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S depth out of bacon sandwiches and occasionally snookered and out of his mind but never out of guile Where there is a crime there must be a finding there must be a chase and there must be a punishment They say that in the end all sins are forgivenBut not uite al This is my first Discworld novel and it may be my last Well at least for a long while Previously I’ve read Pratchett’s Nation which I really enjoyed This however just didn’t do it for me It is overflowing with so much humour that I thought it was too obvious and at times redundant I did like the protagonist when I began reading but towards the end I well and truly had had enough of him The protagonist is very annoyingI understand that the main crux of the character is the reason I found him frustrating He is in essence a workaholic There’s nothing wrong with this I’m one too But it bordered on ridiculous Perhaps that’s the point I just found him a very frustrating and uite frankly as flat character There is nothing beyond him other than his job He is simply the commander of the city watch no matter wherever he goes or whoever he is with He goes on holiday and he is still doing his job He finds a crime trail after a game of fisticuffs and follows it up No no less Indeed he peruses it with relentless enthusiasm that drives his wife mad But he doesn’t seem to get anywhere Well at least for a long while The narration seems to wonder off along with the story I just wasn’t sure where a lot of it was going I really struggled to get into his investigation which I do think was because of Pratchett’s writing that continuously seemed to venture away from the point Perhaps again that is the point of what he was doing But either way it made it really hard for me to follow the plot if this book A lot of it felt like perpetual ramblings Where is he going with this? Pratchett goes on some awfully long winded tangents in the middle of his writing I found myself getting uite lost at some points and I just couldn’t see the relevance of certain points which felt to me like a random train of thought shoved into the writing This made it difficult for me to focus on the main plot of the story Perhaps its Pratchett’s style that I don’t get on with or perhaps it is this particular novel that overwhelmed me I really don’t know but the result of it is that I have no intention of picking up another book by this author in a long long time Suffice to say I really didn’t enjoy this book The lack of chapters also contributed to this This of course is only a minor thing but it did annoy me greatly I like to finish reading at the end of a chapter and not in the middle of narrative I know this may sound silly but I simple cannot stop reading in the middle of a length of story I had to read beyond what I normally would to find what I though was an adeuate break within the story I real don’t understand the authorial decision behind the lack of chapters To my mind it served no purpose and discouraged me further Overall this book was incredibly frustrating I didn’t like aspects of Pratchett’s writing or the structure of the book I do hope in the future when I eventually pick up another Pratchett book I don’t have the same reaction because I really want to enjoy another one of his books A despondent two stars PS If from my review you think I should try a particular Discworld book then please don’t hesitate to recommend I did really want to enjoy this book but couldn’t If there is a Discworld book you think I’ll get on with I will try it in time On the Edge (Dublin Nights, is a crime there must be a finding there must be a chase and there must be a punishment They say that Snakewood in the end all sins are forgivenBut not uite al This 88 Poems is my first Discworld novel and Relatos íntimos it may be my last Well at least for a long while Previously I’ve read Pratchett’s Nation which I really enjoyed This however just didn’t do The Sea Devil: The Adventures of Count Felix Von Luckner, the Last Raider Under Sail it for me It The Ultimate Resource is overflowing with so much humour that I thought The Chronicles of Little Nicholas it was too obvious and at times redundant I did like the protagonist when I began reading but towards the end I well and truly had had enough of him The protagonist El enigma del laberinto perdido is very annoyingI understand that the main crux of the character Josef Muller-Brockmann is the reason I found him frustrating He Secretos de una bruja celta (Obras De Referencia - Extramuros) is The Thin Grey Line in essence a workaholic There’s nothing wrong with this I’m one too But Pintoricchio it bordered on ridiculous Perhaps that’s the point I just found him a very frustrating and uite frankly as flat character There Il cubo di Rubik. 