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Snuff (Discworld #39)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  37,045 Ratings  ·  2,396 Reviews
According to the writer of the best-selling crime novel ever to have been published in the city of Ankh-Morpork, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a policeman taking a holiday would barely have had time to open his suitcase before he finds his first corpse.

And Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch is on holiday in the pleasant and innocent countrysid
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Hardcover, 398 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Harper (first published 2011)
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Andrew I would start with "Guards! Guards!" if you haven't picked one already. It a few books in, but enough of the world is explained that you can catch on…moreI would start with "Guards! Guards!" if you haven't picked one already. It a few books in, but enough of the world is explained that you can catch on rather quickly. AND is the start of the City Watch sub-series, my personal favorite. The rest of the discworld books after that are great reads.(less)

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Laura
We saw Terry Pratchett at Town Hall Tuesday. He’s frail compared to the man I saw at Kane Hall back in the 1990s, but still sharp. He took questions, and one, predictably enough, was which of his characters he was most like. “In my heart I know it’s Rincewind,” he said, grinning. But then he continued in a more thoughtful vein:

“Twice I’ve kneeled in front of the Queen and she’s swished a very large sword over my head and fortunately, she’s missed every time. When I stood up a knight, a ferrier,
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Mark Lawrence
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terry Pratchett has a way with words. Like the children’s entertainer with the balloons, he can take a familiar phrase and with a few deft twists create some new plaything better than all the contents of your party bag. To do that trick once or twice is good. To sustain it throughout a whole book is remarkable. To keep it fresh into the 39th volume of a series deserves a knighthood.

Snuff is Sir Terry Pratchett’s 50th novel. That’s a lot! It’s also the most recent foray into Discworld series, a l
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Dan Schwent
Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pratchett, 2011
Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch and his wife Sybil take Young Sam and go on vacation to Sybil's ancestral lands in the country. Fortunately for the Commander, crime soon rears its ugly head and he soon finds himself ensnared in a web of lies, smuggling, and murder! Can Vimes get to the bottom of things before he finds himself at the bottom of the river known as Old Treachery?

I always forget how good Terry Pratchett is during the year or years between new books. To the outsider
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Patrick
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed it immensely. Not the best Discworld book I've read. But whinging about this not being the Best Pratchett Book Evar is sort of like complaining that the diamond ring you've been given is only three/quarters of a carat.

It's easily worth five stars. I was often amused, occasionally teary-eyed, and never bored.

Bookdragon Sean
This is my first Discworld novel and it may be my last. Well, at least for a long while. Previously I’ve read Pratchett’s Nation, which I really enjoyed. This, however, just didn’t do it for me. It is overflowing with so much humour that I thought it was too obvious and, at times, redundant. I did like the protagonist when I began reading, but towards the end I well and truly had had enough of him.

The protagonist is very annoying

I understand that the main crux of the character is the reason I f
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Tfitoby
#4 Favourite Read of 2012
“Little crimes breed big crimes. You smile at little crimes and then big crimes blow your head off.”

There was a PC game released back when a PC was still a relevant piece of computing technology going by the name of Discworld Noir, I only played it a little while before my machine gave up the ghost but I suspect that even a Discworld title called noir was not as dark at its heart as this novel.

There's still an awful lot of humour to contend with but Sam Vimes is up aga
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Kate O'Hanlon
Aug 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Okay it's Pratchett, so the fact that it's good is a given.
And yet... I think Pratchett has overmined the seam of 'oppressed species shows that they are as human as you or I'.
And... I thought so when I read Unseen Academicals so to see him retread this ground again is a little disappointing.

There is also some very clunky writing and a lot of characterization that seems very at odds with previous books. I found it hard not to read without thinking constantly about Pratchett's illness and wonderi
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Saga
Feb 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pratchett's latest induced a fair few laughs, but felt structurally weak, even a tad disjointed. While Vimes still upholds the position of one of my favorite Discworld characters ever, his role was a tad overdone in an almost superhuman-ish fashion, which makes it harder to identify with the rugged, stubborn cob character I originally fell in love with. The whole Goblin rights issue seemed also like an infirmer repetition of Unseen Academicals' acceptance of Orcs, topped with one of the most uni ...more
Kalin
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a fortunate life, one where you grew up with Terry Pratchett as one of your fathers. Where, all the way back to a 12-year-old you picking up Faust Eric , you got reminded that what makes you human (or humane, if you decide to dump the speciesist lingo ;) is your choices, not your origins. Where you're made to laugh at--and more importantly, with--the follies of thinking and acting of folks you've either encountered already or soon will. (Sometimes in the mirror, too.) Where, when you sto ...more
Richard
May 16, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy, fantasy
5/10

