El quinto elefante (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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The Fifth Elephant is one of Pratchett’s more plot dr ...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
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
What struck me the most about rereading this book is that while ...more
The main character of this book (Sam Vimes - featured in many of the Discworld novels) is on a d ...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.
I've only read this one one once before, and that was years back, so it was fun and pretty fresh for me.
I'm a big fan of Vimes, but even given my bias, this is a great book. Probably not on the level of Pratchett's best (Monstrous Regiment, Thud, Wee free Men) but still a great book.
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
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
Part of the city watch series, Sam Vimes is hijacked by Lord Vetinari and Sybil into being the ambassador for Anke Morpork in Uberwald where a King of dwarves is to be crowned. (and I can't begin to describe how much my spell checker hates that last statement).
Once there of course crimes worthy of Commander Vimes crop up complicated by the fact that he is not in Anke Morpork and is not a commander of the wat ...more
This one brings us right back to the land of Uberwald where we found ourselves in the previous installment Carpe Jugulum. However, instead of vampires as the predominant focus, we get to visualize werewolf and dwarf society. Commander Vimes is sent on an important ambassadorial mission from Lord Vetinari. Of course, he's not very good at turning off the policeman personality and ...more
I didn’t think there was anything particularly brilliant about this one, but I am still giggling over the Scone of Stone.
The Watch goes to Uberwald, where werewolves, vampires, and traditional dwarves keep a tenuous peace. Of course, Vimes can be a very upsetting character. An openly female dwarf and a troll wielding siege weaponry aren't exactly a low profile retinue.
These books continue to be funny and spot on. I highly recommend this just read the Watch books reading order.
Unlike pure "fantasy," Pratchett's novels can't quite achieve the quality of escapism, because it is far too easy to re ...more
The Nightwatch books seldom disappoint. This wasn't the case, as the high star rating would indicate. It's a fun romp with a fun little plot and fun characters that just grow and grow and grow on you.
It's amazing how every book set on the Discworld manages to advance things and yet keep them delightfully the same. It may sound a bit corny but this is one world that shouldn't chan ...more
It's a kind of City Watch book, in that all the City Watch characters are involved, but in this one Sam Vimes is sent to Uberwal ...more
READ IT!! (But first please read the others with the Watch in it. That'd be Guards! Guards!, Men at Arms, Feet of Clay and Jingo. All also amazing books that I love.)
I mean I loved it so much that I read it in one day, staying up until 1 o'clock to fi ...more
Sekarang Watch (versi Polisi-nya kota Ankh-Morpork) sudah berkembang pesat, dan semakin banyak kaum minoritas yang terwakili :p Kalau waktu di Men at Ar ...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