Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Snuff by Terry Pratchett

Rating: 4 out of 5 chocolates


"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 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..." excerpt from goodreads.com



Oh Mr. Pratchett, you never disappoint. Combined with the fact that Sam Vimes is my favourite character from Discworld then we have one very happy Toni. Commander Vimes' detective skills are put to the test in this book, and boy what a ride it is. From the quiet country side, bar brawls, pitch black goblin caves and one hell of a trip down river with chickens, Snuff is one hell of a read. It also raises issues on prejudice and discrimination (against goblins... but we can all dig a little deeper, yes?), which is always good, but I felt that it put a dampener on the story as it suddenly got a little too dark in some parts. However, it's still packed with Pratchett's usual comical punches that will have you chuckling quietly to yourself. Or laughing out loud in public at a cafe, as some of us have experienced...


Yes, quite a few worried glances were cast my way, if you must know. But hey, I enjoyed the book, so who gives a flying fig what they think?

2 comments:

  1. I've heard other reviewers say that this book is a bit dark too. Great review though, this book is definitely going on my Christmas list!

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  2. Sounds good! I love Terry Pratchett and the Discworld series(:

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