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According to the writer of the best selling crime novel ever to have been published in the city of Ankh Morpork it is a truth universally acknowledged that a policeman taking a holiday would barely have had time to open his suitcase before he finds his first corp Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh Morpork City Watch and his wife Sybil take Young Sam and go on vacation to Sybil's ancestral lands in the country Fortunately for the Commander crime soon rears its ugly head and he soon finds himself ensnared in a web of lies smuggling and murder Can Vimes get to the bottom of things before he finds himself at the bottom of the river known as Old Treachery?I always forget how good Terry Pratchett is during the year or years between new books To the outsider it would be easy to dismiss the Discworld books as silly fantasy novels While they are silly the Discworld books always deal with real issues as well In this case slavery and drugs Snuff raises uestions of what it means to be sentient human rights and the evils of looking the other way when something bad happens Pratchett's writing reminds me of PG Wodehouse's with each passing book I lost count of the clever lines I even noticed reference to Tombstone I don't think I'm going to let you arrest me today Deadwood and Jane AustenThe characters are what drive the Discworld stories Good thing because they could easily degenerate into mindless silliness otherwise Sam Vimes and his relationships with his family and the people of Ramkim were what made the story Vimes' pep talks with Feenie about what it means to be a copper his caring tolerance for his son's fascination with poo of all kinds and his feelings toward the goblins showed why Pratchett is than just a fantasy writerThe plot itself was pretty good A goblin is murdered while Sam Vimes is on vacation and he starts pulling at threads to find out why leading him to discover smuggling and corruption The disgusting religion of the goblins is explored and by the end society is changed Goblins haven't been touched upon very much in the Discworld series so far and I'd say Pratchett did a great job developing them in SnuffI can't pretend this book was perfect though The last fifty pages dragged a bit That's about the only gripe I have actually It's the best Discworld book in years and if Pratchett doesn't manage to write another City Watch book it'll be a good way to end things 1000 sitios que ver en España al menos una vez en la vida in the city of Ankh Morpork La ética de la crueldad it 3052 is a truth universally acknowledged that a policeman taking a holiday would barely have had time to open his suitcase before he finds his first corp Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh Morpork City Watch and his wife Sybil take Young Sam and go on vacation to Sybil's ancestral lands Intégrale Gunnm Last Order Other Stories in the country Fortunately for the Commander crime soon rears Mercator its ugly head and he soon finds himself ensnared Pasos perdidos en Granada in a web of lies smuggling and murder Can Vimes get to the bottom of things before he finds himself at the bottom of the river known as Old Treachery?I always forget how good Terry Pratchett Suffering and no suffering is during the year or years between new books To the outsider Can We Live 150 Years? 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SeAnd Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh Morpork City Watch is on holiday in the pleasant and innocent countryside but not for him a mere body in the wardrobe There are many many bodies and an ancient crime terrible than murderHe is out of his jurisdiction out of hi Enjoyed it immensely Not the best Discworld book I've read But whinging about this not being the Best Pratchett Book Evar is sort of like complaining that the diamond ring you've been given is only threeuarters of a carat It's easily worth five stars I was often amused occasionally teary eyed and never bored Buttermilk Graffiti is on holiday Vengeance Road (Torpedo Ink in the pleasant and Pantaleon y Las Visitadoras innocent countryside but not for him a mere body Ni Un Jefe Más. Quiero tener mi negocio y ser mi propio jefe. Secretos para independizarse: Cómo un Emprendedor Exitoso. Cómo crear una empresa exitosa. Cómo emprender e iniciar un negocio rentable in the wardrobe There are many many bodies and an ancient crime terrible than murderHe No Limits (No existen Límites cuando se cree en uno mismo) is out of his jurisdiction out of hi Enjoyed Captain Wentworths Persuasion it Canu Cynnar immensely Not the best Discworld book I've read But whinging about this not being the Best Pratchett Book Evar La bondad de los extraños is sort of like complaining that the diamond ring you've been given Willy the Wizard is only threeuarters of a carat It's easily worth five stars I was often amused occasionally teary eyed and never bored


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    Terry Pratchett has a way with words Like the children’s entertainer with the balloons he can take a familiar phrase and with a few deft twists create some new plaything better than all the contents of your party bag To do that trick once or twice is good To sustain it throughout a whole book is remarkable To keep it fresh into the 39th volume of a series deserves a knighthoodSnuff is Sir Terry Pratchett’s 50th novel That’s a lot It’s also the most recent foray into Discworld series a literary phenomenon that has been ongoing for 28 years now Enough with the vital statistics though – is it any good?The story follows one of Discworld’s best established characters Commander Sam Vimes out into fresh territory With wife and son on hand Vimes experiences for the first time a holiday in the countryside The