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Terry Pratchett
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13 Oct 2011 Discworld Novels (Book 39)

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a policeman taking a holiday would barely have had time to open his suitcase before he finds his first corpse.

And Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch is on holiday in the pleasant and innocent countryside, but not for him a mere body in the wardrobe. There are many, many bodies and an ancient crime more terrible than murder.

He is out of his jurisdiction, out of his depth, out of bacon sandwiches, occasionally snookered and out of his mind, but never out of guile. Where there is a crime there must be a finding, there must be a chase and there must be a punishment.

They say that in the end all sins are forgiven.

But not quite all...

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition First Impression edition (13 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: 038561926X
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (452 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

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'To keep it fresh into the 39th volume of a series deserves a knighthood...Snuff is entertaining, with all Pratchett's genius on display. He still makes you care about his creations and, amid all the funnies, he can turn on the pathos.'
--Sunday Express

`Is there any sign of a falling-off in Sir Terry's extraordinary abilities? No. Not one. This is another brilliant, bravura command performance of comic fantasy. Terry Pratchett with Alzheimer's is still up there with PG Wodehouse. Amazing. Wonderful. Fantastic.'
--Harry Ritchie, Daily Mail

'The Discworld novels have always been among the most serious of comedies, the most relevant and real of fantasies...Pratchett has been rightly praised for comic invention and whimsy; he does not always get enough credit for the psychological comedy of embarrassment which makes us blush with once hilariously cynical and idealistically practical.'

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The new Discworld novel from the master sees Sam Vimes investigating a countryhouse murder, and is Terry Pratchett's fiftieth book.

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190 of 201 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real world comes to Discworld in a moral fable. 21 Oct 2011
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Commander Vimes is sent to the Shires to his wife's estate for a holiday. But crime seems to follow him anyway and when he finds that a murder has been committed he starts to bring city justice to the country. This means dealing with hot-headed blacksmiths, the poo lady and a Chief Constable who is an expert in Bhangbhangduc, and those are just the "good guys".

Reviewers have said that Sir Terry's books of late are very hit and miss, that they are not as funny as they used to be. They are certainly much longer and less punchy. The humour is much more droll, but more importantly the books are much more thoughtful. Unseen Academicals started the story of racism, with an Orcish footballer who had all the traits of a certain England forward. This time it is the Goblins and how attitudes can be changed, taking them from being vermin to being people. They reflect the times they are written and the issues that are important to Sir Terry.

These are much more serious books, there always was an underlying moral sense to Discworld but in these latest books it is the morality that is more important than the humour. These are morality tales with the real bits left in. In Vimes' world he cannot wave a magic wand so everything turns our better - so he has to take a much more pragmatic route. This makes the book much more thoughtful and much slower than the mad-cap early Discworld, so while they are no longer 5 stars for humour, they are 5 stars for their emotional commitment and making you think.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't feel like a final draft 6 Jan 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Probably the least satisfying of Pratchett's many, many books. He's produced better since, as well as before, this one.

There's an entertaining story in there but it's hidden behind lots of superfluous verbiage and at times you have to put it down to gather the energy and inclination to find out what happens next. It really feels like an early draft. Lots of ideas have been thrown in, the story-line wanders all over the place and there's too much 'top of the head' dialogue that needs to be trimmed down. Plus all the explanations of items relating to other books, which haven't been seen as necessary in other books.

This one really cries out for proper editing and then reissuing.
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90 of 101 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pride and Prejudice on Discworld 23 Oct 2011
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I am a Pratchett addict; I took my first dose in 1976 with 'Dark Side of the Sun' and have read everything he's written since (and went back to read 'The Carpet People' and Strata') I read the Nome Trilogy - I even bought 'The Unadulterated Cat'!

For a time in the 90s he spoiled me for other fantasy writers; his style was (to me) so accomplished that others couldn't begin to match him. The earlier Discworld books, from #01 'The Colour of Magic' to #10 'Moving Pictures' were wonderful romps with a hugely imaginative drive. 'Equal Rites,' 'Wyrd Sisters' and 'Guards! Guards!' were the absolute pinnacle of comic fantasy.

