A Novel of Discworld

Book - 2011
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"The 39th installment in the New York Times bestselling "Discworld" canon from Terry Pratchett, "the purely funniest English writer since Wodehouse." (Washington Post Book World)"--
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062011848
Branch Call Number: SCIFI Pratchet Terry 10/2011
Characteristics: 398 p. ;,24 cm.


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Oct 08, 2020

The Watch series of Discworld novels have always been some of my favourites, and this book did not disappoint. The plot starts out slow and calm, well-suited to the enforced vacation Vimes was taking, and quickly snowballs into something thrilling that doesn't stop until the very end. Some moments still get me chuckling just thinking about them--any time the Marquis of Fantailler is brought up, you know it's going to be good. As with all Pratchett's novels, I highly recommend it.

Jun 25, 2019

Commander Vimes is at it again. Forced to go on vacation by his wife and Lord Ventinari, he stumbles on a cover-up concerning the local goblins at his wife's estate in the country. A great read.

Nov 05, 2018

plot - "crime fantasy" ' it is a truth universally acknowledged that a policeman taking a holiday will barely have time to open his suitcase before he finds his first corpse.' murder, smuggling, plots and goblins

Aug 24, 2015

Terry Pratchett has done it again. I think this book worlds better if you have read several of the Commander Vimes book first. It is clear to see there is some diminution of his writing as Alzheimer's disease progressed until his death earlier this year. It is still one very good book and could be used in classrooms to discuss prejudice in a way that removes it one from the personal experiences of individuals. It's still a 4 stars in my mind. This book could also makes a wonderful vacation read for the whole family.

Apr 01, 2015

I just didn’t find this story very funny. Maybe it’s just not possible to satirize racism and racists yet, the subject matter being still so sensitive and disturbing. There is no doubt that much of that subject is ridiculous (as in why does it still exist and why does it matter what anyone looks like) and maybe it would be more laughable if it weren’t still so prevalent. I admire the authors attempt to but I don’t think it was completely successful.

Oct 18, 2014

Pratchett drollery never fails to charm me.

He's written better, but even so I'm happy to rate this outing at a solid 4 and a pinch more.

How regrettable that he's been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and the Vimes/Ankh-Morpork/dwarves/golems parade must peter out.

Sep 15, 2013

The last few Discworld novels have felt a little dry to me. I don't think I laughed once. Some of Pratchett's spark seems to have disappeared as technology replaces magic in the Discworld. Stalwart Commander Vimes doesn't have any of the endearing quirkiness of earlier magical heroes such as Rincewind or Margrat.

Terry Pratchett never adequately disguises the didactic nature of this book: toleration and respect for all peoples is a commendable lesson but I just don't feel that I need to be beaten over the head with that message.

I hope this slump ends soon.

Jun 22, 2013

As always, I love Vimes, so this book was wonderful. Adding in a new species to liberate was a nice touch, and I really liked the characterizations of the goblins. I enjoyed familial and social tensions, although the Ankh-Morpork city Watch was mostly absent and their presence was missed. It was a bit too much like every other Vimes book, but I love them, so it was still wonderful.

Jul 28, 2012

Commander Vimes experiences considerable tension between his new, upper-class position and his highly egalitarian values. While there's plenty of action and a little commentary on feminism within the family, this tension is strongly embodied in current real-life social affairs (viz. similar tensions within the Occupy movement). Very valuable reading for those who have eyes to see the connections!

theEternalNewb May 29, 2012

The latest book in the City Watch line of Discworld. Even on vacation, Vimes is getting in trouble, and solving it for others. I really love Pratchett's work, and it's good to see that even with his failing health, he can still write quality books.

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Frightening or Intense Scenes: Description of a natural disaster as it happens.

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Violence: Depictions of slavery, a mass murderer, and mob rule.


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