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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 corpse.And Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch is on holiday in the pleasant and innocent countrysidAccording 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......

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Snuff Reviews

  • Laura
    2018-12-03 02:06

    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 questions, 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 more thoughtful vein: “Twice I’ve kneeled in front of the Queen 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 more 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 more 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 more 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 squirm. Vimes is more 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 quite utopian in the resolution. Mostly utopian. Except for the realpolitique 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 quite 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, e.g. 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.

  • Mark Lawrence
    2018-11-25 03:43

    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 knighthood.Snuff 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 idyll.Along 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 critique. It’s not unusual for Pratchett to hold the Discworld up as a mirror in which he can satirise everything from the iniquitous to innocuous in our own world. In Snuff the critique is perhaps more 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 more about how the goblins bottle a lifetime’s supply of snot.The 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 you.Fans 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 ..

  • Dan Schwent
    2018-12-10 03:59

    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 questions 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 P.G. Wodehouse's more 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 Austen.The 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 more than just a fantasy writer.The 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 Snuff.I 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.

  • Patrick
    2018-11-17 01:49

    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 three/quarters of a carat. It's easily worth five stars. I was often amused, occasionally teary-eyed, and never bored.

  • Bookdragon Sean
    2018-12-09 02:11

    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 quite 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 more, 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 quite 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 adequate 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 P.S 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.

  • Sam Quixote
    2018-11-21 01:09

    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 more 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” sequence, 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 more 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 more 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 unique 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 quality 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!

  • Tfitoby
    2018-12-04 00:57

    #4 Favourite Read of 2012“Little crimes breed big crimes. You smile at little crimes and then big crimes blow your head off.”There was a PC game released back when a PC was still a relevant piece of computing technology going by the name of Discworld Noir, I only played it a little while before my machine gave up the ghost but I suspect that even a Discworld title called noir was not as dark at its heart as this novel.There's still an awful lot of humour to contend with but Sam Vimes is up against a darkness blacker than he's ever experienced before, both in terms of the case he stumbles upon on his vacation and the internal struggle of a good man trying not to do bad things. The fact that he is a famous detective only serves to highlight the noir qualities at hand.“...smoke twisting amongst the lights and turning the air a desolate blue, the colour of dead hopes and lost chances.”I shall not tell you the plot, it's filled with bad things happening to mostly good people and Sam Vimes does what he does best with an ensemble cast that grows by the minute. Young Sam is a growing boy and an essential part of any Sam Vimes story these days (as is Lady Vimes of course) and he meets his literary heroine in Miss Felicity Beedle whose book The World of Poo is now available for you and I to purchase. Goblins are the newest race of creature to be introduced to the Disc and provide a few new entertaining characters who I'm sure we'll be meeting again soon.My favourite however has to be Wilikins, the gentleman's gentleman, if ironing a shirt was a competition he'd no doubt ensure he won even if it required him to get up the previous morning and break the other participants fingers one by one. He's such a great character echoing the brilliant Kyril Bonfiglioli creation Jockstrap, that I think he deserves his own book, perhaps in the style of the "Vimes in his youth" story Night Watch?This is the best and most enjoyable Discworld book in quite some time, I think perhaps you have to go back to Thud! before you come across anything quite like it in terms of completeness of vision, storytelling and literary heart, I don't think it's a coincidence that it too was a Sam Vimes book. I said it about Nation and the same is true here, if this book had been written by somebody else, not synonymous with the fantasy genre, awards would be raining down upon the author. Infact Pratchett has committed a double sin in writing in two of those "dirty genres" at the same time, crime and fantasy are not considered good sources of intelligent writing (and I'll be the first to admit that both genres are filled with absolute acres of shit that you must wade through to find the real gems,) but like the greats that have come before him (people like Georges Simenon, Jim Thompson and David Goodis on their good days) he is ignored as a talented writer of literature that dissects what it means to be human.A triumph of a novel and a return to form after the disappointment of Unseen Academicals.

  • Kate O'Hanlon
    2018-12-12 06:05

    Okay it's Pratchett, so the fact that it's good is a given.And yet... I think Pratchett has overmined the seam of 'oppressed species shows that they are as human as you or I'.And... I thought so when I read Unseen Academicals so to see him retread this ground again is a little disappointing. There is also some very clunky writing and a lot of characterization that seems very at odds with previous books. I found it hard not to read without thinking constantly about Pratchett's illness and wondering how much it was effecting his writing.None of this is to say that Snuff was anything but an enjoyable read and if the best of Discworld has already been written I'm still happy to read the lesser additions.

