Friday, October 7, 2011

Review: Terry Pratchett's Snuff - Discworld #39

Genre: Satire, Fantasy, Police/Detective work

Grade: A+ (gold standard)
Why I picked it up: Because Pratchett is a god of writing and I will blindly read anything he writes, anticipating some daft comedy.

The Story: Terry Pratchett's latest Discworld novel features Sam Vimes forced to visit the family countryside Manor by his wife. Out of his comfort zone of the streets of Ankh Morpork, Vimes sets out to explore the pastoral village with his son, 6 year old Young Sam. 
 Taking the hero into a new location and having a murder happen is a tried and tested plot device (think Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers). This is even better here in Discworld, as the location is just like pastoral England, but with Goblins! He gets mixed up with local magistrates, a one-man constabulary - and wins the day after a chase across caves, land and a wild river; what fun!

I loved the tongue-in-cheek reference to Jane Austen that was sneaked into Sam's meetings with the local populace.
(Read and find out!) 
I'd recommend this to:  Everyone!
Please remember, you can read this series out of order - don't be intimidated by the sheer number of books in Discworld!
Digital galley received courtesy of NetGalley & Harper Collins Publishers. 
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  1. Thanks for the review! :) I can't wait to read this one.

  2. Still not a Pratchett fan, I'm afraid. Everyone tells me that his head-hopping POV style straightened out in later books...for me, damage done.


  3. Lori - I think I avoided that by not reading the books in order, and I still dont LOVE the first few...
    Why not just pick a random book in the series to try out? :)

    G Eagle - We never did our Terry P month!

  4. I am mind-boggled by the existence of a reader who can't handle multiple points of view. How sadly limiting. Virtually all fiction has multiple points of view, and refusing to read them means missing out on some of the very best work.


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