The Bromeliad Trilogy: Truckers, Diggers, and Wings

The Bromeliad Trilogy: Truckers, Diggers, and Wings

by Terry Pratchett

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Overview

In a world whose seasons are defined by Christmas sales and Spring Fashions, hundreds of tiny nomes live in the corners and crannies of a human-run department store. They have made their homes beneath the floorboards for generations and no longer remember — or even believe in — life beyond the Store walls.

Until the day a small band of nomes arrives at the Store from the Outside. Led by a young nome named Masklin, the Outsiders carry a mysterious black box (called the Thing), and they deliver devastating news: In twenty-one days, the Store will be destroyed.

Now all the nomes must learn to work together, and they must learn to think — and to think BIG.

Part satire, part parable, and part adventure story par excellence, master storyteller Terry Pratchett’s engaging trilogy traces the nomes’ flight and search for safety, a search that leads them to discover their own astonishing origins and takes them beyond their wildest dreams.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060094935
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/30/2003
Series: Bromeliad Trilogy Series
Edition description: 1ST US
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 321,445
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.53(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Sir Terry Pratchett was the internationally bestselling author of more than thirty books, including his phenomenally successful Discworld series. His young adult novel, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal, and Where's My Cow?, his Discworld book for “readers of all ages,” was a New York Times bestseller. His novels have sold more than seventy five million (give or take a few million) copies worldwide. Named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature,” Pratchett lived in England. He died in 2015 at the age of sixty-six.

Hometown:

Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

Date of Birth:

April 28, 1948

Place of Birth:

Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England

Education:

Four honorary degrees in literature from the universities of Portsmouth, Bristol, Bath and Warwick

