Bludnok, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Bludnok)
Enthralling - one of Sir Terry's best! - not only read it right through but listened to the audio book as well! Drama, pathos and plenty of Sir Terry's humour. The latest in the Commander Vimes books adding insight to the character and introducing us to another of the Disc's species. Loved it and glad I have both the book and the audio file to enjoy again - each time finding another gem that might have passed me by in earlier readings!
Chuck Childers, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Chuck Childers)
As all of Discworld books, this is excellent. While the book can be read on its own, previous Discworld books, particularly any involving Commander Vimes and the City Watch would inform the goings on. Fun, funny and in places a bit sad.
Bludnok, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Bludnok)
The latest of the watch series - a bit darker than some but still full of humour one of the most involving of Sir Terry's books. A self contained story that links across the other Discworld novels. Full of little 'asides' and 'twists' that add to the tale and keep the interest going. I have both read the book and listen to the audio version and now I have treated myself to an ebook version. Not the best book to get one started on the Discworld books but once you are 'hooked' a very good read!
pazyluz, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by pazyluz)
Terry Pratchett never fails to deliver a laugh-out-loud read that at the same time touches your heart and makes you think. I don't think you can ask any more of a writer than that.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Pratchett's 39th Discworld novel (after 2010's I Shall Wear Midnight) brings back fan favorite Sam Vimes, the cynical yet extraordinarily honorable Ankh-Morpork City Watch commander also known (if unenthusiastically) as His Grace Sir Samuel, the Duke of Ankh. Vimes faces an onerous task: two weeks off in the country at his wife's family estate. It's not the thought of spending time with his beloved Sybil or precocious six-year-old Young Sam that bothers him; it's just that a copper can't stop being a copper. Fortunately, even in this conservative hamlet, there's plenty of skullduggery to investigate, beginning with the brutal murder of a goblin girl. With the help of untried local constable Feeney Upshot and gentleman's gentleman Willikens, Vimes takes on a fiendish murderer as well as the case for (in)human rights and social justice in this lively outing, complete with sly shout-outs to Jane Austen and gritty police procedurals." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
by Publishers Weekly (starred review),
"[Snuff is a] lively outing, complete with sly shout-outs to Jane Austen and gritty police procedurals."
by The Independent on Sunday,
"A triumphant effort."
by The Guardian,
"Thirty-seven books in and... Discworld is still going strong...and doing so with undimmed, triumphant exuberance."
"In short, this is as busy and as daft as any other Discworld yarn, which means it is the quintessence of daft. Nobody writes fantasy funnier than Pratchett."
by Library Journal,
"Series followers will delight in this latest entry....Pratchett's fun, irreverent-seeming story line masks a larger discussion of social inequalities and the courage it takes to stand up for the voiceless."
"The humor is sharp and the characters are charming, and the plight of the goblins creates moments of genuine pathos that are the highlight of the book."
by The Straits Times,
by Wall Street Journal,
"In the history of comic fantasy, Mr. Pratchett has no equals for invention or for range. "
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Funny, of course, but with plenty of hard edges; and, along with the excellent lessons in practical police work, genuine sympathy for the ordinary copper's lot....A treat no fan of Discworld — and there are boatloads of them — will want to miss."
by Harper Collins,
Sam Vimes, watch commander of Ankh-Morpork, is at long last taking a much-needed (and well deserved) vacation. But, of course, this is Discworld®, where nothing goes as planned — and before Vimes can even change his cardboard-soled boots for vacationers slippers, the gruff watch commander soon finds himself enmeshed in a fresh fiasco fraught with magic, cunning, daring, and (for the reader more than poor Vimes) endless hilarity. Did he really expect time off? As Vimes himself says in Feet of Clay, theres some magical creature called overtime, only no ones even seen its footprints. Following the New York Times bestselling Unseen Academicals, Terry Pratchett delivers an enthralling new tale from a place of insuperable adventure: Discworld.
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