Hemning Sternberg (moonshadow) wrote,
Hemning Sternberg

The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett

This is a tough month for me and I figured that some Pratchett couldn't hurt. I was right. I didn't like this one as much as Guards, Guards! but it was still cheering.

I think it's a bit complex for the kind of plot summary I usually do, but it concerns the Ankh-Mopork diplomatic mission to Uberwald, land of things that go bump in the night. The usual suspects are all here - the brave (and not brave) men (and women and dwarves and trolls and...) of the Ank-Morporkh Guard, Lord Vetinari, and a cast of new friends as well. If you were just getting started with the Discworld books I don't think this is the place to do it.

"..dwarf girls had heard about sequins. They seemed to have decided in their bones that, if they were going to overturn thousands of years of subterranean tradition, they weren't going to go all through that (sic) for no damned twinset and pearls.
'And red is good' said Lady Sybil sincerely. 'Red is a very nice color. It's a nice red dress. Er. And the feathers. Er. The bag to carry your ax, er --'
'Not glittery enough?' said Cheery.
'No! No... if I was going to carry a large ax on my back to a diplomatic function, I think I'd want it glittery too. Er. It is such a very large ax, of course,' she finished lamely.
'You think perhaps a smaller one might be better? For evening wear?'"
(p 217-218)

"'Go into the castle and fetch the resident Igor, then,' said Vimes calmly. 'If anyone even tries to stop you, shoot them. And shoot anyone standing near them.'
'No problem about dat, sir.'
'We're not at home to Mister Reasonable, Sergeant.'
'I do not hear him knockin', sir.'" (p 304)

I recommend this to fans of Discworld, but those who are not delighted by Pratchett generally can probably skip it. Three stars.
Tags: books 2008, fiction
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