“The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents,” by Terry Pratchett

“The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents,” by Terry Pratchett is an amusing rework of the Pied Piper legend.
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Maurice is a tough alley cat who has survived in the dangerous streets for four years without getting hit by a cart or caught by dog gangs. An alley cat has to be smart to survive that long, so Maurice prides himself on being fairly clever. But the truth is that he's a lot smarter than most other cats. It all started one day when he looked into a puddle and realized that he was looking at his own reflection. When you can suddenly talk and think, its hard to hang out with the other dumb cats, so Maurice becomes friends with a group of rats who also happened to become clever about the same time Maurice did. Chances are it probably had something to do with the glowing garbage dump outside the wizard's academy, but Maurice can't be too sure about that.

Maurice doesn't worry to much about how he became clever. He immediately comes up with the ultimate money making scheme. Together with the intelligent rats and a young boy who knows how to play the flute Maurice creates the perfect Pied Piper scam. First they travel to an unsuspecting town, where the rats immediately begin wreaking havoc. Since they are so smart they can create the ultimate plague. They disarm traps and steal the cheese, do tap dance routines, swim in the cream and perform other tricks that make the authorities call for a rat piper. Then Maurice and the boy show up and call off the rats.

Everything goes fine until they decide to work the town of Bad Blintz. There is something
strange about Bad Blintz. For one thing the citizens are already convinced that there is a plague of rats, but when Maurice and his crew search they can find no traces of any rats. Little do they realize, but there is a terrifying evil in Bad Blintz, both above and below the streets.

Terry Pratchett's novel “The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents” is a wonderful work of fiction, that manages to mix humor and horror together. The antics of Maurice and his rodent companions keeps readers amused, while the darker aspects of the storyline keep them in suspense. I really enjoyed reading “The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents.” I recommend to all who enjoy fantasy novels.

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