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Thud!: (Discworld Novel 34) (Discworld Novels) Hardcover – 1 Nov 2018
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"Pratchett can make you giggle helplessly and then grin grimly at the sharpness of his wit." (A.S. Byatt)
"'Thud! has a serious theme: racial intolerance. That Pratchett can explore this while still making us laugh is a tribute to the integrity of his created world ... Extremely funnym but it's also very near the knuckleduster.' " (Scotland on Sunday)
About the Author
Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he was the author of over fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. He died in March 2015.
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Without question my all time top 5 novels feature the Watch. I think Sam Vimes must be one of the most interesting characters created. At times he comes across as a sort of Discworld version of Gene Hunt! Upright, honest (mostly - I do love his sparring with Vetinari). Men (I suspect) identify with him and want to be like him whereas women (I know) are possibly rather envious of Lady Sybil! There is something reassuring about Sam Vimes being a copper in your town.
To reveal anything about the plot is totally spoilerific - I mean why would you read 'Where's my cow?' and skip straight to the end - you'd miss all the best noises. However I must make a special mention of the 'NEAR VIMES EXPERIENCE' - I woke up half the train stifling snorts of laughter. Got to love the big guy with the scythe.
At heart, and the reason for the success of the series and characters, the novels are quite simply cracking crime stories, with characters you care about. Yes there is a veneer of the fantastic due to the setting and Discworld mythology but they stand up in comparison to the best of 'normal' crime fiction. Feet of Clay remains my personal favourite but Night Watch and Thud are close behind. Best to read them in order so you understand the full backstories of Vimes and his full supporting 'cast' but read them you should... Highly recommended.
I thought, reading this, that Terry Pratchett was approaching a pinnacle of writing and I just love these books set in and around the wonderful city of Ankh-Morpork. More of this, please!
For those of you who have not read it and want a reason to read it:
the story centres around a conflict not unlike that of the Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland. A centuries old issue that really should no longer be fought over is resurrected relentlessly by those dwarves and trolls that are no longer living in their ancestral lands. This threatens the stability of their adopted city, Ankh-Morpork, and it is down to Sam Vines, commander of the City Watch, to put a stop to it - which he does in hilariously convincing fashion.
However, it does not end here because the whole issue that started this conflict off in the first place is about to be explored and its true nature discovered - a truth that will rock the very foundations of the belief systems of both Dwarf and Troll ...
Oh, and you will be introduced to the best children's book ever written - and get to see the Librarian again; both of which have to be worth the price of the book at the very least.
This is a very good one in the series and if you just want to read one, try this - you won't be disappointed.
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