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Thud!: A Novel of Discworld (original 2005; edition 2014)

by Terry Pratchett (Author)

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Title:Thud!: A Novel of Discworld
Authors:Terry Pratchett (Author)
Info:Harper (2014), Edition: Reprint, 448 pages
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Thud! by Terry Pratchett (2005)

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One of my thoughts as I began reading 'Thud!' was about how great it would be for Pratchett to tackle the detective fiction genre head-on. What I really meant I suppose was for Pratchett to create something much closer to the country house murder mysteries or the tangled conspiracies that are the modern convention.

But, that was a silly thought. Sam Vimes is a copper. Every one of his Watchmen stories has been, more or less, a detective novel. Pratchett has touched on many aspects already: shady underworld figures, conspiracies in the government, a battle with personal addiction, and of course, the interfering superior, both bumbling and prescient, and several times a foe who was a close equal of Moriarty himself.

Vimes is the most dynamic character of Pratchett's main cast, growing from a dispirited drunkard to family man, always keeping to his strict inner-code of ethics (hey, another detective trope). 'Thud!' involves the discovery of an ancient truth that threatens to rock the foundations of the Dwarf and Troll communities, as well as Ankh-Morpork itself. The truth, inadvertently revealed through a bestseller about a mystery concerning a famous artists' work, must be found by Vimes before another group finds it first and destroys the evidence.

Pratchett doesn't need to limit himself to genre-riffing, or at least, not since some of the earlier novels. Terry Pratchett's novels deal with some of the greater issues, some of the more uncomfortable realities we have faced and are facing: progress in spite of tradition and racism. He urges us to look beyond knee-jerk reactions and fears and see the silly root of them all. His novels provide the distance we need to see our worries and prejudices as the ridiculous, groundless things that they are.

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  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
Tensions are rising between the dwarves and the trolls in Ankh-Morpork due to the the anniversary of the Battle of Koom Valley, where both sides are said to have treacherously ambushed the other. Commander Vimes and the gang search for the truth. ( )
  Griffin22 | Dec 28, 2018 |
Vimes vs. a demon (or something), Vetinari is pretty sure who his money is on. This book has the doom of Koom Valley pulsing through the background. Sam Vimes is desperate to solve a crime before things get out of hand and the Dwarfs and Trolls fight that battle yet again. Lots of history, mystery and fun in this book, plus one truly important thing. A great read. ( )
  MrsLee | Nov 18, 2018 |
A really fun story that also makes you think about what truly is important. More tongue-in cheek than laugh-out-funny, this story of a fantasy world full of dwarves, trolls and magic, is more insightful on human nature, society and politics than most non-fiction books on those subjects. ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
The seventh Discworld book about Commander Vimes and the City Watch. I didn’t find the central mystery quite as compelling as those of some of the previous books, but that did not matter -- I enjoyed it enormously. As excellent as Night Watch was, after a trip into the Watch’s past, I wanted to see more of the Watch’s newer members and of Sybil, and Thud! delivers just that.

Angua has to work with the Watch’s latest recruit, a vampire called Sally who has some pointed things to say.
Sybil is her delightfully level-headed, dragon-breeding self (I was just wondering whether she still bred dragons or if she had put them aside for pursuits more suited to the wife of a duke and the mother of a small child, and I'm so glad that the answer is, No, dragons are actually useful in a crisis, if you know how to make use of them. Which Sybil does).
And Vimes makes a surprisingly dedicated effort, for someone who generally seems happiest spending most of his time working, to have quality-time with his son. Story-time, no less. These scenes are funny and heartwarming and also tie into the rest of the story.

Thud! is thoughtful, quotable and it made me laugh a lot.

Vimes had never got on with any game much more complex than darts. Chess in particular had always annoyed him. It was the dumb way the pawns went off and slaughtered their fellow pawns while the kings lounged about doing nothing. If only the pawns united, maybe talked the rooks around, the whole board could've been a republic in a dozen moves. ( )
  Herenya | Jun 27, 2018 |
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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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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.

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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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