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Klonk (Discworld #34)

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Koom Valley? That was where the trolls ambushed the dwarfs, or the dwarfs ambushed the trolls. It was far away. It was a long time ago.

But if he doesn't solve the murder of just one dwarf, Commander Sam Vimes of Ankh-Morpork City Watch is going to see it fought again, right outside his office.

With his beloved Watch crumbling around him and war-drums sounding, he must unrav...more
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"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
Samuel Vimes, to me, is the most fascinating character in the discworld series - to watch his growth from a disillusioned drunkard in Guards! Guards! up till the current book - fatherhood! I enjoyed it tremendously. I also enjoyed the idea of having the next generation - with young Sam and Tiffany Aching, and trying to imagine little half-werewolf-half-human-brought-up-as-half-dwarf babies... i truly want to get a peek into the future and see what lies in store for the discworld and ankh-morpork...more
Chris Gottlieb
Sometimes you gotta shut up and pay attention: Sorry, but when you've entertained, amused and jollied up an entire worldful of sapient entities, you *have* to be allowed every now and then to get a bit serious.

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
One of the review quotes on the back of this book says something like, "Terry Pratchett's books are almost always better than they need to be." I think this is a pretty good assessment. If Pratchett's books were nothing more than humorous fluff, I would probably still read and enjoy them, but the added depth of character that he brings to his novels is what keeps me reading them over and over again.

In this enstallment, we find Sam Vimes trying to once again bring a semblance of peace to the chao...more
Most recent Watch novel. My very favorite Discworld arc, so I've doled them out carefully to myself over the past few years. This one lives up and then some. Sam Vimes and his men coppers face civil unrest as racial tensions flare between the dwarves and the trolls. Meanwhile a mysterious museum theft may have surprising consequences, there's been a murder, and Vimes must get home by six to read "Where's My Cow?" to his son.

It's a Watch novel – either you know why it's awesome and you're already...more
Oh, he's good. He's very good. Sam Vimes and the City Watch is the only Discworld arc that I don't think I've ever tired of two thirds of the way through a book, and I'm so glad I picked this one up. It's a very well-crafted whodunnit, with a rich and complicated backdrop and a well-rounded and thoroughly interesting cast. The pace is spot on. The parallels to the real world, and the Serious Issues, while undeniably serious and difficult, are not particularly in-your-face or preachey. Well, may...more
I will try to refrain from asking you all, yet again, why you are not yet reading Terry Pratchett (if indeed, you are not). Whoops, too late. Thud is a Discworld novel, focusing, as most of the more recent books have, on Sam Vimes, the Commander of the Watch in the city of Ankh-Morph, and the troubles that ensue when the ethnic tensions arise between the local Trolls and Dwarfs, who had been generally in peace, despite traditions of enmity between the two groups. Basically, a group of fundamenta...more
Another fantastic Discworld novel. I feel like these books just keep getting better and better. I reread the early ones and compare them with these later ones and am amazed at how much the writing and style and depth has increased while the humour is still constant throughout. This story was focused on Samuel Vimes and the conflict between the Dwarves and Trolls. As always, the events in the Discworld parody our own world both politically and personally.
Terry Pratchet
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 listened to this as a book on CD. I had never read any other Terry Pratchett books but was familiar with the name because I have shelved quite a few. I was at a branch waiting to observe a YA program and got there a bit early so I was browsing the shelves looking for something to listen to in my car and came across this one.


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
Althea Ann
I believe that this is my favorite Discworld novel that I've read so far! (And I've read quite a few of them.)
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
definitely one of my favorite terry pratchett books, especially in the city watch series. this one is beautifully crafted and creates a path that a reader must follow all the way to the end in order to resolve. sam vines himself proves once again to be "as straight as an arrow", and yet is full of criminal character flaws, which makes him one of the best developed characters that i have ever read.

as for the whole koom valley business, i love the way mr. pratchett has created this world that is...more
Jan 01, 2012 R rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every single person on the planet
Well, here's a no-brainer. A fantasy book with a grumpy and unwillingly badass policeman? A comedy with underlying important race issues? Yes please.

