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Thud! (original 2005; edition 2006)

by Terry Pratchett

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Title:Thud!
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:HarperTorch (2006), Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:Kindle, Fantasy, Humor, Fiction

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Thud! by Terry Pratchett (2005)

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Reading is a bit off for me right now, so that's probably flavored this read but this was not one of my favorite Pratchett's - a bit too much of an agenda. There were a number of funny moments though, and I always enjoy Vimes. ( )
  mkunruh | Nov 13, 2016 |
Man. I love Sam Vimes. Not only does he do what's needed in the Watch, he makes it home by 6 *every night* to read to his son. But now there's something brewing under the city: a civil war. The dwarves and the trolls are going to literally reenact a famous battle: Koom Valley. Also, Sam Vimes learns how to play the game Thud!, so there is a lot of strategy and politics in the book as Sam tries to be both a good Watchman and a good leader. The book seemed to drag on in the middle a bit, but Sam, Vetinari, the troll, the wizards, young Sam - I love all the characters and how they are developed. And I love the Sam Vimes makes it so important to read to his kid. Literacy us important! This book makes me want to shout "IS THAT MY COW??" just like Sam. ( )
  jlharmon | Nov 3, 2016 |
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 |
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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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