The “he” I’m referring to is Terry Pratchett, and the “it” is writing another awesome book! I’ve been a fan of this cheeky British author for years, and his latest offering, Snuff, doesn’t disappoint! Readers find themselves once again on the Discworld, and in familiar company with Chief Constable Samuel Vimes. Commander Vimes and his wife have gone for a visit in the countryside, but while you can take the copper out of the city, you can’t stop a good copper from finding and solving crimes! From Amazon.com’s book description, “Yet a policeman will find a crime anywhere if he decides to look hard enough, and it’s not long before a body is discovered, and Sam—out of his jurisdiction, out of his element, and out of bacon sandwiches (thanks to his well-meaning wife)—must rely on his instincts, guile, and street smarts to see justice done. As he sets off on the chase, though, he must remember to watch where he steps. . . . This is the countryside, after all, and the streets most definitely are not paved with gold.”
If all of this is total gibberish to you, then you have not been introduced to Sir Terry Pratchett and his remarkable world. Pratchett is known for taking a tongue-in-cheek look at impressive groups such as the post office, police force, and other such institutions, and successfully pointing out their foibles while also subtly reminding us that while we complain about these organizations, we’d be lost without them!
Why do I like reading Pratchett’s books? I loved fairy tales as a child, and while I’m all grown up now, I like to believe that happily ever after can still come true (even if it’s not the way we pictured it!). Pratchett is a master of spinning yarns that are part fairy tale and part cautionary tale, and written with such great skill that you will find yourself laughing out loud at some parts!
To date, my favorite characters from any of his books (and there are lots of good ones to choose from!), are the Nac Mac Feegle! Technically they’re a group of characters, but it’s my blog so I can get away with a little fudging! The Feegles are a rowdy bunch who swear amusingly (Crivens is the thing you hear most), steal well (anything that’s not nailed down and sometimes the nails too!), and are fiercely loyal to those they feel worthy. They are wee men who stand a towering 2″ high and will bite your ankle as soon as look at you…oh, and they speak with quite the brogue! Here’s a picture of the wee beasties:
If you’re not intrigued yet, you may not have a pulse! Coming soon is a list of Pratchett books in the order in which they should be read to get the most out of them. However, if the whole list is too daunting, start with “Wee Free Men” and let the chuckles begin!