  • Saga
    2018-11-21 23:57

    Pratchett's latest induced a fair few laughs, but felt structurally weak, even a tad disjointed. While Vimes still upholds the position of one of my favorite Discworld characters ever, his role was a tad overdone in an almost superhuman-ish fashion, which makes it harder to identify with the rugged, stubborn cob character I originally fell in love with. The whole Goblin rights issue seemed also like an infirmer repetition of Unseen Academicals' acceptance of Orcs, topped with one of the most uninteresting villains I've seen in a while (including the one in I Shall Wear Midnight). Hence, three stars. Stephen Briggs's audio book reading was excellent, however.

  • Lyn
    2018-11-17 23:03

    I’m going out on a limb here and say that Sam Vimes is one of my favorite literary characters.And 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 Og.No, 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 top.Pratchett’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 unique protagonist.Vimes 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 is.Pratchett 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 … again.Meanwhile 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 qualities and deserve more than they’ve been given so far. And Vimes is of course leading the charge for greater equality.Actually one of his more serious works, this still made me smile frequently and I liked it immensely.

  • Kalin
    2018-12-12 03:44

    It is a fortunate life, one where you grew up with Terry Pratchett as one of your fathers. Where, all the way back to a 12-year-old you picking up Faust Eric, you got reminded that what makes you human (or humane, if you decide to dump the speciesist lingo ;) is your choices, not your origins. Where you're made to laugh at--and more importantly, with--the follies of thinking and acting of folks you've either encountered already or soon will. (Sometimes in the mirror, too.) Where, when you stop laughing, you're stirred to think what it takes to make those defining choices, in the face of unkindly odds, or foolish thinking and acting. Where, as both you and the books grow up, you're stirred to feel what those characterspeople go through. For a writer who began as a wry parodist, making you feel is an astonishing feat.Snuff made me feel. It made me do all of the other things, too, but what will last longest (just like inNation) is the feeling. The fear and helplessness of a people that has been denied rights--or, for that matter, recognition. The anger building up inside Samuel Vimes at another injustice left to fester and foul us. The (ethereal :D) beauty of Tears of the Mushrooms' performance ... how can music really work such miracles, connect us in such ways? Any suggestions, Lord Vetinary, sir?And here's the brightest part:Pratchett aten't dead yet.And although we live in a world of flux, I believe he won't be for at least another generation of readers, or three.P.S. from 13 March 2015: Avantasia probably put it best:Dreamers come and goBut the dream's forever

  • Richard
    2018-11-15 03:47

    5/10This is the lowest I’ve rated a Discworld novel but I don’t think it was really the worst Discworld novel I’ve read. A combination of tiredness, lack of reading time and a story which didn’t hook me made me find this a slow read and lacking in some of the finer points I’ve come to enjoy in this series. The plot itself is the usual sort of affair for the Watch sub-series; a crime or crimes have been committed and it’s up to the Watch to find out what’s happening and tackle some prejudices along the way. This time the difference is that Vimes is on holiday in the countryside so becomes a fish out of water. The comedy felt forced in places, jokes which seem to have been done before or seem very similar to previous books. Vimes also felt a little forced in the way he acted whereas in previous novels it came off naturally and made for fun reading whereas here it was a little bit more eye-rolling. The plot didn’t interest me as it’s been done before here in much better ways. The last couple of novels in this sub-series have really stood out whereas this is already fading into the vague mists of my old age memory bank. It feels a bit of a shame that the sub-series ended on this novel as I’ve had nothing but high praise for the majority of them. There won’t be any more Vimes et al but I would have thought that sometime in the distant future I would pick these up again as they are fun entertaining reads. I reckon reading this one again would elicit completely different emotions but that is for future Richard to deal with. There are still plenty of untouched Discworld novels for me to go at though and I look forward to picking some of the other sub-series up. Whilst not the best in my eyes it’s clearly a very well written novel that will be enjoyed by many. It just didn’t work for this grumpy reader this time around.If you like this try: “Mort” by Terry Pratchett

  • Curt Hopkins Hopkins
    2018-11-28 23:08

    Even battling early-onset Alzheimer's, Pratchet is as good as any 10 novelists fighting ennui and indigestion. "Snuff" is the latest City Watch story in the Discworld series. The only other story that rivals it is the witches and I still prefer Commander Sam Vimes. "Snuff" is as good as any book in the series. The City Watch series is the best set of police procedurals ever written. The emotional realism and detail is beyond compare despite the fact that the aforementioned watch consists, in addition to humans, of dwarves, trolls, golems, vampires, werewolves, a Nac Mac Feegle and at least one Igor. The way the series speaks to a contemporary reader on the subjects of fairness, violence, politics, power and poverty is augmented by the milieu and casts of characters. There is, in a very real way, very little difference between law enforcement in London or New York and that in Ankh-Morpork. Immigrants, the rich, criminals and the very many people who actually work for a damned living make the story line, the series and this book just fucking great, in a way a great work of art that is loved and not merely appreciated always does. It is far from incidental that Sam Vimes is a good man, who actually actively wrestles with his consciousness, who is aware of the life he lives and what he means in it and who loves his wife. The morality of Vimes is earned, and therefore never smug or contrived. Sam Vimes is one of those characters you wish you could meet and whose existence makes you wish to be better, braver, smarter, funnier, tougher and more moral.

