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REVIEW Snuff By Terry Pratchett Terry Pratchett Ä 1 REVIEW REVIEW × Snuff By Terry Pratchett According to the writer of the best selling crime novel ever to have been published in the city of Ankh Morpork it is a truth universally acknowledged that a policeman taking a holiday would barely have had time to open his suitcase before he finds his first corp Terry Pratchett has a way with words Like the children s entertainer with the balloons he can take a familiar phrase and with a few deft twists create some new plaything better than all the contents of your party bag To do that trick once or twice is good To sustain it throughout a whole book is remarkable To keep it fresh into the 39th volume of a series deserves a knighthoodSnuff is Sir Terry Pratchett s 50th novel That s a lot It s also the most recent foray into Discworld series a literary phenomenon that has been ongoing for 28 years now Enough with the vital statistics though is it any goodThe story follows one of Discworld s best established characters Commander Sam Vimes out into fresh territory With wife and son on hand Vimes experiences for the first time a holiday in the countryside The Ankh Morpork police force supply most of the characters for this tale from a well stocked inventory of favourites Lord Vetinari makes a welcome appearance at the open and close of the book and with his hidden hand setting events in motion it can safely be assumed that Commander Vimes will not be idle in his country idyllAlong with a murder mystery we re presented with various angles on the topic of poo an interesting introduction to the goblin race and their peculiarities and some wide ranging social critiue It s not unusual for Pratchett to hold the Discworld up as a mirror in which he can satirise everything from the iniuitous to innocuous in our own world In Snuff the critiue is perhaps heavy handed the sentiments goodhearted rather than funny We learn that oppressing minorities goblins is bad and that the class system along with the uneven distribution of wealth are neither big nor clever I know these things and would have preferred a little about how the goblins bottle a lifetime s supply of snotThe main weakness in Snuff however is simply that its hero is so familiar to us so capable sturdy so grown and set into his character over many books that the story lacks tension We know Commander Vimes will come through We don t truly believe harm will befall his family We expect the same man to walk out of the book as walked in These issues with the book on the grand scale do not however change the fact that Snuff is continuously entertaining line by excellent line with all Pratchett s genius on display in the small scale And his again he achieves the miracle of making you care about his creations In the midst of all the funnies he can suddenly turn on the pathos and within moments the fate of a malodorous snot bottling goblin will matter to youFans of the series will enjoy the romp with old Discworld friends and some feisty new additions Anyone who isn t a fan should get a hold of one of the many entry point books into this 39 novel masterwork by all means start with number 1 And unless you were born without funny bone you ll soon be roaming the Discworld with the rest of us My 4 rating is to some degree influenced by the following wind of this excellent series the added value carried from earlier books by many of these characters can t be ignored Join my 3 emails a year newsletter Prizes FreeContent


Snuff By Terry Pratchett

REVIEW Snuff By Terry Pratchett Terry Pratchett Ä 1 REVIEW REVIEW × Snuff By Terry Pratchett SeAnd Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh Morpork City Watch is on holiday in the pleasant and innocent countryside but not for him a mere body in the wardrobe There are many many bodies and an ancient crime terrible than murderHe is out of his jurisdiction out of hi Enjoyed it immensely Not the best Discworld book I ve read But whinging about this not being the Best Pratchett Book Evar is sort of like complaining that the diamond ring you ve been given is only threeuarters of a carat It s easily worth five stars I was often amused occasionally teary eyed and never bored

