Snuff (Discworld Series #39)

Snuff (Discworld Series #39)

by Terry Pratchett

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ISBN-13: 9780062218865
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/26/2012
Series: Discworld Series
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 165,524
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Sir Terry Pratchett was the internationally bestselling author of more than thirty books, including his phenomenally successful Discworld series. His young adult novel, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal, and Where's My Cow?, his Discworld book for “readers of all ages,” was a New York Times bestseller. His novels have sold more than seventy five million (give or take a few million) copies worldwide. Named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature,” Pratchett lived in England. He died in 2015 at the age of sixty-six.


Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

Date of Birth:

April 28, 1948

Place of Birth:

Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England


Four honorary degrees in literature from the universities of Portsmouth, Bristol, Bath and Warwick

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Snuff 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 143 reviews.
cmjny More than 1 year ago
Terry Pratchett has, as usual, told a great story. Sadly, Harper Collins released an ebook/nook version full of typos (kindle owners are complaining, too). There are words mashed together on every page; it's nearly unreadable. Buy the paper copy!
WonkyChewbacca More than 1 year ago
While a long-time reader and steadfast zealot of Pratchett's works, his latest three books nearly bring me to tears at times. His illness is becoming more and more evident. Snuff rambled along its plotline in a disjointed fashion, and the characters we have grown so familiar with practically seemed strangers at times in the uncharacteristic manner in which they behaved. Willikins in particular behaves and speaks in a manner completely at odds with every previous portrayal of the character, as the most clear example. Further, the sense of clarity and incisiveness that always made Pratchett stand above his fellow writers so clearly has dimmed. While there were humorous moments, he never really wrung more than a bitter smile from me compared to the previous laughter he once evoked. While I will treasure his books and contribution to the world with all my heart, for all my life, I believe I will not read any future works of his. It would be too much like watching the slow death of a treasured grandparent.
Lee Johnson More than 1 year ago
Terry Pratchett has another gem! The story and characters are excellent. I can not give this eBook Nook version four stars as it is full of typos! How could the publisher release this? I am reading it with the Nook app on the iPad. The publisher should proof read and test these out before charging $12.99 for a digital copy. Next time I will get the Kindle version!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Ankh-Morpork City Watch Commander Sam Vimes faces his most difficult assignment in years. His Grace Sir Samuel, the Duke of Ankh, will spend two torturious weeks rusticating with his wife Sybil and their six years old son Young Sam at her family's estate. Sam loves the idea of spending time with his beloved spouse and son, but his in-laws make a boring vacation worse and not worth changing from his cardboard soles. However, life picks up as Vimes quickly gets involved with the locals when someone brutally murders a female goblin. Feeney the inexperienced local copper and Willikens the gentleman's gentleman assist Vimes as he works vacation time for no pay investigating the homicide. The latest Discworld satire (see I Shall Wear Midnight) is a wonderful entry that looks deeply at inalienable human (and other species) rights and bigotry to take away those accepted rights. Fast-paced Vimes is at his cynical best as he learns life in the country means a female woodcutter works with woodies and that rural does not mean crime free; as he leads the inquiry into the vicious murder of the Goblin Girl. Terry Pratchett provides a strong entry filled with social commentary intertwined into an exciting thriller. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fine additon to the Discword opus. As usual, it seems to start out slow. But he's building the groundwork for the maelstrom that soon follows. I enjoyed seeing the continued development of the characters, especially Sibyl and Willkins. They probably would not have acted like this in the earlier books, but the characters have changed and grown through the series, and here is the result. And of course Sam Vimes is just, well, Sam. Gods love him.
aysquared More than 1 year ago