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
Thud! is part of the Watch subseries, easily my favorites of the Discworld books. Here, Ankh-Morpork is threatened by increasing hostility between the trolls and the dwarves on the eve of the anniversary of the battle of Koom Valley, and Vimes and the rest of the Watch must defuse the tension by solving the mysterious murder of one of the dwarf leaders. I don't think this is my favorite of the Watch novels, but it's as amusing as always, and Pratchett provides interesting sidelights on the chara...more
My absolute favourite Discworld novel. Yes, it's hard to choose favourites (though everyone seems to ignore this rule where Hogsfather is concerned), but the dynamic of the City Watch is at its most interesting here. Not to mention the scene of The Watchman vs. The Summoning Dark has for me the same kind of thrill as a classic movie reveal...that feeling of an immense payoff where you just want to pump your fist in the air and at the same time feel that nothing can ever be quite that bada** agai...more
Susan Lowes
A very clever piece of storytelling. Every piece of one of Pratchett's Discworld books reinforces the world he's created. He gives you set ideas of that world and then he challenges them. He's writing a social commentary on the way he sees our world, but he's doing it within his world. He's a very clever writer indeed. My reviews are becoming the same, I loved Thud - brilliant once again!
Oct 29, 2007 Jeff rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes British humor
Commander Vimes and the Ankh-Morpork City Watch try to keep the peace between dwarves and trolls after a dwarf is murdered. A famous painting is stolen (parody of The Da Vinci Code). A vampire joins the City Watch, causing a bit of tension between her and an officer who is a werewolf. Just the usual sort of madness that the folks of Discworld deal with regularly!
Il est fort, ce bougre de Pratchett. A chaque fois qu'on s'attend à quelque chose, on découvre ... autre chose.
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
Kristin Intile
i got a little more than half way through and it just didn't seem worth my time. i don't get a whole lot of time to read with a crazy little toddler running around making trouble so i am very picky these days with what i will spend my reading time on and this just didn't make the cut.
Johan Haneveld
In a past review on Goodreads I made the connection between Terry Pratchett and G.K. Chesterton, both being apostles of the common sense. This is also true of this book, and if there was ever any literary character who could be described as the emissary of common sense it's Vimes. Not the common sense as in 'lowest common denominator', but as in what's wise, and what has always been known throughout the generations. This groundedness in humanity is what keeps Vimes on his feet, even when his fam...more
If I was casting the Discworld movies, I’d be damn tempted to cast Sam Jackson as Samuel Vimes. The truth is . . .

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
While I run the risk of sounding like a completely rabid fan of the Discworld series, I do think that it's near impossible for Pratchett to put out a Discworld novel that isn't entertaining in one aspect or another. (Please don't prove me wrong, Terry!)

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
Beth A.
Reread Dec 16, 2012

“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
Lachlan Smith
The 34th outing in the Discworld series, Thud, is one of Terry Pratchett's finest achievements, for the most part. It's tone is quite different from the other Discworld novels I have read, in that it's theme is far more serious than it's predecessors. It deals with the theme of racial intolerance, in a not-very-thinly-veiled way.
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
4.5 stars. Excellent book! Great series! Not a romance series, but there are some love interests. Sometimes, the tone gets a bit teachy / preachy, and some puns have me rolling my eyes, but still, jolly good stuff, complete with political satire and family values.

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
Frankly, Terry's losing his edge. Oh, I still enjoyed the book, and I loved the character interaction and everything, was nothing NEW.

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
Moira Russell
Thud! really quite surprised me -- I'd been avoiding it because of the silly title, the worse (US) cover and I just don't get into the dwarves/trolls thing much -- it started off kind of meh, was a slog til about halfway through, none of the various plot threads seemed to be joining together quite properly and then BANG, about 1/3 or 1/4 of the way from the end, it really picked up and took off. The image of Vimes telling the story even in the mine was really something.

Usually I hate this kind o...more
these are difficult to read as ebooks becuase all of his fiddly footnotes get sent to the back and you ahve to follow these hyperlinks that sometimes work and sometimes dont'...

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
Stuart Langridge

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 th

Duncan Mandel
SUMMARY: 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 t...more
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Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe. 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
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