By Terry Pratchett

"Maurice and the rats have teamed up with a tender lad named Keith to enforce a shrewdpermanent lucrative scheme. Upon coming into a city, the rats make a normal nuisance of themselves -- stealing foodstuff and widdling on issues -- till the townsfolk develop into wanting to dispose of them. Then Maurice and Keith look at the scene and supply to save lots of the day through ridding town of its infestation for a small cost. it sort of feels like a surefire plan till the gang arrives within the city of undesirable Blintz and will get connected with Malicia, a tender lady with a bright mind's eye and a knack for locating hassle. while it's came upon that undesirable Blintz already has a rat challenge -- person who a few shifty-eyed rat catchers declare to have below keep watch over -- issues flip lethal. For lurking underneath the town's streets is a drawback process mangling rattraps and noxious poisons. And past that may be a monster so robust and unpleasant, even Malicia couldn't think it.

As Maurice and the rats conflict for his or her very survival, a couple of provocative issues floor: existence after demise, reliable as opposed to evil, and the sacrifice of the few for the numerous. yet be forewarned -- these looking for lighter fare in those stricken occasions won't locate what they're searching for in Pratchett's imaginative and prescient regardless of lots of razor-sharp wit and lighthearted moments, this story has an underbelly as darkish because the tunnels underneath undesirable Blintz. although *The striking Maurice and His trained Rodents* is deeply witty and interesting, a few readers may perhaps locate elements of the tale -- descriptions of the way many of the rats die and the way others consume their useless -- relatively extreme. *(Beth Amos)*

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I’ve been wanting to show you this since we met. ” Tally swallowed, wishing she’d told the whole truth about that night—about how it had all just sort of happened. Shay seemed to think she was the world’s biggest daredevil now. “Well, I mean, that alarm thing was partly an accident. ” “I mean, maybe we should wait. ” “Oh, that’s right,” Shay said. “A couple of months and we’ll be stuck inside the river. ” Tally snorted. ” “Doing what you’re supposed to do is always boring. ” “I can,” Tally said quietly.

I’ve got friends too, over here. I mean, they were friends. ” She looked up. “I was always the youngest, you know? ” Shay nodded. ” “Yeah. ” “Wow, that’s crazy. ” Tally shook her head. Peris had gone with other girls, and Tally had dealt with it and tried to do the same, but their friendship had always been the main thing in both their lives. Not anymore, apparently. “If he’d been my boyfriend, I don’t think I could have done it, you know? I wouldn’t have wanted him to see my face. But because we’re friends, I thought maybe .

I should tell you something. That night, when you met me, I kind of promised my friend Peris I wouldn’t take any big risks. ” “Who cares if they get mad? ” Shay stopped bouncing. ” “I guess I haven’t either. But maybe they wouldn’t tell us if it had. ” “Maybe he made you promise to take it easy so you wouldn’t bother him anymore. ” Tally tried to answer, but her throat was dry. “Listen, if you don’t want to come, that’s fine,” Shay said. “I mean it, Squint. But we’re not going to get caught. ” She laughed.

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