  • Marian Allen
    2018-11-29 23:59

    Every author has the right to produce the book he or she has inside. It doesn't have to meet reader expectations or desires. What disappoints one reader will delight another. The only responsibility a writer has is to the work.Other Terry Pratchett fans have told me that SNUFF is wonderful; they loved it.I can't argue with that. All I can say is, if the rating is based on whether or not I, me, myself liked the book, the answer is no. I didn't.Is Pratchett's signature sideways humor almost totally missing from this book, or am I so used to it, it doesn't strike me sideways anymore? Is he writing (perhaps understandably) darker these days?I used to read Pratchett for escape. SNUFF is dark enough to be a news broadcast.Mr. Pratchett doesn't owe me a vacation. I'm not claiming that he does. This book might be your cup of tea. It wasn't mine.

  • YouKneeK
    2018-12-03 02:41

    Snuff was the 8th and final novel in the Watch subseries of Discworld. Vimes reluctantly goes off on a “vacation” to the country with his family. His impressions of the country, having spent all his life in the city of Ankh-Morpork, are amusing, and naturally he manages to find a mystery to solve which leads to very little relaxation.I enjoyed the book, but I had hoped it might be more of an ensemble story. This was mostly a Vimes story and there was very, very little page time given to the other members of the Watch or any of the other Ankh-Morpork characters. It was still entertaining though, and it made a couple of boring flights seem to pass more quickly.

  • Michael
    2018-11-15 01:51

    With the news of Terry Pratchett's declining health, it feels as if each new Discworld novel could be his last. It also made you want to savor each entry a bit more. Unfortunately, the last couple of entries haven't been quite among Pratchett's best. Thankfully, Snuff is a return to form for Pratchett and while I hope we get more, if this is the last Discworld entry we get, it will be a solid, entertaining high note for the series to go out on. As I've said in other Pratchett reviews, Pratchett makes looking witty, funny and satirical look easy when he's on the top of his game. And he does that hear. The story of Sam Vines being forced to take a vacation to the countryside with his wife only to find a foul plot unfolding there is well done and keeps the story moving. Part of what makes it work is the constant running gag of how husbands have to defer to their wives on whether they enjoy consuming certain things like bacon, cigars and other products that may shorten the lifespan but are still eminently enjoyable. Add in a bit of social commentary and you've got the makings of one of the better Discworld novels in recent memory.

  • Chris
    2018-12-06 21:53

    Terry Pratchett is, perhaps, the world's best humanist. Terry Pratchett should also win the Nobel and Booker prizes, but odds are, he never will.But at least, the Queen as knighted him.Snuff is Pratchett's latest novel, an installment in the Discworld, and features Sam Vimes, Pratchett's everyman copper hero and one of his alter-egos. Forced to go on vaccation at his wife's estate, Sam discovers there has been a murder.And any follower of the Discworld knows what that means.Snuff is more in the tradition of Small Gods and Night Watch. In other words, it is a more serious Discworld novel with the message heavily at the forefront. It is also a darker Discworld novel and far better than Small Gods. Like all Discworld works, Pratchett refers to other standards of literautre - (Mr Pratchett, Sir Terry, I'm really sorry, but I do think some of what you write is literature) - in particular Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park, but being Pratchett he puts his own twists on things.Oh, and besides the murder, Vimes (calling him Sam just feels wrong) has to deal with son, Young Sam, who is in the poo stage of life - and he really wants elephant poo because it goes dung.Pratchett's genius, his absolutely bloody genius, is his ability to deal not only in the commonplace but to make it's absurdities magical and to do so in such a way that as you are cracking up you are nodding your head.In many ways, Pratchett's characters are the most refreshing normal characters you will ever meet, even if they include a werewolf and a hero who thinks he is a dwarf. They are human, with the possible exceptation of Nobby. Vimes, for instance, is a carinig husband and father, and it is so nice to see a police officer or any central character for that matter, have one. Sybil has a large support role, and it is always nice to see Sybil and Sam work together.It's true that the pacing is a little slow in the beginning and towards the end. Yet in some ways, the story seems to call for that (like say the ending of The Return of the King).Let me say, in this pre-presidential year, Ventarai for President. VP could be Vimes or Sybil. Wilkins could be head of the CIA, FBI, and Secret Service. He is so efficient.This book is a fine journey, a look at humanity with a well loved author and the friends that he has gifted the world with. If you haven't visited any of Pratchett's books, go and visit them now.That's a command.Mr, Sir, Pratchett, I'm not on the Booker or Nobel comittees. I don't have enough money to start a real prize. I, however, hereby award you the Lifetime Achivement Award for Writing also known as The Golden Banana Daiquiri.

