How To Read Terry Pratchett s Discworld Novels1 Skip the first two books in the series This is crucial If you read these first, you will be rightly annoyed by their just barely okayness, and spend the rest of your life muttering about how overrated he is Terry Pratchett wrote these two books Then all of a sudden he started writing really, really well I don t know what happened Maybe he sold his soul My own theory is that his long suffering wife waited as patiently as she could for him to How To Read Terry Pratchett s Discworld Novels1 Skip the first two books in the series This is crucial If you read these first, you will be rightly annoyed by their just barely okayness, and spend the rest of your life muttering about how overrated he is Terry Pratchett wrote these two books Then all of a sudden he started writing really, really well I don t know what happened Maybe he sold his soul My own theory is that his long suffering wife waited as patiently as she could for him to pull himself together as a writer and then, after she proofread his second novel, something in her snapped and she thwapped him in the head with the book in question You re better than this, damn it she shouted Now get in there and write something goodAnd he did.2 Start with the first book in one of the subseries The Discworld books all take place on the same planet, but they involve different groups of people The witches my favorites The Night Watch my also favorites Death granted, he s not a group, but he does have a family The wizardsOkay, there are standalones, like Small Gods And in a way, all the Discworld books are standalones Except for the first two, because the first one ends on a cliffhanger Like I said, skip them until you ve read some of the really good ones, and then brace yourself and read them purely for continuity purposes I started with the 23rd book in the series, Carpe Jugulum, and was perfectly fine, other than a tendency to preach the gospel of Discworld Is Flippin Amazing And You Have To Read These Books, which I m trying to get under control.But it s a lot of fun to follow the threads To start, for instance, with Equal Rites, which introduces you to both the witches and the wizards This isn t Hogwarts, and those most definitely are not the same thing in Discworld Then you can go on to Wyrd Sisters and Witches Abroad, and fall absolutely in love with Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg I fully intend to be Granny Weatherwax when I grow up, right down to the goat farm and the ability to terrify people just by saying Good morning Watch this space Or you can start with Guards Guards , and be introduced to the men of the Night Watch Just bear in mind that I m first in line if Captain Vimes becomes available, so keep your inevitable crush on him to yourself.I posted approximately 17,000 updates while I reread this book, all quotable quotes That s not even all the bits I wanted to post, but Goodreads has a strict word count limit on updates because Goodreads h a t e s m e knows how I get.You can get a perfectly good sense of whether or not you ll enjoy Guards Guardsby perusing said updates You will enjoy it if you already enjoy fantasy you will very likely enjoy it even if you don t generally enjoy fantasy, because the humor, characterization, and dialogue are ridiculously good.Have a good time And remember hands off Vimes He s mine This is my favorite Discworld book.I submit that the best way to rate a Discworld book is with a smile meter As you read, imagine that there is a meter whose arrow jumps when you smile, moves further right when you chuckle and spikes into the red eleven when you laugh out loud.Pratchett s 1989 Discworld novel his 8th in the series and 1st of the City Watch sub series made me smile all the way through the book, chuckle frequently and laugh out loud two or three times.Set in Ankh Morpork inspi This is my favorite Discworld book.I submit that the best way to rate a Discworld book is with a smile meter As you read, imagine that there is a meter whose arrow jumps when you smile, moves further right when you chuckle and spikes into the red eleven when you laugh out loud.Pratchett s 1989 Discworld novel his 8th in the series and 1st of the City Watch sub series made me smile all the way through the book, chuckle frequently and laugh out loud two or three times.Set in Ankh Morpork inspired by Fritz Leiber s Lankhmar the City Watch is composed of those night watchmen who call out at midnight that All s well and who would not want to catch anyone or run after someone too fast to avoid ruining the evening with an arrest That is until six foot six dwarf foundling Carrot joins the force as a lance constable.This novel also features dragons, described as only Sir Terry could Long thought extinct, the draco nobilis was just somewhere else until a group of hooded and cowled miscreants steal a book from the Library and YES the left turn Clyde Orangutan Librarian is featured perhaps my second favorite Discworld character and summon one back to Ankh Morpork Things do not go as planned and the rest is Pratchett magic.As my esteemed reviewer colleague Nataliya noted in her excellent review, the best part of Pratchett s writing is that he depicts realistic human failings in a comic setting that softens the blow of the all too real