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“Wow. Just... wow. This was my least favorite Discworld novel, even worse than Monstrous Regiment. I make allowances for the author because the poor guy has Alzheimer's, but I just wish he could have someone, I don't know, co write with him or something. Or at least edit the book, and stop him...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Touching, well-written and well-worth the wait. ”Odeena S wrote this review Sunday, September 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Insights into country living, with added moider.”Nick Harris wrote this review Sunday, August 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“great funny and intising a must read for anyone who has read the Diskworld saga this is one you cant miss”Marcus Breathnach wrote this review Wednesday, June 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Midsummer murders Pratchett style! great if your a fan of sir Terry or the detective novel genre.”Peter Sallis-Smith wrote this review Monday, May 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good Discworld book.”CuriousGIS wrote this review Tuesday, April 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I just never really got into the story. Even by the end I didn't particularly have much interest in what was happening and I'd have struggled even straight afterwards to summarise the plot. My favourite thing about the book after I've struggled through it is still the cover, which is a shame really. It's not vintage Terry Pratchett that's for sure - although all the right elements are there it never really gelled together in any kind of satisfactory way for me.”David Gibson wrote this review Monday, April 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Brilliant! One of Terry Pratchett's best - highly recommended!”Technophobe01 wrote this review Sunday, March 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“As for my comments on Thud. I saw this at Exclusive Books at the airport on the way to CT, and bought it on the Kindle. It was finished before the week was over”Andrew wrote this review Sunday, March 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Commander Vimes is being sent on vacation. To the country.
For this workaholic police commander, the news can't get much worse. Leave the city? Stop working? And most devastating is that this is Sybil's country mansion, leaving Vimes to act as befits a Duke to staff and visitors alike.
But what Vimes can't get away from is himself---the eyes that spot the little details, the mind that turns over every word or act for hints of a crime, the reputation that sets people for or against him before he's even met them. And soon enough, he's found enough crime to rival any day in the city.
This is, on the whole, an excellent continuation of the Discworld series. Vimes on vacation is comically tragic as the born-and-bred city boy suddenly confronts nature, and his natural paranoia combined with the number of things he doesn't know keeps him on his toes.
Although the humor was, in large part, equally good, it also felt very uneven. The middle of the book is stuffed with the character-driven jokes and cultural skewers that make reading Pratchett's books so much fun. But the bracketing portions particularly rely more on cheap innuendo and one-line jokes that felt more forced than natural. The epilogue feels rather tacked on and the last sentence is a real groaner. And backing up just a tad, Vetinari is unusually chatty and forthcoming at both the beginning and the end, which seems out of character both for his political savvy and his background as an assassin. He's always been the sort to let the gaps say more than the words.
On the whole it's a decent read, although the very beginning and very end were rather lackluster. Like other Discworld books, this one can be read without any prior knowledge of the world or the characters, but longtime fans will see many familiar faces. I rate this book Neutral.”
“I am glad to see that Terry Pratchett has lost none of his wit, even though he is battling Alzheimer's disease. This book takes the venerable Sam Vimes, Duke of Ankh Morpork, Commander of the City Watch and Blackboard Monitor (an old honorific) on a vacation. His wife, Lady Sybil, has told him in no uncertain terms that they are going to the country for a holiday. When the book started, I thought it wouldn't be as good as a typical Discworld book, since they would spend little time in Ankh Morpork. As usual, I was wrong. Sam may be on vacation, but he never really is. He is a copper, through and through, and can smell trouble in the air. He is a Duke and married to a wealthy woman, hence he is the local nob in the Shires (where Sybil has the ancestral home and lands). He is called Your Grace (with all that entails), which is foreign to him, but he makes the best of it. Sam gets entangled in a crime against goblins, who are not thought of as people; they are vermin, according to the laws. Sam disagrees and helps out the local country constable to thwart the bad guys, in a fashion, through all kinds of insanity that makes the Discworld one of the funniest places around. He engages his own Ankh Morpork City Watch and the Quirm City Watch to help track down and arrest the perpetrators. Sam's son, Young Sam, is fascinated with poo - specifically animal poo. He's read a series of children's books on the subject, and just loves the topic. His collection is growing and he wants to get some elephant poo. Through a wonderful coincidence, as Sam is chasing the bad guys (you have to read the story to figure out who is who), he winds up in Quirm, which has a zoo with some elephants. Young Sam is in heaven. The story doesn't focus on Young Sam, but he is one of the side stories to add to the fun. Even though the bulk of the story takes place in the country, many of the City Watch are in the story, including Nobby, Fred Colon, Captains Carrot and Angua, Sergeant Detritus, Corporal Cheery and Wee Mad Arthur. Lord Vetinari appears at the beginning and end of the story to lend the appropriate gravitas to the proceedings. Needless to say, the good guys get the bad guys and all is right again in the Disc, or as right as things could be. There is nothing better than a Discworld book to brighten ones day and realize that things could be much worse.”Ron Arden wrote this review Monday, March 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No