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Thud! by Terry Pratchett
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Mar 16, 12

There are very few authors who can balance so many different elements of writing like Terry Pratchett. In "Thud," he takes a seemingly simple act (the theft of a famous painting) and makes it socially relevant. Yes, the book is funny, and there are a lot of exciting sequences. But this book is also quite poignant in its exploration of rage, prejudice, and paternal responsibility. I find it refreshing how Pratchett can so easily transition from frantic moments of action to moments of incredible delicacy. One scene in particular happens about a third of the way into the book, when Vimes realizes he is running late for a meeting. A madcap race through the streets of Ankh-Morpork ensues (and Vimes proves it is possible to power slide a horse-drawn carriage...). His destination is a little surprising, and to give it away here would be to rob you of its beauty. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a fun book that illuminates as it entertains.

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