A longtime reader of Sir Terry will enjoy the next installment in the Discworld series. The old characters are back, growing in believable ways, and new characters enter the story to make for an exciting adventure. There's action, there's romance, there's mystery - and as always, great insight to human nature. And a lot of laughs. If you've read other Discworld novels, grab this one quickly. If you haven't read any others...well, what are you waiting for?!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another amazing (albeit darker) Discworld offering. May we have Pratchett and Vimes for years to come!
twgage More than 1 year ago
Now that I've read the book in its entirety, I can recommend it wholeheartedly. Myself a long-time reader of Terry Pratchett's stories, I found this book to be absolutely wonderful. It was truly satisfying to read of real hope- to have such a clear description narrated of the actual good that all sentient beings can do. I also find the always-present realistic observations on the business of life very comforting. I hope Terry's books, especially the more recent ones- that illuminate such strong positive possibilities for our future- make it into everyone's home. And that people will actually think when they read them... but then, humans are humans, I suppose. What I *really* hope for is more from Terry Pratchett! - T. William Gage
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read although the development of charcters moves in a direction I would not agree with. Still an excellent read!
MrsLee on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Sir Vimes must go on holiday, and the countryside will never be the same.I love Sam Vimes' deep distrust of the countryside. Having grown up there, I can attest that some deep darkness simmers beneath the bucolic lovely scenes. I enjoyed the story and the Vimes focus. I feel a strong pull go go back and read [Guards! Guards!] again. I loved Sibyl and young Vimes in this one, also Willikins (sp?). I enjoyed the Goblins, kept comparing their story to that of the native American history here in the area I was raised, where Ishi lived and died. It is a truly sad tale, and resonated with me.What I missed; the spewing coffee humor or insane giggles that Pratchett has been known to induce in me. Still, I enjoyed it and was amused, felt it was a fun read. It was a straight forward story, not as complex as some past novels, and seemed a bit preachy in tone at times.
barlow304 on LibraryThing 4 days ago
One of Sir Terry's best! What I particularly enjoy about Prachett's works is the underlying humanity of the witches, werewolves, vampires, orcs, and in this case, goblins. Framed as a mystery/crime novel, "Snuff" follows the unsuccessful attempts of Sam Vimes to take a vacation on the country estate Lady Sybil has given him. Murder and a clumsy attempt at a frame- up follow, but an angry Vimes soon learns that all this is cover for crimes involving murder and slavery. At the same time, Vimes comes to realize that goblins are not vermin but sapient beings.In addition to addressing the humanity of goblins, which a character later links to the humanity of all marginal people, the novel also discusses the idea of the law and its limits. As no other comic novelist would, Prachett inserts a neat lesson on the primacy of law, delivered by no less than the sinister but droll Lord Vetinari.Parody, word play, and laugh-out- loud humor fill the book, but it is ideas and humane principles that drive it.
starkimarki on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Dreary stuff. Sir Terry's mind is clearly, and understandably, on other matters. Pedestrian and plodding, the only humour I found was clearly borrowed from HHGTTG. I have never found the discworld plots to be sufficient for enjoyment, but the wit usually bore them up. Not this time.
jlparent on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Commander Sam Vimes is forced on holiday by his wife & boss, but finds that crime doesn't ever take a day off. In the countryside, murder has happened and a population is being forced into slavery. Vimes takes on the situation with his unique coppering skills. As a fan of Discworld and especially the City Watch novels, I found myself glad to be back in Vimes' head. Good supporting characters, (some new, some familiar) and while there is not a ton of overt humor, there is still plenty of humor (and satire) to enjoy. Also, the goblins have great names!
hjjugovic on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Another Sam Vimes and the City Watch novel, poor Sam has to take a vacation in the country, but wherever a policeman goes, crime is sure to follow. Pratchett explores themes of law, human rights, the mind of the killer and the cop who chases him, and privilege. Funny, smart, and moving (as usual) this one feels a bit like covering old ground, but I will gladly walk the same cobblestones (or country lanes) with Sam until I know where I am by the feel of the stones through my boots.
