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Terry Pratchett - Thud!,
This review is from: Thud! (Discworld Novels) (Hardcover)
Another year, another Discworld novel. The thing about them is that every single one is brilliant, so you have to create a separate criteria for them than everything else, within a given value of brilliantness. Thud! is a brilliant book, so it gets five stars. But it is not a briliant Discworld novel (brilliant Discworld novels would include: Going Postal; The Truth; Thief of Time, Guards Guards, Mort, Feet of Clay, Witches Abroad, etc). It's merely a good one. It's not a brilliant one because it's not quite as streamlined, not quite as original (how often is Vimes going to have to step in to stop two groups of people fighting one another, after all?), and it has few laugh out loud moments (as the brilliant ones do), but is just full of minor chuckles.
There ARE brilliant touches, though... Fred and Nobby investigating the theft of a painting; the girls' night out; Sally, the new Vampire recruit; a deep-down look into the dwarf world; Sam Vimes as a father. Vetinari is, as ever, on top form. And there are some wonderully sinister and scary moments down in the mines the dwarves have been digging under the city. (Though Death's appearance is too short for my liking...it seems like an age since we've had a good dose of Death. Not since Hogfather... The Witches need to make a return, too, in adult-novel form. They have always been my favourites...anyway...)
Thud! will sell thousands, and rightly so. It's wise, amusing, sprightly, interesting, and any excursion into Discworld is always, always worth the money. It's more Monstrous Regiment than Going Postal, is all. Still, a great read. (Though if I were Pratchett I'd be wary of the Discworld series turning into the Commander Vimes series...)