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The Barnes Noble ReviewWith The Debut Of His First Young Adult Novel, Science Fiction Writer Terry Pratchett Invites Readers Ages And Up To Visit Discworld An Imaginary Land Well Known To Pratchett S Adult Following At The Heart Of This Tale Is A Slightly Twisted Take On The Old Pied Piper Theme, A Talking, Thinking Cat Named Maurice, And A Supporting Cast Of Equally Talented Rats Who Bear Such Comical Names As Big Savings, Nourishing, And Dangerous Beans Maurice And The Rats Have Teamed Up With A Young Lad Named Keith To Implement A Clever Moneymaking Scheme Upon Entering A Town, The Rats Make A General Nuisance Of Themselves Stealing Food And Widdling On Things Until The Townsfolk Become Desperate To Get Rid Of Them Then Maurice And Keith Appear On The Scene And Offer To Save The Day By Ridding The Town Of Its Infestation For A Small Fee It Seems Like A Surefire Plan Until The Group Arrives In The Town Of Bad Blintz And Gets Hooked Up With Malicia, A Young Girl With A Vivid Imagination And A Knack For Finding Trouble When It S Discovered That Bad Blintz Already Has A Rat Problem One That A Couple Of Shifty Eyed Rat Catchers Claim To Have Under Control Things Turn Deadly For Lurking Beneath The Town S Streets Is An Obstacle Course Of Mangling Rattraps And Noxious Poisons And Beyond That Is A Monster So Powerful And Ugly, Even Malicia Couldn T Imagine It As Maurice And The Rats Battle For Their Very Survival, A Number Of Provocative Themes Surface Life After Death, Good Versus Evil, And The Sacrifice Of The Few For The Many But Be Forewarned Those In Search Of Lighter Fare In These Troubled Times May Not Find What They Are Looking For In Pratchett S Vision Despite Plenty Of Razor Sharp Wit And Lighthearted Moments, This Tale Has An Underbelly As Dark As The Tunnels Beneath Bad Blintz Though The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents Is Deeply Witty And Engaging, Some Readers May Find Parts Of The Story Descriptions Of How Some Of The Rats Die And How Others Eat Their Dead Rather IntenseBeth Amos

10 thoughts on “The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents

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    For children Maybe, but there are some dark issues going on and dealt with from the master himself.Terry Pratchett s first Discworld story designating it as written for children followed by the wonderful Tiffany Aching sub series but I would submit this is YA territory, no warm fuzzy Disney moments here.First of all, if there was a film this reminded me of it would be the 1995 Chris Noonan film Babe In this very good movie, a young piglet confronts the contrast and distinction of animals as pets and being loved as a part of the family while also being food That ll do pig, that ll do Here, Pratchett has crafted a clever parody of the Pied Piper of Hamelin story, with of course, some Discworld twists, turns, what haves you not the Brothers Grimm but rather the Sisters Grimm Channeling Orwell in Animal Farm and Daniel Keyes Flowers for Algernon, Pratchett has again returned to the ubiquitous phenomena of animals becoming sentient after living and eating in and around Unseen University Seems the residual magic boosts the critter s intelligence and provides a fecundity of fictional MAGIC for all us Discworld aficionados out here Maurice the cat and his band of smart RATS have teamed up with Keith the teenage piper to swindle some Uberwald villages.As in all of Pratchett s books, though, there is a lot going on besides talking rats and some dubiously na ve villagers This is also one of his darker outings, which again makes me wonder about this being marketed to wee ones, unless Pratchett in his INFINITE AND IMPRESSIVE GENIUS makes that point, it is the young ones who can still get the irony of sentient rats pretending to be led away by a fake flutist Recommended, one the best Discworld books.

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    Maurice, a talking cat, leads a group of talking mice and a stupid looking kid into a town called Bad Blintz looking for one last score with their pied piper scam Only Bad Blintz has troubles of its ownTerry Pratchett really knows how to write a kids book I would have devoured this thing when I was a lad Maurice and the rats are good characters, as is Keith, the aforementioned stupid looking kid The origin of Maurice and the rats intelligence was fairly well done Hell, it s a fantasy story How much explanation do you need Pratchett took the classic story of the pied piper and Discworld ed it up with questions of philosophy, destiny, and leadership And rat kings.Why only a three The rat king bit felt tacked on at the last minute, although I enjoy me a good rat king While the humor was good, I didn t feel it was as good as the adult Discworld novels, subtle sex jokes excluded Being a Discworld novel, things didn t quite end up all hunky dory at the end but it was still a good ending.Pratchett crafted a good young adult novel here If you have some YA s in your house, go ahead and nab this one for them.