JanaRose1 on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Lady Sybil has finally convinced her husband Sam Vimes to take a vacation away from the city of Ankh-Morpork. Completely unnerved by the country, Vimes begins to uncover crime everywhere he turns. The book also tackles the issue of class and social hierarchy as it deals with goblins, a race considered less than human. Overall, I thought that this book wasn't as good as the other Guard series. The continual mention of poo and snot seemed to be overkill and took the book into a potty-humor category. I will still pick up the next Guard book, but with less enthusiasm.
rivkat on LibraryThing 4 days ago
It¿s a Vimes novel. You know if you¿ll like this one, which has an autumnal feel (perhaps, though, that¿s because I know of Pratchett¿s situation), and includes much of Vimes considering his own darkness and the extent to which a copper may legitimately break, stretch, or invent the law in the interests of justice. In the end, Discworld seems to come down on the side of ¿pretty far, as long as he¿s a good man or working for a good man.¿ (If you¿re looking for matters resolved not quite as neatly as they are here, with favored characters generally not let conveniently off the hook for dilemmas they face, then it¿s the Tiffany Aching novels these days that will satisfy.)
Whiskey3pa on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Terrific! Read this book.
dknippling on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Not my favorite of the Pratchett books, but still did the job well.Not enough footnotes, which isn't something I thought I'd ever type, but there you go. In that delicate balance between humor and passion for a cause, this book has tipped over that edge: it wasn't funny enough. Sure, parts of it were funny - but mostly it wasn't. Part of the charm of Pratchett is that you laugh your way though the horrible situations in the book, the flawed characters, the dishonest motives, the...seriousness of life. I didn't wish the book were about something else, or that it hadn't showed what it did. But I missed the humor.
Stacey42 on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Sam Vimes is off, against his will, to spend a few weeks vacation in the countryside at his wife¿s estate. But Sam never gets a vacation. He comes across a mystery & cannot stop being a cop so he must investigate. It turns out his neighbors have been engaging in some terrible injustice over the years & Sam, being Sam, must correct it. The book is humorous, meaningful, adventurous, even touching in places. It is a very character driven story, the plot is there mostly as a framework for the characters themselves. We learn a lot more about Sam¿s butler Wilikins & gain more knowledge about Sam & his wife as well as about a much maligned Discworld race. Pratchett¿s themes this time are slavery & injustice and he does an excellent job with both.
lauriebrown54 on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Sir Terry¿s latest Discworld novel tackles, as more than one of his past books has, racism. In the past it¿s been trolls and golems; in this book, it¿s goblins. Goblins are even less lovable, it seems, than beings made of stone or from animated clay. They are hard to understand (some say they can¿t talk), they eat disgusting things, and worst of all, they stink to high heaven. Oh, and their religion involves saving all their earwax, toenail clippings and snot. But they are sentient beings for all that, as Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork Watch quickly learns. Commander Vimes- Sir Vimes, the Duke of Ankh, as been ordered- er, persuaded- that he needs a vacation by his wife, Lady Sibyl. They have vast family holdings in the countryside, and it¿s time that their son, six year old Sam, sees them. This, in Vimes the elder¿s opinion, is just about the worst possible fate. He¿s a city boy, doesn¿t understand the country, and doesn¿t like having to deal with the rich and noble people that his wife¿s station puts him in contact with. He¿s a cop, a street cop. But a if a cop looks long enough he¿ll find a crime, and Sam isn¿t in the country very long before this turns out to be true. One person has disappeared, possibly murdered, and Vimes framed for it. Goblins are going missing. Smuggling is going on, and overlooked because of who is doing it. There follows a nonstop adventure, with numerous people involved in chicanery and lots of subplots. This book is a bit different from past Discworld novels. It¿s not a joke a minute story. It¿s funny, all right, but not in the same, manic, way. There is irony, sarcasm and just plain silliness, thankfully! Vimes is different than he was in the past, too. But Vimes is an older man now, and I see the change as being growth rather than diminishment. The social messages are a little bit more heavy handed, but not heavy handed to the point of being annoying. Like ¿I Too Shall Wear Midnight¿, it strikes me as a little more thoughtful and grounded. It¿s not my favorite Discworld book (the Tiffany Aching ones, and any with the Luggage in them, take the honors for me), but it¿s certainly well crafted and worthwhile.
SunnySD on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Vimes on vacation... the mind boggles. But Sybil has spoken, and to the countryside they go. And of course it doesn't take long before the pastoral peace is in pieces. Bigotry, smuggling, riverboat chases, and poo - who could ask for anything more?
