|It's a game of Trolls and Dwarfs where the player must take both sides to win ... It's the noise a troll club makes when crushing in a dwarf skull, or when a dwarfish axe cleaves a trollish cranium ... It's the unsettling sound of history about to repeat itself ... THUD! It's the most extraordinary, outrageous, provocative, insightful, and keenly cutting flight of fancy yet from Discworld's incomparable supreme creator ... Terry Pratchett Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch admits he may not be the sharpest knife in the cutlery drawer-he might not even be a spoon. But he's dogged and honest and he'll be damned if he lets anyone disturb his city's always-tentative peace-and that includes a rabble-rousing dwarf from the sticks (or deep beneath them) who's been stirring up big trouble on the eve of the anniversary of one of Discworld's most infamous historical events. Centuries earlier, in a gods-forsaken hellhole called Koom Valley, a horde of trolls met a division of dwarfs in bloody combat. Though nobody's quite sure why they fought or who actually won, hundreds of years on each species still bears the cultural scars, and one views the other with simmering animosity and distrust. Lately, an influential dwarf, Grag Hamcrusher, has been fomenting unrest among Ankh-Morpork's more diminutive citizens with incendiary speeches. And it doesn't help matters when the pint-size provocateur is discovered beaten to death ... with a troll club lying conveniently nearby. Vimes knows the well-being of his smoldering city depends on his ability to solve the Hamcrusher homicide without delay. (Vimes's secondmost-pressing responsibility, in fact, next to being home every evening at six sharp to read Where's My Cow? to Young Sam.) Whatever it takes to unstick this very sticky situation, Vimes will do it-even tolerate having a vampire in the Watch. But there's more than one corpse waiting for him in the eerie, summoning darkness of the vast, labyrinthine mine network the dwarfs have been excavating in secret beneath Ankh-Morpork's streets. A deadly puzzle is pulling Sam Vimes deep into the muck and mire of superstition, hatred, and fear-and perhaps all the way to Koom Valley itself.|
|Number Of Pages||384 pages|
|Series||Discworld Novels Ser.|
|LC Classification Number||PR6066.R34T49 2005|
|!Funny, poignant, complicated and character-driven."|
"A delight from beginning to end."
"As always, Pratchett's latest Discworld yarn is funny, fast-paced, the kind of satire that explores serious issues while making readers love it."
"Imgenious, brilliant and hilarious."
"One of the darker Discworld tales, [THUD!] does not disappoint."
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Terry Pratchett's "Discworld" is fantasy literature dragged "kicking and screaming into the century of the fruitbat," with a large dose of irony thrown in for seasoning.
This novel features Commander Sam Vimes (head of Ankh Morpork's City Watch), one of my favorite Pratchett characters, and further fleshes out the history and topography of the Discworld. It's funny, but funny with a message. Like "Jingo" and "The Fifth Element," "Thud!" is a great commentary on human behavior and foibles, ridculing prejudice wherever it occurs, and teaching lessons on tolerance, loyalty, and commitment, but, as usual, with a large dose of cynicism, and even a children's story ("Where's My Cow?").
The story is well paced. The characters, as usual, are well drawn, and the humor mixed in with drama and a rather decent dectective story. The usual folks are present -- Captain Carrot, Lord Vetinari, Sgt. Angua (a werewolf), Detritus (a troll member of the City Watch), and of course, Nobby and Colon.
Commander Vimes is forced to rethink a lot of his assumptions about trolls, dwarfs, vampires, and the meaning of justice.
This is a great read and well worth reading more than once. If youc an, I would suggest picking up the audio book version of this as read by Stephen Briggs as well.
Long live the Discworld.
My all time knock down tied up favourite writer. This man can make the mundane seem magickal and the magickal seem downright achievable! I haven't read a book by him that I could actually put down until I had read it cover to cover...and some of them are way too heavy to hold that long....I even went to see the play Guards! Guards! many, many years ago in England, and I laughed my socks off! Mr Pratchett is indeed responsible for the increase in sock sales in whichever locale I reside.
Maybe I should send him the bill?
Anyone with a brain and sense of humour, or who is in the market for such, should buy, read and reread until you get all of the subtleties captured in print from this author. The physics of the universe and the magic of the spheres depends upon it.
Terry Pratchett is one of the most gifted writiers of our time--but unlike some authors, you actually enjoy his books!! This one parodies the Da Vinci code by requiring assorted dwarves, werewolves, and vampires to solve a murder by studing a painting of The Battle of Koom Valley. He also manages to mock role playing games, Lord of The Rings, and a dozen other popular references.If you don't catch the intended references, the characters and story are interesting enough to keep reading. Read this one!!
This newest, Terry Pratchett, book revisits the underlying causes of Troll/Dwarf emnity and takes it to a new humorous level. Loved it!!!
I read this book when it first came out. It was in fact the first book I had read by terry pratchett. I have since read the entire discworld collection. They are all fantastic, although Thud will always be my favorite. I fell in love with the characters, and the story. I would definitely recommend it to anyone trying terry pratchett for the first time, but you'll definitely get hooked!!