|A new visit to the outrageous and hilariously satiric Discworld involves a search for the missing elephant from the five who support Discworld on their backs, as a stolen scone, a dwarf coronation, and ruby tights get into the act. Reprint. *Author: Pratchett, Terry *Series Title: Discworld *Subtitle: A Novel of Discworld *Publication Date: 2001/04/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 4.25 *Height: 6.50|
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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.
During a Discworld election procedure (which involves a lot of rioting and carrying on), Commissioner Vimes is assigned to lead a group of vampires, dwarfs, and werewolves in a task at which he has no experience: negotiating for land rights.Ethnic conflict, gender politics, and the niceties of diplomacy come under fire from fantasy satirist Terry Pratchett in this addition to the long-running Discworld series. Commander Sir Samuel Vimes of the City Watch of Ankh-Morpork and his wife Lady Sybil are sent as ambassadors to the remote, Balkanized region of Uberwald to witness the crowning of an important dwarf king. Of course, they are immediately caught up in a roiling political intrigue involving a stolen royal relic; power-grabbing, human-hunting werewolves; and the subtle machinations of a teetotaling lady vampire.