Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Bromeliad by Terry Pratchett

One of our staff enjoyed The Bromeliad by Terry Pratchett and says that this is an enjoyable and humorous book that can be read on many levels and should appeal to almost all ages. On the surface, younger readers will find it is a fun adventure about tiny people trying to find a way home. Older readers will see the deeper themes touching on religion and science, class struggles, duty, and finding your place in the world.  The Bromeliad is actually three separate books now published under one title; originally Truckers, Diggers, and Wings. 

Book one introduces us to Nomes. Nomes are only 4 inches high and have always "lived in the corners of the world". To them humans are huge, slow moving creatures that have voices similar to cows or foghorns.  It has been a tough year for the Nomes, the tribe has shrunk from hundreds down to only ten.  When their home is destroyed, the tribe realizes they have to move. The only item the Nomes take with them is "The Thing", a shiny black box that has been handed down for generations. When the Thing accidently recharges itself, the Nomes discover their own origins and perhaps the quest begins to find their way home.

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