Snuff (Discworld Series #39)

Snuff (Discworld Series #39)

by Terry Pratchett
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Snuff (Discworld Series #39) by Terry Pratchett

“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®, 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 for 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® is a registered trademark.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062011848
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/11/2011
Series: Discworld Series
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Sir Terry Pratchett is one of the world’s most popular authors. his novels about the fantastical flat planet Discworld have sold more than 65 million copies, and in 2009 he was knighted for “services to literature.”

Sir Terry’s highly praised novels for children have won such honors as the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book prize for Young Adult Literature, a Printz Honor, and Britain’s prestigious Carnegie Medal.

He lives in England with his wife and many cats.


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 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 122 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!
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Terry Pratchett never fails to deliver and humorous and fascinating story that often parallels our own quirky social existence. I highly recommend you check out this or any Discworld series books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vimes grows over the years that Pratchett has told his story
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mrmodel-t More than 1 year ago
Pratchett's 'asides' have always been at least as entertaining as the primary plot line and "Snuff" just doesn't seem to have the same zing as previous works. The book is true to the characters and the plot line is entertaining but it didn't measure-up to my expectations.
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