Terry Pratchett's most recent novel to take readers to Discworld (that
flat planet, carried on the backs of four gigantic elephants, who in turn
stand upon the shell of solar-system-sized turtle with huge flippers, who
slowly swims through space, dragging the hapless Discworldites along for
the ride) is "Thud!" (That is the sound a troll war club makes when it
comes in contact with...well, just about anything). This is another in
the 'City Watch' series, in which Sam Vimes, Commander of the
Ankh-Morpork City Watch, once again pits his wits (although he admits
that he is not the sharpest knife in the cutlery drawer--he might not
even be a spoon) against ghastly murder, suspenseful intrigue, and
When a politically high level dwarf is murdered, the only suspect is a
troll (the two races have been traditional enemies for thousands of
years), but is it a frame up; poorly staged to instigate a renewed war
between dwarf and troll, as the anniversary of a deadly and bloody battle
between the two races draws near? It is up to Sam Vimes and his...well,
colorful watch members to discover the answer, before more blood is shed.
Now this may sound like a 'run of the mill' type fantasy story, but
Pratchett takes it *Much* further than that. Not only does Vimes have
both dwarf and troll constables on the force (who tend to sometimes want
to bash each other over the head, when no one is looking too closely),
there is also a zombie, a werewolf, and a new member of the force--a
vampire. But she isn't of the blood sucking variety; she's a 'Black
Ribboner.' This is a vampire who has sworn off drinking blood--well,
human blood at any rate--so it's all right to be around them at night.
Well, maybe. The werewolf and vampire team up on this investigation, but
it turns out the species hate each other (see the movie, "Underworld").
Well, perhaps not to that extent, but they certainly would rather not be
stuck underground in a dark, dwarf mine with each other, which is exactly
where they end up, searching for clues to a killer.
Aside from being another laugh-out-loud funny romp through the many
twists and turns one always finds on Discworld, this is a quality fantasy
story (as are all of his books), which may be enjoyed as being a fine
mystery novel, as well.
Again, if you have never picked up one of Terry Pratchett's many books,
you owe it to yourself to do so. You will not be disappointed.