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Snuff: A Novel of Discworld (2011 original; edició 2012)

de Terry Pratchett

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Lady Sybil, wife of Sam Vimes, convinces him to travel to the countryside for a vacation. Out of his element, Sam soon finds various crimes to investigate. But he is out of his element and must rely on his instincts to bring the culprits to justice.
Membre:Max.Cohen
Títol:Snuff: A Novel of Discworld
Autors:Terry Pratchett
Informació:Harper (2012), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages
Col·leccions:Fantasy
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Snuff de Terry Pratchett (2011)

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Inmiddels alweer het 39ste Discworld-boek en ik weet niet of het nu ligt aan dat ik de laatste weken veel moeite heb met lezen of dat het voor mij een beetje genoeg is geweest met deze wereld van Terry Pratchett maar ik heb zeker niet zo genoten van dit boek als voorgaande Discworld-boeken.

In dit deel staat commandant Sam Vimes centraal die met zijn vrouw verplicht met vakantie gaat. Maar Sam Vimes zou Sam Vimes niet wezen als er ook niet nog wat politiewerk verricht gaat worden en daar is al snel aanleiding toe. Zoals gebruikelijk tuimelen de verschillende gebeurtenissen over elkaar heen om op het einde in een kokende massa tot een goed einde te komen.

Terry Pratchett verwerkt nogal eens wat maatschappijkritiek in zijn boeken en in dit deel ligt het er wel heel dik bovenop dat de wanpraktijken van slavernij onder de loep wordt genomen. Dit doet hij door middel van kobolds die in grote getale als dingen worden behandeld, verkocht en aan het werk gezet tot ze er dood bij neervallen. Op zich heel scherp beschreven maar het staat in schril contrast met alle malligheid die er verder plaatsvindt. Op een of andere manier beet dit elkaar in mijn beleving. ( )
  Niekchen | Oct 25, 2021 |
These are never long enough. We laugh and laugh! Stephen Briggs is our favorite narrator. He does such a splendid job. Some of the lines were priceless! Oh how we miss Sir Pratchett. All of his books are so wonderful that it is a delight to listen again. That is some consolation. ( )
  njcur | Sep 18, 2021 |
My idea of a holiday book. Sam Vimes, Lady Sybil and young Sam warm the cockles. The vermin to human arc is a slap to the conscience. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
And so it ends.

Yes, sir, thank you, sir, and I wouldn’t trust me one little inch, sir. I knows a bad one when I sees them. I have a mirror.

[b:Snuff|8785374|Snuff (Discworld, #39; City Watch #8)|Terry Pratchett|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1302694636s/8785374.jpg|13659124] is the last of the City Watch subseries (so it's back to the Industrial Revolution with [b:Moving Pictures|34510|Moving Pictures (Discworld, #10; Industrial Revolution, #1)|Terry Pratchett|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1320456553s/34510.jpg|1229354] for me).

In a nutshell, Vimes is maneuvered into going on vacation out to the country--to his country estates to be more precise. Of course, he stumbles right into a tangle of crime and of course he has to save the day.

This is the first time I particularly remember hearing about goblins in the Discworld, which might be because of the order I'm reading the books in or it might be I've just forgotten. But in any case, it feels like a plot we've seen before: a race of beings is different enough from what everyone else considers people that they're second class citizens at best (kept as slaves and/or exterminated like vermin at worst). Vimes gets involved, discovers what makes them just as worth of 'human' rights as anyone else and inducts one or more into the Watch. It's a story we've seen before, but that doesn't make it any less interesting thought provoking.

On the plus side, the Goblin culture was interesting. Vimes' interactions with the Summoning Dark (from [b:Thud!|62530|Thud! (Discworld, #34; City Watch #7)|Terry Pratchett|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1320495268s/62530.jpg|819104]) underscore a much darker sort of book, with Vimes teetering rather close (and arguably) crossing that thin thin line on several occasions.

On the down side, we know from the get go how everything is going to play out. We know Vimes. And he has entirely too many powerful friends now, which he name drops surprisingly often. We also get rather little of the other members of the Watch which I'd really grown to enjoy reading about. This wouldn't hurt as much were this not the last in this subseries.

Overall, it's a solid enough book and worth reading for completeness sake, but given that it's the last focussed on these particular characters, it could have been better.

Do not seek perfection. None exists. All we can do is strive. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
Commander/Duke Sam Vimes goes on holiday with his wife and son to Lady Sybil's ancestral home. Of course, Sam cannot stand all of the peace and quiet, and is quickly ensconced in the heinous murder of a goblin girl. Once again, his moral compass prevails over the local magistrates' smuggling activities and prevailing law that says that goblins are property, not sentient beings. In the end, Sam's cause is championed by Sybil assisted by a harp virtuoso girl goblin. Sam is the best character in Discworld. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
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Pratchett is a master storyteller. He is endlessly inventive, even when telling a routine kind of tale. He gives you more information and more story than you need, just because he can, and this is completely satisfying. He is a master of complex jokes, good bad jokes, good dreadful jokes and a kind of insidious wisdom about human nature (and other forms of alien nature). I think his mad footnotes are there because he can't stop his mind whirring, and our whirring minds go with him. I read his books at a gallop and then reread them every time I am ill or exhausted.
afegit per riverwillow | editaThe Guardian, A.S Byatt (Oct 21, 2011)
 

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Pratchett, Terryautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Briggs, StephenNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Ittekot, VenugopalanTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Kaer, KristaToimetajaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Kantůrek, JanTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Kidby, PaulAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
McLaren, JoeAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Ruoto, WilliamDissenyadorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Vimes never understood where those explosive 'What's came from. After all, he thought, what's the point of just barking out 'What!' for absolutely no discernible reason? And as for "What, what!?" well, what was that all about? What? 'What?' seemed to be tent pegs hammered into the conversation, but what the hell for? What?
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[said by Willikins] This is a stiletto I'm holding to your throat and it ain't no ladies' shoe, this is the real thing, the cutting edge, as it were. You are a little twit, and I ain't the commander and I will slice you to the bone if you make a move. Got that? Now don't nod your head! Good, we are learning, aren't we? Now, my lad, the commander here is trusted by Diamond King of Trolls and the Low King of the Dwarfs, who would only have to utter a word for your measly carcass to come under the caress of a large number of versatile axes, and by Lady Margolotta of Uberwald, who trusts very few people, and by Lord Veterinari of Ankh-Morpork, who doesn't trust anybody. Got that? Don't nod! And you, my little man, have the damn nerve to doubt his word. I'm an easygoing sort of fellow, but that sort of thing leaves me right out of sorts, I don't mind telling you. You understand? I said, do you understand? Oh, all right, you can nod now. [...]
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