Very nice, observant book by Pratchett...
The topic here is racism: in this case the hatred between Dwarfs and Trolls, which is slowly building up tension in Ankh-Morphork, thanks to a Dwarf preaching the superiority of Dwarfs over Trolls.
At one point, a crime gets committed, and Vimes and the Watch (which includes humans, dwarfs, werewolves, trolls and vampires) will have to investigate it.
What I appreciated most in this book, more than the story, is actually Pratchett's observations about the slow build-up of tensions, how he makes fun of this world's obsession with politically correct language, and how he describes affirmative action policies in the Discworld...
His creating a parallel of our world, mostly to make fun of it in his great, ironic way... I just love it :) Very nice read!...Continua
Never read a Discworld novel before, but I must say it was great! It's funny, witty, and exciting all rolled into a neat little book.
Pratchet and his diskworld never stop to amaze me. When Sam Vimes takes the front, is even better.
Terry Pratchett has much to say - on almost every subject. This entry into the Discworld oeuvre deals with the manipulation of historic prejudice. With typical wit, he uses the Battle of Koom Valley to demonstrate the age-old saw of how the Truth can set you free.
The climax of this novel is as funny as anything he's ever written. Definitely a recommended read....Continua