  • Erastes
    2018-11-16 05:03

    about ¾ of the way through and enjoying myself immensely. You'd have to be a real Sam Vimes fan I think though to truly "get" the book and to enjoy it as much as I am, it's classic Vimes and it shines a light on him away from Ankh and his job there. I know he's been away before, to Uberwald--but he was on official business at the time and here he's acting under his own steam even though he's justifying it! :DWillikins is brilliant, as is Sybil as ever and Young Sam is exactly how he should be--that one has a career as Ankh-Morpork's Sherlock in a few years - he's a copper to his boots and has a much more inquiring mind. Vimes wants to know whodunnit, but Sam wants to know - yes, and what was the rope made of that helped dunnit? More when I've finished!==================Ok - I've finished, and I've knocked a star off, because...Well, that was… interesting.90% of the book was wonderful. There was so much to love: Sam, of course, not realising until right at the end that he’d been micro managed—AS USUAL, by Vetinari with a big dollop of help from Sybil, Sam’s darkness and his real fear that it might take over, The Summoning Dark and the way it may—or may not—be living with Sam. Young Sam is just glorious and he made me tear up once or twice, he’s a copper (or will possibly be, as essayel pointed out) Ankh’s Sherlock in years to come) to his boots. He’s going to have an Interesting Life, that’s for sure. Lesbian couples, “the poo lady,” marvellous snobby country people and honest country folk… so much to love.But…I felt that part of the book was simply MISSING. There is so much that is introduced and then left up in the air that all the way through I was expecting an explanation, and simply never got it. This isn’t like Pratchett, he doesn’t always expound everything about a people—we’ve learned much about trolls and dwarves and other races over the course of the books, but generally we are told What We Need To Know At the Time. And I didn’t feel that we were told all we needed to know about the Goblins. I EXPECT a mystery and a half with Pratchett, things are usually vague in the beginning (like, for example in Hogfather where we are gradually given glimpses of events happening but much doesn’t make sense until after the Tooth Fairy's house is breached.) But there are things in Snuff that are simply never explained—other than “oh that’s Goblin Magic” or something.I didn’t understand the correlation between smuggling Troll Drugs and tobacco and Goblin pots – unless the pot was put into the tobacco as a desperate measure like a message in a bottle? But then if that was the case, how did they think that they’d be found?And I found the ending part to be—odd. Rushed, and that’s not something I’ve accused Pratchett of before. I didn’t really get what he and Sybil were doing, and why they had to do them seperately, and as for Vetinari’s last talk with Vimes, it was SO Out of Character it seemed to be written by someone else.I guess I’ll have to read it again, just in case i’m being incredibly dim.

  • Lightreads
    2018-11-15 02:06

    Yeah, so I’m always excited to get a new Discworld, and particularly a new Vimes. But…So it’s about Vimes going on vacation, which for him means foiling a goblin trafficking ring. And I think I like Pratchett better when he’s making fun of systems and institutions – the Death books, Making Money etc. Because sometimes he winds up and he pitches at some great evil, and I have to cover my eyes for a little bit. I had a lot of problems with this one, most of which boil down to how the book wasn’t actually all that sure that the people being enslaved deserved consideration and compassion. It thought it was sure, and Vimes carried the banner pretty damn well. But the shape of it, the rhetorical flourishes . . . like, just one thing, we had to have a goblin musical prodigy, you see, because if a goblin can play the most complex of human classical music, well then, goblins might actually be people. And the book sort of knew it was playing with the ways we define who gets – let’s call them sentient rights – and who doesn’t. There’s this great scene at the end where Vimes and Vetinari talk at each other about trafficking, one from a natural law stance and one from a positivist stance, and it’s painful and sharp, because Vetinari is saying ‘no, no it was not a crime, and it can’t be until we pass this law making it a crime,’ and Vimes is saying helplessly, ‘no, but, it’s just wrong.’ But there are many many big and small ways that this book was . . . participating in the rhetorical game playing over who goes into what category, and how, and why. It didn't own its own shit, not nearly enough. And it was uncomfortable. Anyway. Still a really good book, and Sam Vimes still basically owns me. And his kid is awesome. But. Uncomfortable.

