The Fifth Elephant (Discworld #24)
When duty calls. Commander Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork constabulary answers. Even when he doesn't want to. He's been "invited" to attend a royal function as both detective and diplomat. The one role he relishes; the...more
The Fifth Elephant is one of Pratchett’s more plot dr...more
Everyone knows that the world is flat, and supported on the backs of four elephants. But weren't there supposed to be five? Indeed there were. So where is it?...
When duty calls. Commander Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork constabulary answers. Even when he doesn't want to. He's been "invited" to attend a royal function as both detective and diplomat. The one role he relishes; the other requires, well, ruby tights. Of course where cops (even those clad in tights) go, alas, crime follows. An attempted a
In the spirit of expanding, The Fifth elephant als...more
This book, at least my version, was riddled with spelling and grammatical errors. The first appearing a mere two pages in and the next was only a few more pages away. That type of low quality editing and review really...more
Otra de Terry Pratchett [TP]. Se lo juro, estimados lectores, este hombre es una droga. No empiecen si no quieren leerse veintitantos libros y esperar ardientemente a que caiga el próximo en sus manos.
En esta ocasión se va a celebrar la ceremonia de investidura del nuevo Rey de los enanos de Überwald, tierra lejana y que asemeja a Alemania. El comandante Vimes, de la Guardia de Ankh-Morpork, es enviado como embajador a la ceremonia. Pero además de esta misión oficial tiene otra misión oficiosa,...more
I haven’t picked up Discworld book for quite some time (last one I read was Jingo) so reading the Fifth Elephant kind of gave me the warm and fuzzy feeling of falling in love with Sir Terry Pratchett’s work all over again. I think this book is the most action-packed volume in City Watch series yet. Imagine Bruce Willis all decked out in tights with British ac...more
Instead of Ankh-Morpork, the book takes place in Uberwald, which is the country Angua (One of the Watchwo-... Uh, Watchwerewolves) is from. For a book about her and her family, she's in it surprisingly little. The book revolves more around Vimes, Cheery (...more
The main character of this book (Sam Vimes - featured in many of the Discworld novels) is on a d...more
Pratchett takes the opportunity to put his familiar characters - Vimes, his wife Lady Sybil, Captain Carrot, the werewolf Angua, Sergea...more
In this 24th (24th!) volume of Discworld, we find a classic Who-Done-It, wrapped up with werewolves, vampires, dwarfs, equal rights, political intrigue, spies, assassins, a police union strike and a talking dog. That sounds like a serious handful, but Pratchett keeps it all connected and entertai...more
Vimes this time is put in the uncomfortable position of going to Uberwald to represent Anhk-Morpork at the crowning of a new Low King of the dwarves. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) he's also chasing the threads of a pair of crimes from his home city that are woven all around the upper levels of Uberwald's political culture.
In his absence, we also get to see...more
En effet, Vimaire est envoyé, bien contre son gré, par le Patricien comme ambassadeur en Uberwald, contrée mythique des vampires, des loup-garous, et des nains intégristes.
Il est d'ailleurs curieux de voir à quel point, alors qu'on se serait attendu à ce que le roman nous parl...more
The city needs to send an Ambassador to Uberwald for the crowning and The patrician decided...more
I had been having a dull summer staying at a friend's house in Massachusetts whose idea of fun was watching anime all day, and was wandering aimlessly through the town library, which I was unfamiliar with, when a librarian seeing myself at a loss, asked what it was that I liked to read. Hearing the word fantasy she grabbed this book off the shelf.
It is rather late in the story of Samuel Vimes and much of the characters took some gettin...more
A fine Discworld book in the tradition of putting Vimes in a situation that he's uncomfortable with and watching him figure it out and do what needs to be done. I loved the "politics" stuff, and the glimpse into dwarf culture in Uberwald was cool and, surprisingly, was what worked the most in terms of adding that layer of dramatic seriousness which always accompanies the comedy in Pratchett's best books. Just read Cheery's description of the "knockermen," a truly wonderful conc...more
Sam Vimes is being sent to Uberwald to serve as Ankh Morpork's representative at the coronation of the new low king of the dwarves. Except that the wrong dwarf won the election, the scone of stone is missing so there may not actually be a coronation, nobody wants Vimes to be there, and Vimes isn't much of a diplomat at the best of times. What cou...more