Sam Vimes, Commander of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, is taking a holiday in the countryside. Now, it must be said, Vimes would much rather examine severed body parts and kosh miscreants on the head than spend a minute amid boring vegetation and snobbish gentry. However, the countryside in question belongs to his loving wife, Lady Sybil—thus to him—and this vacation was her idea.
Bored and restless, Vimes fervently hopes for a crime to call him back to the city—something only his skills can solve. And since a brace of oxen on steroids could not pull the copper out of Sam Vimes, he is delighted when a crime does occur—in his own backyard. It’s a murder that positively breaks his heart, for it is tied to an ancient crime more terrible than murder. And justice—if not a decent bacon sandwich—must be served.
For more than three decades, Terry Pratchett has enthralled fans worldwide with his irreverent satires set on the fantastical planet, Discworld. From sports to religion, politics to consumerism, and everything in between, Pratchett skewers sacred cows with both comedy and deep wisdom, exposing our foibles in an entertaining way. Snuff, his 39th Discworld fantasy, shows him at the top of his game.
Hardcover Book : 416 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins ( October 11, 2011 )
Item #: 13-470919
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 inches
Product Weight: 15.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I have read every one of the Discworld books including Where's My Cow, and I must say that of all the Sam Vimes story lines this one is my favorite.
From Mister Vimes an outsider to both classes, being a jumped up copper the the nobs and nob to the rest to young Sam's fearlessness to the strange and different and Sybil's outrage that the nobs assume she thinks and automatically supports the ruling view. Their characters are true to form in every situation. I love how beautifully the new characters are developed and grow in this book.
As always the political applications are just barely below the surface couched in a layer of well played humor.
This is a page turner, one that once I picked it up did not get set down until I finished.
Not just because it was so good but also if I had let it out of my hands the 15yr old and the 10yr old were stalking my every move.
Any book that has Sam Vimes in it is bound to be a good one. This one doesn't disappoint. Thank goodness for Terry Pratchett!
You can't go wrong if you like this author. Every book in this series is great.
I could not put this book down. It is one of his best yet!
Reviewer: Beverly H
Reviewer: robert h