Title: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
Author: Terry Pratchett
Page Count/Review Word Count: 272
The Amazing Maurice is effectively the Discworld’s equivalent of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, and it follows the story of a streetwise tomcat called Maurice, who’s teamed up with a team of rodents. As you might have guessed, those rodents are educated. The title kind of gives it away, huh?
Maurice and his rodents find a dumb-looking kid and they hatch a plan together, but then things swiftly go a little bit tits up. I’ll say no more, but that should give you enough of an idea of the story line to help you to decide whether you want to read it, without spoiling it.
As for how I felt about it – well, I could pretty much take it or leave it, and I think it was one of the weaker Discworld books, in part because it doesn’t feature any of the characters that you’ve grown to know and love. Maurice is unlikeable at best, and easy to hate throughout most of the story. But then, sometimes that’s the sign of a good character, and he’s not exactly the protagonist because you could argue that there isn’t one.
Still, if you like the story of the Pied Piper, which I never did, then maybe you’d feel different, and either way it’s still worth reading eventually if you’re a fan of the Discworld series. Otherwise, I’d recommend starting elsewhere, unless you’re reading it to your kids. In which case, read it to yourself first.