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Pratchett is always at his best when the comedy is combined with a real sense of jeopardy that even favorite characters might be hurt if there was a good joke in it. As always, the most unlikely things crop up as the subjects of gags--Chekhov, grand opera, the Caine Mutiny--and as always there are remorselessly funny gags about the inevitability of story:
They say that the fifth elephant came screaming and trumpeting through the atmosphere of the young world all those years ago and landed hard enough to split continents and raise mountains.
No one actually saw it land, which raised the interesting philosophical question: when millions of tons of angry elephant come spinning through the sky, and there is no one to hear it, does it--philosophically speaking--make a noise?
As for the dwarfs, whose legend it is, and who mine a lot deeper than other people, they say that there is a grain of truth in it.
All this, the usual guest appearances, and Gaspode the Wonder Dog. --Roz Kaveney, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Terry Pratchett has created a full world with diverse citizenry and wonderful stories.
As with most Vimes stories, there is a lot of genuine suspense and a great mystery tale although the focus in this book is more on political intrigue.
There are two sub plots in the book, one related, and one seeming to be there just to give some characters something to do.
Vintage Pratchett, involving all the characters you know so well, centering on Sam Vimes. If you like Pratchett, you'll like this.Published 10 days ago by S. Barrows
Another solid entry to the Discworld books! This time, the Watch must venture to Uberwald, on the trail of a missing dwarven artifact, which of course means interaction with... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Jennifer Bradley
Of course it's a good book - I don't think that Pratchett could write a bad one. This one deals with symbols and the ins and outs of faith and belief in those symbols. Read morePublished 1 month ago by yaz pistachio
Terry Pratchett does it again with this Discworld novel, and it's a wonderful addition to the stories of the Watch!Published 1 month ago by Holly Willborn
A good watch novel. Perfect for reading ob a lazy day at the beach. Vimes is at his best and Carrot and Angua does not lag far behind.Published 1 month ago by Fritiof Schiller
The title alone made me guffaw. And when it comes to bursts of laughter, the rest of the book does not disappoint. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Fay Crisanto