Terry Pratchett: Snuff…


Snuff is book 39 in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. In this one Sam Vimes is forced by his wife to go on holiday to his country estate. Being a copper he’s on the lookout for anything amiss and ends up getting involved in more than he bargained for. It’s typical Vimes, typical Discworld and typical Pratchett.

I love how Terry Pratchett manages to state the obvious in a way that makes it sound novel. It’s not just what he says, but when he says it. For example, in one part of the book a rather nasty incident occurs, then he hits you with the line,

“I tell you commander, it’s true that some of the most terrible things in the world are done by people who think, genuinely think, that they are doing it for best, especially if there is some god involved.”

You’ve heard this sort of line a million times, but it is set up so well in the book it feels like an epiphany.

Please Sir, can I have some more?



PS. I need some fresh inspiration. I’ve finished all the Terry Pratchett,  Jim Butcher and Mike Carey stuff and I’ve got some Waterstones vouchers that need spending. 🙂 Anyone got any ideas what I should try next?

Author: Tim...

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6 thoughts on “Terry Pratchett: Snuff…”

  1. The Repairman Jack series is really good. It actually ties into other books by F. Paul Wilson too. There is some supernatural elements to the series and Jack is generally just a bad ass. Good reads.

  2. Repairman Jack is very much in line with Dresden / Castor.
    I enjoyed the Jasper Fforde ‘Thursday Next’ series. Very English in a genteel sort of way. Something you could imagine Stephen Fry chuckling at, with a mild dash of supernatural.

    Surprised Boneist hasn’t offered book suggestions. She seems to go through enough books to keep half the industry afloat.

  3. @Gary: That’s because I haven’t been checking my rss feeds until now *{:-)

    @Tim: recommendations:

    Ben Aaronovitch
    Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty series
    Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Mysteries (the books the tv show True Blood is based on)
    Anything by Christopher Moore, but most especially Dirty Job and Lamb
    Kat Richardson’s Greywalker series
    Martin Scott’s Thraxas series
    Mike Shevdon
    Rachel Caine’s Weather Warden series
    Devon Monk’s Allie Beckstrom series
    Seanan McGuire’s October Daye
    Suzanne McLeod’s Spellcrackers series

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