Dec 13, 11
Read in December, 2011
As all Terry Pratchett books, this one is another work of comedic and satirical genius. From Chrysophase, the Italian mob don troll, to (again) Vetinari, the most effective dictator in fiction, to the constant 'who watches the Watchmen' and Blackberry jokes, Thud! made me laugh reliably. My only complaint is that Vimes is, to me, the least compelling of all the Watchmen. Least compelling does not, however, mean uncompelling. A slightly thick, hatchet-minded police officer navigating a political minefield poorly is plenty of opportunity for Pratchett to shine.
My favorite quote from this book:
"Chess in particular had always annoyed him. It was the dumb way the pawns went off and slaughtered their fellow pawns while the kings lounged about doing nothing that got to him; if only the pawns united, maybe talked the rooks around, the whole board could've been a republic in a dozen moves."