madamepince on LibraryThing 4 days ago
I have to admit I got tired of it. The plot suffered from a lack of editing.
grizzly.anderson on LibraryThing 4 days ago
In Snuff His Grace, His Excellency, The Duke of Ankh, Commander Sir Samuel Vimes, Blackboard Monitor, is convinced by his wife to journey to her ancestral country home for a vacation and so that their six year old son, Young Sam, can experience life outside the city. And, of course, wherever you find a watchman, you find a crime. Since this is Sam Vimes we're talking about, the crime involves an affront to decency and morality involving the aristocracy. Since it happens in the country, it is aided and abetted by the willful blindness and servitude of the common folk. In fact the crime is the enslavement and casual murder of Goblins in order to grow tobacco, and incidentally drug smuggling. The Goblins are horrible, smelly, unsanitary, uncouth, gibbering creatures with poetic names and amazing artistic talents. Oh, and the country where they are shipped off to be slaves just happens to look a bit like Africa. As satire and social commentary goes Terry Pratchett has never had much to do with subtlety. This one is about as subtle as a heavy wooden stick with a spike in it.Along the way Vimes meets a lady who writes children's books about poo, raises the consciousness of the local folk, teaches a lackey to be a policeman, heroically pilots a boat not unlike a paddle-wheel down a river not unlike the Mississippi, saves the day, saves the species, catches the killer, corners the aristocrats/slavers, changes the laws of the world and eventually has a real vacation.There are also a couple of rather odd sub-plots. One involves a series of cutaways to Ankh-Morpork where it turns out Vetinari sent Vimes out to break up tobacco smuggling that is depriving the city of vital taxes, and to keep the rest of the watch somehow in the story. The other involves Willikins, Vimes's butler. He receives far more dialog and background than ever before. In the past Willikins has always been very much the butler stereotype, calm, competent, always one step ahead, bizarre (even violent) hidden talents, and most importantly, in the background. Now he is friend, confidant, and side-kick in a change of role that never really seemed to fit with his previous appearances. Kind of like Jeeves suddenly turning into Kato.Snuff is full of typical Pratchett hat-tips to other authors, series, and genres, and perhaps more than the usual number and detail of references to past books and events in the discworld. Unfortunately the words, particularly at the beginning didn't flow with Pratchett's usual flair and eloquence. A couple of times Vimes's dialog was jarringly un-Vimes, coming right out with curses of "Hell" and "Shit" that I just don't recall from past stories. It was always clear that Vimes was a very salty, down-to-earth sort of man, but with such a rapier wit that he never actually had to BE salty.Under any other circumstances I would say that this is a good, but not great, book amongst the nearly 40 books in the series. A bit routine in the story, and maybe a little rushed so that it didn't get the usual sort of editing and polish from Terry Pratchett. As it is, you can't help but wonder if his health hasn't contributed indirectly to the rush, or directly to the lack of polish. In any case, a good book for anyone who enjoys the series, but not the best introduction for a new reader.
Queensowntalia on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Much to his displeasure, Commander Sam Vimes of the Watch has been dragged off to holiday in the countryside by his lovely and very determined wife. However shortly after they arrive at their estate, Vimes' copper instincts kick in and he begins to sense something is terribly, terribly wrong in the town. Then a terrible crime occurs, and Vimes knows he must find justice. What follows is a rollicking tale of adventure and social justice, interwoven with many amusing anecdotes from Vimes' family life, something not much explored in previous Discworld installments. In that delightfully Pratchett way, the book is by turns charmingly funny, grippingly suspenseful and periodically absurd, and, by the end, completely rewarding. We get further insight into the characters of both Vimes and his wife and are introduced to a most entertaining cast of side characters, all the while enjoying a lively adventure and the timeless battle of the Good Guys against the Bad, the Just seeking to right society's wrongs. I enjoyed the book tremendously, and would go so far as to say it might be Pratchett's best work.
alsatia on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Every new Pratchett novel is a perfect jewel. Vimes is one of his best characters, and we see him in a very human light here. If there's a cop in your family, this might be an excellent gateway novel for them to enter the Discworld.