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All for nothing. His classic themes are woven into the story, which is actually one big story cut in three. Not pixies, no. You have nomes on the Outside and nomes n the Store, founded by Arnold Bros.

The latter is a sort of god for the Store nomes. The Store is their world, with the planet and the lights being the sky, the stars, the sun. Seasons are determined by sales periods with their respective slogans. The Store nomes have occupied every department, which works like a nation: own rules, own leader, They do have an abbot for the religious position, just like humans have a pope, for example. Store nomes have never seen the sun, never felt the rain.

The Outside nomes are very much accustomed to the real seasons and weather types. In contrast, the Floridians nomes of Florida, also the name of some fruit juice, apparently are lead by a female. Contrast in male-female domination and rights. And so the adventure begins: where will they stay? Who will guide and educate them into the world of the Store? Another theme: migration. In this day and age, even more actual than ever, even if the books were written about 30 years ago.

As the Store is to close forever, suddenly both nome populations must work together for their survival. What can you expect? Pure entertainment. Playing with the English language signs, slogans, names, products, More respect for little people.

A more humanistic view on life. A lighter Pratchett, when it comes to convictions. If you can, get the omnibus, otherwise get the three books Truckers, Diggers, Wings themselves.

In the same vein, I can recommend his other book on little people: The Carpet People , as you can read here. Nomes have to leave the Store, as it will be demolished. Everything Must Go, a sign taken literally, even if it means something else. But nomes have a way of taking things literally. Or rather, Pratchett has shown how skilled he was in the English language.

Playing with words - be them signs, slogans, names, places, Religion is key here: To the Store nomes and especially their leaders and abbot, there is no Outside, only the Store is what matters and is real, is divine. So, yes, trucks. Nomes become truckers, as they see no alternative but to "borrow" a truck to leave the Store, when news comes that the Store will be closed forever.

How they manage it? Through collaboration and coordination, and a lot of trial and error. Not long afterwards, humans re-opn the quarry. But not for long, as our nomes have to fight and flee for their lives. The Outside nomes and more precisely Masklin, had a black box called Thing. Thing can send out signals, communicate with other computers and devices, and can translate nomish into human and vice versa.

Nomes have always avoided humans, for fear of being turned into pixies or maybe even lose their lives, although the Outside nomes were more afraid of being eaten by wolves and alike. Gurder, a Store nome, had to review his belief, his worldview, now that he had spent a considerable amount of time Outside and had seen Grandson, 39, a "deity" until then.

And would you know? There were not only more nomes out there - Floridians -, but Grandson, 39, had always wanted to believe nomes existed and now saw his belief confirmed. The belief was thus reciprocal. Gurder now saw it as his new life-goal to inform the remaining nomes of the world - not everyone could be rescued by the spaceship, basically only the two populations of the books: the Outside nomes and the Store nomes - how to live among humans.

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