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    Pratchett at his best.This is his first YA Discworld book although I think that label is put for marketing purposes This is one of his darker works and like all good Discworld book there is so much going on beneath the surface Behind there is story of clash of generations, finding one identity, spirituality and religion and Pratchett s realistic or pessimistic if you are an optimist view of humanity and much and his signiture cynical humor 5 stars aren t enoug, that is why we have favorites shelf.

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    Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma which reading list to follow it up with Variety is the spice of life, so I ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously This book falls into my FINISHING THE SERIES list.I loves me a good series But I m terrible for starting a new series before finishing my last so this reading list is all about trying to close out those series I ve got on the go.I remember being given a copy of Reaper Man when I was a wee boy When Death took on the prototype mechanical harvester, my first major author crush began and it s never let up.In my teenage years I re read my favourite Discworld books so many times that their spines cracked and pages fell out Sir Terry will always be an idol, an icon and a source of inspiration.But somehow this one passed me by I think it s because it s a stand alone within the Discworld universe, and those have never been my favourites Also, I m not yet sold on the young adult Discworld books Before The Amazing Maurice I d only read The Wee Free Men and I wasn t convinced, so I felt little urgency to grab a copy.This is a good book It s a great concept talking cat, rats and sidekick human boy scamming villages as a rat plague and the Piper It s funny It s got great dark touches for a y a book It explores corners of the Discworld map that hadn t been fully tapped Maurice is a great character Dangerous Beans is an amazing name The Mr Bunsy satire element is done superbly.As a huge Pratchett fan, I would read his descriptions of paint drying This this goes down like cold lemonade on a hot summer day I devoured this book like it was covered in Nutella.So why only three stars This is almost an exact parrot of Dan s review but the rat king felt tacked on at the end Great scenes for sure, but the story felt episodic than cohesive Keith, Maurice s pet human just never got that a meh from me, my heart was all with the rats come the end had I read it back when I was young, we might have gelled better, but as it was I felt like I was standing outside the story circle, imagining how a youngster would enjoy it, rather than being truly gripped myself.I ve only got a couple Discworld books I ve not read, both part of the Tiffany Aching y a series And then I will after many years of negligence be 100% up to date with the series After this I read Jitterbug Perfume

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    Re Read this recently while traveling It s interesting to see Pratchett s first run at writing something officially YA It s a good read Smart Funny And pleasantly stand alone It s easy to see why he won the Carnegie award for it But in my opinion, it doesn t hold a candle to his later YA books that feature Tiffany Aching Wee Free Men, Hat Full of Sky, etc The Wee Free Menpat

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    Maurice watched them argue again Humans, eh Think they re lords of creation Not like us cats We know we are Ever see a cat feed a human Case proven.Maurice and his savvy, talking rodents arrive in town, ready once again to pull the old Pied Piper scheme They scare the bejeezus out of the townsfolk, nibble on the comestibles and widdle everywhere The citizens waste no time hiring Keith to play his magic flute, rats follow him out of the village, everybody splits the money and VOILA it s on to the next little hamlet.But Bad Blintz is different This is a town that REALLY HATES RATS There are full time Rat Catchers paying 50 cents a tail and traps and poisons and a mysterious voice that gets inside your head and Malicia, a book loving girl who won t stop talking.Will this be the end of the line for Maurice and his band of merry critters This is a fairly cute tale with a good mix of adventure and humor The rats and their names, chosen from items found around the dump Feedsfour, Nourishing, Big Savings and Dangerous Beans are the real stars of this show.

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    IF like me you ve always been impatient with the Rincewind heavy volumes of Sir Terry s oeuvre, you re in luck Civilization begins with the tiniest steps Maurice is blessedly short on fart jokes and long on Pratchett s brand of homespun philosophical irony Maurice is a madly inventive retelling of The Pied Piper, featuring ragged eared, fast talking tomcat Maurice as the brains of the outfit His cronies the rats can talk too, thanks to their hazardous magical waste diet amid the trash heaps behind Unseen University The book is funny, but importantly, characters surprise us with their depth Darktan, the toolbelt swathed engineering wizard rat, has a crisis of faith about his role as a leader Other rats in his Clan are hammering out rules for ethical living, much to sharpster Maurice s disgust Even the dumb looking piper kid is starting to give Maurice static about view spoiler scamming the populace with their fake plague of rats hide spoiler

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    Another author I was slow in finding, Pratchett has a wicked and beautifully twisted sense of humor I would call this book a recrafting of the Pied Piper story, but that really doesn t even begin to describe it All the characters, human or otherwise, are wonderfully drawn, and the story is well worth your time Sheesh, this guy is prolific, too I need to get back to work now