Author: Terry Pratchett
Page Count/Review Word Count: 382
Snuff is one of the few Discworld novels that I hadn’t already read, and so I bought a copy of this when I heard the sad news that Sir Pratchett had passed away. I actually went on a bit of a spree and bought a bunch of books, and so you can look forward to plenty more Pratchett reviews in the immediate future.
This book is technically a City Watch book, but it takes place far from the city of Ankh Morpork – Commander Samuel Vimes is on holiday with Lady Sybil and young Sam, at the old Ramkin estate in the countryside. Unfortunately, you know what Vimes is like – he just can’t seem to stay out of trouble.
I don’t want to go into too much detail in case I spoil the plot, but I can tell you that it deals with the rights of goblins and with whether justice and the law are the same thing, especially when the law favours the wealthy and leads to trouble for the man, or goblin, on the street. It’s another rip-roarer of a Discworld tale, although it’s still far from my favourite City Watch book. That said, the Watch books are my favourite books in the series, and so this particular book is up against a lot of competition.
This book probably isn’t right for you if you’ve never read a Discworld book, but if you’re a firm follower of Terry Pratchett’s work then I don’t really see how you can go wrong, here. His writing is as sharp as ever, and it’s particularly interesting to note that his characters develop and age. Here, the young Sam is old enough to talk and to think independently – they grow up so fast!
And, of course, there’s Willikins – he really comes into his element in this novel, probably more so than he ever has. He’s an underrated character, but a fantastic character nonetheless. It’s just a shame that I had to read this with a heavy heart, knowing that it’s one of the few Discworld books that I haven’t read and that now there’ll be no other. GNU Terry Pratchett, you’re gone but not forgotten. And I miss you.