Just finished reading Terry Pratchett's newest book "Thud" (with accompanying title "Where's my Cow?") so I thought I'd come along and tell you all about it. First of all, being the aforementioned fanboy that I am, I simply had to buy the £30 signed slipcase edition, something a lot of fans would enjoy, but if you’re not a fan, don’t bother, all it really is, is the book with Pratchett’s signature in it inside of a slipcase (albeit a rather professionally one, so, for me, well worth the money).
Now, onto the story. Short summary (which will probably turn into a long summary because I’ve never really been very good at this). It centre’s around and event called ‘Koom Valley’. This has been mentioned in many earlier books to describe the hatred and prejudice between Dwarfs and Trolls, it happened many thousands of years ago in a place called Koom Valley in which either the Dwarfs ambushed the Trolls, or the Troll’s ambushed the Dwarfs. No one is quite clear on who actually ambushed who, but either side is convinced the entire thing was started by the other side, thus why each species hate each other so much. Now, thousands of years later, on the anniversary on Koom Valley, it’s all looking to happen again, a Dwarf has been killed, blame has fallen on a Troll, and it’s up to Commander Sam Vimes of the City watch to figure out exactly what’s happening.
Well, those are the building blocks of the book anyway; it gets a lot more intriguing and complicated as it goes on, but never leaves the reader in the dark.
As for the story telling, well it’s done in the traditional Terry Pratchett way, although there is the new element of slight time jumping when it comes to the story telling, but it’s not done in any kind of awkward way and it all runs smooth in the end. There is the usual jokes, mixed in with socialistic views and a general Monty Python feel, although that has been toned down in recent books. The ending is just the tiniest bit anti-climactic, but still works pretty well, overall I’d give it a 4 our of 5. A decent enough book, and to be honest, better than his last book (although I’m sure a re-read with probably leave me feeling differently as they always do).
The accompanying book, “Where’s my Cow?” is worth a look, but considering you can read it in about 5 minutes, some may feel like just reading the whole thing in the book shop and then leaving it. That said, I am a fanboy, and therefore, I bought the signed edition of that too…