  • jersey9000
    2018-12-05 05:58

    This book made me sad. Which isn't to say it's a bad book, or a sad book (it is still reasonably funny)- but it made me aware that this is the end of the road for Discworld, or getting very close to it. When he announced some years back that he had begun to suffer from Alzheimer's, I'm sure I wasn't along in dreading the day when the awesome books would stop, when we would have to say goodbye to Discworld. The last book (Unseen Academicals) was not one of the strongest, but still pretty good. This one, though, feels like it was written by someone else- the tone is so different from the others.It feels like someone else wrote this based on his notes and under his supervision. Vimes, the main character, comes off as a parody of himself, and there is far more cursing and profanity in this one than in the previous 38 books (38!) combined, which is why I suspect there was a ghost writer involved in this. To be clear, this is not a badly written book- far from it, and I think Discworld fans will still enjoy it, even though it's essentially a Sylvester Stallone movie starring Sam Vimes, but it's not the same as the others. I grew up with these books, started reading them when I was 10, and it's a bummer to realize that a cherished part of your life (and a very influential one, at that- most of my writing is based on doing my best to rip him off, hahaha) could be drawing to a close. He is one of the authors that convinced me to read in the first place, and then later on, to write. Thank you for all you've done, Mr. Pratchett.

  • Kathleen
    2018-12-13 04:58

    3.5 stars. An enjoyable enough read, but not without it's problems: At times, it felt too pat. Vimes is too powerful, too famous, and just too glorious. It wasn't enough to be a Duke? And despite his street-gang portrayal in Thud!, Willikins is too dangerous, especially compared to his cherubic characterization in Men at Arms and Jingo. The ending is too happy, wrapped up in a bow. Vimes and Sybil get naked a few times (never happened before, not even when begetting an heir) and the Pride and Prejudice scenes felt totally out of place, like a peg from a round-world hole. Finally, I found myself a bit grossed out on the repeated focus on snot and poo. But quibbles aside, still a good read!Goblins. Regarded as vermin, the cave dwellers are fair game in The Shires. Butcher them, stuff them, snare them, enslave them -- whatever you like. But Commander Vimes has a problem with that..."... because once the goblins are vermin, then the poor are vermin, and the dwarfs are vermin, and the trolls are vermin. She wasn't vermin, and she pleaded not to die!" In the Shires, it's open season on goblins—women and children included. When Vimes stumbles across this hideous but accepted practice he won't stop till he burns the house down. Or burns something. And his wife Sybil won't stop till she changes the world for goblins, one "note" at a time. It's melodic, how Sam and Sybil work in harmony, with the ever-resourceful Willikins adding percussion. As we've seen in the entire series, Pratchett continues to weave a theme of tolerance for all species: "And Nobby, if you see a goblin who stinks like a latrine and glows slightly blue, well that's a ______ and don't you forget it!"(Stinky, created by Paul Kidby)What to know more? Setting & General Plot (no spoilers):As the book opens, the commander of the City Watch is forced to take a vacation. Thus, the Duke and Duchess of Ankh (Sam and Sybil) take 6-yr-old Sam to Crundells, otherwise known as Ramkin Hall, the seldom-visited country estate of the Ramkin family — complete with farms, tavern, smithy, trout stream, gallows hill, goblin caves, etc. This is The Shires, located north of Quirm, in the Sto Plains countryside, on the banks of the River Quire ("Old Treachery"). While this bucolic location is appealing to Sybil, it's appalling to Sam. But a nice long break could be good — Sam might finally learn the difference between a robin and a warbler. Certainly, he comes to enjoy spending time navigating along Old Treachery aboard The Wonderful Fanny. He even meets up with Wee Mad Arthur!Hoping for something interesting to do in the sleepy Shires, Vimes soon gets his wish. He uncovers a brooding evil (bad bad stuff) and is confronted by a raw police recruit named Constable Feenie Upshot, who takes orders from the local magistrates. Vimes immediately sets out to solve the case (several intertwined crimes, actually) with help from the amazing Willikins and a very young Constable Feenie. He shows Feenie what it really means to be a copper, what the law is, and the nature of human — and nonhuman — rights. The young constable may be wet behind the ears, but he manages to impress and surprise old Vimes. There's plenty of action in the country, to Sam's surprise. He may be getting on in years, but this street fighter doesn't know that! Meanwhile, events in Ankh-Morpork move on a roughly parallel course, eventually intersecting with events in the Shires and in Howondaland, a foreign country to the south of Klatch.Throughout Snuff, Sam Vimes ponders his intimacy with "The Summoning Dark" (an entity we first met in THUD). Meanwhile, young Sam ponders the nature of poo. He's six, what else would he do?Quibbles:The beginning (with Lord Vetinari and Drumknott) didn't have the spirit of Pratchett's previous books, but felt rather like an info dump. The characterization of Willikins does not hold true to his earliest portrayals, including his naïveté in Jingo. Sometimes, I weary of Pratchett's brand of humor. So many puns. Also, sometimes he gets a bit preachy or teachy, especially about justice, social equity, the law, and the price of bread. But I love his way with parody, punnery, and satire, in acceptable amounts.4 solid stars for Snuff. I posted a 15-question quiz for this book (some clues herein). I listened to the Audible version, narrated nicely by Stephen Briggs. Snuff is the latest (and probably last) addition to the City Watch series, a subset of The Discworld Series (City Watch books listed below, in order)._______________________ Series: Here are the Discworld books about the City Watch and its commander Sam Vimes, in order of publication:Guards! Guards! (1989) Men at Arms (1993)Feet of Clay (1996)Jingo (1997) The Fifth Elephant (1999) Night Watch (2002) Thud (2005) Snuff (2011) (Series links at https://www.goodreads.com/series/1062...)Also, there are some spin-off books on city modernization featuring con-man turned hero, Moist Von Lipvig, and a few characters from the City Watch. I recommend Going Postal which describes the invention and proliferation of postage stamps (loved it) and Making Money, depicting the creation of paper money to replace gold (also very good). Finally, the last book Pratchett wrote for this series is Raising Steam, wherein Moist must make the newly invented locomotive serve Ankh-Morpork and beyond.The Truth is not about Moist Von Lipvig, but it has some City Watch characters, including Lord Vetinari, even though it is not officially part of the City Watch series (whatever that means). This book depicts the invention of a printing press and the subsequent introduction of widespread newspapers into society. Satire deals with the wholesale acceptance of lies when ink-validated. William de Worde (he-he) is the city's first investigative journalist, sleuthing out possible murder and a plot to overthrow Lord Vetinari. Moving Pictures introduces the film industry (Hollywood style) to the eager citizens of Ankh-Morpork and surrounding suburbia. Gaspode the talking dog performs well in this one, with a few City Watch members showing up briefly. This book does not feature Moist Von Lipvig.I just love the City Watch Series and the Moist spin-offs!

