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The new Discworld novel from the master features the popular Sam Vimes, Commander of the City Watch.

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 corpse. And 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 more terrible than murder.

He is out of his jurisdiction, out of his 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 forgiven. But not quite all.
Publisher: London : Doubleday, c2011
ISBN: 9780385619264
Branch Call Number: FAN PRA
Characteristics: 378 p. ; 25 cm


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Aug 24, 2015

Terry Pratchett has done it again. I think this book worlds better if you have read several of the Commander Vimes book first. It is clear to see there is some diminution of his writing as Alzheimer's disease progressed until his death earlier this year. It is still one very good book and could be used in classrooms to discuss prejudice in a way that removes it one from the personal experiences of individuals. It's still a 4 stars in my mind. This book could also makes a wonderful vacation read for the whole family.

Apr 01, 2015

I just didn’t find this story very funny. Maybe it’s just not possible to satirize racism and racists yet, the subject matter being still so sensitive and disturbing. There is no doubt that much of that subject is ridiculous (as in why does it still exist and why does it matter what anyone looks like) and maybe it would be more laughable if it weren’t still so prevalent. I admire the authors attempt to but I don’t think it was completely successful.

Oct 18, 2014

Pratchett drollery never fails to charm me.

He's written better, but even so I'm happy to rate this outing at a solid 4 and a pinch more.

How regrettable that he's been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and the Vimes/Ankh-Morpork/dwarves/golems parade must peter out.

Sep 15, 2013

The last few Discworld novels have felt a little dry to me. I don't think I laughed once. Some of Pratchett's spark seems to have disappeared as technology replaces magic in the Discworld. Stalwart Commander Vimes doesn't have any of the endearing quirkiness of earlier magical heroes such as Rincewind or Margrat.

Terry Pratchett never adequately disguises the didactic nature of this book: toleration and respect for all peoples is a commendable lesson but I just don't feel that I need to be beaten over the head with that message.

I hope this slump ends soon.

Jun 22, 2013

As always, I love Vimes, so this book was wonderful. Adding in a new species to liberate was a nice touch, and I really liked the characterizations of the goblins. I enjoyed familial and social tensions, although the Ankh-Morpork city Watch was mostly absent and their presence was missed. It was a bit too much like every other Vimes book, but I love them, so it was still wonderful.

Jul 28, 2012

Commander Vimes experiences considerable tension between his new, upper-class position and his highly egalitarian values. While there's plenty of action and a little commentary on feminism within the family, this tension is strongly embodied in current real-life social affairs (viz. similar tensions within the Occupy movement). Very valuable reading for those who have eyes to see the connections!

theEternalNewb May 29, 2012

The latest book in the City Watch line of Discworld. Even on vacation, Vimes is getting in trouble, and solving it for others. I really love Pratchett's work, and it's good to see that even with his failing health, he can still write quality books.

tmb83 May 22, 2012

Sam Vimes goes on vacation, gets bored, and saves a civilization as well as inspiring Pride and Prejudice.

crdonnelly Apr 04, 2012

This is an excellent and thought-provoking book, though not Pratchett's best. He left some plot elements and some ideas hanging. But he stirred up enough to make the book more than worthwhile.

Mar 18, 2012

It was great to read another Discworld novel. I had forgotten how quirky Pratchett can be.
This is more of an exploration of morality, and I agree that, inspite of all he is going through, he has wrtten a more 'serious' Novel this time. The relationship of Vimes to his aristocratic, yet liberal, wife is beautifully crafted as is the relationship of manservant to master.
Pride and (almost) extreme predjudice.

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theEternalNewb May 29, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Description of a natural disaster as it happens.

theEternalNewb May 29, 2012

Violence: Depictions of slavery, a mass murderer, and mob rule.


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