This is the lowest I’ve rated a Discworld novel but I don’t think it was really the worst Discworld novel I’ve read. A combination of tiredness, lack of reading time and a story which didn’t hook me made me find this a slow read and lacking in some of the finer points I’ve come to enjoy in this series. The plot itself is the usual sort of affair for the Watch sub-series; a crime or crimes have been committed and it’s up to the Watch to find out what’s happening and tackle some prejudices alo
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Curt Hopkins Hopkins
Even battling early-onset Alzheimer's, Pratchet is as good as any 10 novelists fighting ennui and indigestion. "Snuff" is the latest City Watch story in the Discworld series. The only other story that rivals it is the witches and I still prefer Commander Sam Vimes. "Snuff" is as good as any book in the series.

The City Watch series is the best set of police procedurals ever written. The emotional realism and detail is beyond compare despite the fact that the aforementioned watch consists, in add
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YouKneeK
Snuff was the 8th and final novel in the Watch subseries of Discworld. Vimes reluctantly goes off on a “vacation” to the country with his family. His impressions of the country, having spent all his life in the city of Ankh-Morpork, are amusing, and naturally he manages to find a mystery to solve which leads to very little relaxation.

I enjoyed the book, but I had hoped it might be more of an ensemble story. This was mostly a Vimes story and there was very, very little page time given to the othe
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Marian Allen
Every author has the right to produce the book he or she has inside. It doesn't have to meet reader expectations or desires. What disappoints one reader will delight another. The only responsibility a writer has is to the work.

Other Terry Pratchett fans have told me that SNUFF is wonderful; they loved it.

I can't argue with that. All I can say is, if the rating is based on whether or not I, me, myself liked the book, the answer is no. I didn't.

Is Pratchett's signature sideways humor almost totall
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Michael
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the news of Terry Pratchett's declining health, it feels as if each new Discworld novel could be his last. It also made you want to savor each entry a bit more.

Unfortunately, the last couple of entries haven't been quite among Pratchett's best.

Thankfully, Snuff is a return to form for Pratchett and while I hope we get more, if this is the last Discworld entry we get, it will be a solid, entertaining high note for the series to go out on.

As I've said in other Pratchett reviews, Pratchett
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Chris
Terry Pratchett is, perhaps, the world's best humanist. Terry Pratchett should also win the Nobel and Booker prizes, but odds are, he never will.

But at least, the Queen as knighted him.

Snuff is Pratchett's latest novel, an installment in the Discworld, and features Sam Vimes, Pratchett's everyman copper hero and one of his alter-egos. Forced to go on vaccation at his wife's estate, Sam discovers there has been a murder.

And any follower of the Discworld knows what that means.

Snuff is more in the
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Erastes
Apr 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
about of the way through and enjoying myself immensely. You'd have to be a real Sam Vimes fan I think though to truly "get" the book and to enjoy it as much as I am, it's classic Vimes and it shines a light on him away from Ankh and his job there. I know he's been away before, to Uberwald--but he was on official business at the time and here he's acting under his own steam even though he's justifying it! :D

Willikins is brilliant, as is Sybil as ever and Young Sam is exactly how he should be--th
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Lightreads
Oct 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
Yeah, so I’m always excited to get a new Discworld, and particularly a new Vimes. But…

