Thud!

Thud!

A Novel of Discworld

eBook - 2005
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A seemingly routine day in the life of City Watch commander Sam Vimes is abruptly interrupted by an unsolved murder, an impending war, an unwanted new recruit, and a pesky government inspector. By the author of Going Postal. It's a game of Trolls and Dwarfs where the player must take both sides to win. It's the noise a troll club makes when crushing in a dwarf skull, or when a dwarfish axe cleaves a trollish cranium. It's the unsettling sound of history about to repeat itself. THUD! It's the most extraordinary, outrageous, provocative, insightful, and keenly cutting flight of fancy yet from Discworld's incomparable supreme creator, Terry Pratchett. Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch admits he may not be the sharpest knife in the cutlery drawer. He might not even be a spoon. But he's dogged and honest and he'll be damned if he lets anyone disturb his city's always tentative peace, and that includes a rabble-rousing dwarf from the sticks (or deep beneath them) who's been stirring up big trouble on the eve of the anniversary of one of Discworld's most infamous historical events. Centuries earlier, in a gods-forsaken hellhole called Koom Valley, a horde of trolls met a division of dwarfs in bloody combat. Though nobody's quite sure why they fought or who actually won, hundreds of years on each species still bears the cultural scars, and one views the other with simmering animosity and distrust. Lately, an influential dwarf, Grag Hamcrusher, has been fomenting unrest among Ankh-Morpork's more diminutive citizens with incendiary speeches. And it doesn't help matters when the pint-size provocateur is discovered beaten to death, with a troll club lying conveniently nearby. Vimes knows the well-being of his smoldering city depends on his ability to solve the Hamcrusher homicide without delay. (Vimes's secondmost-pressing responsibility, in fact, next to being home every evening at six sharp to read Where's My Cow? to Young Sam.) Whatever it takes to unstick this very sticky situation, Vimes will do it, even tolerating having a vampire in the Watch. But there's more than one corpse waiting for him in the eerie, summoning darkness of the vast, labyrinthine mine network the dwarfs have been excavating in secret beneath Ankh-Morpork's streets. A deadly puzzle is pulling Sam Vimes deep into the muck and mire of superstition, hatred, and fear, and perhaps all the way to Koom Valley itself.
Publisher: New York : PerfectBound, 2005
ISBN: 9780060888862
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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queenrachelg
May 12, 2015

This is the first Terry Pratchett book I've read. The storyline is good. I was lost a little at the end with the plot twist, but still would recommend the read. Pratchett's writing style is absolutely hilarious, but I did still find there were many spelling errors in the book as well (I'm not even referring to the troll talk, etc). For example, Sam Vimes wife "Sybil" was misspelled "Sibyl" once... Found 5-10 other similar mistakes. I find that to be a rather unprofessional way to publish a book.

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elimcgowan
Nov 03, 2014

A great read even if you aren't familiar with Discworld. The ending is a bit slow and leaves a bit to be desired.

ivysmudge Nov 22, 2010

I always enjoy the adventures of Sam Vimes, the city watch has great characters. A visit to Ankh-Morpork is always worth the trip

neko Aug 22, 2009

Sam Vimes is stuck in it again and a game just might have the answers.

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