criticism in a playful way The Discworld is a lot of fun but it is also a comedic examination of humanity and civilization and it takes a master of Pratchett s genius talent to pull it off successfully.A MUST read for Discword fans and would actually be a great introduction to the series for any reader 2019 I ve read them all and this still my favorite Hey officer, may you please not help me Stay away, don t investigate, please, we ll do traditional, good old fashioned lynch justice with far fewer victims and collateral damages Not necessary to call reinforcement No, stop, my insurance doesn t cover police incompetence reinduced destruction There are certain stereotypes surrounding police, military, and manly militia, all to take with a grain of rice, but in many aspects true, especially if a lack of government funding, missing selection Hey officer, may you please not help me Stay away, don t investigate, please, we ll do traditional, good old fashioned lynch justice with far fewer victims and collateral damages Not necessary to call reinforcement No, stop, my insurance doesn t cover police incompetence reinduced destruction There are certain stereotypes surrounding police, military, and manly militia, all to take with a grain of rice, but in many aspects true, especially if a lack of government funding, missing selection procedures, and escalating crime lead to a mixture or cynic, weird, up to just evil racist law enforcement agencies Here comes the City Watch series, circling around Captain Vimes, a patchwork rug of crime, thriller, and hard boiled detective protagonist characteristics, who goes through one of the longest character transformations, similar to Tiffany Aching I am, at the moment, not really a friend of thrillers and the crime genre, but readers strongly invested in such literature might find muchinnuendos and connotations view spoiler Carrot Ironfoundersson brings fresh wind and blows away the nihilistic pessimism with his enthusiastic love for justice How he reanimates the bumming, dysfunctional, grey area guards and combines his carrot and stick policy with wisdom, gives Ank Morpork hope for the dawn of a new age hide spoiler Lord Vetinari is such an eclectic, badass, clinical antihero protagonist that it s difficult to point the finger on if he s evil, good, or just so extremely opportunistic and finetuning his plans to perfection that he can go with the citizens mental flow and preventively manipulate and indoctrinate He is using his fine senses, and perfect surveillance state methods, to see trends and uses whatever good or evil methods to stay in power, a truly great Machiavellian sociopath leader.What can be a hotter hobby than dragon breeding and thereby showing the crudeness and indirect woof woof elitism and pure breed racism that once was decent enough for humans too Like so many harmless hobbies, the most flow intensive ones can escalate quickly and lead to absorbing most of free social and private life and time Just take me, I m doing nothing than reading and going out in nature in my free time for over 1 and a half decades now and it s perfectly fine and totally normal, hehe But back to the dragons, these creatures have very different characteristics, depending on use in YA, dark, classic, comedy, setting and are hardly something to make fun of or with But, what else, Pratchett surrounds them with eccentric characters and implements them as a long time running gag And I want to have one too.To reintegrate monarchy in aor less functional system, some conservatives have the ridiculous plan view spoiler to use some magic, they think they have in control, which escalates to epic failing and becoming victims instead hide spoiler Pratchett uses the scenery to show the ridiculousness of despotic government systems, especially the not only representative and powerless marionette kings, queens, and fairies, but the brutal enforcement behind them through the shadow government and hierarchies, making many monarchies the worst places to live Completely not understandable and facepalmy, people have the tribal roots that make them susceptible for admiration of any kind of stupid representative, be it a democratic voted, a self declared, inherited, or couped one This having something to see and listen to is so much easier than thinking for themselves, that they prefer it and ignore or don t even know about all the consequences of what is really going on while a smiling or shouting or hate trolling president, chancellor, or God emperor tells them what to do The metaphor Pratchett uses to show what can happen in such cases should be internalized.Tropes show how literature is conceptualized and created and which mixture of elements makes works and genres unique This one is added to all Pratchettian reviews The idea of the dissected motifs rocks, highlighting the main real world inspirational elements of fiction and satire is something usually done with so called higher literature, but a muchinteresting field in readable literature, as it offers the joy of reading, subtle criticism, and feeling smart all together What I love most about Pratchett s books is that under a thin layer of funny footnotes peppered pun heavy parody lies the core of deep seriousness rooted in the quite sobering understanding of the shallow pettiness