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This month sees me back in Terry Pratchett's Discworld for the first time in a very long time. I used to devour these books as soon as they come out, but I kind of got out of the habit and now I am trailing a bit behind.
This title is number 34 in the series (and the 34th that I have read as I've gone through them strictly in order) - and so far he is up to number 40, so I'm not too far behind, I will catch up :)
One of the things that our Terry is incredibly good at, is taking a real world situation, perhaps political or to do with the economy, and handling it satirically but with great sensitivity within the fantastical (but oh so recognisable) realm of the Discworld .....
And this book is no exception - it's essentially about racism/sectarianism - and it hits some home truths along the way - but in the usual charming and witty way, so at no point do you feel preached at
The story in a nutshell - is that the anniversary of some long forgotten battle between the dwarves and trolls is fast approaching - and the city watch are expecting trouble - and this tension is further exacerbated by the murder of a leading dwarf demagogue
Commander Vimes and his motley crew therefore need to solve the murder and keep the peace, all in a day's work for Ankh-Morpork's finest...
The book was very entertaining to read, classic Pratchett (although with slightly fewer footnotes than in the earlier books, which I missed), funny, sad, thought-provoking in equal measures.
As for my artwork this month, I've kind of messed up as this will mean absolutely zilch to anyone who hasn't read the book - but I can't explain it as it relates to a pivotal scene at the end of the story, which I can't tell you as it would be a big spoiler!
So all you need to know is that is supposed to be Sam Vimes, and he REALLY wants to know where his cow is :) Oh - and those symbols in the background are dwarvish mining signs which crop up frequently throughout the story:
Sorry to be so vague...... you'll just have to go and read the book for it all to make sense :)
See you again next month, when I'll be reviewing Just My Type by Simon Garfield