Author: Terry Pratchett
Length: 370 pages
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Terry Pratchett has done it again! He’s created a marvelously entertaining story that has adorable, lovable characters and a complicated plot. He never fails to delight the reader with his Discworld shenanigans! Sam Vimes of the Watch is the star in this story and he is as prickly, committed, and humorous as ever. Much of this story takes place in Uberwald, which I hadn’t really read much about before. In case you’ve not noticed, I am a rabid Terry Pratchett fan. I cannot get enough of that man’s writing! I finished this little jewel of the Disc a few weeks back and I remember laughing ALL the time!
Uberwald was a delight. I really loved the snowy setting! The city they spent a lot of time in reminded me of something in Harry Potter (Hogsmeade, perhaps?) As well, I ADORED a new character (to me) named Gaspode. He was the most hilarious animal character I’ve come across yet. If you’re new to the Discworld, I’m not sure I would tell you to start with this one, but once you’ve got a few under your belt, give The Fifth Elephant a read. You’ll be so glad you did. P.S. I don’t believe in spoilers, so I’ll give you the book’s general description from Amazon:
Everyone knows that the world is flat, and supported on the backs of four elephants. But weren’t there supposed to be five? Indeed there were. So where is it?…
When duty calls. Commander Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork constabulary answers. Even when he doesn’t want to. He’s been “invited” to attend a royal function as both detective and diplomat. The one role he relishes; the other requires, well, ruby tights. Of course where cops (even those clad in tights) go, alas, crime follows. An attempted assassination and a theft soon lead to a desperate chase from the low halls of Discworld royalty to the legendary fat mines of Uberwald, where lard is found in underground seams along with tusks and teeth and other precious ivory artifacts. It’s up to the dauntless Vimes — bothered as usual by a familiar cast of Discworld inhabitants (you know, trolls, dwarfs, werewolves, vampires and such) — to solve the puzzle of the missing pachyderm. Which of course he does. After all, solving mysteries is his job.
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