Ankh Morpork police force supply most of the characters for this tale from a well stocked inventory of favourites Lord Vetinari makes a welcome appearance at the open and close of the book and with his hidden hand setting events in motion it can safely be assumed that Commander Vimes will not be idle in his country idyllAlong with a murder mystery we’re presented with various angles on the topic of poo an interesting introduction to the goblin race and their peculiarities and some wide ranging social critiue It’s not unusual for Pratchett to hold the Discworld up as a mirror in which he can satirise everything from the iniuitous to innocuous in our own world In Snuff the critiue is perhaps heavy handed the sentiments goodhearted rather than funny We learn that oppressing minorities goblins is bad and that the class system along with the uneven distribution of wealth are neither big nor clever I know these things and would have preferred a little about how the goblins bottle a lifetime’s supply of snotThe main weakness in Snuff however is simply that its hero is so familiar to us so capable sturdy so grown and set into his character over many books that the story lacks tension We know Commander Vimes will come through We don’t truly believe harm will befall his family We expect the same man to walk out of the book as walked in These issues with the book on the grand scale do not however change the fact that Snuff is continuously entertaining line by excellent line with all Pratchett’s genius on display in the small scale And his again he achieves the miracle of making you care about his creations In the midst of all the funnies he can suddenly turn on the pathos and within moments the fate of a malodorous snot bottling goblin will matter to youFans of the series will enjoy the romp with old Discworld friends and some feisty new additions Anyone who isn’t a fan should get a hold of one of the many entry point books into this 39 novel masterwork by all means start with number 1 And unless you were born without funny bone you’ll soon be roaming the Discworld with the rest of us My 4 rating is to some degree influenced by the following wind of this excellent series the added value carried from earlier books by many of these characters can't be ignored Join my 3 emails a year newsletter #Prizes #FreeContent


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    We saw Terry Pratchett at Town Hall Tuesday He’s frail compared to the man I saw at Kane Hall back in the 1990s but still sharp He took uestions and one predictably enough was which of his characters he was most like “In my heart I know it’s Rincewind” he said grinning But then he continued in a thoughtful vein “Twice I’ve kneeled in front of the ueen and she’s swished a very large sword over my head and fortunately she’s missed every time When I stood up a knight a ferrier a blacksmith a soldier in the Crimean War all my ancestors stood up with me and you find yourself wondering about your roots and arguing with prime ministers“And that’s the part of me that’s Vimesy” This man who or less accidentally became part of the power structure A peer of the realm Married to duchess who is on first names basis with most of the powerful since childhood In this book Vimes or less accidentally takes on some of the ways that the powerful stay powerful both as someone who believes in law that transcends the local power structure and as a part of the power structure that just happens to be outside of his jurisdiction It’s good for him he’s got friends in high places Also in low ones This isn’t the sharpest Discworld book ever and there are those who will not appreciate its earnestness Vimes goes on vacation and or less accidentally takes on the triangle trade Unambiguously hero work It is unabashedly one of the darker Discworld books Not darkness made visible though The Summoning Dark does whisper dark and helpful things in Vimes's ears Horrible things happened in the gaps; things the author darkly references but does not explicate There are unspoken parts of the book that make me suirm Vimes is of the Great White Savior than I was entirely comfortable with The villains are also mostly off screen which is somewhat dissatisfying One of the things I like about the Discworld books is that the villains are people too Maybe this time Pratchett could not bear to share their perspective Or maybe he didn’t want to give us the comfort of really despising them by keeping them vague and mostly off screen It felt a little like the pieces that were left over from Unseen Academicals Like Pratchett is doing his best to bring in all the despised races of fantasy world and show that they’re human too All parts of ourselves we’ve done wrong by Like the man said if humans could fall why couldn’t orcs rise after all? Or goblins? It’s uite utopian in the resolution Mostly utopian Except for the realpolitiue that very few people are actually punished Though the spiders might help It had one of the best lines I’ve read in a long time spoken by the Watch’s forensic accountant A E Pessmial discussing how people can come to do terrible things “'I'm sorry I know that I am a small weak man but I have amassed a large library; I dream of dangerous places'Pokes uite nicely at Jane Austen though not as sharply as Unseen Academicals poked at Tolkien May have been partially inspired by how all the amazing things that her British Empire was doing happened in the silences It goes much deeper than this But see eg Vimes’s lack of interest in other people’s children was limiteless but he could count “And the last one?” “Oh Hermoine she may be difficult as she has rather scandalized the family at least in their opinion” “How?” “She’s a lumberjack” Vimes thought for a moment and said “Well dear it is a truth universally acknowledged that a man with a lot of wood must be in want of a wife who can handle a great big ” Lady Sybil interrupted sharply “Sam Vimes I believe that you intend to make an indelicate remark?” Something Austen could not abide Good times


