Thud! (Discworld #34)
"What kind of creature defines itself by hatred?"That is the overarching theme of Terry Pratchett's Thud! which is indisputably one of his best works - in content and execution and the amount of serious thinking it makes me do after seeing the usual 'mundane' things through the prism of Pratchett's writing.
Like other Pratchett's later works, this book is a departure from the light-hearted humorous comedic tone of earlier Discworld books which initially were just smart and witty parodies of fant...more
Depends on what makes you laugh, I suppose, but this is not *meant* to be a funny book. Pratchett is doing really serious, relevant and overtly political stuff here. The "funny bits" are no more than the comic relief in the best Shakespearean tradition.
Parallels are everywhere here. You...more
In this enstallment, we find Sam Vimes trying to once again bring a semblance of peace to the chao...more
It's a Watch novel – either you know why it's awesome and you're already...more
Doubleday ISBN 0385 608675
Another excellent book in the Discworld series from Terry Pratchet, and another one without chapters. The dwarves and the Trolls have never been friends, rather they have been enemies. Now there are so many of them in the city that trouble is about to occur in Ankh-Morpork. The ONLY one who can sort it out is Commander Vimes of the city Watch (police). This is more that just a war story (well not a war story at all really), it has some good characteris...more
I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!
There was no sense of having missed anything from having not read the other books in the Discworld series; this was really a stand-alone book. The...more
This one transcends the one-note satire that many of the Discworld books feature (each one takes on a certain topic - this one has a theme of racial tolerance). This installment of the series also pokes gentle fun at the mystery genre - but, while doing so, is itself a quite good mystery novel!
It actually kicks the crap out of any of the glut of 'paranormal investigation' novels that hav...more
as for the whole koom valley business, i love the way mr. pratchett has created this world that is...more
Thud! was the first Pratchett that I read, and the first book I ever had which actually fitted in my handbag of the time (I've now got a decent book-sized one). As such, the gold is almost gone from the cover, the pages are falling out, and the covers themselves are battered beyond saving. I must have read this book at least 25 times, if not more....more
Par exemple, je savais, aussi bien d'après son titre français que d'après son titre original, que ce roman parlerait du fameux jeu de Thud. Je ne m'attendais en revanche pas à un roman mettant Vimaire à la place d'un prix Nobel de la paix (le pire qui ait jamais existé, mais aussi le meilleur).
En effet, ce roman met en scène une enquête du Guet d'Ankh-Morpokh sur la mort suspecte de que...more
Lord Vetinari has a problem. How do you build a functioning society out of people who come from tribes that don’t much like each other and have a rich history of graphically taking advantage of each other? Everyone’s got a point, but if they press their points, the city shuts down. A divisive religious leader has been killed in the darkness. Blood could run in the city streets if ju...more
This particular novel follows Vimes & the Watch as things start heating up around the city. Kooms Valley Day, the day that the trolls & dwarves supposedly had a big war (nobody survived, so nobody knows for sure all of what happened) is ra...more
“Would a minute have mattered? No, probably not, although his young son appeared to have a very accurate internal clock. Possibly even 2 minutes would be okay. Three minutes, even. You could go to five minutes, perhaps. But that was just it. If you could go for five minutes, then you'd go to ten, then half an hour, a couple of hours...and not see your son all evening. So that was that. Six o'clock, prompt. Every day. Read to young Sam. No excuses. He'd promised himself that. N...more
It centres on Sam Vimes, the leader of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, who finds himself in a very tricky situation when Koom Valley Day approaches. Koom Valley Day is the...more
Thud features Commander Sam Vimes, Corporal Carrot, and the whole City Watch -- humans, vampires, trolls, werewolves, dwarfs, and all. The story revolves around Sam's wife Sybil and their toddler Sam, but it wouldn't be Discworld withou...more
I mean, Hogfather made me howl with laughter and brought me to tears, and I can expect that range of emotion from almost every Pratchett book: the man can be running with comedic gold one minute and pulling a personal heartstring the next, but with Thud! it seemed...rushed. And didn't we already have the whole "warring nations" thing in Jingo?
I think it w...more
Usually I hate this kind o...more
Sam Vimes, head of the Night Watch, is bracing for Koom Valley's one thousandth anniversary, or something. Koom Valley is was started the eternal hatred between the children of Tak the Dwarves who chose the dark and the Trolls who stepped into the light. Just the memory of this centuries old battle boils the blood Trolls...more
Once, in a gods-forsaken hellhole called Koom Valley, trolls and dwarfs met in bloody combat. Centuries later, each species still views the other with simmering animosity. Lately, the influential dwarf, Grag Hamcrusher, has been fomenting unrest among Ankh-Morpork's more diminutive citizens—a volatile situation made far worse when the pint-size provocateur is discovered bashed to death . . . with a troll club lying conveniently nearby.
Commander Sam Vimes of the City Watch is aware of the importa...more
The book opens with Commander Vimes investigating the death of a dwarf, and revisits the recurring Discworld theme that dwarves and trolls don't exactly get on, with an apparent war brewing on the horizon. It's fairly clear in this and other Discworld titles that the dwarves and trolls represent minority groups, and therefore the book seems like...more