Snuff by Terry Pratchett


How fun it always is to tuck myself into a Discworld novel. This time, the spotlight is on Commander Sam Vimes, leader of the Ankh-Morpork City watch, whose wife decides it’s about time he finally goes on holiday. Of course, it’s only a matter of time before crime accidentally finds its way across Vimes’ path, and he, being a policeman and all, even if it is out of his jurisdiction, finds it a most welcoming, if sinister, distraction from all the fresh air.

While the Discworld is undoubtedly a fantasy land filled with law-enforcement trolls, dwarves, goblins, wizards and unknown creatures the likes of Inspector Nobby Nobs, it is its affinity / parallelism to our ‘real world’ that makes it so entertaining. Couple with, of course, wit, humour and brilliantly written story lines. Take, for instance, this amazing truth no one else has articulated so succinctly:

“It is well known that any drive to reduce paperwork only results in extra paperwork.”

I mean, right???

Discworld also manages to keep up with current topics and constantly evolving ‘real world’ trends, like healthy eating, much to Vimes’ exasperation. He’d much rather have a BLT but his wife, Lady Sybil, feeds him yogurt and vegetables instead. He asks a question that I’m pretty sure comes across the minds of many who would much rather be tucking in to steaks and pizzas instead of salad:

“It was a conspiracy. Why did they never find a vegetable that was bad for you, hey?”

Snuff also manages the weave the dangers of drugs into its story, as well as self-righteous (often religious) zealots that seem to be ever more present in our world today.

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

Just browsing through my twitter feed is a prime example of the above quote in action! And believe me, the book is filled with heaps of potential quotable quotes, but I might end up giving the whole story away instead, and where’s the fun in that?

There is however one more quote I would like to share before wrapping this review up:

“He was a scalliwag, a chancer, a ruthless fighter and a dangerous driver of bargains over the speed limit… he was referred to as a successful businessman, since that more or less amounted to the same thing.”

Now isn’t that a good one to end things with 😉 Go pick up a Discworld book if you haven’t yet already. There’s heaps of stories to catch up on!

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