Centuries earlier, in a hellhole called Koom Valley, trolls met dwarfs in bloody combat. Though nobody's quite sure why they fought or who actually won, each species still bears the cultural scars and views the other with simmering animosity. Lately, an influential dwarf, Grag Hamcrusher, has been fomenting unrest among Ankh-Morpork's more diminutive citizens. And it doesn't help matters when the pint-size provocateur is discovered beaten to death, with a troll club lying nearby.
Vimes knows the well-being of his city depends on his ability to solve the Hamcrusher homicide. But there's more than one corpse waiting for him in the vast mine network the dwarfs have been excavating 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.
©2005 Terry Pratchett; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers
"Pratchett's fantastic imagination and satirical wit are on full display." (Publishers Weekly)
I'm going to miss the thrill of new Discworld books now that Terry Pratchett has passed away. Satirical, brilliant. I've read and reread many of these books. Stephen Briggs certainly does the text justice.
"As always Sir Terry writes a very entertaining story that makes you think while being entertained."
Commander Vimes deals with an explosive political situation while investigating the murder of a dwarf religious leader, that has been stirring up cultural tensions between the dwarves and trolls around the five hundredth anniversary of an important battle between the trolls and dwarves.
By any measure and from any point of view, Terry Pratchett is very Very Funny - and most especially because he can be so very VERY GRIM. He had the intangible gift that we appreciate in Shakespeare and Mozart, among others; he is witty on many levels simultaneously and it is less important what his understanding of humor might be because our own is a subset of his, at best.
Every last one of Terry Pratchett's characters are three (or four) dimensional. Each has an entire life, though that life may only have been sketched in three paragraphs over the course of a single novel. In the case of Thud!, Sir Samuel Vimes is prominently featured at the center stage. I have no doubt that Commander Vimes is a great favorite of many. Certainly he has been one of mine – but the fact of the matter is that all of Pratchett's characters are my favorites. I believe in, identify with, and recognize each and every last one of them. I've known them my entire life. This, I think, is Terry Pratchett's greatest gift to all of us.
In any event, read Terry Pratchett. If you can't, for whatever reason, listen to Stephen Briggs reading Terry Pratchett. I'm deadly certain that Pratchett heard Stephen Briggs in his head when he wrote this stuff in the first place.
Most of us use fantasy as a means to dull our perceptions and escape our lives – Terry Pratchett fantasies bring our lives into sharp focus and shows us where the borders are.
It's my own feeling that Jonathan Swift, with his entire life's work, was hinting at the possibility of Terry Pratchett's work. He was right, of course.
It was amazing, Sam Vimes is a great character, I loved all the jokes, Stephen Briggs and Discworld are a perfect marriage.
Plot: art theft, racial discrimination, Nobby's love life, the Watch's first vampire, Koom Valley, dwarves, trolls, an ancient force of darkness, chicken.
Loved it. Sad it had to end. This was the perfect end to the Night Watch series. Highly recommend all the books. the audio version is fantastic.
I love Sir Pratchett's wit, humor, and sheer brilliance. Vimes continues to be my favorite of the Discworld characters - though I admit a growing fondness for Granny Weatherwax - and the officers of the Watch never disappoint.
"Thud" is a delight, and I highly recommend this entry into the world on the back of a turtle.
Another Vimes novel with all the adventure, humor, mystery and slightly absurd denizens of Diskworld. Just what Pratchett readers. Expect in all it's glory.
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