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Thud!: Discworld #30 | [Terry Pratchett]

Thud!: Discworld #30

Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch will be damned if he lets anyone disturb his city's always tentative peace, and that includes a rabble-rousing dwarf from the sticks who's been stirring up trouble on the eve of the anniversary of one of Discworld's most infamous historical events.
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Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch will be damned if he lets anyone disturb his city's always tentative peace, and that includes a rabble-rousing dwarf from the sticks who's been stirring up trouble on the eve of the anniversary of one of Discworld's most infamous historical events.

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

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  • 2005 Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award, Science-Fiction/Fantasy

"Pratchett's fantastic imagination and satirical wit are on full display." (Publishers Weekly)

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    This book is fun for people of ages! A secret murder down in the dark, and the city goes into Koom valley mode. Samuel Vimes must stop this before it becomes a war. But most importantly, he must be home by 6 o'clock, because 6 o'clock is important.

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    R 12-27-11
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    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!


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    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.


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    Everything. Accents. Characterization. Attitude. Timing. Inflection.


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    This is Pratchett in fine form. Heartbreaking, thoughtful, and hilarious, often all in the same sentence.

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