A Novel of Discworld

Book - 2005
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"Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch admits he may not be the sharpest knife in the cutlery drawer--he might not even be a spoon. But he's dogged and honest and he'll be damned if he lets anyone disturb his city's always-tentative peace--and that includes a rabble-rousing dwarf from the sticks (or deep beneath them) who's been stirring up big trouble on the eve of the anniversary of one of Discworld's most infamous historical events. Centuries earlier, in a gods-forsaken hellhole called Koom Valley, a horde of trolls met a division of dwarfs in bloody combat. Though nobody's quite sure why they fought or who actually won, hundreds of years on each species still bears the cultural scars, and one views the other with simmering animosity and distrust. Lately, an influential dwarf, Grag Hamcrusher, has been fomenting unrest among Ankh-Morpork's more diminutive citizens with incendiary speeches. And it doesn't help matters when the pint-size provocateur is discovered beaten to death...with a troll club lying conveniently nearby. Vimes knows the well-being of his smoldering city depends on his ability to solve the Hamcrusher homicide without delay. (Vimes's second most-pressing responsibility, in fact, next to being home every evening at six sharp to read Where's My Cow? to Young Sam.) Whatever it takes to unstick this very sticky situation, Vimes will do it--even tolerate having a vampire in the Watch. But there's more than one corpse waiting for him in the eerie, summoning darkness of the vast, labyrinthine mine network the dwarfs have been excavating in secret beneath Ankh-Morpork's streets. A deadly puzzle is pulling Sam Vimes deep into the muck and mire of superstition, hatred, and fear--and perhaps all the way to Koom Valley itself."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060815318
Call Number: PRATCHETT
Characteristics: 373 p. ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Vimes, Samuel (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Discworld (Imaginary place) -- Fiction.
Fantasy fiction.


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Oct 08, 2020

Thud is a strong contender for #1 among my favourite Pratchett novels. The Watch series as a whole has my favourite cast and often the most intriguing plots, in terms of actual intrigue, and this one is even a step above most of those. Thud blends the humour and intrigue and character of Pratchett's best with the awe-inspiring majesty of an older age and its powers. Mister Shine is such a wonderful character, as is Sam Vimes, and in this book and Men At Arms Detritus quickly rises to become one of the best characters in the series. The plot is heartwarming, awesome, and quick-paced, and I was left guessing right up until the end.

Jul 22, 2020

The Ankh-Morpork City Watch is being assailed on many fronts: the animosity between Dwarfs and Trolls is heating up in the city, a vampire wants to join the Watch, a bean-counter has been assigned to investigate the Watch's finances, and the massive painting of the Koom Valley battle has been stolen. Nobby Nobbs and Fred Colon are always on the lookout for ways to not work very hard, so they think "looking" for the painting may be a way to dodge the Dwarf/Troll rivalry. Meanwhile, Sam Vimes has to make it home every night by 6:00 to read "Where's My Cow?" to Young Sam.

Watch for Tawneee, Nobby's sort-of girlfriend, Sam's dodgy interview with Lord Vetinari, Mr. Shine (a diamond troll), werewolf and vampire transformation issues, and a girls night out in Ankh-Morpork.

This was one of my favorites, but I say that pretty much every time I read a Discworld book. Sam Vimes really does save the day.

Oct 09, 2018

This is not one of Pratchett's best efforts. If you are new to Discworld, don't start here. If you are already hooked you will read this one anyway and it does have funny bits, often with Angua and Vimes. Certainly the girls' night out with a dwarf, a werewolf, a vampire, and a stripper is worth the read.

May 12, 2015

This is the first Terry Pratchett book I've read. The storyline is good. I was lost a little at the end with the plot twist, but still would recommend the read. Pratchett's writing style is absolutely hilarious, but I did still find there were many spelling errors in the book as well (I'm not even referring to the troll talk, etc). For example, Sam Vimes wife "Sybil" was misspelled "Sibyl" once... Found 5-10 other similar mistakes. I find that to be a rather unprofessional way to publish a book.

Nov 03, 2014

A great read even if you aren't familiar with Discworld. The ending is a bit slow and leaves a bit to be desired.

ivysmudge Nov 22, 2010

I always enjoy the adventures of Sam Vimes, the city watch has great characters. A visit to Ankh-Morpork is always worth the trip

neko Aug 22, 2009

Sam Vimes is stuck in it again and a game just might have the answers.


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Nov 23, 2009

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