A brand new Discworld novel, about an ancient feud.
Terry Pratchett is one of the most popular authors writing today.He
lives behind a keyboard in Wiltshire and says he 'doesn't want to
get a life, because it feels as though he's trying to lead three
already'.He was appointed OBE in 1998 and his first Discworld novel
for children, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents,
was awarded the 2001 Carnegie Medal.Thud! is the thirtieth
novel in his phenomenally successful Discworld series.
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Thud is right. When Commander Sam Vimes of the City Watch arrives at work, he confronts murder, incipient war, and a new recruit he knows just won't cut it. With an eight-city tour; simultaneous publication in Great Britain. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
"Imaginative, witty and consistent - as in consistently funny,
consistently clever and consistently surprising in its twists and
turnss - Thud! is everything that the 30th novel in a fantasy
sequence ought to be, and more" * SFX magazine *
"Pratchett too requires us to think. Whenever I read his stories I find myself thinking that he is "grown up". He may write benign comedy but he knows how horribly complicated and exciting the Universe is" * A.S. Byatt, The Times *
"You hardly need to review Pratchett nowadays...you know you can rely on him to be wirtty and quietly wise, and his creations have taken on a life of their own...A series that seems to re-invent itself by natural evolution every time" * Starburst *
"Thud! is a book for those who like an action-packed adventure, the mysterious and the mystic, but also enjoy the Pratchett wit and cynicism and are looking for a good read." -- Ben Allport, Year 11, King Edward VI Aston School, Birmingham * Books for Keeps *
Ankh-Morpork's City Watch Commander, Sam Vimes, stars in the latest entry in Pratchett's popular Discworld series (Going Postal, etc.). "Thud" is the sound that commences the novel, as a dwarf is bludgeoned to death; it's also the name of a chesslike match that recreates the battle of Koom Valley, a long-ago fight between trolls and dwarfs. As the anniversary of the battle approaches, ancient politics and the present-day murder cause tensions between the trolls and dwarfs to boil. Though Koom Valley was a disaster for both sides, certain community leaders from each side have been spoiling for a rematch-something Vimes is duty-bound to prevent. In the midst of this, a push toward affirmative action forces Vimes to hire a vampire named Sally to the Watch. She's sworn off human blood, but that's cold comfort to the assortment of humans, dwarfs, trolls, werewolves and golems that make up the police force. Vimes and his motley crew of coppers are called upon to not only find the murderer and keep the peace but also, in a jab at The Da Vinci Code, solve the riddle of a painting that reputedly holds the secret to what really happened at Koom Valley. Pratchett's fantastic imagination and satirical wit are on full display. Agent, Ralph M. Vicinanza. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.