  • A Bald Mage** Steve
    2018-11-14 00:53

    I was hooked on these books in the late 1990's and I had to have every book that came out without fail. Unfortunately during the mists of time all the books have merged into one, but I still remember Death and Rincewind to this day and the over top adventures they had. But I have to admit my favourite novels were the ones that contain the city watch and the adventures of Sam Vimes, these novels still to this day stick out as the best of the series, but I never really got on with the books that featured the witches. But overall, with so many books this review is for them all and I will rate each book accordingly.Here is my collection, dusty and a little bit tatty but I still have them all!!

  • Siria
    2018-12-13 04:09

    I didn't not enjoy Snuff, but I wonder if perhaps this will be the last Discworld novel I read. I've been reading Pratchett's work when I was eight years old and was first given a copy of Witches Abroad, and have long loved them for how smart they are; for the layers of meaning and historical allusions and the carefully crafted, intricate plots that were always, at their core, about what it is to be human. Snuff read like an average fanfic—a good attempt at the old Pratchett voice, but missing that flair, that fierce intelligence, those turns of phrase that catch you by surprise and make you laugh out loud. I'm no physician, so I can in no way venture a guess as to whether it's a symptom of Pratchett's Alzheimer's, but I was reminded of the diagnosis over and over as I read. Vimes had no foil to be clever at, there were no puns or witty, offhand references, and frankly if this were a piece of fanfiction, I would say that both Vetinari and Willikins are out of character. Willikins was always Jeeves-as-assassin; he's far too chatty and convivial here, and I think there's the same issue with Vetinari. For all that it's readable, Snuff is also a sad book for me in many ways.

