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S 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 forgivenBut not uite al. 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 uite 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 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 uite 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 adeuate 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 PS 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

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Snuff By Terry Pratchett

SeAnd 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 terrible than murderHe is out of his jurisdiction out of hi. I m going out on a limb here and say that Sam Vimes is one of my favorite literary charactersAnd 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 OgNo 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 topPratchett 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 uniue protagonistVimes 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 isPratchett 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 againMeanwhile 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 ualities and deserve than they ve been given so far And Vimes is of course leading the charge for greater eualityActually one of his serious works this still made me smile freuently and I liked it immensely

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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 corp. 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 knighthoodSnuff 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 goodThe 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 idyllAlong 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 critiue It s not unusual for Pratchett to hold the Discworld up as a mirror in which he can satirise everything from the iniuitous to innocuous in our own world In Snuff the critiue is perhaps 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 about how the goblins bottle a lifetime s supply of snotThe 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 youFans 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


10 thoughts on “Snuff By Terry Pratchett

  1. says:

    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 knighthoodSnuff is Sir Terry Pratchett’s

  2. says:

    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 uestions 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 thoughtfu

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    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

  4. says:

    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 threeuarters of a carat It's easily worth five stars I was often amused occasionally teary eyed and never bored

  5. says:

    I reckoned that if I let them give me enough titles I'd eventually get one I could live withSamuel Vimes has lived to suffer the greatest possible indignity It is cruel and unfair and nobody seems to want to move

  6. says:

    I’m going out on a limb here and say that Sam Vimes is one of my favorite literary charactersAnd 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 OgNo I’m going all in Tolkien’s Gandalf Harper Lee’s Atti

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    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 annoy

  8. says:

    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 havi

  9. says:

    Re read 082920Reading this in the light of race relations is rather enlightening It's a gentle treatment on simply learning to treat people like PEOPLE in the end but this is a very GOOD thingSo honestly? I was sad enthusias

  10. says:

    This is the last adventure featuring Sam Vimes in the series And boy did Pratchett make it a good oneLord Vetinari is of the opinion that Vim

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