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Snuff

by Terry Pratchett

Recommended by Gordon Holmes

AS a Pratchett fan from right back at the very creation of the Discworld, a new book from Britain’s greatest living author is always something to look forward to.

Even when he doesn’t live up to his high standards, he is still head and shoulders above the vast majority of writers, and when he is on top form... well, read ‘Wyrd Sisters’ and you’ll soon know what I mean.

This is, incredibly, the 39th Discworld novel and when you consider his ongoing battle with Alzheimer’s, that Pratchett can continue to produce work so clever and funny, with his on-the-mark insights into the darker aspects of human nature, is nothing short of genius.

In ‘Snuff’, Commander Sam Vimes is persuaded by his wife Lady Sybil to take a holiday at her family country estate. But a policeman is never really off duty and when he discovers the murder of a female goblin, a species treated as vermin by the locals, Vimes uncovers a web of lies and deceit that he is determined to expose.

‘Snuff’ deals with serious issues and as such has fewer laugh out loud moments but is still a compelling story and worthy addition to the series.

 

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