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Interesting but not the best Discworld novel,
This review is from: Snuff: (Discworld Novel 39) (Discworld Novels) (Kindle Edition)I'm a huge Pratchett fan. Love all his work, Discworld in particular. I won't give a plot summary, just some thoughts on the book.
Overall, I enjoyed it. There's definitely that adventurous sense that we saw in 'Jingo' and the like, the brave Cmdr Vimes dashing across the country in hot pursuit of the baddies, but with some nice sensible grounding in the form of Sybil and the boy (whose fascination with bodily waste is hilarious and very observant, given the habits of little boys everywhere). However I don't think this is Pratchett's best work.
I don't know if it's because I'm now an adult and I started reading Discworld when I was a child, and I have seen the writing and plots certainly mature, but in a different direction to me. It also, sadly, could be due to the author's declining health.
I found that there was very little sense of time in Snuff. It was hard to figure out exactly how long certain events took, and some parts seemed oddly drawn out while other parts were over in half a page and I had to go back and re-read to make sure I hadn't skipped a page or missed a point. I also found some of the minor characters a bit forgettable and their development a bit oddly paced.
Personally I also find the ending a bit improbable and a little rushed. The point with the music and the aristocracy's acceptance was a lovely idea but again, the pacing was off and it was over too quickly. The "improbable" point comes also from that - sure, if some aristocrats and ambassadors accept them, fine, but what about the man in the street? Is all hunky-dory now? Is the next book going to be about riots in the city? (And when will we get to hear more about the "Undertaking" hinted at previously?)
It was great to see more of Wilikins though. His backstory is greatly developed and he becomes an interesting character of his own.
There's a lot of nitpicking here and I'm very sorry - I guess I love Discworld books so much that the tiniest flaws stand out like beacons to me! I still read the book in a day and I'll definitely read it again to catch the subtleties you always get on a second reading. The story is great and adventurous, despite the pacing, and there's still a lot of the famous Pratchett humour. If you're a fan, buy it and read it and make your own mind up - despite the little quirks mentioned above I still hold this head and shoulders above most of the current fiction market.