Sunday, 16 October 2005

Book Review: Thud! (Terry Pratchett)

Just finished Thud! last night, so here's the review! :)


Title: Thud!
Author: Terry Pratchett

Koom Valley? That was where the trolls ambushed the dwarfs, or the dwarfs ambushed the trolls. It was far away. It was a long time ago.

But if he doesn't solve the murder of just one dwarf, Commander Sam Vimes of Ankh-Morpork City Watch is going to see it fought again, right outside his office. With his beloved Watch crumbling around him and war-drums sounding, he must unravel every clue, outwit every assassin and brave any darkness to find the solution. And darkness is following him.

Oh ...and at six o'clock every day, without fail, with no excuses, he must go home to read 'Where's My Cow?', with all the right farmyard noises, to his little boy. There are some things you have to do.

What I liked:
  • It's Terry Pratchett!
  • It's F-U-N-N-Y.
  • THAT'S NOT MY COW!!!!!
  • You know what to expect with Pratchett, but at the same time, you can't PREDICT what's gonna happen with his story.
  • It's the City Watch. Next to the Death stories, I like the Watch most.

What I didn't liked:
  • Pratchett gets a little too serious at times, especially with the social commentary. But it's not THAT often actually.
  • I used to like Detritus the Troll a lot, but now I think he's a bit too... SMART now.
  • Story is not as complex as his previous books, it's a lot more simple. But it IS a Discworld book after all...

My Thoughts
Thud may not be as good as Pratchetts's best, but it's still good.

It's Pratchett as usual, with lots of nonsense (but very logical er.. nonsense. Oh never mind), and some social commenary as well. He continues taking the world's problems and Discworldfying them, giving his stories a slightly more.

No prizes for who the 'deep-downers', with all their shrouds, hoods and dark clothes are supposed to represent. Pratchett tackles racism, terrorism and religious fanatism in Thud!, and while he may have only skimmed the surface of the whole thing, it still works in the context of the story.

Speaking of the story, it IS a little simple, to tell the truth, especially when taken against his previous books. But then again, it IS still a fun read. Especially when Vimes starts reading Where is My Cow? to Young Sam.

Pratchett fans should be kept happy that their hero has not lost his touch (YET. Hopefully). As it is, Thud! should tide us over until his next book...

Now, I wanna get that Where is My Cow book! Woot!

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