The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents

Terry Pratchett

Maurice, a streewise tomcat, has the perfect money-making scam. Everyone knows the stories about rats and pipers, and Maurice has a stupid-looking kid with a pipe, and his very own plague of rats - strangely educated rats... But in Bad Blintz, the little con suddenly goes down the drain. For someone there is playing a different tune and now the rats must learn a new word. Evil. It's not a game any more. It's a rat-eat-rat world. And that might only be the start...

People were people, even if they had four legs and had called themselves names like Dangerous Beans, which is the kind of name you gave yourself if you learned to read before you understood what all the words actually meant.

‘Here’s what I suggest,’ he said. ‘You pretend that rats can think, and I’ll promise to pretend that humans can think, too.’