine made out of water! A mere quantum-mechanics tunnel effect, that’d happen anyway if you were prepared to wait zillions of years. As if the turning of sunlight into wine, by means of vines and grapes and time and enzymes, wasn’t a thousand times more impressive and happened all the time…”. We are surrounded by miracles but we never see them. The atom is composed of opposing charges (electrons and protons) which somehow stay together against all reason… so why can’t we call this a miracle? being able to explain things does not mean that they are not miracles, it just means that we can explain them. Try creating them yourself to see what happens, even with all the advanced technology we have today we aren’t even able to know what are the exact components of a particle!

So if you are into theology, sociology or just plainly like Pratchett books, go and read this one. I am already putting it in the list of books to read again. And if you want to support these book reviews you can buy this book from amazon through the link and I will receive a small percentage of the sale, and the gratification that someone does read what I write 🙂 (not that I won’t do them but I’ll be happier doing them).

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