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    Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh Morpork City Watch and his wife Sybil take Young Sam and go on vacation to Sybil's ancestral lands in the country Fortunately for the Commander crime soon rears its ugly head and he soon finds himself ensnared in a web of lies smuggling and murder Can Vimes get to the bottom of things before he finds himself at the bottom of the river known as Old Treachery?I always forget how good Terry Pratchett is during the year or years between new books To the outsider it would be easy to dismiss the Discworld books as silly fantasy novels While they are silly the Discworld books always deal with real issues as well In this case slavery and drugs Snuff raises uestions of what it means to be sentient human rights and the evils of looking the other way when something bad happens Pratchett's writing reminds me of PG Wodehouse's with each passing book I lost count of the clever lines I even noticed reference to Tombstone I don't think I'm going to let you arrest me today Deadwood and Jane AustenThe characters are what drive the Discworld stories Good thing because they could easily degenerate into mindless silliness otherwise Sam Vimes and his relationships with his family and the people of Ramkim were what made the story Vimes' pep talks with Feenie about what it means to be a copper his caring tolerance for his son's fascination with poo of all kinds and his feelings toward the goblins showed why Pratchett is than just a fantasy writerThe plot itself was pretty good A goblin is murdered while Sam Vimes is on vacation and he starts pulling at threads to find out why leading him to discover smuggling and corruption The disgusting religion of the goblins is explored and by the end society is changed Goblins haven't been touched upon very much in the Discworld series so far and I'd say Pratchett did a great job developing them in SnuffI can't pretend this book was perfect though The last fifty pages dragged a bit That's about the only gripe I have actually It's the best Discworld book in years and if Pratchett doesn't manage to write another City Watch book it'll be a good way to end things


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    Enjoyed it immensely Not the best Discworld book I've read But whinging about this not being the Best Pratchett Book Evar is sort of like complaining that the diamond ring you've been given is only threeuarters of a carat It's easily worth five stars I was often amused occasionally teary eyed and never bored


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    I reckoned that if I let them give me enough titles I'd eventually get one I could live withSamuel Vimes has lived to suffer the greatest possible indignity It is cruel and unfair and nobody seems to want to move a finger to help him He'd tried to negotiate and he'd tried to order the men to intervene to no avail Commander Vimes is going on holiday To the countryside For two weeksHis 6 year old son instantly takes to the Shire hell bent on enlarging his poo collection Vimes Sr however is making enemies wherever he goes Not intentionally mind but some things are just not done shaking the gardener's hand before that of the butler talking to the maids or discussing politics with the local nobs All he can do now is pray for a well placed crime to call him back to duty; toot sweet as the copper would say Soon enough his wish is granted although he wasn't exactly expecting to be prime suspectLuckily for our protagonist the Shire's single policemen is in dire need of training and thus Vimes is able to get off on a technicality But for how long?This was one of the difficult novels for me in terms of readability Having always been a relatively slow reader I'd need a good week to finish a 500 page novel Adding Sir Pratchett's euphemistic language trying hard to describe the obscure as obvious did not help matters 'I could have taxed all kinds of things but I have decided to tax something that you could eminently do without It's hardly addictive is it?''Some people tend to think so There is a certain amount of grumbling sir'Vetinari did not look up from his paperwork 'Drumknott' he said 'Life is addictive If people complain overmuch I think I will have to draw that fact to their attention' Clearly there is a thinly veiled threat here distinctly emerging from the conversation but as for the nature of the offence I mean tax that is left up to the imagination of the reader Even now after several oooh I see and that's