Completing Terry Pratchett’s brilliant Nome Trilogy (The Bromeliad Trilogy in America), we have Wings (1990).
This is also our favourite entry in the series. Primarily as The Thing returns here and completes various narrative arcs in its usual sardonic way. But as a story, it runs parallel to the events in Diggers and introduces the reader to a spectacular world of nome technology.
Last time out, intrepid heroes Masklin, Angalo, and Gurder took The Thing to a local airport to investigate some of the goings on there.
They discover that the grandson of the owner of Arnold Brothers store (where the Inside nomes lived for generations) is off to America to watch the launch of a satellite.
The Thing realises that if it can get on that, it’ll be able to contact the nome’s spaceship it keeps banging on about. Although Masklin and others are still greatly confused with his insistence the ship is real and its not making it all up.
The trio (plus The Thing) sneak onto Concorde and find the grandson, hiding in his luggage.
But it powers down as it’s away from electricity, leaving Masklin with no choice but to reveal himself to the humans. He realises they’ll take him to a nearby power source, although (as you can expect) the humans react in stunned surprise at the appearance of the nome.
They carefully take him off into a private room to investigate, which is when The Thing returns to life and has some startling news: the nome’s spaceship is on its way.
As they make a break for it and escape the baffled humans, Masklin reunites with his friends and The Thing directs the ship towards them for some startling revelations.
Right, so it’s the most action-packed entry in the series, as you may be able to tell. It has a terrific verve to it, told with manic glee from a brilliant writer clearly revelling in the story.
It’s imaginative, funny, and once more The Thing proves to be comic gold, landing some brilliant lines – such as warning one human to behave or it’ll, “Blow his head off.”
The trilogy is highly recommended, but if you’re only going to read one of them then it really has to be Wings. It’s proper belting fun for all ages.
On a final note, Terry Pratchett’s most famous work is in the Discworld series of fantasy books. There are 41 in total, plus it spawned the likes of a video game on the PlayStation and PC.
The world is set on a flat planet (well, we know some flat Earth fans who’d love that) balanced on top of four giant elephants in space. They’re standing on an even more enormous turtle.
The books parody more serious fantasy fair, as they’re rather lighthearted and a good laugh. We can recommend those for you, too, should the nome trilogy set you on your path deeper into Pratchett’s literary canon.