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Thud! by Terry Pratchett
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Thud! (2005)

by Terry Pratchett

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Series: Discworld (34), Discworld: City Watch (7)

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As the anniversary of the Battle of Koom Valley approaches, tensions between the dwarf and troll communities in Ankh-Morpok mount. Then a dwarf leader particularly given to inflammatory rhetoric is murdered and the evidence seems to point towards an unknown troll as the murderer. Can Sam Vimes prevent a re-match of the battle from taking place in the streets of Ankh-Morpork?

Enjoyable Watch story. But I'm not sure whether it was supposed to be obvious where the Summoning Dark was. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Jun 18, 2016 |
The first Pratchet book I ever read. He's good. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
I believe that this is my favorite Discworld novel that I've read so far! (And I've read quite a few of them.)
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' novels that have become quite the trend of late... by any measure.

The premise - a dwarf turns up dead. The club lying next to his body would seem to indicate that a troll did the job. But wait - that clue is so obvious that it seems it must've been planted. Perhaps it's a plot to discredit trolls? But then - a troll WAS actually at the scene of the crime!

Commander Vimes of the City Watch must investigate - but the particulars of this case aren't the only thing he has to worry about, as he tries to manage the potential conflicts between his employees - especially the werewolf Sergeant Angua and his new vampire recruit - and the city seems to be sliding toward full-blown ethnic conflict.
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  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
This is the 2005 offering from Terry Pratchett in his lengthy (and bestselling) Discworld series. It mainly features the Ankh-Morpork 'Watch' (ie the police service) and particularly Sam Vimes, the totally honest - if unimaginative - commander.

Not a book I'd expect to have enjoyed, since I'm not a huge fan of the series involving the Watch. But this one was excellent. Vimes was well-characterised and I found myself getting more behind his skin than before.

Not really a book to introduce someone to Discworld - there are too many returning characters, and the various subplots are complex enough for someone familiar with the places and people. But highly recommended for anyone who's read a few of the others, and not only for Watch fans. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Terry Pratchettprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Briggs, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kidby, PaulCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leitch, MauriceProducer & directorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Matthews, RobinAuthor photosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mattlin, SharonMixed & masteredsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKowen, ScottCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Him who mountain crush him no
Him who sun him stop him no
Him who hammer him break him no
Him who fire him fear him no
Him who raise him head above him heart
Him diamond

- Translation of troll pictograms found carved on a basalt slab in the deepest level of the Ankh-Morpork treacle mines, in pig-treacle measures estimated at 500,000 years old.
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Koom Valley? That was where the trolls ambushed the dwarfs, or the dwarfs ambushed the trolls. It was far away. It was a long time ago.

But if he doesn’t solve the murder of just one dwarf, Commander Sam Vimes of Ankh-Morpork City Watch is going to see it fought again, right outside his office.

With his beloved Watch crumbling around him and war-drums sounding, he must unravel every clue, outwit every assassin and brave any darkness to find the solution. And darkness is following him.

Oh . . . and at six o’clock every day, without fail, with no excuses, he must go home to read ‘Where’s My Cow?’, with all the right farmyard noises, to his little boy.

There are some things you have to do.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060815310, Mass Market Paperback)

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 bashed to death . . . with a troll club lying conveniently nearby.

Commander Sam Vimes of the City Watch is aware of the importance of solving the Hamcrusher homicide without delay. (Vimes's second most-pressing responsibility, in fact, next to always being home at six p.m. sharp to read Where's My Cow? to Sam, Jr.) But more than one corpse is waiting for Vimes in the eerie, summoning darkness of a labyrinthine mine network being secretly excavated beneath Ankh-Morpork's streets. And the deadly puzzle is pulling him deep into the muck and mire of superstition, hatred, and fear—and perhaps all the way to Koom Valley itself.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:11:53 -0400)

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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 bashed to death ... with a troll club lying conveniently nearby. Commander Sam Vimes of the City Watch is aware of the importance of solving the Hamcrusher homicide without delay. (Vimes's second most-pressing responsibility, in fact, next to always being home at six p.m. sharp to read Where's My Cow? to Sam, Jr.) But more than one corpse is waiting for Vimes in the eerie, summoning darkness of a labyrinthine mine network being secretly excavated beneath Ankh-Morpork's streets. And the deadly puzzle is pulling him deep into the muck and mire of superstition, hatred, and fear--and perhaps all the way to Koom Valley itself.… (more)

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