Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Originally, I was going to write up a real review for Terry Pratchett's latest Discworld novel Thud! when the thought crossed my mind: Why bother? If you, like me, are a fanatic for all things Discworld than you've bought the book already and have also read it (maybe twice). That's just the rule for us. New Discworld novel comes out, we go buy it. Sort of a cause-and-effect thing, eh? If you don't like Pratchett's humor, wit, or style, you're probably in a state of comatose and a review glorifying the man's words won't do a thing to change your mind. In short, you need medicine.
And Thud! is a great entry in the +30 series, possibly because it's a City Watch adventure. The narrative is led by none other than Sam Vimes, with a couple other Watchmen filling out the scenes (Nobby Nobbs, Captain Carrot, and Angua, my werewolf heroine, play vital roles within). The plot revolves around a murdered dwarf and the age-old drama that exists between trolls and the little bearded half-pints. It's up to Vimes to figure out who killed the dwarf before a terrible war is recreated right in the middle of Ankh-Morpork. The satire is spot on, as are the new characters popping up left and right. There's mystery and humor, even pole dancing. But really, I don't need to say anything else. You probably know all this already, right? You're not a brain-dead tomato stuck in a bed. You're smarter than that. You're a fan.
And now I must sit and wait for Making Money to come out.