of human mundanity fueled by jealousy, bile, spite, and closemindednessThere was a thoughtful pause in the conversation as the assembled Brethren mentally divided the universe into the deserving and the undeserving, and put themselves on the appropriate sideIn the end, the onl What I love most about Pratchett s books is that under a thin layer of funny footnotes peppered pun heavy parody lies the core of deep seriousness rooted in the quite sobering understanding of the shallow pettiness of human mundanity fueled by jealousy, bile, spite, and closemindednessThere was a thoughtful pause in the conversation as the assembled Brethren mentally divided the universe into the deserving and the undeserving, and put themselves on the appropriate sideIn the end, the only thing that makes it possible to wake up in the morning is just a slight deviation from this depressing state of affairs that leads to the understanding and a bit of dignity and doing what s right even when that s not quite expected Because someone has to uphold what s right Because someone needs to swim against the current He shrugged They re just people, he said They re just doing what people do SirThis is one of my favorite Discworld books and one of the best starting points for the Discworld newbies It is the first book in the subcycle focusing on the City Watch of Ankh Morpork the Pearl of Cities on the Disc the book that really takes a look into the inner workings of this crowded, dirty and despicable and yet lovably tenacious urban metropolisAnkh Morpork Pearl of cities This is not a completely accurate description, of course it was not round and shiny but even its worst enemies would agree that if you had to liken Ankh Morpork to anything, then it might as well be a piece of rubbish covered with the diseased secretions of a dying molluscIn Pratchett s tradition of deconstructing the tropes this one has its kings and tyrants and secret societies and dragons and maidens and heroes and heirs with birthmarks and magical swords, as well as million to one chances except that things tend to not work out as planned And all of it is woven into a neat tight plot that carries us through the dry humor and slapstick and sad seriousness to the unexpected depth as you allow the cogs and wheels of your brain turn contemplating Pratchett s intentionsIf there was anything that depressed himthan his own cynicism, it was that quite often it still wasn t as cynical as real lifeI am a Sam Vimes girl through and through And this book is our introduction to our cynical anti hero, uncompromising, grumpy and terrifyingly sober knurdknurd as in complete and utter opposite to drunk, beyond simple sobrietyAnkh Morpork copper with the unsettling tendency to ask uncomfortable questions when others would much rather he didn t This is the beginning of the Vimes we all know and love, the evolution from the down in the gutter pessimistic drunk brung low by a woman the city itself, that is to the equally pessimistic servant not of the King or the Patrician but the law, a thorn in the side of so many not so uncorrupt but quite respectably upstanding Ankh citizensThe city wasa, wasa, wasa wossname Thing Woman That s what it was Woman Roaring, ancient, centuries old Strung you along, let you fall in thingy, love, then kicked you inna, inna, thingy Thingy, in your mouth Tongue Tonsils TeethThat s what it, she, did She wasa thing, you know, lady dog Puppy Hen BitchAnd then you hated her and, and just when you thought you d got her, it, out of your whatever, then she opened her great booming rotten heart to you, caught you off bal, bal, bal, thing AnceYeah Thassit Never knew where where you stood Lay Only one thing you were sure of, you couldn t let her go Because, because she was yours, all you had, even in her guttersReduced to almost nothingness by the corruption in the city, spending his time in the gutter literally , laughed at by everyone except his two colleagues the thick but amiable Fred Colon and a disgrace to human race a.k.a Nobby Nobbs Vimes gets a bit of a wake up call when the Watch gets its newest recruit Lance Constable Carrot Ironfoundersson, a not too bright but earnest 6 foot 6 inches dwarfhe s adopted, okayarmed with a Book of Laws and Ordinances of Ankh Morpork and a decidedly non magical sword People who are ratherthan six feet tall and nearly as broad across the shoulders often have uneventful journeys People jump out at them from behind rocks then say things like, Oh Sorry I thought you were someone elseAnd when the city is facing danger, Vimes bit by bit begins to think about it as HIS city After all,Things like that shouldn t be allowed to happen Not in my cityAnd once Vimes sets his single minded nature to accomplish somethingoccasionally aided by the Librarian , who is a peanut loving orangutan, and the imposing figure of Lady Sybil Ramkin, who breeds swamp dragons in her spare timethere is little that can stop himThe three rules of the Librarians of Time and Space are 1 Silence 2 Books must be returned no later than the date last shown and 3 Do not interfere with the nature of causalityThe threat to Ankh Morpork is real and quite substantial view spoilerIt s a metaphor of human bloody existence, a dragon And if that wasn t bad enough, it s also a bloody great hot flying thinghide spoiler , but ultimately it s brought along and fueled by the simple human greed, shallow mindedness and jealousy, little pathetic mundanity of human existence that Pratchett so nonchalantly and non preachily lets showcase itself He, it seems, has an excellent ability of seeing the less than pleasant things that make people tick and still manages to make these sad realizations both side splittingly and laugh through tears funny And I adore thatDown there he said are people who will follow any dragon, worship any god, ignore any inequity All out of a kind of humdrum, everyday badness Not the really high, creative loathsomeness of the great sinners, but a sort of mass produced darkness of the soul Sin, you might say, without a trace of originality They accept evil not because they say yes, but because they don t say no..Another prominent figure in this book, in addition to Vimes and Carrot, is, of course, Lord Havelock Vetinari, the enigmatic Patrician, the tyrant who is not quite, well, tyrannical the man with his finger on the pulse of the city, the man who would not build a dungeon out of which he could not escape the man resembling a predatory flamingo, who makes Ankh Morpork work and in cynicism can greatly rival Vimes himself This is the beginning of the fascinating and not always so voluntary cooperation between Vimes and the one in power, and it s lovely to read aboutYou had to hand it to the Patrician, he admitted grudgingly If you didn t, he sent men to come and take it awayAnd, of course, some place of prominence is given to the Librarianthe aforementioned orangutanwho no pun intended will go bananas if you dare to call him the m word view spoiler Monkey hide spoiler The Librarian who knows how to navigate the L space, that parallel dimension that exists between every library in the world created because of terrifying power of booksBooks bend space and time One reason the owners of those aforesaid little rambling, poky secondhand bookshops always seem slightly unearthly is that many of them really are, having strayed into this world after taking a wrong turning in their own bookshops in worlds where it is considered commendable business practice to wear carpet slippers all the time and open your shop only when you feel like it There are many horrible sights in the multiverse Somehow, though, to a soul attuned to the subtle rhythms of a library, there are few worse sights than a hole where a book ought to beI highly recommend this book to anyone as a perfect starting point on their Discworld journey It is a perfect introduction to the world of intelligent humor peppered with allusions to almost everything you can think of and smart conclusions that make you think and even ask the uncomfortable questions of yourself and the society It is a lovely way to spend several hours curled up in a chair on a rainy day, mesmerized by Pratchett s wit and wisdom The audiobook version of it is wonderful, immersing you in the atmosphere of the story incredibly well For all of it, I give it 5 stars and, without much further ado embark on the rest on my Ankh Morpork City Watch reread.They may be called the Palace Guard, the City Guard, or the Patrol Whatever the name, their purpose in any work of heroic fantasy is identical it is, round about Chapter Three or ten minutes into the film to rush into the room, attack the hero one at a time, and be slaughtered No one ever asks them if they want to.This book is dedicated to those fine men This is where the dragons went They lie not dead, not asleep, but dormant And although the space they occupy isn t like normal space, nevertheless they are packed in tightly They could put you in mind of a can of sardines, if you thought sardines were huge and scaly And presumably, somewhere, there s a keyGUARDS GUARDS is the eighth Discworld novel and after this, dragons will never be the same again At the time of writing, Terry Pratchett passed away about a week ago Beside making me sad, the news also triggered a sudden urge to read a Discworld book which needed to be satisfied immediately I haven t read any Terry Pratchett books for years I have always liked them but there are just so many books in the world and you know how it is, one thing led to another and somehow they didn t lead back to Sir Terry In the meantime, I have been reading many inferior flavor of the month books like At the time of writing, Terry Pratchett passed away about a week ago Beside making me sad, the news also triggered a sudden urge to read a Discworld book which needed to be satisfied immediately I haven t read any Terry Pratchett books for years I have always liked them but there are just so many books in the world and you know how it is, one thing led to another and somehow they didn t lead back to Sir Terry In the meantime, I have been reading many inferior flavor of the month books like The Martian I have been doing myself a disservice really Guards Guardsis one of the most popular Discworld books and I have not read it, this makes it the ideal candidate for a reentry into this unique and wonderful series Anyway it is nice to be back in Ankh Morpork, the most chaotic city in fantasy fiction At the most basic level Guards Guardsis Pratchett s take on the police procedural, but his imagination is too immense to constrain the book to just a