Later books (with occasional returns to the earlier broad humour) were darker, more thoughtful and with a more philosophical edge. Gradually the humour became less important to the story - the books were still funny in parts, but the Discworld became less magical and more a distortion of our own world, tackling in more detail real issues such as class, racism and sexism - prejudice in all its ugly forms. He even created a new 'ism' - speciesism. He was at his best in this period when he was angry about prejudice in books like 'Small Gods,' 'Lords and Ladies' and 'Feet of Clay'.

Even the 'lesser' works (again, to me! I know it's subjective) such as 'Soul Music', 'Hogfather' and 'The Last Continent' had enough of the classic Pratchett mix of wisdom and gags to satisfy most of us.

I feel the last great Discworld book (for adults) was 'Thief of Time'. The last great book for younger readers was 'The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents'. Both of these were classic Pratchett, filled with imagination and brio.

And then... things started to change.
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66 of 75 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but a little disappointing 30 Oct 2011
By Abbie H
Format:Kindle Edition
I've been a long-time fan of Pratchett ever since getting his first novel The Colour of Magic back in my early teens, and I can honestly say that it's a rare thing to come away with a slight sense of disappointment after finishing one of his books. The sheer fun and whimsy of the early Discworld novels seems to me to have given way to a slightly more darker more muted world, and where once you could expect gag after gag spilling off nearly every single page, now there is a bit more slightly heavy-handed moralising and exposition to get through before you find any gems to remind you of those earlier stories.

Don't get me wrong, I still liked Snuff and there is still much to enjoy in the characters, old favourites like Vimes in particular, but in terms of where I'd rank this in the Discworld series as a whole, I'd have to say somewhere around the middle of the list, tending towards the lower half.

My son is reading the book at the moment and appears to be enjoying it (though some of the more adult ideas pass him by) so even if Snuff is slightly below par for Pratchett, it's still got plenty to offer and, if you're a fan of the series, still worth a read. If you're new to Pratchett, well you're probably better off going right back to the beginning and enjoying the pure unadulterated fun of those early novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never-ending brilliance
How does Terry Pratchett do it? 40 Discworld novels and numerous other works of genius including children's stories. The great ideas keep coming and 'Snuff' is no exception. Read more
Published 2 days ago by cooldart
5.0 out of 5 stars Terry Pratchett
I think this author is really ,really good and I collect all his discworld novels-I enjoy them immensely, even when re reading
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Pratchetts books may be getting a little tired
Terry Pratchett is one of my all time favourite authors and whilst I enjoyed this book immensely it (and most of his recent work) is not a patch on his earlier work, good old Sam... Read more
Published 6 days ago by JP Cronin
5.0 out of 5 stars Usual Pratchett Fare
Another great book from the Master, Sybil has forced Vimes to come on holiday with her and young San to their country estate but you know something is going to happen don't you?
Published 18 days ago by Mrs. S. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Terry Pratchett
I bought this book and saved it to read on an long flight when going on holiday. I must say it did not disappoint me and lasted for both long flights on my holiday. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic Terry Pratchett
Ah, what can you say, not much really. Perfection as always. Snuff is a novel that shows all the mastery that is Terry Pratchett to the reader. Read more
Published 27 days ago by mucklewick
2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of his best
Reads as if someone was trying to do an imitation of Terry Pratchett.

You'd need to be a fan of the highest order to follow it.

One for the devotees.
Published 28 days ago by S. McHugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
wow. same Pritchett. always brings me to laughter by reading his books
something that amazes me on a constant basis
Published 29 days ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars Snuff
Another Pratchett master piece. First book I've downloaded. Means I can take it anywhere. A lot easier than carting loads of books around.
Published 1 month ago by Nigel Jinman
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb.
Another excellent Disc World tale. Fully recommended read. Terry Pratchett at his best, a fully absorbing tale that I couldn't put down.
Published 1 month ago by Thomas A B James
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