Snuff author Terry Pratchett review ò 3

Terry Pratchett ↠ 3 read

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

review Snuff author Terry Pratchett

Snuff author 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. I reckoned that if I let them give me enough titles I d eventually get one I could live withSamuel Vimes has lived to suffer the greatest possible indignity It is cruel and unfair and nobody seems to want to move a finger to help him He d tried to negotiate and he d tried to order the men to intervene to no avail Commander Vimes is going on holiday To the countryside For two weeksHis 6 year old son instantly takes to the Shire hell bent on enlarging his poo collection Vimes Sr however is making enemies wherever he goes Not intentionally mind but some things are just not done shaking the gardener s hand before that of the butler talking to the maids or discussing politics with the local nobs All he can do now is pray for a well placed crime to call him back to duty toot sweet as the copper would say Soon enough his wish is granted although he wasn t exactly expecting to be prime suspectLuckily for our protagonist the Shire s single policemen is in dire need of training and thus Vimes is able to get off on a technicality But for how longThis was one of the difficult novels for me in terms of readability Having always been a relatively slow reader I d need a good week to finish a 500 page novel Adding Sir Pratchett s euphemistic language trying hard to describe the obscure as obvious did not help matters I could have taxed all kinds of things but I have decided to tax something that you could eminently do without It s hardly addictive is it Some people tend to think so There is a certain amount of grumbling sir Vetinari did not look up from his paperwork Drumknott he said Life is addictive If people complain overmuch I think I will have to draw that fact to their attention Clearly there is a thinly veiled threat here distinctly emerging from the conversation but as for the nature of the offence I mean tax that is left up to the imagination of the reader Even now after several oooh I see and that s actually clever moments I m not entirely certain that I got its nature rightStill I persevered paid attention and in the end I got an excellent treatise on kindness legislation and the ethics of thereof Well sir I believe I must take you before the magistrates Vimes noted the little uestion mark Who is your boss Feeney The aforesaid bench of magistrates sir Your boss is the law chief constable and don t you forget it Score 3555 starsOn the one hand we have a difficult to follow writing style several confusing euphemisms and a story that does its best to accumulate new twists and turns on every page Not to mention that the Carrot x Angua sandwich is hinting at angst to come and this is the last book in the City Watch series sniff sniffOn the other hand extreme racism law and ethics are incredibly relatable topics when it comes to the current socio political climate Decisions decisionsIn the end the tie breaker goes to the occasional comic relief that ll leave you giggling for a good few minutes 4 rounded up stars it is You may be interested to know that the goblin name for Corporal Nobbs is Breaking Wind She did not appear to smile and Vimes said Yes very apt I ve always thought of Nobby as a draught extruder Other books featuring the Night WatchReview of the 1st book GuardsGuardsReview of the 2nd book Men at ArmsReview of the 3rd book Feet of ClayReview of the 4th book JingoReview of the 5th book The Fifth ElephantReview of the 6th book Night WatchReview of the 7th book Thud

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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. Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh Morpork City Watch and his wife Sybil take Young Sam and go on vacation to Sybil s ancestral lands in the country 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 TreacheryI 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 In this case slavery and drugs Snuff raises uestions of what it means to be sentient human rights and the evils of looking the other way when something bad happens Pratchett s writing reminds me of PG Wodehouse s with each passing book I lost count of the clever lines I even noticed reference to Tombstone I don t think I m going to let you arrest me today Deadwood and Jane AustenThe characters are what drive the Discworld stories Good thing because they could easily degenerate into mindless silliness otherwise Sam Vimes and his relationships with his family and the people of Ramkim were what made the story Vimes pep talks with Feenie about what it means to be a copper his caring tolerance for his son s fascination with poo of all kinds and his feelings toward the goblins showed why Pratchett is than just a fantasy writerThe plot itself was pretty good A goblin is murdered while Sam Vimes is on vacation and he starts pulling at threads to find out why leading him to discover smuggling and corruption The disgusting religion of the goblins is explored and by the end society is changed Goblins haven t been touched upon very much in the Discworld series so far and I d say Pratchett did a great job developing them in SnuffI can t pretend this book was perfect though The last fifty pages dragged a bit That s about the only gripe I have actually It s the best Discworld book in years and if Pratchett doesn t manage to write another City Watch book it ll be a good way to end things


10 thoughts on “Snuff author Terry Pratchett

  1. says:

    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 pa

  2. says:

    We saw Terry Pratchett at Town Hall Tuesday He’s frail compared to the man I saw at Kane Hall back in the 1990s but still sharp He took uestions and one predictably enough was which of his characters he was mo

  3. says:

    Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh Morpork City Watch and his wife Sybil take Young Sam and go on vacation to Sybil's ancestral lands in the country Fortunately for the Commander crime soon rears its ugly head and he soon find

  4. says:

    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

  5. says:

    I reckoned that if I let them give me enough titles I'd eventually get one I could live withSamuel Vimes has lived to suffer the greatest possible indignity It is cruel and unfair and nobody seems to want to move a finger to help him He'd tried to negotiate and he'd tried to order the men to intervene to no avail

  6. says:

    I’m going out on a limb here and say that Sam Vimes is one of my favorite literary charactersAnd I don’t just mean in the Discworld Terry Pratchett has created a great many wonderful players in his series most notably Granny Weatherwax and Nanny OgNo I’m going all in Tolkien’s Gandalf Harper Lee’s Atticus Finch Sam Spade Conan Tarzan Heinlein’s Jubal Harshaw Paul Atreides Sam Vimes is in this list Up on a literary character mou

  7. says:

    This is my first Discworld novel and it may be my last Well at least for a long while Previously I’ve read Pratchett’s Nation which I really enjoyed This however just didn’t do it for me It is overflowing wit

  8. says:

    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 nost

  9. says:

    Re read 082920Reading this in the light of race relations is rather enlightening It's a gentle treatment on simply learning to treat people like PEOPLE in the end but this is a very GOOD thingSo honestly? I was sad enthusiastic angry and hopeful as I read this againIt's a fine novelOriginal ReviewI go through different st

  10. says:

    This is the last adventure featuring Sam Vimes in the series And boy did Pratchett make it a good oneLord Vetinari is of the opinion that Vimes needs and deserves some vacation and sets Sybil up as if it was her idea Or was it Sybil w

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