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Author: Terry Pratchett / Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy

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      28.07.2010 18:30
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      Still pretty good, though

      Things are looking pretty good for the Nomes who, led by Masklin and Grimma, moved out of the department store Arnolds (est 1905) just as it was about to be demolished, riding inside a huge truck. Now they live in the ruins of an old abandoned quarry, still getting used to their new lives.

      But strange things are happening in the quarry. It's getting colder and colder, and the snow is beginning to fall. And what's more, even if they find a way to survive the cold, it's not going to stop the humans coming back in and ruining everything. That's right, the quarry is re opening and if it does, then the Nomes will be without a home again. This time they'll have to fight, but will it be at all possible, now with Masklin gone on another mission, and even with the help of the great monster Jekub?

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      Diggers is the second book in Terry Pratchett's Bromeliad trilogy - a series of books concerning the lives of Masklin, his tribe and the Nomes they found living in a department store, not ever knowing of the world outside. This book continues in the story, with the Nomes of the Store now discovering the outside world.

      The book is pretty enjoyable to read and really quite funny in places, as is the norm when it comes to Pratchett books, but I can't help but feel that in places this tends to suffer from "Second Story Syndrome" which happens a lot in trilogies. While the first one is great and sets everything up, and the third finishes off the story, the second one kind of doesn't begin or end really. The plot of this one is a bit like Truckers in a lot of ways, but there's a bit more evolution in the characters, namely Grimma who now has to take leadership of the group, with Masklin gone on his own errands (we won't see him at all in the main story as during that time the events of the third book is taking place. He only appears at the end)

      All in all, it's not a bad book, but it doesn't stand out like the first one did. Nevertheless, it's a great joy to read and funny from start to finish.

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      05.12.2008 01:33
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      ok

      ____Diggers - Terry Pratchett____

      This book forms part of the Bromeliad trilogy and is the second of three books.After having to escape from the store by driving a truck they seek refuge in a abandoned quarry and end up making it their home.After six months ( a long time for a nome who's average life-span is about 10 years) they discover that it is going to be reopened.Will they manage to stop the humans? unlikely even with the help of Jekub (jkb)
      As you can probably guess jekub is a digger and they end up using him to escape the quarry.

      In my opinion this is the "worst" book in the series, not that it is bad it just isn't as good as the others.Some of the main characters go away on a adventure(the third book) and the series doesn't feel the same without them.It is however essential reading if you are going to read the series.
      There are still some laugh out loud moments and the main characters include Grimma-ends up being in charge,not bad for a girl!!!
      Dorcas-fixes things,likes objects because they dont talk back.
      Nisodemus-goes slightly mad but you cant help but feel sorry for him,imagine living most of your life and then discovering everything you had ever believed in was not true.
      One of my favourite bits in the book is when they tie up a human (at the quarry) and eat his food.

      The book itself is rather short so you could probably read it in the one sitting or it would make a prfect gift to try and get someone into books.

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        22.08.2005 18:50
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        Good for pre-early teenage children, or adults looking for a very light read.

        Diggers is the second book in the Bromeliad trilogy, the stars of which are the Nomes (no not Gnomes, Nomes!). The Nomes are small people (about 5 inches in height) who seem to have come from outer space and lived under the floorboards at a store. The signs at the store become laws for them, and they believe that the Store (and thus the universe) was created by the stores proprietors. In the first book the store if about to be demolished so they have to learn new skills (such as.. truck driving!) to escape. They end up living in a quarry, and start to make it into a home. (By doing such things is “mining” potatoes…) But then one day a notice appears saying that the quarry is about to be re-opened.

        Diggers is a classic example or a tale which looks at the world through different eyes. Everyday items are marvels to the Nomes. Also their brand of logic is… different. The main storyline involves them escaping from / protecting the quarry, internal power struggles, and learning more about themselves. Their reactions are at times very human despite the fact that they think a different way.

