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 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.
I'm a piper and a knitter, and reading is my drug of choice.
As with all Terry Pratchett books, this one ranks up at the top. I know Sir Pratchett has been knighted, but he should be king!
Sam Vimes' near-death experience. I suppose you think that's giving away the ending, but it's not. There's a surprise in every sentence of this book.
Everything. Accents. Characterization. Attitude. Timing. Inflection.
It was all excellent.
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