Thud! is the sound a troll club makes as it bashes a dwarf head, and it’s also the name of a chess-like game where players must take turns playing as trolls and dwarfs in order to win. It is also the sound that begins this eponymous novel, as a dwarf hardliner is beaten to death. The question is, who (or what) wielded the troll club…
The anniversary of the battle of Koom Valley is coming up, the only recorded battle in history where both sides were ambushed and both sides won, and the dwarf and troll communities in Ankh-Morpork are both getting fired up about reliving the battle and finally showing their mortal enemies who’s right.
The Night Watch, with Sam Vimes at the head, is the only force standing between Ankh-Morpork burning and a final battle between trolls and dwarfs.
As always, Terry Pratchett’s name is a guarantee that you are about to read something very special. His Discworld series has been fantastic for years and years, and it’s just getting more solid and impressive with each and every novel. While the whimsy and sheer bloody-minded fun that permeated the earlier novels in the series has gone away and been replaced with a harder-edged commentary on society, Pratchett’s prose is only getting stronger with each novel, and the themes he’s pursuing get darker and more challenging.
If you’re a Discworld fan, there’s no reason to read this review: You’re already on your way to the bookstore; if you’re not, start at the beginning and experience Terry Pratchett’s fantastic series of novels for yourself.
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Posted Sunday, 08 October, 2006 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.