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One of the darker Discworld tales,
By A Customer
This review is from: Thud! (Discworld Novels) (Hardcover)The discworld has resurfaced and it's as good as ever. This is very much a Sam Vimes book and like all of the Sam Vimes books, "Thud" is pretty dark (which I like). Pratchett explores deeper meanings in these book than most of the rest of the series and on this occasion he is exploring the mideast conflict. Two groups of ancient enemies are building up hostilities in the city of Ankh Moorpork over some ancient symbols. The dwarves and trolls do not need much antagonism to set them fighting each other. A Dwarf radical is killed and the trolls are blamed, and so the tension builds. Enter Sam Vimes to solve the case, except nothing is as it appears on the surface.
This is yet another classic for Pratchett fans. "Some things are important" is the catch phrase throughout this book, although I won't tell you why because it will ruin the story. Pratchett explores the concept of radical religion and how it affects even the non-religious. He never blames either side, but explores how both sides are right and wrong. The ending is superb as usual, but it is rather sad... to a point. I enjoyed this even more than Pratchett's recent Hat Full of Sky or the equally dark and highly recommended Dante's Last March by Mark Elliott.