“I'm tempted to only give this one 3.5 stars. However, I have to allow for the fact that I've become fairly tired with the story because I was just in a play adaptation of it. It was funny, certainly, but not as laugh-out-loud as many of these books are. Decent, but not one of the best of Pratchett's work.”B B wrote this review Tuesday, May 26, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I've read this book at least three times, probably more like four or five. I just love this set of characters in Pratchett's Discworld. His Grace, His Excenllency, Sir Samuel Vimes, Duke of Ankh-Morpork is sent on a diplomatic mission by Lord Vetinari to be present at the coronation of the Dwarf's Low King. Of course, wherever a copper goes, crime follows, and Vimes can't help but also be Commander Vimes of the city watch.
This is a quick paced mystery set in the vast reaches of Uberwald where vampires, werewolves, and dwarfs rule by the Lore, and law plays little to no part in politics.
I love this series. In this book the relationship between Carrot (possible heir to the thrown) and Angua (resident Watch werewolf) is given a new dimension, and Vimes and Sybil are discovering the joys of marriage and family.
I love these characters like they were my own family. These are the books I turn to when I'm having a bad day, or I need to familiarity of people who I love surrounding me. It's silly, very funny, quick, and a great mystery. If you like fantasy and great British humor, check them out.”
“very funny”Christine w wrote this review Monday, April 20, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A very strange, yet funny book. This what my first Pratchett novel, and I've currently read 2 more so I suppose the book was a success. It was a fun read, and the wrting style was very good. I obviously havent read his books in any particular order, and I dont think you have to. The title doesnt have much to do with the book. The plot is very complex et not too hard to follow. One of my favorites.”Gabe wrote this review Friday, February 20, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Shows the mean side of Carrot that you never suspected...”Rachel P wrote this review Thursday, January 8, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is my favorite of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch series of Discworld novels. The gang goes to Ubervald to settle matters regarding the coronation of The Low King, head of state for the dwarves. This means that Cheery Littlebottom is going to catch Hell because she enjoys being a girl (so what if a dwarf wants to wear a little lipstick?), Detritus will catch Hell just for being a troll, Sam Vimes is going to have to take tea with Vetinari's vampire ex-girlfriend, and Angua is going to have to see her family, who, in addition to being werewolves would not feel out of place in 1930s Germany. As if all that weren't bad enough, Sgt Colon has been left in charge back home. Never fear, though, Vimes has a secret weapon: a wife that can wield an iron bar as easily as a tray of canapes, all while belting out an aria or two. Not only is Vimes himself at the top of his form, but this story gives attention to just about everyone in the Watch, particularly the women. I have to have read it at least six times. ”Rudy R wrote this review Sunday, July 13, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great novel. This is my 9th Discworld novel, but the first ti feature Sam Vimes, next to Rincewind and the luggage, he is my favorite character. A very good, thorouhg and farcical look at politics and werewolves.
“Samuel Vimes, Commander of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch and Duke of Ankh has been chosen (or coerced) by Lord Vetinari to become A-M’s new ambassador to the fat-rich country of Uberwald to witness the coronation of the new Low King of the Dwarfs.
But wherever a policeman goes, he finds crime (or it finds him), and there’s nothing more crime-inducive than a political struggle between dwarfs, blown all out of proportion by the participation of werewolves, vampires, and - of course - humans.
Fifth Elephant has a lot going for it, including the presence of some of Pratchett’s most interesting characters. There’s Vimes, who always seems to be one straightjacket away from a loony bin, Captain Carrot who’s such a good guy even when royally pissed, Angua, with her angst, and the completely diabolical Lord Vetinari. There are some other unique characters, such as Lady Margalotta (a vampire suffering blood withdrawal for four years running), the mad Wolfgang, and a host of Igors.
As usual, the lead - Sam Vimes this time around - cluelessly goes about his assigned task, nearly fails, and succeeds spectacularly through no fault of his own as the threads of the plot eventually come together in the end.
As fun as it was (you can’t go wrong with dwarfs and trolls in the picture!) and as insane as Fred Colon gets, I didn’t enjoy it as much as, say, Going Postal, which was utterly brilliant. Still, Elephant was an enjoyable book - I blazed through it in the space of one afternoon - and presents amusing parallels with our own world, this time poking fun at the touchy subject of politics and diplomacy, and how both are games usually played for an economic advantage (the FAT mines leftover from the Fifth Elephant’s collision with Discworld.)
I wouldn't recommend it to a first-time Pratchett reader, and it probably won't be the first I'd recommend to a fan, but it's really not TOO bad.”