The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld)

By Terry Pratchett

Winner of the 2001 Carnegie Medal

One rat, stoning up right here and there, squeaking loudly, and taking a tub within the cream, can be a plague all via himself. After a couple of days of this, it was once extraordinary how joyful humans have been to determine the child along with his magical rat pipe. and so they have been awesome while the rats trace out of town.

They'd were relatively surprised if they would ever discovered that the rats and the piper met up with a cat someplace open air of city and solemnly counted out the money.

The awesome Maurice runs the fitting Pied Piper rip-off. This streetwise alley cat is familiar with the worth of chilly, challenging money and will speak his approach into and out of whatever. but if Maurice and his cohorts choose to con the city of undesirable Blinitz, it's going to take greater than quickly chatting with live on the risk that awaits. For it is a city the place foodstuff is scarce and rats are hated, the place cellars are covered with lethal traps, and the place a terrifying evil lurks underneath the hunger-stricken streets....

Set in Terry Pratchett's largely renowned Discworld, this masterfully crafted, gripping learn is either compelling and humorous. while one of many world's such a lot acclaimed myth writers turns a vintage fairy story on its head, not anyone will ever examine the Pied Piper -- or rats -- a similar method again!

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He driven his head out of the pipe right into a a lot better one, made from bricks that have been slimy with unusual underground nastiness, and into the circle of candlelight. “It’s…Maurice? ” stated Peaches, gazing the dust dripping off his raveled fur. “Smells larger than he frequently does, then,” stated Darktan, grinning in what Maurice thought of an unfriendly approach. “Oh, ha ha,” acknowledged Maurice, weakly. He wasn’t within the temper for repartee. “Ah, I knew you wouldn’t allow us to down, previous friend,” acknowledged harmful Beans. “I have continually acknowledged that we will be able to rely on Maurice, not less than. ” He sighed deeply. “Yes,” stated Darktan, giving Maurice a way more figuring out glance. “Depend on him to do what, notwithstanding? ” “Oh,” acknowledged Maurice. “Er. reliable. I’ve came upon you all, then. ” “Yes,” acknowledged Darktan, in what Maurice idea used to be a bad tone of voice. “Amazing, isn’t it. I count on you’ve been trying to find decades, too. I observed you rush off to seem for us. ” “Can you support us? ” stated harmful Beans. “We desire a plan. ” “Ah, right,” stated Maurice. “I recommend we cross upward at each opportun—” “To rescue Hamnpork,” stated Darktan. “We don’t depart our humans in the back of. ” “We don’t? ” acknowledged Maurice. “We don’t,” stated Darktan. “And then there’s the kid,” acknowledged Peaches. “Sardines says he’s tied up with the feminine child in a single of the cellars. ” “Oh, good, you recognize, humans,” stated Maurice, wrinkling his face. “Humans and people, you recognize, it’s a human type of factor. I don’t imagine we must always meddle, can be misunderstood. i do know approximately people, they’ll type it out—” “I don’t care a ferret’s shrlt for people! ” snapped Darktan. “But these rat catchers took Hamnpork off in a cage! You observed that room, cat! You observed the rats stuffed in cages! It’s the rat catchers who're stealing the foodstuff! Sardines says there’s sacks and sacks of nutrition! And there’s anything else…” “A voice,” stated Maurice earlier than he might cease himself. Darktan regarded up, wild-eyed. “You heard it? ” he stated. “I concept it used to be simply us! ” “The rat catchers can listen it too,” acknowledged Maurice. “Only they believe it’s their very own ideas. ” “It anxious the others,” mumbled risky Beans. “They just…stopped considering. ” He appeared completely dejected. Open beside him, grubby with dust and paw marks, was once Mr. Bunnsy Has an event. “Even Toxie ran off,” he went on. “And he is familiar with easy methods to write! How can that take place? ” “It appeared to impact a few of us greater than others,” acknowledged Darktan in a extra matter-of-fact voice. “I’ve despatched a few of the extra good ones out to aim and around up the remaining, yet it’s going to be a protracted activity. They have been simply operating blindly. We’ve received to get Hamnpork. He’s the chief. We’re rats, in the end. A extended family. Rats will keep on with the chief. ” “But he’s a piece outdated, and you’re the cruel one, and he’s now not precisely the brains of the outfit—” Maurice begun. “They took him away! ” stated Darktan. “They’re rat catchers! He’s one in all us! Are you going to assist or no longer? ” Maurice idea he heard a scrabbling noise on the different finish of his pipe. He couldn’t flip round to examine, and he without warning felt very uncovered. “Yeah, assist you, yeah, yeah,” he acknowledged hurriedly.

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