The Bromeliad Trilogy
Terry Pratchett
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Terry Pratchett
512 pages
September 2003
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The Bromeliad Trilogy is a collection of three stories by famed fantasy author Terry Pratchett.

In “Truckers”, led by the steady and courageous Masklin, a dwindling group of nomes living in the fields decide to hitch a ride on a human truck and make a new life for themselves. These four-inch tall creatures, who move too fast for the human eyes, take with them "the Thing," a mysterious black box which has been passed from generation to generation. They climb off the truck into a store, Arnold Bros (est. 1905), where they discover an entire other subset of store nomes who’ve only known life other than inside the store. When they learn that the store is about is about to be demolished, the nomes must put aside mutual suspicions, work together and discover how put their unique talents to use.

In “Diggers”, picking up the tale from where it left off, the nomes have escaped from the store and, after a terrifying and somewhat hilarious journey, have at last made their new home in an abandoned quarry. The nomes have to learn a lot of new things and put with new and terrifying dangers, some real and some imaginary. Just as the nomes become comfortable in their new surroundings, than the humans decide to re-open the quarry. Now, when it once again becomes a question of survival, will the nomes flee or fight to keep their home?

In “Wings”, the "Thing" informs the nomes of their space heritage. Rebuffed by his lady love, an irate Masklin and two others set off to Florida to discover the truth for themselves. From hitching a ride on board a Concorde to flying on a goose’s back, these three nomes have a spectacular adventure -- and this time they come across a band of Floridian nomes. Once again, cooperation and a lot of courage and ingenuity is needed, as the nomes attempt to bring a spaceship to earth.

Terry Pratchett’s imaginative tale is spellbinding and entertaining to the full. Through this tale of four-inch tall nomes, who move too fast for the human eye and take things very literally, Pratchett muses upon all the fairy-tales and legends which star these wee folk and makes us wonder if indeed they’re based on truth. By sprinkling Biblical responses throughout, an effect in the lighter vein is produced in practically every sentence; at the same time, it makes the readers wonder whether they themselves aren’t nome-like to a higher entity, both physically and meta-physically. Jokes are aplenty and witticisms abound. Thoughtful and weighty ideas are brought forth in a way which reflects the modern human society and its thinking. Simple, innocent and yet practical, these nomes and their antics keep the readers immersed in a world which seems more and more probable with each turned page.

© 2004 by Rashmi Srinivas for Curled Up With a Good Book

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