5 out of 5
Pratchett comes through again with this Discworld look at the music industry. A dwarf and imp and a troll walk into the Music Guild and walk out a band. Death’s granddaughter Susan is forced to take over for him when Death disappears. This is our first glimpse of the young Susan, a completely rational young woman forced to confront the irrational. A mysterious shop opens just in time to replace a harp with a magical guitar. Wizards start wearing leather. A sausage vendor becomes a band manager and Ankh-Morpork has it’s first free rock and roll concert.
As always Pratchett manages to put a wonderful twist on Discworld’s interpretation of the real world. Definitely a fun read.
5 out of 5
This is the second Commander Vimes novel I’ve read recently and he is still one of my favorite Pratchett characters. Having grown up on the streets of Ankh-Morpork, he works his way up to Commander of the Watch, marries a wonderful woman who also happens to be Lady Sybil, becomes a Duke all while never losing his roots and his sense of honesty and fairplay. In Snuff the Commander is forced to go on vacation to his wife’s country estate by both his wife and Lord Vetinari, where he is more than a little out of place among both the upper and lower crust. Vetinari’s insistence on the Commander taking a holiday should have been a hint. Of course there’s a crime, and then another, and they just keep piling up while Vimes attempts to spend some quality time with his wife and son, a young man with a unusual interest in poo. Add some gnomes, and the question of what exactly makes a being sentient and things get very complicated. As always Pratchett’s unique style of wit keeps the reader on their toes. An excellent addition to the Disc World series.
5 out of 5
Postmaster General Moist von Lipwig is back and once again Lord Vetinari has placed him in an impossible situation. This time Pratchett takes on the banking industry and the illusion money creates. When the chairman of the Royal Bank dies she leaves the bank to her dog and names Lipwig it’s guardian, at the same time Vetinari names Lipwig chairman of the Royal Mint. Determined to make both the bank and the mint profitable, Lipwig uses his experiences with the Post Office to come up with a scheme, paper money. Of course nothing is what it seems, especially the gold supposedly in the bank vault and the nationality of the head teller. Lipwig manages to stay one step ahead of his enemies and his friends all while carrying around a lap dog with an interest in sexual toys. As always Pratchett keeps the reader on their toes, nothing is as it appears and, much like the real banking system, not all of it makes sense. Just what is the value of money?
4 out of 5
Terry Pratchett is one of my favorite authors. His satire is so skillfully done, it either hits you over the head or sneaks up on you, and hits you over the head. I am always amazed at the inventiveness of his work and Thud! is no exception. Commander Vimes, Duke of Ankh-Morpork City, is back and still attempting to solve crimes. This time he is forced to add a vampire to the cultural variety that makes up the Watch. Dwarves, not just any dwarves, deep down dwarves have arrived in the city and are digging something up. The anniversary of a famous dwarf/troll battle is quickly approaching and one of the important Grags, very high up deep downers, turns up dead. As always politics, culture, drugs, alcohol, a game and murder mix in ways that drive the Commander, well you have to read the book. Pratchett once again succeeds in pulling it all together for a very satisfying conclusion. Who knew the power of a child’s book? War, politics and cultural diversity all take a beating in this wonderful book. My only complaint is that the copy I have was not edited well. There are spelling errors and some pages still had editing markups. Harper Collins is a well known publisher, Pratchett is a well known author and this is not his first book so I expect a finished book, someone dropped the ball on this one.