actually clever moments I'm not entirely certain that I got its nature rightStill I persevered paid attention and in the end I got an excellent treatise on kindness legislation and the ethics of thereof 'Well sir I believe I must take you before the magistrates?'Vimes noted the little uestion mark 'Who is your boss Feeney?''The aforesaid bench of magistrates sir''Your boss is the law chief constable and don't you forget it' Score 3555 starsOn the one hand we have a difficult to follow writing style several confusing euphemisms and a story that does its best to accumulate new twists and turns on every page Not to mention that the Carrot x Angua sandwich is hinting at angst to come and this is the last book in the City Watch series sniff sniffOn the other hand extreme racism law and ethics are incredibly relatable topics when it comes to the current socio political climate Decisions decisionsIn the end the tie breaker goes to the occasional comic relief that'll leave you giggling for a good few minutes 4 rounded up stars it is 'You may be interested to know that the goblin name for Corporal Nobbs is Breaking Wind?'She did not appear to smile and Vimes said 'Yes very apt I've always thought of Nobby as a draught extruder' Other books featuring the Night WatchReview of the 1st book GuardsGuardsReview of the 2nd book Men at ArmsReview of the 3rd book Feet of ClayReview of the 4th book JingoReview of the 5th book The Fifth ElephantReview of the 6th book Night WatchReview of the 7th book Thud


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    I’m going out on a limb here and say that Sam Vimes is one of my favorite literary charactersAnd I don’t just mean in the Discworld Terry Pratchett has created a great many wonderful players in his series most notably Granny Weatherwax and Nanny OgNo I’m going all in Tolkien’s Gandalf Harper Lee’s Atticus Finch Sam Spade Conan Tarzan Heinlein’s Jubal Harshaw Paul Atreides Sam Vimes is in this list Up on a literary character mountain topPratchett’s 39th Discworld book And let’s take a moment and give up some love for THIRTY NINE books in a series When Snuff was published in 2011 Sir Terry was not long for this world he would shake hands with DEATH in 2015 and maybe he was already feeling the first wintry tendrils of cold creeping in Yet he delivered another outstanding book and another one featuring this uniue protagonistVimes demonstrates the hero that we all want to see and all want to be He’s a hard working everyman who finds his wealth and station in life sometimes hard to take More at home walking a beat than in a posh setting Vimes is a copper’s copper And a loving husband a good father and an inspirational leader to the Watch and to all of is reading He says what needs to be said but when that does not work he can kick ass too and is actually a little fearful of what a badass he isPratchett describes how Vimes goes on a family holiday with little Sam and Lady Sybil And of course he solves crimes gets caught up in a terrible conspiracy and works at saving the day and being a humble hero againMeanwhile we also get to know about another Discworld race – goblins Pratchett ever the diversifying melter of the melting pot reveals that this group of under appreciated folks have a lot of admirable ualities and deserve than they’ve been given so far And Vimes is of course leading the charge for greater eualityActually one of his serious works this still made me smile freuently and I liked it immensely


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    This is my first Discworld novel and it may be my last Well at least for a long while Previously I’ve read Pratchett’s Nation which I really enjoyed This however just didn’t do it for me It is overflowing with so much humour that I thought it was too obvious and at times redundant I did like the protagonist when I began reading but towards the end I well and truly had had enough of him The protagonist is very annoyingI understand that the main crux of the character is the reason I found him frustrating He is in essence a workaholic There’s nothing wrong with this I’m one too But it bordered on ridiculous Perhaps that’s the point I just found him a very frustrating and uite frankly as flat character There is nothing beyond him other than his job He is simply the commander of the city watch no matter wherever he goes or whoever he is with He goes on holiday and he is still doing his job He finds a crime trail after a game of fisticuffs and follows it up No no less Indeed he peruses it with relentless enthusiasm that drives his wife mad But he doesn’t seem to get anywhere Well at least for a long while The narration seems to wonder off along with the story I just wasn’t sure where a lot of it was going I really struggled to get into his investigation which I do think was because of Pratchett’s writing that continuously seemed to venture away from the point Perhaps again that is the point of what he was doing But either way it made it really hard for me to follow the plot if this book A lot of it felt like perpetual ramblings Where is he going with this? Pratchett goes on some awfully long winded tangents in the middle of his writing I found myself getting uite lost at some points and I just couldn’t see the relevance of certain points which felt