  • Heidi Cullinan
    2018-12-12 02:44

    Shortly after finishing this book, I took a nap, and as I drifted off I had the thought that if I ever met Sir Terry, I very probably would fall to my knees and start crying and other things that would embarrass us both. The truth is, if we're lucky each of us finds a writer who speaks to our souls and makes our entire being and parts we didn't even know reverberate with something that to describe it as "joy" is a ridiculous understatement. If I were Sir Terry, I would probably describe it as a twang and surround it with descriptors both profound and giggle-inducing at once. Because that, in essence, is Sir Terry Pratchett, may the gods bless his soul.I've said before and will hold Snuff up as further evidence that Pratchett is the Shakespeare of our time, borrowing from here there and everywhere, pinning human nature to the wall and freeing it at once, and never letting a pun go by without a quick flirt and a kiss. Probably this book is best read after having digested the other Vimes books, but maybe not. Thankfully, I'm so versed in Watch books I forget which bit happened in what book because they're just all part of my internal memory now, real people in a real place doing real things. Snuff reminded me of Thud! and not just because of the Summoning Dark; once again Sir Terry took us on a journey of social prejudice while at the same time exploring the never-ending depths of Vimes both as the wonderfulness of Vimes and of good men and humanity in general. I think I prefer Snuff only slightly and because of the Goblins. Leave it to Pratchett to emotionally align you with people who smell like latrines and to once again reveal humans to be both wonderful and hideous at the same time.Perhaps my favorite part of this book, though, was that unlike every book Sir Terry has published since his diagnosis of Alzheimer's, it didn't feel like a goodbye. It was just another Vimes book, as brilliantly done as any other. And by god, I hope any idiot prattering yet again about "I can tell he's sick" gets a visit from Wilikins and his comb. (In double-checking the spelling of that on Google, I see that Rob Wilkins is Sir Terry's real life PA. I did get tears, sap that I am.) Yes, I know that my very favorite writer in the world who has taught me more about writing and story and life than anyone alive or dead, is ill. But like Granny, he aen't dead, and I wish people would quit trying to pluck around him like vultures and diagnose where his disease is getting into his art. Fucking hell -- we are all sick in some way or another, and yes, everything we are and were and shall be influences in our art. That's why they fucking call it art. We take pain and turn it into beauty and stuff that lasts. Tak indeed.Sir Terry, every word you write fills my heart with joy. Selfishly I hope you are able to write many, many more books before Granny holds the door open for you and Death takes you on a walk across the sand. But mostly I hope you are happy and full of the wonder your books give us as much as possible. And I hope you get your wish to meet your end on your terms and not that of your disease.May Anoia keep your drawers sliding freely, and may all your bacon sandwiches be without avec.

  • Emily
    2018-12-10 03:44

    I'm a huge fan of the Discworld and the City Watch books in particular but I didn't care for Snuff as much as I could have -- or should have. Down in my gut I feel Commander Sam Vimes has had a great run but now he's so over-powerful, so unbeatable, and full of so many powerful allies (Vetinari, Lady Sybil, his unstoppable assassin-butler, the demon who lives in his head, every City Watch post ever, etc) he's no longer much of a joy to read. He has no challenge. He has no mountain to climb. The term for this is Mary Sue, and Vimes has become a Mary Sue character. I would have happily rolled with Vimes, Duke of Ankh-Morpork if the book had turned into a commentary on Upstairs-Downstairs like it promised in the beginning, or would have kept to the city and focused on the goblins, or simply had more focus /in general/. Too much was going on and not enough was going on that had focus. We had some Class Warfare AND smuggling AND murderers AND drugs AND poor oppressed goblins whom no one understands AND What Happens to Fred Colon AND Vimes Taking Charge... the book lacked focus and the lack of focus took away from the more interesting action sequences and themes. Oppression bad, yes. But it didn't have the feeling of freeing an oppressed people like, say, Feet of Clay did, even though it was, at its core, the same story. I would have been happier, perhaps with two books: Vimes investigating a MURDER in a Countryside Upstairs-Downstairs and a more focused story about the Goblins. Or something to that effect. Much like Unseen Academicals, Snuff is a long way from being unreadable but I had to force myself to finish it. It didn't grab me the same way Discworld books normally do. It's no "The Times" or "Going Postal." If I had to rank them, Snuff would dwell somewhere in the bottom third. A high point: the continuation of Wee Mad Arthur's education as a Nac Mac Feegle from _I Shall Wear Midnight_. I adore the Feegles and having one who isn't Rob Anybody's crew is always good. Here's hoping PTerry still has a few books left in him -- and if they are City Watch books, they star Carrot and Angua and Cheery and the crew.

  • An Odd1
    2018-12-09 01:43

    "Snuff" (Discworld series 39) by Terry Pratchett has double meanings: extinguish (candle, life) or tobacco to sniff (cause sneeze). Serious issues, humanity and sorcery, are tackled with humor. Commander (and reluctant Lord) Sam Vimes, arrives with family for holiday at his wife Sybil's country estate, and senses evil afoot. Amid son Sam's silly pre-occupation with poo, encouraged by meeting his favorite author Miss Beedle, are base crimes: kidnapping, murder. But the submissive goblin class are treated as vermin, without legal status. Their unggue religion creates beautiful pots to store bodily wastes, even nail-clippings, but not teeth. The power of such preserves is more believable after reading Witches and Magic-makers by Douglas Hill. Photographs from ancient artifacts to present day markets, across the Americas, Africa, Asia, illustrate long-standing and existing beliefs. We may wonder why, but people do accept unreal facts.The writing style is cobwebby complicated and repetitive (to me). After many Discworld books, the author has many details to keep track of and incorporate. I hope the Alzheimer disorder does not worsen and deteriorate the quality, like Agatha Christie's work suffered by her last.Spoilers: Jiminy bar-keeper and retired Colonel Rust try to warn off the newcomer. Sam finds a brutally killed goblin girl, source of copious blood, evidence for the corrupt local council to mislead their village inspector. Young Feeney arrests Sam, who recently publicly vanquished quarrelsome blacksmith Jethro, now vanished. Meanwhile city watchmen Carrot and Angua search suspiciously wealthy cigar factories. Sergeant Colon starts acting goblin-like after he grips and cannot release a miniscule goblin jar in a cigar from Bewilderforce Gumption. Blue Feegle Wee Mad Arthur flies to Howandaland wilderness to investigate reports on mass evacuations of unwilling goblins. Miss Beedle's best student, Tears of the Mushroom, has a heavenly hand at the harp, like the victim did. Lady Sybil can invite movers and shakers to a soiree. Can music change society perception of goblin humanity?

