Snuff. The 39th Discworld novel sees Sam Vimes investigating a countryhouse murder, and is Terry Pratchett’s fiftieth book. Snuff is the 39th novel by Terry Pratchett in the Discworld series after I Shall Wear Midnight. It went on sale on Thursday 13th October and was the. Snuff (Discworld) [Terry Pratchett] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. At long last, Lady Sybil has lured her husband, Sam Vimes, on a .
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S nuff has pleasant and snuuff connotations — as an old-fashioned stimulant to be kept in elegant boxes and snorted gracefully in society. It also means arbitrary and unpleasant deaths, as in snuff movies. Terry Pratchett’s new novel turns on the connection between the two. Commander Vimesthe Duke of Ankh, is persuaded, or forced, to go on a holiday to the immense country mansion of his wife, Lady Sybil. Here he uncovers a smuggling ring run by the local aristocrats, who are indeed the law itself, as they are also the local magistrates.
They are sending hard drugs — slab and slide, which destroy the lives of young urban trolls — to the cities by barge and boat. They also trade in living beings: There are easy parallels to be drawn with venal aspects of our own society: Vimes is his usual streetwise and dogged self, rapidly learning how to make best use of the habits snufd country pubs and improve the standards of village policing.
Things move along nicely, culminating in a breathtaking chase on a string of barges being flung about on a river in spate called Old Discdorld.
Pratchett has written several stories set on the Discworld in which ill-treated, unconsidered species are described and explained and admitted to society. In Unseen Academicals Mr Nutt is an orca creature capable of great violence, who has become an erudite and resourceful hero.
In the early books, Captain Vimes was capable of easy “speciesism” at the expense of the dwarves and trolls, gargoyles and zombies who make up the Watch.
Pratchett himself for several books appeared to be hostile to vampires — but then he has a natural tendency to imagine creatures intricately and charitably, so he gives us Mr Otto von Chriek, a photographer who has taken the “black ribbon” vow of teetotalism and has to be reconstituted with drops of blood every time he explodes himself with his camera flash. Elsewhere Vimes is persecuted by a green imp inside a “dis-organiser”a gift from his wife, and by a meticulous accountant called AE Pessimalsent by the Patrician to order his papers.
Both of these initially irritating beings are redeemed by the narrator: In Snuff it is the goblins who are the centre of attention: They are not classified as human, or sentient beings, and so can be bought, sold and enslaved.
Predictably and agreeably, Vimes takes up the cudgel on their behalf, rescuing them from captivity. Miss Beedle is the Adora Belle Dearheart of Snuff ; she teaches the goblins to read and discovers an immense musical talent among them. There is a great deal of interest in bodily fluids, excretions and excrement in this book. Lady Sibyl explains to Vimes that Miss Beedle gets children to read by writing about what they are interested in. Vimes complains that they are “reading about poo and dead ducklings”, and Sibyl replies calmly that this is what children of a certain age care about.
In fact young Sam, their son, is showing signs of precocious scientific skill by making a collection of various kinds of poo. The goblins follow the religion of “Unggue”, which exhorts them to collect various bodily excretions — snot, ear wax, toenail clippings — for which they make exquisitely designed containers, “unggue pots” of various materials and shapes. One of Pratchett’s major gifts as a writer is the energy with which he always tells you more than you expect — his description of the pots is clear and complicated.
One advantage of a continuing world full of people and creatures is that they can develop in a leisurely way. The character who does that in Snuff is Willikins, the Vimes’s butler, who when he first appeared was stiff and very formal, trying to shave Vimes, who forbade him.
In Jingoone of the best of the series, he joins Lord Rust ‘s army to fight the Klatchians in the desert, and bites off an enemy nose. In this book he turns out to have the same streetwise background as his employer, and a collection of hidden and unusual weapons. He can deal with the villain in ways his employer, inhibited by professional rules, cannot.
Snuff by Terry Pratchett – review | Books | The Guardian
The villain in this book is a murderer of men and goblins called Stratford, a person whose lack of conscience is a form of stupidity, as with many other Pratchettian villains. My favourite of these is the appalling Mr Pin in The Truthwho has an unerring eye for artistic masterpieces and snorts any substance — such as scouring powder — he can find. The real villain in Snuff is Lord Rust’s son, the smuggler and slavemaker, who is arrogant and again stupid. Pratchett is a master storyteller.
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He is endlessly inventive, even when telling a routine kind of tale. He gives you more information and more story than you need, just because he can, and snufd is completely satisfying.
He is a master of complex jokes, good bad jokes, good dreadful jokes and a kind of insidious wisdom about human nature and other forms of alien nature.
I think his mad dicworld are there because he can’t stop his mind whirring, and our whirring minds go with him. I read his books at a gallop and then reread them every time I am ill or exhausted. The End of the Gods is published by Canongate. Fiction Terry Pratchett reviews.
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