YMMV / Pyramids

  • Fridge Brilliance: Stephen Hawking recently mentioned that space affects time, and high-gravity areas slow time. He mentioned pyramids create gravity wells that slow time around them minutely (due to their density in location and build).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Teppic recalls that Ephebian gods sometimes turn into animals to win the favors of women, then finds Ptraci feeding a tortoise. Teppic "gave it a suspicious look, in case it was a god trying it on. It did not look like a god. If it was a god, it was putting on an incredibly good act." In a later Discworld novel, Small Gods, a god gets stuck in the form of a tortoise.
    • The whole "having to spend billions on making the pyramids" is suddenly much more funny, now that research has revealed that much of the labour done in Ancient Egypt wasn't actually done by slaves, but by actual workers.
    • The Assassins' Parkour-like final exam. Then came Assassin's Creed...
    • The climax where all of Pteppic's reanimated ancestors climb on top of each other to form a living ladder and scale the Great Pyramid sounds a lot like the way World War Z zombies attack the walled safe zone.
  • Memetic Mutation: The confusion over P/Teppic's name is why Terry Pratchett was nicknamed Pterry.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Pteppic's father rises as a mummy... and is forced to reach into the canopic jars containing his eyes to put them back in his face. Later on, he hisses how much he hates pyramids, which basically are the reason Djelibeybi's spiraled into utter chaos. A much older mummy coldly comments it's not hate he feels. Pteppic's father retorts that yes, he's fairly sure he hates pyramids. The other mummy hisses you don't really hate pyramids until you've spent a few millennia in one...
  • Tear Jerker: The fact that Dios is in a Stable Time Loop. He's doomed to forever experience the same sequence of events over and over again, remembering and forgetting, only to realize at the last moment what has happened, and not be able to stop it...
    • Considering what Dios is like, though, that may not be such a horrible experience for him.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: Pratchett wrote the whole assassin test sequence with no idea where he might take the story afterwards. As a result, this is one of his favorite books in the series as he actually got to surprise himself.