  • Kathleen
    2018-12-10 00:50

    It looks like Ankh-Morpork is going to have to do without City Watch Commander Sir Samuel Vimes for a couple of weeks. Lady Sybil has decided that Young Sam, now an inquisitive six-year-old, needs some fresh country air and healthy outdoor recreation at Ramkin Hall, the family's country estate. It's the last thing that Vimes wants: trees and daffodils and chirping birds and his wife supervising his every meal for two whole weeks. No bacon sandwiches? Some vacation. But Lady Sybil has a way of getting her way, which is how Vimes finds himself rambling around his estate and stopping in at the Goblin's Head for a non-alcoholic pint. Goblin's Head - the quaint country pub with little windows of wavery glass and...is that an actual goblin's head mounted above the bar? Vimes is still not comfortable with his status as the estate owner, and it is obvious that the local blacksmith isn't either. Mutterings and meaningful glares start his copper senses tingling and he realizes there's much more going on than a little working-class discontent. By the next morning the blacksmith is missing, the hillside where Vimes agreed to meet him at midnight is covered in blood, and Vimes finds himself under suspicion of murder. In my opinion Sir Terry Pratchett can do no wrong, and I know that his fans the world over will delight in this 39th novel in the Discworld saga. Wry humor, quirky unforgettable characters, and a plot that hurls itself down the Old Treachery River with the speed of a two-cow barge. (Okay, so maybe faster than that.) Readers will come away even more in love with the dogged determination and conflicted soul of the City Watch's most dedicated policeman. Disclaimer: Advanced Reader eGalley from the publisher keywords: Discworld, goblins, crime, comedy

  • Linda Robinson
    2018-11-25 04:55

    I went home this week twice. Back to Grosse Pte., and back to Discworld. I have an Ankh Morpork passport and a couple of coins and one of these days I'll be going there permanently, but until then I have Snuff to read. Commander Sir Samuel Vimes / His Grace, the Duke of Ankh / Blackboard Monitor Vimes is made to go on holiday to the country with Lady Sybil and Young Sam. It's too quiet, Young Sam takes a forensic interest in country poo, and then there's a lot of blood in the dark on Hangman's Hill. We get all the womping great storytelling Pratchett is master of, in a whodunit with dastardly deeds, musical heroines, most of the Watch, a wild chase scene on a river aptly named Old Treachery and an intriguing new look at Willikins, Vimes' gentleman's gentleman. I love Pratchett's sharp knife of social commentary sheathed in a soft scabbard of high good humor. The laughing here has pointier teeth and more tenderness together, and I like that. There are some of the finest phrases Pratchett has ever written.. "as cold as charity" is one that took my breath away. Now I want to read the whole Discworld series over again just once more.

  • Tana
    2018-11-13 00:49

    Spring, 2011OH MY GOD, just logged on and saw that this finally has cover art.I've been waiting for this book since...well, for a really long time. Not nearly as long as some people, I know, but GOOD LORD this wait might actually be worse than the tension and neuroses that afflicted me while counting down to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.Also, chickens! A lifetimer! VIMES IS ON A SHIP! I'm not really sure what's going on.September 28, 2011Also, to whomever put that quote over there on the side -- the moment I saw the words "Vimes died" I think I actually felt my entire soul shrivel up and blacken and cry inside me. It seems to be some sort of Pratchettian joke, but...oh my God. Yeah, this book is going to be intense.

  • Kaethe
    2018-12-03 02:10

    There are so many levels upon which to enjoy a Pratchett book. There is the everyday functioning of a marriage; the rearing of a child, and the uneasy balance between encouragement and disgust that sometimes entails, as when young Sam becomes engrossed in the study of poo of many animals. Here we also have the tiniest of crimes and the greatest, although interestingly, the greatest is an individual murder, not genocide of a species. One thing I particularly liked: Vimes never loses track of just how culpable the many players are, most especially not the bystanders who turned away.Pratchett never stops questioning what makes a human. I love that.Library copy