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Thud is the 30th Discworld novel written by Terry Pratchett. As you will see by my username I love books by Sir Terry Pratchett they are usually filled with humor.
This book features The Watch a group of men commanded by Samuel Vimes. To be Honest I usually don’t enjoy the novels in which they feature in. This book is the exception for me and features my two favorite characters Otto and Igor. Otto is a vampire and a Photographer who has sworn not to drink blood. In my Opinion Otto is the funniest character to come out of the series. The Watch in my opinion is like the local police but with a twist, their members consist of vampires, trolls, dwarves, humans and one werewolf.
It is nearly the anniversary of the battle of Koom anniversary, a battle between dwarf and troll. It is a battle so famous that there is a painting in a local gallery to remember it. The local dwarf population is looking to reenact the battle of Koom for real. It is up to commander Vimes and his fellow watchmen to make sure the battle does not take place at all.
If Vimes was not already busy enough he has to recruit a vampire into the watch by the local patrician. He does not have much of a choice in the matter.
Most of books are taken from Fairytales, events in history, famous Plays and are infused with Terry’s humor. Although I did enjoy this book I feel as though I would have enjoyed the humor more if I knew what event this was taken from. As I have mentioned before I don’t usually enjoy the novels in which the watch feature, because I feel they don’t have as much humor. This book is the exception and for me is the best in the Watch series. I found Terry’s take on modern art in this book to be very humorous .His characters could not understand why some things are considered art. This book has a lot of humor in it everything from an old granny trying to do poll dancing and failing. I really enjoyed both the title of this book and cover.
If you have never read a Discworld novel I would recommend this. The book is a standalone novel.
For a rating I’d give it a 5/5 for overall enjoyment.
If I remember correctly, the title of the book refers to a strategy-based board game, similar in concept to our Chess. This book also introduces the Summoning Dark, a device used again in a later book where Vimes has to sort out some nasty goings-on involving goblins...