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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 i 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 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 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 Pratchett at his best.This is his first YA Discworld book although I think that label is putfor 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 muchand his signiture cynical humor 5 stars aren t enoug, that is why we ha Pratchett at his best.This is his first YA Discworld book although I think that label is putfor 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 muchand his signiture cynical humor 5 stars aren t enoug, that is why we have favorites shelf 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 Ma 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 BeforeThe Amazing MauriceI 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 feltepisodic than cohesive Keith, Maurice s pet human just never gotthat 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 coupleDiscworld 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 The important thing about adventures, thought Mr Bunnsy, was that they shouldn t be so long as to make you miss mealtimes I suppose there is a Big Cat in the Sky, isn t there I M SURPRISED AT YOU, MAURICE OF COURSE THERE ARE NO CAT GODS THAT WOULD BE TOO MUCH LIKEWORK I am not sure why I did not read this book before now Maybe it has to do with the fact that I never found the tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin very appealing when I was a child.In retrospect, I should have known be The important thing about adventures, thought Mr Bunnsy, was that they shouldn t be so long as to make you miss mealtimes I suppose there is a Big Cat in the Sky, isn t there I M SURPRISED AT YOU, MAURICE OF COURSE THERE ARE NO CAT GODS THAT WOULD BE TOO MUCH LIKEWORK I am not sure why I did not read this book before now Maybe it has to do with the fact that I never found the tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin very appealing when I was a child.In retrospect, I should have known better Terry Pratchett infuses brilliance into the rather unsavory story You get the customary humour, irony, satire, sound judgement philosophy with extraordinary entertainment value This was one of the first Discworld novels I ve ever read, the German translation back then though I m very pleased to report that the reading experience was even better this time partly because the original is always better, partly because I now understood certain side stabs and references, which was very rewarding.It s part of The Folklore of Discworld, a version of the Pied Pauper Maurice, a cat, along with a number of rats has become intelligent to a point where they ve learnt human spee This was one of the first Discworld novels I ve ever read, the German translation back then though I m very pleased to report that the reading experience was even better this time partly because the original is always better, partly because I now understood certain side stabs and references, which was very rewarding.It s part of The Folklore of Discworld, a version of the Pied Pauper Maurice, a cat, along with a number of rats has become intelligent to a point where they ve learnt human speech Ever since then, Maurice has done his best to put the rodents rat is considered a derogative term to good work so he they can get rich The trick is fairly simple, playing on human expectations which is why their last coup doesn t work as they meet a human girl who practically lives fairytales But that s a good thing, actually, as the town is in trouble and guess who can save everyone.A very cute and funny look at reputations, stories, courage, having a conscience and the love of fairytales.One of my favourite moments probably was towards the end when this song was sung imagine it being sung to one of the usual military cadencesWe fight dogs amd we chase cats ain t no trap can stop the rats Got no plague and got no fleas we drink poison, we steal cheese Mess with us and you shall see we ll put poison in your tea Here we fight and here we ll stay WE WILL NEVER GO AWAY BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA And always remember the best end to a conflict is when no side thinks they ve lost indeed This happened to be my first Pratchett book and why I did not love it, I still found myself greatly enjoying it whilst I read it I do have this hunch where I think that absurdist fantasy is that what you call it is probably not my thing Whether I will like itthekind of these books I read or not, I ll have to see but compared to what is considered as normal fantasy, this is really far out there as many people have already noted It is full of talking rats and a cat and also some This happened to be my first Pratchett book and why I did not love it, I still found myself greatly enjoying it whilst I read it I do have this hunch where I think that absurdist fantasy is that what you call it is probably not my thing Whether I will like itthekind of these books I read or not, I ll have to see but compared to what is considered as normal fantasy, this is really far out there as many people have already noted It is full of talking rats and a cat and also some really random and dodgy implications of magic that certainly has me interested in readingof his works I do very much so like the fact that it is not at all like traditional fantasy with its swords, wizards and dark lords but breaks all of those boundaries and troops and writing something that is completely different It does begin as a fairly lighthearted and humorous book, yet gets quite dark towards the end as the characters try to grapple towards the ending which I thought was handled in a decent manner I have found out that this is apparently his first YA Discworld book which I hope they his adult books are much better though I have yet to read them as of the writing of this review, so really, I have no idea.I thought that this book was alright, I did not love it, nor hate it, but maybe again it may be because I m not used to this kind of fantasy and going out of comfort zones takes maybe a few books to get used to that sort of take in the genre 6 10 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 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, butimportantly, 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 One of my all time favorite books along with Pratchett s Thief of Time, Nation, and his outstanding Tiffany Aching series beginning withThe Wee Free Men not that there s anything wrong with fart jokes But here, they re largely supplanted by tap dancing rat gags la vaudeville 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 st 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 `FREE E-PUB ☔ The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents ☘ The Barnes Noble ReviewWith the debut of his first young adult novel, science fiction writer Terry Pratchett invites readers agesand 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