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Real world comes to Discworld in a moral fable.,
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This review is from: Snuff: (Discworld Novel 39) (Discworld Novels) (Hardcover)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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Initial post: 17 Nov 2011 21:35:03 GMT
i have read almost all of terry's books,i have found we have to forget the sofistications of our world and immerse ourselves into his world,only then can we see where things are coming from.there are some books that don,t suit my demeanor, but i read just to get his picture of events as terry sees them.you get some affection for the the characters,'DEATH'is my favorite due to his outlook on 'life'.as terry grows older so his views will change,as do ours.that terry is still writing is bringing a lot of joy to myself and many others.let us not knock the man for the sake of a piece to be put on this particular page.thanks to all tim gordon.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2011 23:54:32 GMT
kentish maid says:
you're quite right about us all getting older but let's not forget that Terry has Alzeimers and this will affect his style of writing too. I'm just pleased that I have a new Pratchett book to give to my man on Xmas day as usual
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Feb 2012 04:01:11 GMT
Gesine Betker says:
This will come off as horribly offensive, but don't you think that as the bloody embuggery is effecting his work it might be better to either completly stop writing or (as this specific form doesn't effect his ability to plan, it just takes much longer) take more time to write?
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