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Pyramids (Discworld Book 7)

Pyramids - Terry Pratchett Djelibaby is a desert kingdom where they have a cultural obsession with pyramids. Pyramids are the one thing that they're reall good at, they've had 7000 years to perfect the technique. In the belief that he's doing the right thing, the new God-king Pteppic builds the largest pyramid ever for his father. Only it's too big and it does something very strange to the universe, such that the dead rise up (although this is difficult if you've been mummified and all the relevant parts are in a row of jars on a shelf) and the gods roam the kingdom. All that's left of the kingdom (as far as the rest of the Disc is concerned) is the king, a handmaiden, called Ptraci (who speaks foreign languages with just a ptrace of an accent) and a camel. A discourse on how civilisation has to change in order to not make the same mistakes repeatedly, how belief is a powerful force, that gods are a law unto themsleves, camels are mathematicians and that you should never trust a high priest...