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Thud!: A Discworld Novel [Mass Market Paperback]

Terry Pratchett
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2 Oct 2006

Koom Valley? That was where the trolls ambushed the dwarfs, or the dwarfs ambushed the trolls. It was far away. It was a long time ago.

But if he doesn't solve the murder of just one dwarf, Commander Sam Vimes of Ankh-Morpork City Watch is going to see it fought again, right outside his office.

With his beloved Watch crumbling around him and war-drums sounding, he must unravel every clue, outwit every assassin and brave any darkness to find the solution. And darkness is following him.

Oh . . . and at six o'clock every day, without fail, with no excuses, he must go home to read 'Where's My Cow?', with all the right farmyard noises, to his little boy.

There are some things you have to do.



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  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (2 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552152676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552152679
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,516 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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"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)

"You hardly need to review Pratchett nowadays...you know you can rely on him to be wirtty and quietly wise, and his creations have taken on a life of their own...A series that seems to re-invent itself by natural evolution every time" (Starburst)

"Thud! is a book for those who like an action-packed adventure, the mysterious and the mystic, but also enjoy the Pratchett wit and cynicism and are looking for a good read." (Ben Allport, Year 11, King Edward VI Aston School, Birmingham Books for Keeps)

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A brand new Discworld novel, about an ancient feud


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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 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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Sheer Quality 14 Mar 2006
Format:Hardcover
You have to read "Where's My Cow?" every night for a month to a small unrelenting child before reading "Thud!" and therefore truly appreciating it. OK you don't but it did add to the experience plus had the added bonus of my youngest declaring "It's Foul Ole Ron!" at the dinner table and nearly causing me to choke.
I will always have a soft spot for the books based around the Watch of Ankh Morpork. A policeman's lot is never a happy one but they are put through their paces once more in this cracking book. Only Carrot seems a little off his best, but the addition of a Vampire was a genius move.
The plot is always secondary for me in discworld novels; but as usual it is never less than excellent throughout. As always I would recommend reading the series in order so as to truly appreciate the tapestry involved in each characters progression, but if you do read it in isolation be prepared to be hooked like the rest of us and having to then purchase all his other work (and there's a few bit to plough through).
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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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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 25 days 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 1 month 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.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Jean Churchill
5.0 out of 5 stars Triumph!
Yet another (albeit hated) Plume in Sir Terri's Helmet! All his work demands that the reader Think, Remember, and then grin wryly when the proverbial penny finally hits the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lesley Willans
5.0 out of 5 stars great adventure
I have read all the books in order. (the only way) I have enjoyed every one. taken me many years as I read so slow but I have caught Terry up at last. Read more
Published 2 months ago by greychin
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful to have this on kindle
This is a wonderful story - it contains so much. The section where the coach travels to Koom Vally made me laugh out loud the first time I read it.
Published 3 months ago by Mouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, a really good read.
One of Terry Pratchets best novels to date, the story is well told and engaging. The pros are crisp snd well written. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Chris Pyke
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
One of my favorite Discworld novels. Vimes and Vetinary and Ankh Morpork all there for your enjoyment! Loved every moment and will most certainly reread it several times over. Read more
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