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Thud!: (Discworld Novel 34) (Discworld Novels) [Kindle Edition]

Terry Pratchett
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"Imaginative, witty and consistent - as in consistently funny, consistently clever and consistently surprising in its twists and turnss - Thud! is everything that the 30th novel in a fantasy sequence ought to be, and more." SFX magazine "Pratchett too requires us to think. Whenever I read his stories I find myself thinking that he is "grown up". He may write benign comedy but he knows how horribly complicated and exciting the Universe is." A.S. Byatt, The Times

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'He may write benign comedy but he knows how horribly complicated and exciting the Universe is.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1702 KB
  • Print Length: 468 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 055216769X
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (1 Dec 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RS6NC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,280 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thud! It's more than just a sound effect 21 Oct 2005
Format:Hardcover
Terry Pratchett has done it again. With Thud! (I've lost track of how many Discworld books there have been), Pratchett returns to the adventures of the "coppers" of Ankh-Morpork, one of the largest cities on the Discworld. It's been a while since we've had a straight "City Watch" book, with Night Watch being a character study of Commander Samuel Vimes, and the subsequent books being standalones, I've really missed seeing the Watch in action. Thud! delivers on all cylinders, going back to some of the basics that made Pratchett what he is today. You've got your quirky characters, you've got your hilarious footnotes (something which seemed to have disappeared from Pratchett's books, much to my chagrin), and you've got Vimes leading them all, trying to be the best copper he can be, doing what's right despite what everybody else seems to want him to do.
The anniversary of the battle of Koom Valley, an ancient battle between the Dwarfs and the Trolls, is coming up, and tension in the city of Ankh-Morpork is rising. Commander Samuel Vimes can smell trouble, and he'll do anything to keep the city safe. When a rabble-rousing Dwarf from the Dwarf homeland is murdered, the Dwarfs immediately blame the Trolls, and it looks like blood will wash over the city. But not with Vimes and the rest of the Watch on the case. A sinister secret from the depths is working its way into the real world again, planning to use the animosity between the two races as its entry point, but it keeps getting stymied. Will the Watch solve the case and bring the perpetrators to justice? And just what is the secret of Koom Valley, and what does it have to do with this entity? And will Vimes be able to keep his daily six o'clock appointment with his young son to read Where's my Cow?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dealing with Dwarfian fundamentalism 18 Oct 2005
By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME
Format:Hardcover
Ankh-Morpork, the Great City of Discworld, is proud of its "multiculturalism". Except here, it's "multi-speciesism". Trolls, dwarfs, golems, even a werewolf have been incorporated into city society. They are represented in the ranks of the City Watch, that bastion of law enforcement. Once scorned as ineffective, the Watch, under Commander Sam Vimes, the Duke of Ankh-Morpork, is now considered an exemplary force in the City. "All are just coppers" is one of Sam's litanies. Except when it comes to vampires. Yet, once again, Pratchett forces Vimes to confront his prejudices. And we readers to face up to ours.
Into the quietly seething mixture of Ankh-Morpork peoples there arrives a new element. For years, the dwarfs have scrambled up out of the deep dark of their mines to emigrate to Sam Vimes' city. They've become the city's largest "minority group". While boisterous, dwarfs are generally well behaved. Clashes with their ancient enemy, the trolls, have taken little real toll of either group. The deep dark of those mines, however, contain a secret. A secret treasured and sought by elements of dwarf society who consider themselves guardians of its value - the "grags". Nothing offends a grag as much as encountering someone who has "seen the light". These guardians scorn the "short humans" who have abandoned traditional dwarf values in Ankh-Morpork's materialist environment. One of those "traditional values" is the cause of the ancient clash in Koom Valley.
A Discworld legend in its own right, the Battle of Koom Valley is one of those "We won!" - "No, we won!" myths so many societies possess. Each side ambushed the other. Both sides shamefully ran away at its conclusion. Legends inspire spin-off myths and Koom Valley is no exception. There's even a massive painting depicting the confrontation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How Green Was Koom Valley 22 Sep 2005
By Leonard Fleisig TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
On June 28, 1389 a combined army of Serbs, Bosnians, Albanians and Romanians waged a fierce battle against an Ottoman army on the Plains of Kosovo. Although details of the battle are obscure and lost in the mists of time the animosity between the parties has lingered. It was no surprise therefore that on the 600th anniversary of the battle President Slobodan Milosevic of Serbia launched his `ethnic cleansing' campaign in Kosovo. Sometimes the oldest animosities burn the brightest.
That is just about the scenario found in "THUD", Terry Pratchett's latest roller coaster ride through Discworld. The origin and outcome of the ancient Battle of Koom Valley between the Trolls and Dwarves has been obscured and the subject of much debate; but, the lingering and long-lasting hatred between them means they are always one spark away from renewed battle.
Grag Hamcrusher is what you might call a Dwarf extremist. Emerging from the depths he rails against those dwarves who have risen close to the surface. He intimates Dwarf residents of Ankh-Morpork who have made accommodations to a life lived above ground. Hamcrusher is a zealot who would like nothing better than to renew a holy war against the hated Trolls. As Thud opens Hamcrusher has just been murdered, thud "being the sound the heavy club made as it connected with the head". The initial evidence, a troll club found near the apparent murder scene, seems destined to bring their historic enmity to a boil. It is up to Commander Vimes and the Watch to find out who killed Hamcrusher and try to avoid a war that could destroy Ankh-Morpork.
The Patrician, not surprisingly, has complicated matters for Vimes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
A fantastic storyline that draws the reader through the impossible to the improbable and the unlikely until it reaches the realms of reality - well nearly.
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Published 10 days ago by Jac
5.0 out of 5 stars must read
masterly as always
Published 25 days ago by fantsci-fi
5.0 out of 5 stars yet another
I have never ever contemplated not finishing a Pratchett book and this one is no exception. Engrossed from cover to cover! Buy i,t read it and then get the next one!
Published 1 month ago by djpickup
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Terry Pratchrtt humour
Made me chuckle and laugh out loud. I love Sam Vimes and The Watch. Soon to get another Disc World Novel.
Published 2 months ago by Susie
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
One of the funniest books I've ever read. You just can't beat terry pratchett's books. I've read it several times and it's still as funny as the first time I read it.....
Published 2 months ago by Seanyadams
5.0 out of 5 stars Pratchett fan
This tickled me and I really enjoyed it. Another enjoyable novel from a great author who brings the ridiculous of our world to the comedy of the discworld.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
This is a good story for the Watch involving most of my favourite characters. It is well written and full of incident. Definitely to be recommended.
Published 2 months ago by S M A S K
5.0 out of 5 stars Thud is brilliant
I love the disc world books, they're funny and I always want to keep reading to see what happens next. Terry Pratchett's has such a fantastic imagination.
Published 3 months ago by Jean Churchill
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