Snuff

Snuff

[a Discworld Novel]

Large Print - 2011
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It is acknowledged that a policeman on holiday will hardly have time to open his suitcase before he finds his first corpse, but for Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch it is not just a mere body in the wardrobe. Rather, many, many bodies and where there is a crime there must be a chase.
Publisher: Leicester : Charnwood, c2011.
ISBN: 9781444811599
Branch Call Number: LPE SCIENCE FICTION PRA

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KarenAmannTalerico
Aug 24, 2015

Terry Pratchett has done it again. I think this book worlds better if you have read several of the Commander Vimes book first. It is clear to see there is some diminution of his writing as Alzheimer's disease progressed until his death earlier this year. It is still one very good book and could be used in classrooms to discuss prejudice in a way that removes it one from the personal experiences of individuals. It's still a 4 stars in my mind. This book could also makes a wonderful vacation read for the whole family.

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Eosos
Apr 01, 2015

I just didn’t find this story very funny. Maybe it’s just not possible to satirize racism and racists yet, the subject matter being still so sensitive and disturbing. There is no doubt that much of that subject is ridiculous (as in why does it still exist and why does it matter what anyone looks like) and maybe it would be more laughable if it weren’t still so prevalent. I admire the authors attempt to but I don’t think it was completely successful.

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gbjgaudet
Oct 18, 2014

Pratchett drollery never fails to charm me.

He's written better, but even so I'm happy to rate this outing at a solid 4 and a pinch more.

How regrettable that he's been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and the Vimes/Ankh-Morpork/dwarves/golems parade must peter out.

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Evilida
Sep 15, 2013

The last few Discworld novels have felt a little dry to me. I don't think I laughed once. Some of Pratchett's spark seems to have disappeared as technology replaces magic in the Discworld. Stalwart Commander Vimes doesn't have any of the endearing quirkiness of earlier magical heroes such as Rincewind or Margrat.

Terry Pratchett never adequately disguises the didactic nature of this book: toleration and respect for all peoples is a commendable lesson but I just don't feel that I need to be beaten over the head with that message.

I hope this slump ends soon.

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yonah952
Jun 22, 2013

As always, I love Vimes, so this book was wonderful. Adding in a new species to liberate was a nice touch, and I really liked the characterizations of the goblins. I enjoyed familial and social tensions, although the Ankh-Morpork city Watch was mostly absent and their presence was missed. It was a bit too much like every other Vimes book, but I love them, so it was still wonderful.

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andreareads
Apr 13, 2013

Humour is a personal thing, and it took me a little while to get into the Discworld series, but I've been hooked ever since. This is a Sam Vimes book, so if you want to follow his storyline from the beginning, start with Guards! Guards!

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jbetzzall
Jul 28, 2012

Commander Vimes experiences considerable tension between his new, upper-class position and his highly egalitarian values. While there's plenty of action and a little commentary on feminism within the family, this tension is strongly embodied in current real-life social affairs (viz. similar tensions within the Occupy movement). Very valuable reading for those who have eyes to see the connections!

theEternalNewb May 29, 2012

The latest book in the City Watch line of Discworld. Even on vacation, Vimes is getting in trouble, and solving it for others. I really love Pratchett's work, and it's good to see that even with his failing health, he can still write quality books.

tmb83 May 22, 2012

Sam Vimes goes on vacation, gets bored, and saves a civilization as well as inspiring Pride and Prejudice.

crdonnelly Apr 04, 2012

This is an excellent and thought-provoking book, though not Pratchett's best. He left some plot elements and some ideas hanging. But he stirred up enough to make the book more than worthwhile.

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andreareads
Apr 13, 2013

There was always paperwork. It is well known that any drive to reduce paperwork only results in extra paperwork.

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andreareads
Apr 13, 2013

werewolves were only vampires who couldn’t fly, when you got right down to it

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andreareads
Apr 13, 2013

Well, we live and learn, Vimes thought, or perhaps more importantly, we learn and live.

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andreareads
Apr 13, 2013

It was a leap in the dark, but, hell, he had leapt so often that the dark was a trampoline.

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andreareads
Apr 13, 2013

Mr. Gumption was suffering from the illusion that many people have that policemen don’t see people lying all the time . . .

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andreareads
Apr 13, 2013

He had slept the sleep of the dead except for the bit where bits fall off and you crumble into dust . . .

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andreareads
Apr 13, 2013

The chief sub-editor of the _Ankh-Morpork Times_ really _hated_ poetry. He was a plain man and had devoted a large part of his career to keeping it out of his paper. But they were a cunning bunch, poets, and could sneak it up on you when your back was turned.

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theEternalNewb May 29, 2012

theEternalNewb thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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theEternalNewb May 29, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Description of a natural disaster as it happens.

theEternalNewb May 29, 2012

Violence: Depictions of slavery, a mass murderer, and mob rule.

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