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Historic fact or Myth?

AdvantagesA very entertaining read

DisadvantagesNot to everybody's taste.

"A retrospective look at the 24th Discworld book as I seem to have difficulty in settling into newly written and published books. I seem to return to older favourites and still enjoy them. There is a myth on the Discworld that at one time there were five elephants holding the disc and that one lost its footing or was pushed and fell into an orbit that brought it back to land rather heavily! So this expression can be seen as a metaphore for something ..." Read review
09.03.2010

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Community Level 3rvb13

rvb13

perhaps one elephant too many

AdvantagesTerry Pratchett and a Discworld novel

DisadvantagesToo many Discworld novels

"...Morpork and his travels to the land of Ubervald - full of vampires, werewolves and dwarfs oh, and a good few Igors as well. The characterisation is good and the story itself is not too bad although I thought it lacked a little 'ooomph' which is my main reason for not exactly disliking it, but not really enjoying it too much. This is his umpteenth Discworld novel and maybe he is getting tired of writing them (not!!this is 2 years old and there have ..." Read review
23.06.2001

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CaptainDisaster

The Latest Masterpiece **UPDATED**

AdvantagesFast-paced action, one of the best plot-driven Discworld novels, still has plenty of humour

DisadvantagesUm... er... ah... it ends? Is that a disadvantage when you can read it again?!?

"Fast-paced action, quite possibly the best plot in a Discworld novel without sacrificing humour The only possible con is that it should be longer! You just don't want it to end! Everyone knows that the Discworld is being carried through space and time by four elephants on top of a giant sea turtle. (And if you didn't know, you do now). But the FIFTH Elephant? Is the title relevant to the story, or is it just a parody of a (fairly) recent ..." Read review
02.01.2001

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Community Level 5JVL

JVL

A return to form - and Gaspode is back!

AdvantagesExcellent characters, the jokes are sharp and the plotting tight

DisadvantagesThe dialogue in the opening few pages is a bit wooden, but that is the ONLY disadvantage

"...been a little disappointed with the last couple of Discworld offerings - somehow the formula had gone a bit stale, and books such as 'Hogfather' did not make me laugh or think quite as much as previous titles. However, in 'The Fifth Elephant', Pratchett has returned to some of my favourite characters, the men (and other sexes and races!) of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. Vimes, Colon, Nobby, Angua, Carrot and co make a welcome return in this story, ..." Read review
07.11.2000

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Community Level 1scruffygit

scruffygit

good but not great...

Advantagesa good strong pratchett book. better than some but not the usual incredible standard.

DisadvantagesSlightly lighter than usual. may appeal to younger audiences more than older established readers.

"The "Fifth Elephant" is rather straightforward as pratchett's go. There's the usual heir apparent to the throne, and his werewolf girlfriend. There's an ancient, rock-hard scone that dwarf-kings sit upon. There's a guy killed by being pushed into a vat of rubber. And there's a small, witty talking dog named Gaspode who, naturally, is sassy and lovable (he says). The plot revolves around the theft (and possible destruction) of the Scone of Stone, ..." Read review
12.07.2000

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Community Level 5jonathan21

jonathan21

the fifth elephant

Advantagesterry pratchett's humor

Disadvantagesnone

"The fifth Elephant is the 24th novel in the Discworld a series written by Terry Pratchett. For those who have not read any of the books from the series. The Discworld is believed to be carried on top of a giant turtle called Great A Tuin who has on top of him four giant Elephants who carry the discworld on top of their backs. The fifth Elephant which the title refers too was believed to have lost its footing a long time ago and fell towards the ..." Read review
17.07.2010

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Community Level 5KingHerrod

KingHerrod

Best Discworld Novel I have read

AdvantagesWeel written, hilarious

DisadvantagesNone

"...but this is by far the best. For the uninitiated, Pratchet has written a series of novels set in a mythical world called discworld. This is populated by humans, trolls, dwarfs, werewolves, vampires, gnomes, witches, wizzards etc. The world is flat and sits on the back of four large elephants, the fifth is supposed to have crashed into the world years ago and formed the mountains and left ore deposits. Anyway enough. In this book Sam Vimes (the ..." Read review
03.01.2001

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Community Level 3Pobs

Pobs

Watchmen, werewolves and a small smelly dog

AdvantagesFavourite characters are resurrected

DisadvantagesNot long enough

"...disappointed when I finally got the chance! One of my favourite characters features, Sam Vimes, the Watch Commander, Duke of Ankh-Morpork, Ambassador to Uberwald and one time blackboard monitor. This book tells the story of Sam Vimes's appointment to the post of Ambassador to Uberwald and his sometimes hilarous attempts at politics and diplomacy, and with a good helping of dwarfs, trolls, werewolves, vampires and Gaspode - the dog everyone would ..." Read review
02.12.2000

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Community Level 2bobfibber

bobfibber

Can Pratchett Get Any Better

AdvantagesOne of his best Discworld Novels

DisadvantagesThe book had to end

"The Fifth Elephant is another classic from Terry Pratchett. This is one of the latest Discworld novels and Sam Vimes (Chief of the Ankh Morpork Watch) is back along with all of the other regulars. Captain Carrot, Sergeant Colon, Nobby, Detritus, Cheery, Gaspode, Reg Shoe and Angua. Even DEATH makes a couple of teasingly cruel appearances. Lord Vetinari has assigned Vimes to be the Ambassador for Ankh Morpork and visit the country of Uberwald. Vimes, ..." Read review
02.02.2001

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Community Level 3demongit

demongit

a fabulous book

AdvantagesSuperb story

Disadvantagesnot many

"After recieving the tape of "The Fifth Elephant" for christmas I have found that this is by far the best of Terry Pratchetts master pieces yet. It is a mixture of action, murder and politics, which are all put down to Commander Vimes. Combined with chases by werewolves, angry dwarves and vampires, this novel aims to please. Although the tapes are abridged, They convey the characters in a way the novels cannot. Tony Robinson reads the tapes superbly, ..." Read review
15.01.2001

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Community Level 1jonnyh980

jonnyh980

I wish every world was the Discworld

AdvantagesExtremely witty, Fast reading and morish.

Disadvantagesyou need to have started reading the discworld series to gain insight into the characters

"...desk in Hertforshire has given the great Mr. Pratchett all the imagination and twisted ideas that he needs to write a series of books on a flat world supported on the back of four giant elephants which themselves stand on the back of Great a'tuin, the turtle, who swims through the cosmos at his leisure twisting and rolling to avoid all of the other strange worlds which inhabit our massive, ever growing universe. This is the latest installment of ..." Read review
21.11.2003

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