To Kill a Goblin


Snuff, by Terry Pratchett – Samuel Vimes, Commander of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, is on vacation in the country with his wife and son. If you know anything about Vimes, though, you know that he can’t go anywhere without finding a crime to fight. In this case, there’s a case of smuggling, drug trafficking, and the murder of a goblin. Not that the latter is really all that frowned upon, as despite the leaps in equal rights that have taken place on the Discworld, goblins are still considered basically vermin. They have their own society and language, however, and looking the other way when a sentient being is killed is never a good idea. I didn’t find much humor in the story, which is fine, but it’s kind of weird to note that a series that started out as comic fantasy has gotten so serious over time. There’s absurdity, sure, like the goblin belief that their bodily secretions should be stored in pots; but it’s played so straight that it doesn’t come across as funny. Humorous or not, however, it’s a good book, and if you’ve gotten to know the characters you’ll almost certainly enjoy it.

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