single genre parody so there is muchto this book than just the City Watch, Ankh Morpork s feeble excuse for a police force The Watch mean are happily doing a crappy job, which basically involve ringing bells at certain times of the night to announce that all is well in the city It takes the arrival of an extremely honest and straight laced human orphan raised by dwarves to remind the Watchmen what they are supposed to be and a huge dragon summoned from another dimension burning up the citizens and half the city to spur them into action Art by SharksDenOne reason I only read Terry Pratchett occasionally is that I personally prefer books where humour is a minor element of the story rather than placed at the front and centre After reading Guards GuardsI have to admit this is my misconception of what Pratchett was doing with the Discworld series after the first few straightforward fantasy parody books The humour takes centre stage but underneath not even far underneath Pratchett was using Discworld as a mirror to explore, lampoon and critique our world with its many ills and injustice Certainly Guards Guardsexplores the theme of the policemen s duty and honor against personal safety and interest, what makes a good cop and a bad cop so to speak He also skewers the masses tendency to blindly accept whoever has the biggest gun or fire breathing talent These and other serious issues are explored without ever missing a humorous beat The book is a laugh fest from beginning to end, I don t think there is a single page that did not make me at least chuckle I actually laughed out loud several times, my favorite joke involves the phrase Bjorn Stronginthearm is my uncle which highlights the bizarreness of the British phrase Bob s your uncle Also the patrician s questioning of dragons penchant for sleeping on a huge pile of gold instead of a comfy mattress is brilliant Don t worry I have not spoiled the book for you, I am barely scratching the surface of the many ingenious satires, jokes and witticisms to be found in this book Captain Vimes no idea who the artist is, sorry The characterization of the protagonists and antagonists is also very strong Captain Vimes is silly and funny yet flawed, sympathetic, honorable and extremely likable I am not surprised he one of Pratchett s most beloved characters The formidable Patrician Vetinari is another extremely vivid and lively creation, in a TV adaptation of another Discworld book he is perfectly portrayed by Charles Dance so you can imagine the dry wit and suavity of the man His method of escaping from captivity in a dungeon is pure evil genius Guards Guardsis effortlessly a five star book and if I may leave you with a quote from this book that works perfectly even out of contextThe reason that clich s become clich s is that they are the hammers and screwdrivers in the toolbox of communication The irony is that there is not one clich in this book, unless you count the ones that Pratchett turned on their heads.R.I.P Sir Terry, you were the best Credit celticwrenNote Terry Pratchett s Discworld Might Be The Highest Form of Literature on the Planet by Brandon Sanderson Reading Terry Pratchett s Guards Guards was a joy for me I don t know why it took me so long to read a Discworld book, I m a bit ashamed I am a sucker for English humor, always have been The good news is that I now have 40Discworld books to read Honest reveal I think I resisted because people said he was better than Douglas Adams and that rubbed me the wrong way My view after reading one book, they are clearly in the same class, and while I still like Adams better that might be Reading Terry Pratchett s Guards Guards was a joy for me I don t know why it took me so long to read a Discworld book, I m a bit ashamed I am a sucker for English humor, always have been The good news is that I now have 40Discworld books to read Honest reveal I think I resisted because people said he was better than Douglas Adams and that rubbed me the wrong way My view after reading one book, they are clearly in the same class, and while I still like Adams better that might be because I m a bigger Science Fiction fan than Fantasy In any case, it doesn t matter, both are hilarious and talented They both have layered humor and sneak in some wonderful insights on life.Pratchett dedicated this book to Palace City Guards Patrols, noting that no one ever asks them if they want to rush into a room, one at a time to attack the hero It s this trope that the story is build upon It s the eighth book in the Discworld series and was published in 1989 Pratchett deftly takes on all sorts of humor sarcasm, burlesque, hyperbolic, juvenile, dark, etc., etc He pokes at the Fantasy genre, breaks writing walls, and displays crafty, crafty wit Like Adams, it s largely non stop through the entire story, but somehow the story still moves along with great pace There are quotable quotes on nearly every page But I didn t just enjoy the humor, I enjoyed the fun story, and I enjoyed Pratchett s musing on evil, government, and life, in general The only thing Pratchett keeps sacred is books and libraries, all else is fair game for biting sarcasm I think you at least need to be a passing fantasy reader to appreciate his books, and you must be tolerant of some occasional silliness, but if you pass those