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REVIEW Snuff By Terry Pratchett Terry Pratchett Ä 1 REVIEW REVIEW × Snuff By Terry Pratchett S depth out of bacon sandwiches and occasionally snookered and out of his mind but never out of guile Where there is a crime there must be a finding there must be a chase and there must be a punishment They say that in the end all sins are forgivenBut not uite al I bought Snuff when it first came out in 2011 not realising then like everyone else that it was going to be the final City Watch book I sadly abandoned it long before the end anyway sensing that it wasn t any good But having recently read an excellent Discworld short story reminding me of my love for Terry Pratchett as well as seasonal nostalgia new Discworld books used to be cannily published during the Christmas season I decided to give Snuff another shot and this time force myself through At the very least I ll be completing the City Watch series Well my initial impression of the novel was right Snuff ain t up to snuff Despite his protests Commander Sam Vimes is forced to take a vacation His beloved wife Lady Sybil Ramkin drags him and their son young Sam to the Ramkin Estate in the countryside for a well earned family break But crime doesn t take a holiday and soon the Discworld s finest policeman is on the trail of a goblin murderer and in the process uncovers a vast and unsavoury conspiracy that goes all the way to the top One thing that bothered me when I first tried reading Snuff six years ago was how extremely verbose and cumbersome Pratchett s writing style had become It takes well over 100 pages for anything to happen Up til then all that had was Vimes and his family had left Ankh Morpork and gone to the countryside It takes even longer for the plot to emerge and when it did it was cliched and underwhelming I hated everything about the goblins They re basically a race of depressingly put upon victims which is as fun to read as it sounds an unending stream of one dimensional characters who re just there to be repeatedly fucked with and stoke Vimes righteous indignation The goblins culture was boring everything about them was ridiculously sentimental and cloying and they were just annoying as a whole Then again all the new characters in Snuff were rubbish The hapless country copper Feeney was pointless and tiresome Miss Beedle the writer added nothing to the proceedings while every rich person was portrayed as a gormless twit There s a half hearted attempt at a Pride Prejudice parody that fell flat The villain Stratford is somehow even one dimensional than even the goblins there s another baddie literally called Captain Murderer which shows you how little imagination and effort Pratchett put into these characters but that on the nose kind of name should ve applied to Stratford He may as well have been called Mr I m A Bad Dude because he s that much of a caricature He does evil shit because he s an evil shit What I realised was that Pratchett really struggles at least in this book with the traditional mechanics of storytelling like a plot Because where the book feels like a chore to read are the plot heavy parts when he has to move things along particularly the riverboat action seuence which was utterly dull and the absurdly talky fight scenes I also continued to not care about Vimes family like the infallible Sybil who s drearily always right and his irritating son young Sam I really disliked in general how cutesy and safe Discworld got towards the end oh man FUCK the Tiffany Aching YA books fuck them all to hell and the stuff with Vimes and young Sam were far too ball achingly saccharine for my taste And SO unfunny young Sam thinks poo is hilarious repeat 12 million times har de har har Technically Snuff is a City Watch book but it s basically all about Vimes Carrot Angua Nobby et al are given a handful of token pages and there s a completely half arsed subplot involving Colon and a goblin pot that s totally irrelevant Fred s in a coma and could die Oh never mind it resolved itself off page Well why bother to start with then That said there s a reason why Vimes gets all the focus he s one of Pratchett s finest creations The character holds a special place in my heart having seen him transform over the years from the opening pages of Guards Guards when we first met him as a down and out drunk waking up in the gutters of Ankh Morpork to the sober Duke he is now having brought up the City Watch with him along the way It says a lot about how fully realised and compelling a character he is that the best parts of Snuff are simply Vimes riffing on whatever And there are definitely parts of the book I enjoyed Despite coming across as someone far too deeply in love with his own voice Pratchett s still very witty and he s in his element when he isn t concerning himself with the plot and meandering off somewhere else instead Vimes conversing with his manservant Willikins was often entertaining than anything else going on and though Pratchett eschewed the tradition of having Death cameo in every Discworld book here he still included a scene at the end between Vimes and Vetinari verbally jousting one last time which was pure pleasure for me think those cliched cop movie scenes between the police chief and the loose cannon but far clever I will dearly miss those scenes especially as Pratchett wrote the Patrician so so beautifully with that perfect balance between lethally understated menace benevolent power and razor sharp intelligence manifested in one remarkably uniue mysterious and Machiavellian figure Sadly Snuff is a weak last bow for Vimes and the City Watch to go out on which is a shame given how brilliant the earlier books were Perhaps it s appropriate that poo should feature so much in this one as the uality is disappointingly shit While I m glad to have finished off this series it s a forgettable final adventure for Vimes that s not very funny tediously overlong and largely unentertaining snot enuff for this Discworld fan

  • Hardcover
  • 378
  • Snuff By Terry Pratchett
  • Terry Pratchett
  • English
  • 25 January 2019
  • 9780385619264