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(Discworld #39)

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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
Mass Market Paperback, 476 pages
Published June 7th 2012 by Corgi (first published October 13th 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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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
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,
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.

Dan Schwent
Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, pratchett
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Snuff (Discworld, #39; City Watch #8), Terry Pratchett

Snuff is the 39th novel in the Discworld series, written by Terry Pratchett. It was published on 11 October 2011 in the United States, and 13 October 2011 in the United Kingdom.

Commander Sam Vimes is forced by his wife, Lady Sybil, to take a holiday with their son, Young Sam, at her family's mansion Crundells.

After a short time of enjoying his holiday, he discovers that the rural community has a dark past with the resident goblins, humanoid
Ms. Smartarse
I reckoned that if I let them give me enough titles I'd eventually get one I could live with.

Samuel Vimes has lived to suffer the greatest possible indignity. It is cruel, and unfair, and nobody seems to want to move a finger to help him. He'd tried to negotiate, and he'd tried to order the men to intervene, to no avail: Commander Vimes is going on holiday! To the countryside. For two weeks!


His 6-year-old son instantly takes to the Shire, hell-bent on enlarging his poo-collection. Vimes Sr. howe
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m going out on a limb here and say that Sam Vimes is one of my favorite literary characters.

And I don’t just mean in the Discworld. Terry Pratchett has created a great many wonderful players in his series, most notably Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Og.

No, I’m going all in. Tolkien’s Gandalf. Harper Lee’s Atticus Finch. Sam Spade, Conan, Tarzan, Heinlein’s Jubal Harshaw, Paul Atreides.

Sam Vimes is in this list. Up on a literary character mountain top.

Pratchett’s 39th Discworld book. And let’s ta
Sam Quixote
I bought Snuff when it first came out in 2011, not realising then, like everyone else, that it was going to be the final City Watch book. I sadly abandoned it long before the end anyway, sensing that it wasn’t any good. But, having recently read an excellent Discworld short story reminding me of my love for Terry Pratchett, as well as seasonal nostalgia (new Discworld books used to be cannily published during the Christmas season), I decided to give Snuff another shot and this time force myself ...more
Sean Barrs
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
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humor
Re-read 08/29/20:

Reading this in the light of race relations is rather enlightening. It's a gentle treatment on simply learning to treat people like PEOPLE in the end, but this is a very GOOD thing.

So, honestly? I was sad, enthusiastic, angry, and hopeful as I read this again.

It's a fine novel.

Original Review:

I go through different stages of Pratchettism throughout my life. Sometimes I can't do without Death, other times, I love the witches more than anything else. Then I've got to have my wizar
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the last adventure featuring Sam Vimes in the series. And boy, did Pratchett make it a good one.

Lord Vetinari is of the opinion that Vimes needs and deserves some vacation and sets Sybil up as if it was her idea. Or was it Sybil who set Vetinari up? You never know for sure with those two. ;)
In the end, it doesn't matter, Vimes has no choice but to accompany his wife to the countryside where her parental home is. But you know what they say: you can take the cop out of Ankh-Morpork but you
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
#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 a
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
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
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The sound of the gentle rattle of china cup on china saucer drives away all demons, a little known fact."

Original Review
HAH! I can't believe I've never bothered to review this book, especially as it has a reference to JANE AUSTEN.

So yesss, Jane Austen actually turns up in a Discworld novel (albeit for a very short time). Isn't it just wonderful?! (view spoiler)

Obvioulsy, a re-read is in order.
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. Could have more if the book was bit shorter or better said of length of average discworld novel.

I thoroughly enjoy Pratchett's writing but I felt Vimes makes similar statements over and over again. We get it he is tough copper who grow up on the streets and knows more than few dirty tricks and Willikins did some nasty stuff before becoming butler, no need to hammer it every chance.

Like all good Discworld books this one tackles some hard themes but I feel like it was aready done better
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 ...more
May 16, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy, fantasy

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
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
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
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
Kaethe Douglas
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
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
Apr 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
about ¾ 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--t
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The law is there for people not the other way round. And policemen should serve the law and people not politicians. I wish we had some Sam Vimeses now in Poland.
Another great novel with righteous Sam Vimes at his best. Also Willikins is a total badass!
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
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
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
Oct 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
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
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
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Born Terence David John Pratchett, 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, i

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