        Most of the humour is incidental or satirical, with slightly less character-based humour than I felt there should be. There are indeed some funny moments in this books, a very few of which are “laugh-out-loud” funny. Personally though I don’t feel it matches up to the majority of the Discworld novels or "The Wee Free Men" (set on Discworld but written for kids), or even the other books in the Bromeliad trilogy. Pratchett’s narrative style is as good as ever, but the story just lacks that spark to make it stand out from the competition. Characterisation is pretty good but again nothing out of the ordinary. (Stars of the first book such as Masklin, the reluctant her, Grimma, a feminist Nome who learns that shouting isn't always the best thing to do (eventually!)various other characters feature in this one, though some of them have changed quite a bit due to their experiences escaping from the Store. Dorcas, the inventor, is still busy inventing things but has a secret project that may prove vital to their plans... if only he'd let someone know what it was!)

        Overall Diggers is a light, enjoyable but ultimately unremarkable book for adults. I suspect that children of around 9-12 years old would enjoy this book more than anyone. It's required reading if you want to read the whole trilogy, of course, but is the weakest of the three books by quite a long way.
        As usual any good bookshop will have this (but don't forget it'll be in the Children's section, not in Fantasy with the Discworld books). Amazon.co.uk have the paperback for £4.79 or the hardcover version of the entire trilogy for £10.50, which is a far better idea.

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          11.05.2001 22:42
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          This is the 2nd book in PTerry’s nome trilogy, following on from Truckers which followed the nomes escape from the Arnold Bros. (est. 1905) department store and its imminent demolishment to a safe refuge in a deserted quarry. Taking a step backwards, if you haven’t read the books or other ops nomes are 4 inch high creatures resembling squat sumo wrestlers but who can move so fast that the human eye can not usually see them, although we have racial memories of (g)nomes and sit them in our gardens. The nomes crashed on earth 15,000 years ago and now that mankind has reached the stars are trying to find their way back home. Back to the book – the story starts 6 months after Truckers with the nomes safely ensconced in the quarry, and stockpiling for the winter ahead. Unfortunately humans decide to reopen the quarry putting the nomes at risk once again. To try to find a permanent solution by locating their spaceship 3 nomes; Masklin, Angelo and Gurder, the leaders in truckers travel to the airport and disappear from the book to reappear in “Wings” the 3rd part of the trilogy. The leaderless nomes have to cope with a religious revival which denies that Humans exist, until led by Grimma and Dorcas they decide to flee the quarry capturing a human and hotwiring a JCB to make their escape. The problem with this story is that PTerry hasn’t really extended himself and has essentially rehashed the plot of Truckers:- - Nomes home to be destroyed - Argue amongst themselves and then all pull together - Escape using human machinery Maybe this isn’t such a problem as the book is aimed at children, but other bigger kids, such as myself, will read it and wonder what’s going on. The pluses are that by losing their leaders, secondary characters in the 1st book are developed further, and that the humour keeps going. But the school report would say “Must try harder!”

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            11.09.2000 04:31
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            The truckers series was created for children not the normal Prattchet readers, but being a avid fan I felt I had to read them and enjoyed them. Dorcas and Grimmato defend their new home and as always they manage to enlist the help of a mechanical friend Jekub The gnomes have been doomed to spend the rest of there lives running away and the story is basically the day to day problems? I feel that the series would make an excellent cartoon series with some strong characters and a story line that lends itself to TV. A good book that kids of all ages will enjoy.

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            11.08.2000 18:25
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            this is the second installment of the "truckers" series and, in my opinion, the worst. however the worst by Terry Pratchett usualy beats any other writer by a mile, and this is certainly true of this book. With Maskalin Gurder and Angalo Gone, it's up to Dorcas and Grimmato defend their new home. as always they manage to enlist the help of a mechanical friend- Jekub But how's it all going to end? can Jecub save the day? or are the gnomes doomed to spend the rest of there lives running away? The only way to find out is to read it, because I'm not going to give away the ending. The only thing against this book is that some older people may not enjoy it.

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            Fresh from their success in Truckers, the gnomes return to face new challenges in this second volume of a trilogy. This time, the little folk end up in an abandoned quarry - fighting their way out of a snow drift.