'Snuff is entertaining, with all Pratchett's genius on display' Sunday Express
The Discworld is very much like our own - if our own were to consist of a flat planet balanced on the back of four elephants which stand on the back of a giant turtle, that is . . .
'The jurisdiction of a good man extends to the end of the world.'
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.
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 out of his mind. But never out of guile. Where there is a crime there must be a punishment.
They say that in the end all sins are forgiven.
Vimes is about to uncover the exception.
Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction
The Discworld novels can be read in any order but Snuff is the eighth book in the City Watch series.
Pratchett's 39th Discworld novel (after 2010's I Shall Wear Midnight) brings back fan favorite Sam Vimes, the cynical yet extraordinarily honorable Ankh-Morpork City Watch commander also known (if unenthusiastically) as His Grace Sir Samuel, the Duke of Ankh. Vimes faces an onerous task: two weeks off in the country at his wife's family estate. It's not the thought of spending time with his beloved Sybil or precocious six-year-old Young Sam that bothers him; it's just that a copper can't stop being a copper. Fortunately, even in this conservative hamlet, there's plenty of skullduggery to investigate, beginning with the brutal murder of a goblin girl. With the help of untried local constable Feeney Upshot and gentleman's gentleman Willikens, Vimes takes on a fiendish murderer as well as the case for (in)human rights and social justice in this lively outing, complete with sly shout-outs to Jane Austen and gritty police procedurals.
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It's hard being this good!
His Grace Sir Samuel Vimes is back! Young Sam is now 6 & Sybil is still formidable. The humour, humanity, goblinity (!) & sheer warmth of this book is unmistakably Pratchett. A book you can go completely librarian about. Excellent.
The best book I've ever read. Hat off to you. Funny mesmerising and witty. A+++
An outstanding work and a reassuring return to form after - in my opinion - a couple of wobbly recent outings from Sir Terry. Thought-provoking, smart, exciting, ambitious and laugh-out-loud funny, for me Snuff sits alongside Guards! Guards!, Men At Arms and Thud! as one of the best in the series, starring the Discworld's most indelible and irascible character. Loved it.