I look for books with ideas on multiple levels, a good story, and a bit of fun.
If ever one needs an example of practice makes perfect, read an early Discworld novel and then read Snuff. With Snuff, the Pratchett pair have written a delightful, gracefully paced and poignant novel. It's full of humour too.
The story stars a frequent character in Discworld novels, Commander Sam Vimes. He has matured along with the books, but retained his core character that endears him to both myself and his wife Lady Sybil Ramkin. However, like all Discworld novels, the book contains a delightful ensemble cast, with Willikins, Chief Constable Upshot and Lady Sybil being just a few interesting people that I would love to know better.
In Snuff, Terry Pratchett has composed a well-paced plot that moves steadily along, introducing multiple threads, to eventually tie up many in an satisfying way. Snuff has none of the indulgent flights of fancy that appeared in some of the earlier novels, and just the right number of side-tracks.
Of course, like all good Pratchett novels, Snuff contains a light, but thoughtful meditation on several significant philosophical issues. Three that stuck in my mind are the 'rule of law', slavery and the treatment of minorities on the fringe of society. I can think of no more entertaining manner to consider a complex issue than read a Pratchett novel.
But let me not forget the lashings of humour that Snuff contains. In the course of Sam's journey into the countryside, Pratchett lovingly pokes fun at cricket, Jane Austin novels and the countryside itself.
With Snuff, the Pratchett pair have written their best novel yet!
I loved this story. The Vimes/Watch books are probably my favourites in the Discworld series and this novel continues the evolution of the Vimes' world. The way in which the tales of the various Watch characters have progressed is brilliant, with some really nice twists and turns in their sroty arcs that you can't see coming. The books are designed for readers to enjoy, as well as making you think about various broader concepts and ideas along the way. SImply brilliant.
I would recommend any of the Disk World novels. I wouldn't necessarily begin with this one though.
Vimes. Having read all the novels the voice I imagined was different. Now it will be the voice by Stephen Briggs
Pratchett always makes me laugh
Yes it's a terry prat hefty disc world book enough said
Any other disc world book
This is the first but I think it was very good
Thanks more like this pleae
I find a well read book hugely entertaining.
Any of the Disc World books. I like the continuity of the quirky Disc World characters who pepper the pages from book one in the Disc World series, The Colour of Magic to this last one, Snuff. Wonderful!
Page one to page last :o)
If you are a Disc world fan then this is for you and if you have never heard of it then do yourself a favour, buy book one and start listening. You will be hooked very soon just like the millions of Terry Pratchett fans world wide. I would have liked Nigel Planer to read this although Steven Briggs does a good job.
I've always been a huge fan of Terry Pratchett. His characters are full of so much life and the disc world parallels our own with just the right twist of humor and touch of Fantasy; you have to marvel at how his mind must work to come up with the most obvious ideas, but with the most kinkiest twist on it, your never sure where it will take you. But you'll go there anyway, because if Terry Pratchett wrote it, the journey is most of the fun.
Being a horse rider myself, the way he had Sam Vimes describe horse riding had me in hysterics! And Stephen Briggs always seems to have just the right voices for all the characters, even the female characters, it's very easy to imagine them sounding just like that. He certainly adds to an already very well written story. Would recommend any of his books to anyone who wants a really good giggle. You don't even have to like "Fantasy" or that sort of stuff, anyone should be able to relate to his stories. **PS If you are new to Pratchett make sure you read the foot notes!!! You miss so much if you don't.**
Never fails to be a trip to remember. Met with Sir Terry when we was in Sydney for the Downunder Discworld Convention and was able to hear the first part of 'Snuff read by Rob Wilkins. (mmmm Rob!) Have now listened twice in two weeks to Sir Terry's brilliant manipulation of words and the structures of his sentences are legendary and all the time I was listening I could see him speaking and could connect his philosophical musings to the topics he raised; dear old mums, being given a half dollar by the lord of the manor, that we don't kill criminals because we believe in redemption and other little tit-bits he let slip. Much as I enjoy Steven Briggs and his ability to do the voices, I prefer Tony Robbins, but that is just me. Enjoy and Enjoy and Enjoy your vacation!
When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.
Funny enough Stephen Briggs usually holds my attention, but listening to this book, I had to rewind every now and again. Yet, I thought he did a jolly good job of bringing Commander Vimes of the Ankhmorpok City Watch to life again. It felt like a long awaited reunion.
By returning to his Grace Sir Samuel Vimes Terry Pratchett has motivated me to start relistening the whole City Watch Discworld novels. I think these novels are the best of the Discworld novels, it is built on cynicism, pessimism and excellent misdirection. My personal favourites are "Feet of Clay" and "Thud," maybe because Ankhmorpork struggles a lot with the same issues as South Africa.
Snuff differs from other City Watch novels in that Samuel Vimes is separated from his city watch by.... a holiday. But were Vimes is, well... you know... Police work snuffs him out. As in the case of "Feet of Clay" and "Thud" a new race of humanoids is brought into the fold of those who need to be treated in a humane way. But while the recipe is there for a great story, it is unfortunately not as good as the aforementioned novels. That said, the novel is much better than "Unseen Academicals."
I would suggest this book to all Discworld lovers. For those who haven't been introduced to Commander Vimes and his city watch, read or listen first to "Guards, Guards!"
Still I will strongly recommend the book... SNUFF... SNUFF... snuff.
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Baseless disjointed narrative.
Authors have the prerogative to produce any style they like. The book doesn't have to meet reader expectations or desires. What disappoints one reader will no doubt delight another.
Terry Pratchett fans probably feel that Snuff is great, however I didn't.
Great characterization, comedy and wonderful read.
A classic. Absolutely compulsive to listen to his wonderful accents and characterization.
My 13 year old son (who hates reading) LOVED this book.