Snuff: Discworld Novel 39
- Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date:
- 07 June 2012
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Terry Pratchett has done it again. Put out a book that had me engaged from the beginning to the end.Snuff features Commander Vimes of the City Watch (of Ankh-Morpork) being strongly encouraged (forced) to go on vacation with his wife the duchess and his now 6 yeard old son, Sammy. As usual, nothing is as simple as a vacation - there's something going on at his family estate. Goblins are being persecuted and a form of Shanghai slavery is going on. It unfolds gradually, with Vimes catching a whiff (really, the goblins have a strong odor) of what's going on and not stopping until he gets to the middle of things.Not only is he getting involved in a rather long lasting and complicated intrigue, but his son is getting involved with the family estates - via poop. Yes. He's beginning to learn about farming and animals (and science and biology) by studying poop - and what little boy isn't happy with that?I enjoyed the usual mix of humor, dry wit, a bit of social snark and wonderful action scenes via Pratcett's writing. He's is a genious with words. I love the way he keeps two or three action scenes going on at once, going back and forth with micro cliffhangers between the differing characters. Love this type of writing and Pratchett is a wiz at this.If you're a fan of Terry Pratchett, you're going to enjoy this latest novel very much. I really believe he is a genius at social satire, as well as writing suspensful yet funny, engaging stories. I love all the discworld novels, and this one is just as good as I expected from Pratchett. I hope to be able to read many more by Terry Pratchett.
Probably the best thing that Pratchett has ever written. Which, when you think about it is really saying something - he can be variable at times, but at his best, his work is unbeatable: funny, humane, erudite, accessible and compelling.
Sam goes on holiday and found a dead body.And it is not holiday anymore. I like the different issues that come up in the story. So real, so complex, and so funny. It is about family, discrimination, slavery, judicial justice and abuse of power. A real fun read. I hope Terry gets better as he is one of the best storyteller that I only read and admire, but someone I could imagine of having a beer or two with. You couldn't say that about any writer. Read it. Enjoy it.
Much to his displeasure, Commander Sam Vimes of the Watch has been dragged off to holiday in the countryside by his lovely and very determined wife. However shortly after they arrive at their estate, Vimes' copper instincts kick in and he begins to sense something is terribly, terribly wrong in the town. Then a terrible crime occurs, and Vimes knows he must find justice. What follows is a rollicking tale of adventure and social justice, interwoven with many amusing anecdotes from Vimes' family life, something not much explored in previous Discworld installments. In that delightfully Pratchett way, the book is by turns charmingly funny, grippingly suspenseful and periodically absurd, and, by the end, completely rewarding. We get further insight into the characters of both Vimes and his wife and are introduced to a most entertaining cast of side characters, all the while enjoying a lively adventure and the timeless battle of the Good Guys against the Bad, the Just seeking to right society's wrongs. I enjoyed the book tremendously, and would go so far as to say it might be Pratchett's best work.
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