Table of Contents

Truckers1
Diggers193
Wings343

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The Bromeliad Trilogy: Truckers, Diggers, and Wings 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Homechicken on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This collection of three books from Pratchett is a tale about very small people that have lived among us since prehistoric times: the nomes. When several nomes decide to leave their hole in a field for a better place to live, they find a store full of them. But the store nomes have forgotten where they came from, and worship Arnold Bros (est. 1905) as the creator of everything. When the store is scheduled for destruction, the nomes have to leave and find a new home. They also have, in their possession, a flight computer from their original scout vessel, which has been dormant until the "outside" nomes brought it near electricity. Turns out the nomes are a space-faring race that has been stranded on Earth, and their computer tries to help them realize this. The store nomes, with the help of the outsiders, hijack a truck and drive all the nomes to the safety of a closed-down gravel pit 5 miles away. When humans return to reopen the pit, the nomes decide to fight back for their home instead of leaving. Several nomes left the pit for the airport to find a man (descended from Arnold Bros (est 1905)) that is going to Floridia to launch a satellite so they can borrow its computer to contact their main ship, which has been left on the moon for 15,000 years.The nome stories are fun and entertaining, and a good read for all ages.
AnnieHidalgo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't know that I think The Bromeliad trilogy is Pratchett's best work ever-there is something about leaving Discworld that never quite sits well with me, as far as Pratchett goes - exception: the Johnny Maxwell trilogy. But it is clever, and gripping and amusing. I couldn't put any of the trilogy books down, but was quite happy to go on about my daily life for a little while in between them. The talking computer-like machine with its own personality was fun. The Bromeliad Nomes seem like quieter, saner cousins of the Nac Mac Feegles. And the way they took the department store signs as some sort of gospel handed down from Above was incredibly funny, while drawing the obvious parallels with organized religion.
besina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you love Discworld, you'll enjoy the Bromeliad Trilogy, put forth by Terry Pratchett. It is a departure from his tried and true Discworld books, (actually published before the vast majority of his Discworld novels), this book delves into the lives of nomes (gnomes) who live under the floorboards of a department store.Life outside the store is deemed a myth, as none can remember a time before the store. When the store is scheduled for destruction, the nomes take it upon themselves to find a new world, as they learn to work with each other, find solutions to novel situations and utlimately a new home.As with most Terry Pratchett fare, the storytelling and satire are excellent and riveting. A wonderful story for grown-ups and children alike.
JNSelko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Comparable to Douglas Adams- and that's goin' a far piece.
njstitcher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good Book! Story was simple enough to engage young readers but had enough of Pratchett's commentaries on modern life to keep adults entertained. I wonder how much of it would go over the heads of a young reader.
Sativa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i thought this was a delightful trilogy, for any age. i loved those silly gnomes, i found myself caught up in their world and their plight. a really easy breezy read.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read these aloud to my son when he was about 12 and it's not very often I have laughing fits while reading but this is hilarious and a wonderful series. Of course, the first is the best but they are all good. Would make a great introduction to Pratchett for those who want to try him out.
rolandarad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We bought this set of books while on holiday for our 7 year old who was reading but not really interested in reading. We all took it in turns to read the stories out loud and we all enjoyed it.
rfplsam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I re-read this one every time I forget how ridiculously funny people really are.
cmoore on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
4/5. Pratchett's as charming as ever, a pinch of philosophy, leave out the satire, and a healthy dose of absurdity.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Fun fantasy for children The nomes live parallel with us humans. they are only four inches (10cm) tall. Masklin is the leader of a group nomes and he convinces them to leave their home and go into the Outside as their numbers are dwindling and it is becoming harder to find food. This tells of their adventures, how they meet other Nomes and the further adventures that ensue as he has to help them escape from their doomed home. Intrigued about what happens next? Well, you’ll just have to read this hilarious book to find out! This is told from the point of view of the Nomes and it is great to read how they interpret the human world. Their interactions with other animals, including humans, their fascination with humans and the way in which the author makes the characters and their surroundings so believable make this a great book for children. His wacky sense of humour and love of fantasy are evident throughout the story. I believe this story was originally released on September 21st, 1989. Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
Oh, I love The Little’s. I used to watch this show and wished that my house had these little people living among the walls. I remembered leaving items out hoping that they would sneak out while I wasn’t looking and snag them up and take them back inside their homes. Pieces of string, match boxes, my Barbie cups, pieces of foil and snippets of fabric were all placed in a pile; these were my offerings I hoped to give to my new friends who never did make an appearance at my house. As I read part of this book at school one afternoon, it brought back childhood memories and I wanted to see what happened to my nome friends who reminded me so much of The Littles. I loved how it made me think about how something I can do easy and natural can become so difficult and time-consuming: each activity thought out step-by-step. Yet, for the nomes being small has its advantages also. The nome population is dwindling and four-inch high Masklin has been left in charge as the younger generation has left, in search of a better location. Time is passing, the group has not returned and Masklin decides it’s time that this group leaves their current location. It’s a big feat as moving a group of nomes is not easy and the arguing as already begun. They are delighted when they find another group of nomes, this group has settled into The Store. The Store, who wouldn’t love to live in The Store; the place that holds everything and has lots to see and hear. There are two issues with this new group of nomes, the first being that they know nothing about the world outside The Store and second, The Store is being torn down and both groups must now find another place to live. These nomes have lots of different ideas on how to approach their new dilemma but denial will get them nowhere. They must all leave before the walls come down. It’s a great adventure and very entertaining story. The books! So many books, so little time. I loved this part of the book. The Store has lots of books at their disposal and the nomes realize that they are all filled with knowledge, knowledge that they will need to survive outside The Store. The nomes start to get frantic, they realize they can’t let this wisdom go to waste, it is their insight on how important these books are to their survival, that the nomes try different ways to find a solution to the book matter. It’s comical but they are clever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A hilarious novel about nomes who live in a department store. Some of this hilarity involves the seemingly dydlexic four inch tall nomes plotting to use a gnu( not a typo) to threaten humans and wondering why there isn't a sign to say the road doesn't work instead of " road works ahead". Great book and definitely worth the money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books are great! I'm a frog! .-.mipmip.-.
RavenKR More than 1 year ago
I read Truckers (first book in Bromeliad Trilogy) years ago and had never read anything so funny. Now I have begun Diggers and the story goes on, just as funny and just as full of suspense for the nomes. I have to say that Terry Pratchett is my favorite author when it comes to this kind of writing. If you haven't read his books before, and you like satire, fantasy and downright hilarity, you must give him a try.
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This is a very good book
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Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow!!!!this was a great read, but with Terry Pratchett what else can you expect. His characters were well thought out as was his plots. I haven't read a book of his that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed.
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