two simple hurdles, I can t imagine not enjoying this book A fun and entertaining romp through a twisted fantasy world that will make you laugh, but stealthily remind you of the underdog s plight against the ridiculous rules of the, well, ruling class Ahem First of all, my site has the videos that go with this here s the lite version My Terry Pratchett Experience is remarkably similar to my Month Python Experience Fun and funny, but really best done in small doses Say, 15 minute doses if I m watching, longer if I m reading It turns out, I haven t read Guards Guards before, although I thought I had Quite possibly, it is because I had not Quite possibly, it s because I had and forgot, but you d t First of all, my site has the videos that go with this here s the lite version My Terry Pratchett Experience is remarkably similar to my Month Python Experience Fun and funny, but really best done in small doses Say, 15 minute doses if I m watching, longer if I m reading It turns out, I haven t read Guards Guards before, although I thought I had Quite possibly, it is because I had not Quite possibly, it s because I had and forgot, but you d think I d remember the dragons For future reference, it s the one where the adopted dwarf Carrot goes to the big city of Ankh Morpork and joins the Night Watch in hopes of Becoming a Man Night Watch captain Sam Vines spends most of his days and nights in an alcoholic stupor, but the antics of Carrot in Enforcing Law and Order soon force Vines into involvement Meanwhile, a secret society the Elucidated Bethren of the Ebon Night has decided to summon a dragon, intending on overthrowing the Patrician Lord Vetinari and replacing him with an old fashioned monarchy Some of the Brothers are quite sure they are being held down and need a monarchy to make things right I get oppressed all the time, said Brother Doorkeeper Mister Critchley, where I work, he oppresses me morning, noon and night, shouting at me and everything And the woman in the vegetable shop, she oppresses me all the time Like Monty Python, Pratchett specializes in absurdity, in mocking our perceptions, definitions and expectation Clever and funny a little bit of social commentary with an edge, both are particularly skilled in word games But you re my kind, said Carrot desperately In a manner of speaking, yes, said his father In another manner of speaking, which is a ratherprecise and accurate manner of speaking, no Which puts me in mind of another famous sketch based on, you know, meaning and such I wish to complain about this parrot I purchased not half an hour ago from this very boutique What s wrong with it It s dead No, no it s resting It is funny, but when it s all clever wordplay mocking villains in their thick dark cowls, and the general populace for being sheep, and Carrot for being So Earnest, and Lady Sybil for being such a hearty, large Englishwoman, and the only one who is really clever is the Patrician well, it s a bit hard to empathize And honestly, rather tiring.Then there s the Librarian, an orangutan who runs the greatest library in the world He s trying to make Constable Carrot understand a serious crime has been committed Ook A book has been taken A book has been taken You summoned the Watch, Carrot drew himself up proudly, because someone s taken a book You think that s worse than murder The librarian gave him the kind of look other people would reserve for people who said things like, What s so bad about genocide Which pretty much reminds me of the Albatross sketch Both use the device of the straight man for maximum silliness The Albatross at Intermission At the end of the day, certainly fun There s certainly messages and social commentary that elevate it above simple romps, but it tends to be applied with heavy emphasis Like Python, best enjoyed in short sketches Don t worry, I ll show myself out.On the way to the Ministry of Silly Walks Noble dragons Q Noble dragons don t have friends The nearest they can get to the idea is an enemy who is still alive c Dragons and kings and cross dressing night watch What can go wrong Meet Terry Pratchett, who can turn anything, and I mean, anything, on its head On this re read, what I remember to be a less funny book than the Watch novels that came after it suddenly becomes a rich and nostalgic ride including dwarf bread, or in this case, CAKE Decent, law abiding folk versus the deeply corrupt populace And don t just ask Mr Cut Me Own Throat He s suspicious.I love all the tropes and the way Pratchett Dragons and kings and cross dressing night watch What can go wrong Meet Terry Pratchett, who can turn anything, and I mean, anything, on its head On this re read, what I remember to be a less funny book than the Watch novels that came after it suddenly becomes a rich and nostalgic ride including dwarf bread, or in this case, CAKE Decent, law abiding folk versus the deeply corrupt populace And don t just ask Mr Cut Me Own Throat He s suspicious.I love all the tropes and the way Pratchett deals with them The whole novel is tongue in cheek and it s a slight bitdelightful IMHO than all the rest of the novels that came before it Indeed, it s this one that sets the tone for all the rest And so the transformation of Ankh Morpork commences Upping this by a 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