So it’s about Vimes going on vacation, which for him means foiling a goblin trafficking ring. And I think I like Pratchett better when he’s making fun of systems and institutions – the Death books, Making Money etc. Because sometimes he winds up and he pitches at some great evil, and I have to cover my eyes for a little bit. I had a lot of problems with this one, most of which boil down to how the book wasn’t a
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Kathleen
3.5 stars. An enjoyable enough read, but not without it's problems: At times, it felt too pat. Vimes is too powerful, too famous, and just too glorious. It wasn't enough to be a Duke? And despite his street-gang portrayal in Thud!, Willikins is too dangerous, especially compared to his cherubic characterization in Men at Arms and Jingo. The ending is too happy, wrapped up in a bow. Vimes and Sybil get naked a few times (never happened before, not even when begetting an heir) and the Pride and Pr ...more
jersey9000
This book made me sad. Which isn't to say it's a bad book, or a sad book (it is still reasonably funny)- but it made me aware that this is the end of the road for Discworld, or getting very close to it. When he announced some years back that he had begun to suffer from Alzheimer's, I'm sure I wasn't along in dreading the day when the awesome books would stop, when we would have to say goodbye to Discworld. The last book (Unseen Academicals) was not one of the strongest, but still pretty good. T ...more
Siria
I didn't not enjoy Snuff, but I wonder if perhaps this will be the last Discworld novel I read. I've been reading Pratchett's work when I was eight years old and was first given a copy of Witches Abroad, and have long loved them for how smart they are; for the layers of meaning and historical allusions and the carefully crafted, intricate plots that were always, at their core, about what it is to be human. Snuff read like an average fanfic—a good attempt at the old Pratchett voice, but missing t ...more
Heidi Cullinan
Shortly after finishing this book, I took a nap, and as I drifted off I had the thought that if I ever met Sir Terry, I very probably would fall to my knees and start crying and other things that would embarrass us both. The truth is, if we're lucky each of us finds a writer who speaks to our souls and makes our entire being and parts we didn't even know reverberate with something that to describe it as "joy" is a ridiculous understatement. If I were Sir Terry, I would probably describe it as a ...more
Emily
Dec 27, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I'm a huge fan of the Discworld and the City Watch books in particular but I didn't care for Snuff as much as I could have -- or should have. Down in my gut I feel Commander Sam Vimes has had a great run but now he's so over-powerful, so unbeatable, and full of so many powerful allies (Vetinari, Lady Sybil, his unstoppable assassin-butler, the demon who lives in his head, every City Watch post ever, etc) he's no longer much of a joy to read. He has no challenge. He has no mountain to climb. The ...more
An Odd1
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Snuff" (Discworld series 39) by Terry Pratchett has double meanings: extinguish (candle, life) or tobacco to sniff (cause sneeze). Serious issues, humanity and sorcery, are tackled with humor. Commander (and reluctant Lord) Sam Vimes, arrives with family for holiday at his wife Sybil's country estate, and senses evil afoot. Amid son Sam's silly pre-occupation with poo, encouraged by meeting his favorite author Miss Beedle, are base crimes: kidnapping, murder. But the submissive goblin class are ...more
Nick Johnson
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One day, one very sad day, Sir Terry Pratchett will be taken from us by the progression of Alzheimer's disease. I hope that day is a long time in coming though, since as he gets older and fights against the dimming of the light he simply gets better. I have read all his books and in this tale he returns to one of my favourite characters in the bizarre world on Amkh Morpork; Sam Vimes, Commander of the City Watch. Actually that His Grace, The Duke of Ankh, Samuel Vimes to you lot (but don't call ...more
Kathleen
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
It looks like Ankh-Morpork is going to have to do without City Watch Commander Sir Samuel Vimes for a couple of weeks. Lady Sybil has decided that Young Sam, now an inquisitive six-year-old, needs some fresh country air and healthy outdoor recreation at Ramkin Hall, the family's country estate. It's the last thing that Vimes wants: trees and daffodils and chirping birds and his wife supervising his every meal for two whole weeks. No bacon sandwiches? Some vacation.

But Lady Sybil has a way of ge
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Linda Robinson
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I went home this week twice. Back to Grosse Pte., and back to Discworld. I have an Ankh Morpork passport and a couple of coins and one of these days I'll be going there permanently, but until then I have Snuff to read. Commander Sir Samuel Vimes / His Grace, the Duke of Ankh / Blackboard Monitor Vimes is made to go on holiday to the country with Lady Sybil and Young Sam. It's too quiet, Young Sam takes a forensic interest in country poo, and then there's a lot of blood in the dark on Hangman's H ...more
Tana
Dec 18, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spring, 2011

OH MY GOD, just logged on and saw that this finally has cover art.




I've been waiting for this book since...well, for a really long time. Not nearly as long as some people, I know, but GOOD LORD this wait might actually be worse than the tension and neuroses that afflicted me while counting down to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.




Also, chickens! A lifetimer! VIMES IS ON A SHIP! I'm not really sure what's going on.



September 28, 2011

Also, to whomever put that quote over there on the
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Kaethe
There are so many levels upon which to enjoy a Pratchett book. There is the everyday functioning of a marriage; the rearing of a child, and the uneasy balance between encouragement and disgust that sometimes entails, as when young Sam becomes engrossed in the study of poo of many animals. Here we also have the tiniest of crimes and the greatest, although interestingly, the greatest is an individual murder, not genocide of a species. One thing I particularly liked: Vimes never loses track of just ...more
Anne Stengl
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Sir Terry Pratchett. I love Samuel Vimes. And I adored SNUFF! A book to make you laugh, to make you think, to make you stop and ask, "How in the world does he THINK of these things?"
Fiona
All of my favourite things in a book. Should be on academic syllabuses everywhere. When did Pratchett start addressing complicated social things so well, or did I just not notice it til I started in the Vimes books?

This felt like a book of two parts: the first half, where Vimes goes out to the countryside and has to deal with not being in the city any more, with being in a place where he is the watched and not the watcher, and a village culture which is alien to him - and then the second half, w
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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,
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