It also means arbitrary and unpleasant deaths, as in snuff movies. Terry Pratchett's new novel turns on the connection between the two. Commander Vimes , the Duke of Ankh, is persuaded, or forced, to go on a holiday to the immense country mansion of his wife, Lady Sybil. Here he uncovers a smuggling ring run by the local aristocrats, who are indeed the law itself, as they are also the local magistrates. They are sending hard drugs — slab and slide, which destroy the lives of young urban trolls — to the cities by barge and boat. They also trade in living beings: goblins, who are not classified as people.
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Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Snuff by Terry Pratchett. Snuff Discworld 39 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 corpse.
And Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch is on holiday in the pleasant and innocent countrysid 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 corpse.
And 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 more terrible than murder. He is out of his jurisdiction, out of his 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.
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If I start here as a complete noob, will I be utterly lost? Andrew I would start with "Guards! It a few books in, but enough of the world is explained that you can catch on …more I would start with "Guards! It a few books in, but enough of the world is explained that you can catch on rather quickly. AND is the start of the City Watch sub-series, my personal favorite. The rest of the discworld books after that are great reads. Lists with This Book.
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Terry Pratchett has a way with words. 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 knighthood. Enough with the vital statistics though — is it any good? 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 idyll.
In Snuff the critique is perhaps more 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.
The 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 expect the same man to walk out of the book as walked in. 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 you. Fans of the series will enjoy the romp with old Discworld friends and some feisty new additions.
Join my 3-emails-a-year newsletter Prizes FreeContent View all 6 comments. Terese 5 Mar 24, PM. Paca Sad Terry Pratchett's passing was the saddest moment as it meant the end of a glimpse into one of the most complex and self reflective worlds imaginable, Terry Pratchett's passing was the saddest moment as it meant the end of a glimpse into one of the most complex and self reflective worlds imaginable, also outside of the discworld, "the long war" is a universe well worth exploring Oct 14, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: being-human , history , headology , monsters , fantasy.
He took questions, and one, predictably enough, was which of his characters he was most like. When I stood up a knight, a ferrier, a blacksmith, a soldier in the Crimean War, all my ancestors stood up with me.
A peer of the realm. Married to duchess who is on first names basis with most of the powerful since childhood. In this book, Vimes more or less accidentally takes on some of the ways that the powerful stay powerful, both as someone who believes in law that transcends the local power structure, and as a part of the power structure that just happens to be outside of his jurisdiction.
Also in low ones. Vimes goes on vacation and more or less accidentally takes on the triangle trade. Unambiguously hero work. It is unabashedly one of the darker Discworld books. Not darkness made visible, though The Summoning Dark does whisper dark and helpful things in Vimes's ears. Horrible things happened in the gaps; things the author darkly references but does not explicate. There are unspoken parts of the book that make me squirm.
Vimes is more of the Great White Savior than I was entirely comfortable with. The villains are also mostly off screen, which is somewhat dissatisfying.
One of the things I like about the Discworld books is that the villains are people too. Maybe this time Pratchett could not bear to share their perspective. It felt a little like the pieces that were left over from Unseen Academicals. Or goblins? Mostly utopian. Except for the realpolitique that very few people are actually punished. Though the spiders might help. Pessmial, discussing how people can come to do terrible things.
I know that I am a small, weak man, but I have amassed a large library; I dream of dangerous places. May have been partially inspired by how all the amazing things that her British Empire was doing happened in the silences. But see, e. Good times. View all 15 comments. Mar 21, Dan Schwent rated it it was amazing Shelves: , pratchett. Fortunately for the Commander, crime soon rears its ugly head and he soon finds himself ensnared in a web of lies, smuggling, and murder!
Can Vimes get to the bottom of things before he finds himself at the bottom of the river known as Old Treachery? I always forget how good Terry Pratchett is during the year or years between new books. To the outsider, it would be easy to dismiss the Discworld books as silly fantasy novels. While they are silly, the Discworld books always deal with real issues as well.
It went on sale on Thursday 13th October and was the third-fastest-selling novel in the United Kingdom since records began, having sold over 55, copies in the first three days. Pratchett emphasized that the word 'snuff' has "at least two meanings". It takes its title from the nasal tobacco used by the upper classes a pinch of snuff as well as 'snuff' meaning to exterminate someone. The Discworld snuff is called "Double Thunder". After a short time of enjoying his holiday, he discovers that the rural community has a dark past with the resident goblins, humanoid lifeforms that live in caves nearby. Vimes finds out that the son of Lord Rust has been enslaving goblins to force them to work on his tobacco plantations in Howondaland, allowing him to manufacture cigars cheaply that are then smuggled to Ankh-Morpork.
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Snuff is the 39th novel in the Discworld series, written by Terry Pratchett. Pratchett emphasised that the word 'snuff' has "at least two meanings". After a short time of enjoying his holiday, he discovers that the rural community has a dark past with the resident goblins, humanoid lifeforms that live in caves nearby. Vimes finds out that the son of Lord Rust has been enslaving goblins to force them to work on his tobacco plantations in Howondaland, allowing him to manufacture cigars cheaply that are then smuggled to Ankh-Morpork. After teaming up with the local constable, a young man called Upshot, Vimes manages to arrest those responsible for the crime.