Title: Snuff (Goodreads)
Series: Discworld, No 39
Genre: YA/Adult Fantasy
Published: Doubleday, 2011
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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…
The National Year of Reading theme for February is Laugh, and if there’s one Fantasy author who makes me laugh, it’s Terry Pratchett.
I’ve loved reading each book in the Discworld series as they’ve been released for a long time now. I love the world that Pratchett has built over the years, populated with its many varieties of people and creatures and reflecting the real world in a slighty wonky mirror. I usually find that the stories begin fairly quietly, then become harder and harder to put down – the type of stories that cause me to miss my stop on the train, or stay awake reading until I realise that it’s suddenly two am and I have to be up in a few hours.
Snuff is no exception, almost making me rather late for work a couple of times, although in this case the most exciting part is a fair way before the end of the story and the rest sort of comes in bites of action. This installment in the story of the Discworld is about murder, slavery and prejudice with a tip of the hat to Jane Austen. There are some pretty dark goings-on such as torture, loss of children and sacrifice that aren’t directly dealt with in the story, but we see the aftermath.
In general, I’m not a fan of the Commander Vimes books. The stories about the City Watch are great, don’t get me wrong (plus I think I have a bit of a thing for Captain Carrot), but Vimes occasionally comes across as being a bit too self-important, for all his supposed hatred of his titles. He always seems to know exactly what’s happening before it happens. While that may make him a good copper, it tends to annoy me for no particularly good reason.
That said, I do enjoy the stories he is usually a part of, involving other races and their acceptance into Ankh-Morpork society. I also love Lady Sybil and little Sam and I think they should be in more stories!
While Snuff was not my favourite Discworld book, it is still a very exciting and funny read. Get yourself a copy and have a Laugh this month.
On a related note, here’s my Discworld shelf. A shiny gold star goes to anyone who can tell me if I’m missing any!
I started out being unimpressed by the City Watch books… then something clicked (probably Vimes getting older and wiser) and I started loving them. Snuff was great – enough to make me order all the City Watch books I didn’t have already! My shelf isn’t as impressive as yours, but I’m getting there 😛
I have enjoyed the city watch books in general, but I prefer wizardy ones 😀 Y’know, looking at my shelf I’ve realised there are WAY less than 39 books there… I really do need to work out what’s missing o.O
I think the wizard books are next on my to-buy list. I can’t say I liked them very much at start, but Ponder Stibbons and Ridcully are awesome. Actually, I’m reading The Science of Discworld and even that’s funny as hell amid the science bits 😛
Pratchett is such a gift. I notice you have my favourite Hogfather, how about Going Postal? Loving your blog.
Aw, thanks! Hmm, you’re right, Going Postal isn’t there. I’m sure I’ve read it… I wonder if I lent it to someone. Thanks, I’m going on a book hunt tonight 😛
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