First Published in 2001 • #28 in the series • #6 in the Death story arc
Maurice is not your average cat. Behind that cool feline gaze is a brain that an encounter with magic has rendered…rather human. Now he’s the mastermind of a money-making scam involving a clan of educated rats and a stupid-looking kid, Keith, whose great interest in life is playing a pipe. Together, they plague and pipe their way from town to town, growing richer with each rodent infestation. But the rats have begun to have second-thoughts about the ethics of the whole outfit. And very soon the group will arrive in the town of Bad Blintz, where something far more sinister will test their nerve. Human, they will discover, is not a species but a state of mind, and not all humans have it…but some animals do.
Anne: I listened to an abridged radio play of Maurice sometime when I was in college. I remember enjoying it, and I think the Big Bad in Maurice is one of the most interesting and effective antagonists in all of Discworld.
Ryan: Maurice is an important book for me because it’s the second to last Discworld novel I haven’t read. Sad but exciting. I’m curious to see how the world expands, and the cat person in me has other reasons to be excited!
Anne:“To be a leader you have to learn to shout! But after you’ve learned to shout, you have to learn not to!”
Ryan: “What was the point of education, he thought, if people went out afterwards and used it?”
Anne: Best-Named Rats
Ryan: Smartest Cat (Hey, we nearly rhyme!)
Pretentious Academic Subtitles:
Anne: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents: A Treatise on Relations among Sapiences of Varying Species
Ryan: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents: A Productive Example of Children’s Writing that Doesn’t Avoid the Dark, Complicated, Sticky Stuff
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