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The Fifth Elephant A Novel of Discworld (Paperback)

Author:  Terry Pratchett
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0061020400
ISBN-13: 9780061020407
Sku: 30699894
Publish Date: 4/1/2001
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 6.5H x 4.25L x 1T
Pages:  400
Age Range:  NA
 
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.

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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.
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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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