Snuff : A Novel of Discworld (Hardcover)

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"Pratchett . . . has a satirist''s instinct for the absurd and a cartoonist''s eye for the telling detail." --Daily Telegraph (London)

"The purely funniest English writer since Wodehouse." --Washington Post Book World

Sam Vimes, watch commander of Ankh-Morpork, is at long last taking a much-needed (and well deserved) vacation. But, of course, this is Discworld(R), where nothing goes as planned--and before Vimes can even change his cardboard-soled boots for vacationer''s slippers, the gruff watch commander soon finds himself enmeshed in a fresh fiasco fraught with magic, cunning, daring, and (for the reader more than poor Vimes) endless hilarity. Did he really expect time off? As Vimes himself says in Feet of Clay, "there''s some magical creature called ''overtime, '' only no one''s even seen its footprints." Following the New York Times bestselling Unseen Academichals, Terry Pratchett delivers an enthralling new tale from a place of insuperable adventure: Discworld.

Discworld(R) is a registered trademark.


Publisher Harpercollins
Mfg Part# 9780062011848
SKU 220178588
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0062011847
Release Date 10/11/2011
Dimensions (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.5L x 1.5T
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Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett's published his first story when he was only 13 years old. "The Hades Business" originally appeared in a school magazine and, two years later, it was re-published in Science Fantasy magazine, making him a professional writer at the age of 15. His first novel, THE CARPET PEOPLE, was published in 1971 and followed the adventures of a society of microscopic people living in, well, a carpet. Essentially, a children's novel in the vein of John Peterson's THE LITTLES (who, incidentally, would be giants compared to Pratchett's people) and the like, the novel paved the way for Pratchett's style of "grounded" fantasy. Many of his novels are feature fairly traditional fantasy elements in fairly traditional fantasy settings, but almost all of these settings are microcosms of the "real" world--in the case of the Discworld series, for example, all the action takes place on a flat planet that sits atop the backs of four immense elephants who, in turn, ride on the shell of an enormous turtle travelling through space. The Discworld books, which form the bulk of Pratchett's literary work and are his most well-known titles, initially began as extremely clever, and very funny, parodies of fantasy fiction and have slowly morphed into being much more. His 1989 novel, PYRAMIDS, was awarded the British Science Fiction Award and a collaboration with Neil Gaiman, GOOD OMENS, was nominated for the 1991 World Fantasy Award. A prolific author, Pratchett is a consistent best seller in England, where, according to some estimates, his fiction accounts for a little over 1% of ALL books sold in any given year.
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Annotation The 39th entry in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, SNUFF recounts the tale of Commander Sam Vimes and his son, Young Sam, who are holidaying at Crundells, the ancestral estate of Vimes's wife, Lady Sybil. A classic "stranger comes to town" plot unfurls as Vimes discovers that the town harbors some sinister secrets. He comes to the aid of cave-dwelling goblins who have been enslaved by the nobleman Gravid Rust--son of Vimes's old nemesis Lord Ronald Rust--to work on his tobacco farms. Vimes finds an ally in the local constable Upshot, and they set off to defeat Rust and restore the citizenship and dignity of the goblins. Fans of the author's uniquely comic fantasy world will find all the usual earmarks of Pratchett's writing, in this story that hints at more serious themes about civil rights and the horrors of exploitation.
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0398
Publisher Harper
Series Part 39

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