The Fifth Elephant (Discworld #24)
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; th...more
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Terry Pratchett has several sub-series' inside the over arching series of 'Discworld' and they are: 1. Rincewind the cowardly and inept wizard (he starts off the series with books #1 and #2); 2. The Witches (start with Wyrd sisters for this one; 3; The Guards (start with Guards! Guards!) and 4. Death (start with Mort) and possibly 5. The Wizards although these often concern other characters as well. He also has the Tiffany Aching series which is aimed more at junior readers but I personally love them.
Quite a few of his books overlap characters so there are very few entirely stand alone books even if they aren't from one of the 4 main groups. Probably the best stand alone would be Small Gods.(less)
I'd like to talk about my recent thoughts on this book, but I don't want to erase my old review or change the date on it.
Think how nice it would be to look back on your reading history and see how your attitudes have changed over the course of your life. Books you loved as a kid that pale as you mature, versus books you liked when you were young ...more
The Fifth Elephant is one of Pratchett’s more plot dr ...more
So says Sam Vimes / Terry Pratchett in his 1999 novel The Fifth Elephant. Discworld fans also know that this 24th Discworld book was a return of the wonderfully entertaining City Watch sub series. In this edition, Pratchett has the Duke of Ankh go to Uberwald on a diplomatic mission for which Vimes is uniquely qualified.
Pratchett had previously visited the vampires in Uberwald in the 23rd Discworld book, 1998’s Carpe Jugu ...more
First the Scone of Stone goes missing. Then Angua disappears and Carrot is off to find her. With Sam Vimes on his way to the coronation in Uberwald, that leaves Fred Colon as Acting Captain of the Watch. The horror, the horror! He annoys everyone and makes a general mess of everything...not to mention that his "principles" make him reluctant to investigate the death of a local manufacturer of rubber preventatives.
Sound confusing? It's not. At least, not yet.
Throw in some assorted dwarf ...more
Back to form after a disappointing outing last time with Jingo. This is another stonking effort in the Watch sub-series making it hard for me not to start raving about them to people and tell them if they’ve not read them then they need to pick them up and get cracking!
Plot wise things are shaken up again. I did groan a little when I learnt that Vimes would yet again be leaving Ankh-Morpork for a distant land like in the last novel, but this time it proved to be an inspired choice and work ...more
Lo que más me ha gustado: La introducción de los igors.
En este volumen conocemos un poco mejor a Lady Sybil, exploramos las misteriosas tierras de Überwald, y averiguamos algo más del trasfondo de Angua.
Lo que no me ha gustado: Pratchett vuelve a prescindir de la causa-efecto para resolver el conflicto principal, como en sus primeros libros, haciendo que este se resuelva por manos del azar, mediante el triunfo de un plan mu ...more
28 November 2016
There was a time that I loved the adventures of Constable Carrot, Captain Vimes, and Nobby Nobbs, but is seems as of late the stories are starting to become really, really dry. Okay, maybe there are other factors, but I really don't seem to be able to get into the Pratchet books any more, to the point that I am starting to find them quite boring. Sure, there are probably people out there that will crucify me because I have spoken blasphemy, but fortunatel ...more
Author: Terry Pratchett
Another amazing book written by an amazing author! In this book we see the characters Nobby Nobbs, the wonderful Sam Vines, Havelock Vetinari , Carrot Ironfoundsson plus many more amazing characters. The setting of this novel is Uberwald. This is book 5 in the City Watch part in the Discworld novels.
This is another great book that transports us into the world that he has created, we go on the adventure with the characters, get to know them and enjoy ...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
And just like that the series starts to change. Opens up, shows signs that Discworld is not just a series of random places where things happen but is instead a living, breathing world. People interact, and not just for war. ‘Foreign places’ are not just places to visit and fix; they are places where people live and cultures thrive. The signs that Pratchett’s series is going to start exploring the effects of some major technological changes are present but not yet runnin ...more
It was super great to see the world outside of Ankh Morpork and explore more of Discworld. This one dealt specifically with immigrant diaspora, belonging, cultural shifts and evolution.
This was also the first Discworld book to make me cry. Silly Carrot, being his stupid adorable self. How dare he?!! *sniffs*
My only problem is that there are a bit too many characters and in this one their stories diverge a little too much.
What struck me the most about rereading this book is that while ...more
Uberwald is a mineral rich principality governed over by dwarfs, werewolves, and vampi ...more
I'd have given him five stars for the riff on The Cherry Orchard alone. Vampires, werewolves, politics, fat mining. Pratchett manages to write a really fun book that is also a mystery as well as a keen satire on emigrants and the old country.
PS Sam Vimes is still the best cop in fiction.
Secondly, Angua suddenly disappears without a trace prompting Carrot to resign his post a ...more
Also, it turns out that I had effectively read three of the Watch books, despite thinking that I'd read almost all of them. Because I hadn't re ...more
The main character of this book (Sam Vimes - featured in many of the Discworld novels) is on a d ...more
The fifth elephant is yet another book in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. This one belongs to the Ankh-Morpork's City Watch sub-series which happens to be my favorite! As is obvious from my rating, I loved this book! It was exactly what I expected from a city watch Pratchett book and some more! It is obvious that by this book Terry Pratchett had reached his stride as a writer and was feeling very comfortable with both his characters and his setting. The plot is really interesting a ...more
I've always enjoyed The Fifth Elephant. Political intrigue, great cast, and explorations of dwarf culture in the Discworld. It's also just your classic Vimes mystery, superimposed on 'diplomacy' and politics. The setting is one of the key things that makes this book really good - Vimes and the Watch are filling their usual roles, but in a country where they reall ...more
This is the story of a "political" incident - or a series of events that could become one. Theft of a cultural artifact, murders, a coronation, and poor Sam Vimes stuck in the middle of it when he is roped-in to act as the ambassador of Ankh-Morpork to the mountainous lands of Überwald.
Once more Sir Pratchett has given a grand outing for the characters of the Watch, and this was ...more
Everything about it was marvellous:
* Sam Vimes is such a complex character and he gets more and more fascinating and likeable with each book. I totally dug the moral stuff near the end about taking the life of a murderous person.
* The setting of Bonk was really good, and well-realised, with all the factions that Vimes has to deal with.
* Cheery and Detritus getting tons of screen time is great fun ...more
Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, ...more