to me like a random train of thought shoved into the writing This made it difficult for me to focus on the main plot of the story Perhaps its Pratchett’s style that I don’t get on with or perhaps it is this particular novel that overwhelmed me I really don’t know but the result of it is that I have no intention of picking up another book by this author in a long long time Suffice to say I really didn’t enjoy this book The lack of chapters also contributed to this This of course is only a minor thing but it did annoy me greatly I like to finish reading at the end of a chapter and not in the middle of narrative I know this may sound silly but I simple cannot stop reading in the middle of a length of story I had to read beyond what I normally would to find what I though was an adeuate break within the story I real don’t understand the authorial decision behind the lack of chapters To my mind it served no purpose and discouraged me further Overall this book was incredibly frustrating I didn’t like aspects of Pratchett’s writing or the structure of the book I do hope in the future when I eventually pick up another Pratchett book I don’t have the same reaction because I really want to enjoy another one of his books A despondent two stars PS If from my review you think I should try a particular Discworld book then please don’t hesitate to recommend I did really want to enjoy this book but couldn’t If there is a Discworld book you think I’ll get on with I will try it in time


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    I bought Snuff when it first came out in 2011 not realising then like everyone else that it was going to be the final City Watch book I sadly abandoned it long before the end anyway sensing that it wasn’t any good But having recently read an excellent Discworld short story reminding me of my love for Terry Pratchett as well as seasonal nostalgia new Discworld books used to be cannily published during the Christmas season I decided to give Snuff another shot and this time force myself through At the very least I’ll be completing the City Watch series Well my initial impression of the novel was right Snuff ain’t up to snuff Despite his protests Commander Sam Vimes is forced to take a vacation His beloved wife Lady Sybil Ramkin drags him and their son young Sam to the Ramkin Estate in the countryside for a well earned family break But crime doesn’t take a holiday and soon the Discworld’s finest policeman is on the trail of a goblin murderer and in the process uncovers a vast and unsavoury conspiracy that goes all the way to the top One thing that bothered me when I first tried reading Snuff six years ago was how extremely verbose and cumbersome Pratchett’s writing style had become It takes well over 100 pages for anything to happen Up til then all that had was Vimes and his family had left Ankh Morpork and gone to the countryside It takes even longer for the plot to emerge and when it did it was cliched and underwhelming I hated everything about the goblins They’re basically a race of depressingly put upon victims which is as fun to read as it sounds an unending stream of one dimensional “characters” who’re just there to be repeatedly fucked with and stoke Vimes’ righteous indignation The goblins’ culture was boring everything about them was ridiculously sentimental and cloying and they were just annoying as a whole Then again all the new characters in Snuff were rubbish The hapless country copper Feeney was pointless and tiresome Miss Beedle the writer added nothing to the proceedings while every rich person was portrayed as a gormless twit There’s a half hearted attempt at a Pride Prejudice parody that fell flat The villain Stratford is somehow even one dimensional than even the goblins there’s another baddie literally called “Captain Murderer” which shows you how little imagination and effort Pratchett put into these “characters” but that on the nose kind of name should’ve applied to Stratford He may as well have been called Mr I’m A Bad Dude because he’s that much of a caricature He does evil shit because he’s an evil shit What I realised was that Pratchett really struggles at least in this book with the traditional mechanics of storytelling like a plot Because where the book feels like a chore to read are the plot heavy parts when he has to move things along particularly the riverboat “action” seuence which was utterly dull and the absurdly talky fight scenes I also continued to not care about Vimes’ family like the infallible Sybil who’s drearily always right and his irritating son young Sam I really disliked in general how cutesy and safe Discworld got towards the end oh man FUCK the Tiffany Aching YA books fuck them all to hell and the stuff with Vimes and young Sam were far too ball achingly saccharine for my taste And SO unfunny young Sam thinks poo is hilarious repeat 12 million times har de har har Technically Snuff is a City Watch book but it’s basically all about Vimes Carrot Angua Nobby et al are given a handful of token pages and there’s a completely half arsed subplot involving Colon and a goblin pot that’s totally irrelevant Fred’s in a coma and could die Oh never mind it resolved itself off page Well why bother to start with then? That said there’s a reason why Vimes gets all the focus he’s one