Once, in a gods-forsaken hellhole called Koom Valley, trolls and dwarfs met in bloody combat. Centuries later, each species still views the other with simmering animosity. Lately, the influential dwarf, Grag Hamcrusher, has been fomenting unrest among Ankh-Morpork's more diminutive citizens—a volatile situation made far worse when the pint-size provocateur is discovered ba...more
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On my reread #8 (!) I still can't help but marvel at the heap of awesome this book is. Undoubtedly the absolute high of Pratchett's writing. This is the book that does not seem likely to lose its relevance in the world like ours, where, sadly, we see the thriving of the hatred and prejudice and insistence on fixating on what separates us from each other fueled by the waves of bigoted populism.
Maybe it will get better one day.
"What kind of creature defines itself by hatred?"That is the overarching theme of Terry---------------- ...more
Pratchett’s main character of his City Watch sub-series, Commander of the Watch Sam Vines, Duke of Ankh-Morpork, who arose from the captain of the night watch, who used to give part of his monthly check to the widows and orphans of fallen watchmen, is again at center stage in this the 34th Discworld novel first published in 2006 and good enough to get a nomination for the Locus Awar ...more
Watch Commander Sam Vimes has had about enough of Koom Valley. It has always been a contentious subject with both dwarves and trolls, but these days the mere thought of it has become downright suicidal. Add in a suspicious murder, and the Commander of the City Watch is rightly expecting a full-blown reenactment of legendary battle to take place any moment.
Lord Vetinari on the other hand, seems more concerned about the lack of vampire coppers. Wasn't the City Watch the most diverse employer in all of An ...more
The war between the dwarfs and the trolls was a battle of natural forces, like the war between the wind and the waves. It had a momentum of its own.
It's origins are hidden in the mists surrounding the mythical Koom Valley, a place where each side is accusing the other of treacherous ambush, but its recent manifestation has moved to Ankh-Morpork, courtesy of the city's new policies of welcoming immigrants.
Pretty soon some people will be saying: Who let all these dwarfs in here? They/> ...more
So here we have another City Watch/Discworld book with a poignant story full of humour, bile, tension, excitement and full of SAM VIMES, who is...., but you probably know by now a ...more
"Damn, I lost track. Will it affect us down here?"
Bashfullsson coughed politely. "I don't think so, Commander. This area is too dangerous to fight in."
"Well, yes, I can see it would be terrible if anyone got hurt," said Vimes, climbing over a long heap of rotting timber. "That would spoil the day for everyone."
While the main mystery of this one - a dwarf is apparently murdered by a troll - didn't interes ...more
Another sterling effort by Sir Pratchett and a solid entry into the Watch sub-series. I feel like I’m being a bit like a broken record when reviewing these books; they’re all well written, filled with humour (some more than others), great characters and overall a great character development arc (again, some more than others. Has Nobby really changed since the first novel, not really). But the repetition doesn’t impact the overall enjoyment, I’ve found this series filled with grea ...more
There's a scene in this book that had my heart pounding with the AMAZING trek Sam does through the underworld of the Dwarves.
Holy, shit. If you've read a few discworld books and you're not ...more
As with the previous Watch book, it focuses heavily on Vimes, but he continues to be far more likeable than he was earlier in the series so I’m continuing to warm up to him. The story itself didn’t really stand out from the previous books. Yes, it does a good job of portraying the conflict an ...more
"Is that my cow?" I particularly like the side of Vimes who is such a good parent that regardless of what else he must contend with, he makes it a point to be there to read the bedtime book. I'm only sorry my Offspring are too old for the cow book.
Depends on what makes you laugh, I suppose, but this is not *meant* to be a funny book. Pratchett is doing really serious, relevant and overtly political stuff here. The "funny bits" are no more than the comic relief in the best Shakespearean tradition.
Parallels are everywhere here. Yo ...more
In this enstallment, we find Sam Vimes trying to once again bring a semblance of peace ...more
A terrific novel. It’s part of the City Watch sub-series, and of course, Sam Vimes, the commander of Ankh-Morpork City Watch, is the protagonist. In this novel, he faces a serious crisis. The city streets thrum with unrest. The dwarves and trolls are ready to turn the entire city into a battlefield. The anniversary of the Koom Valley is approaching.
What was Koom Valley? As all of the Discworld know, it is the site of an historic battle between trolls and dwarves. It happened hundreds of ...more
This one transcends the one-note satire that many of the Discworld books feature (each one takes on a certain topic - this one has a theme of racial tolerance). This installment of the series also pokes gentle fun at the mystery genre - but, while doing so, is itself a quite good mystery novel!
It actually kicks the crap out of any of the glut of 'paranormal investigation' nov ...more
Happy to say, the story includes several vivid and heartwarming scenes with Sam's wife Sybil, their one-year-old son Sam, and their resourceful butler, Willikins. Throughout this book there's a theme of promise-keeping. Daddy (Commander Sam Vimes) never breaks his word to his chil ...more
“Dunno, Sarge. Freeing slaves, maybe?”
“Defending yourself against a totalitarian aggressor?”
“All right, I’ll grant you that, but-“
“Saving civilization from a horde of-“
“It doesn’t do any good in the long run is what I’m saying Nobby, if you’d listen for five seconds together.”
Yes, that is real text from this book, and if you’ve ever read anything Sir Terry has written that isn’t really surprising. His writing style contains fantastic ...more
“Shoes, men, coffins; never accept the first one you see.”
This is my first true experience with Terry Pratchet, and I’m left with the impression that he is (and was) to the fantasy genre what Douglas Adams was to sci-fi. That is to say… expansively clever, decidedly British, and not prone to taking himself too seriously. The man was a brilliant writer and masterful storyteller—of that I’m convinced. The following review will reflect this particular Discworld book only…
Samuel Vimes, the no-nonsense Commander o ...more
Rock the troll bars! Rock the troll bars!
Pratchett is bloody good at describing the suffocating gas cloud that is political tensions and dogma, as he was in Small Gods, Jingo and Monstrous Regiment, so there's not much to add here, other than that this tale of Troll vs Dwarf is masterfully handled and even more polished.
Vimes has always been a fantastic character, and after the sheer glory of Night Watch I was genuinely amazed to find Pratchett somehow managed to surpa ...more
It's a Watch novel – either you know why it's awesome and yo ...more
All that aside, after reading this, I am mo ...more
If you're looking for the next chapter in the story of our beloved characters in the Watch, it's pretty disappointing. Far too much of what we are given here feels like repetition from earlier novels, and much of the rest is ultimately trivial and goes nowhere. Neither the characters nor the themes here are substantially advanced from previous installments, and as a result I was deeply disappointed when I first read this. I had been ...more
I especially liked the way Thud! focused on Commander Vimes for the most part but went off on tangents with the characters surrounding him. Tawnee, Angua, Brick, and Sybil were all awesome to hear from and kept the book from slipping into boring. ...more
After reading a few of Neil Gaiman's finest, I decided to give the other name on the cover a try. Terry Pratchett commanded a rather large section at Barnes and Noble's, so I w ...more
Now I know why Anne Elisabeth Stengl says this author has the power to make you cry and laugh within sentences. The storyline with Sam and little Sam...wow...just wow....
Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, includin ...more