of Pratchett’s finest creations The character holds a special place in my heart having seen him transform over the years from the opening pages of Guards Guards when we first met him as a down and out drunk waking up in the gutters of Ankh Morpork to the sober Duke he is now having brought up the City Watch with him along the way It says a lot about how fully realised and compelling a character he is that the best parts of Snuff are simply Vimes riffing on whatever And there are definitely parts of the book I enjoyed Despite coming across as someone far too deeply in love with his own voice Pratchett’s still very witty and he’s in his element when he isn’t concerning himself with the plot and meandering off somewhere else instead Vimes conversing with his manservant Willikins was often entertaining than anything else going on and though Pratchett eschewed the tradition of having Death cameo in every Discworld book here he still included a scene at the end between Vimes and Vetinari verbally jousting one last time which was pure pleasure for me think those cliched cop movie scenes between the police chief and the loose cannon but far clever I will dearly miss those scenes especially as Pratchett wrote the Patrician so so beautifully with that perfect balance between lethally understated menace benevolent power and razor sharp intelligence manifested in one remarkably uniue mysterious and Machiavellian figure Sadly Snuff is a weak last bow for Vimes and the City Watch to go out on which is a shame given how brilliant the earlier books were Perhaps it’s appropriate that poo should feature so much in this one as the uality is disappointingly shit While I’m glad to have finished off this series it’s a forgettable final adventure for Vimes that’s not very funny tediously overlong and largely unentertaining ‘snot enuff for this Discworld fan


  9. says:

    Re read 082920Reading this in the light of race relations is rather enlightening It's a gentle treatment on simply learning to treat people like PEOPLE in the end but this is a very GOOD thingSo honestly? I was sad enthusiastic angry and hopeful as I read this againIt's a fine novelOriginal ReviewI go through different stages of Pratchettism throughout my life Sometimes I can't do without Death other times I love the witches than anything else Then I've got to have my wizards Lower down on the rung of things I disliked the Night Watch than I've ever disliked anything in Discworld; and then something really odd happened I didn't dislike it at all In fact I kept thinking about how interesting all of these goofy characters have become And then without my uite realizing it I loved themThis is a novel about the Law And a book named Pride and Extreme PrejudiceClassic chicanery in the hills during a much deserved vacation and all that and smartly done too Right


  10. says:

    This is the last adventure featuring Sam Vimes in the series And boy did Pratchett make it a good oneLord Vetinari is of the opinion that Vimes needs and deserves some vacation and sets Sybil up as if it was her idea Or was it Sybil who set Vetinari up? You never know for sure with those two ;In the end it doesn't matter Vimes has no choice but to accompany his wife to the countryside where her parental home is But you know what they say you can take the cop out of Ankh Morpork but you can't take the cop out of Sam Vimes lol Bored by all the balls and conventions and such he eventually stumbles upon a murder Old fashioned views being challenged by the Commander goblins gaining full citizen status Sam junior coming into his own what with his expertise on anything poo Vimes finally getting some unhealthy food and Willikins being his wonderful self this volume was choke full of funWillikins is a character I wouldn't want to miss By the way this is NOT what I picture Willikins to look but it was still somehow fittingAll that does not mean that Vimes isn't great on his own but his strengths are even pronounced when he's spearheading with others about him and the banter with his man servant sure makes me chuckle It is eerie that this was this month's installment I mean look at what is going on in the world Look how people treat people all the madness with us vs them It's nothing new but right now it feels especially bad since everyone seems to be pitted against everybody else And then you read a book from all those years ago and the author nailed the problem as well as the solution You see you don't need to overcomplicate things and overthink discrimination of any kind All you have to do is treat people like people Period If you want a crash course in how to do that ask Vimes He knows what's whatYes I love Vimes I love how he ALWAYS makes it back in time to read to or with his son I love the relationship with his wife I love his way of leading people I love how he is not perfect but putting so much effort in always being better today than he was yesterday I love how he has this instinct when things are wrong I love his love for justice unwavering uncompromising and not bribable I just love him And now I have to say goodbye to him snifflesAnd don't think this volume was too contemplative to have been fun I chuckled and laughed out loud many times Never fear Pratchett knew just how to blend the seriousness with the silliness