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The Fifth Elephant : (Discworld Novel 24)

By (author) Terry Pratchett

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SAM VIMES IS A MAN ON THE RUN. YESTERDAY HE WAS A DUKE, A CHIEF OF POLICE AND THE AMBASSADOR TO THE MYSERIOUS, FAT-RICH COUNTRY OF UBERWALD. Now he has nothing but his native wit and the gloomy trousers of Uncle Vanya (don't ask). It's snowing. It's freezing. And if he can't make it through the forest to civilization there's going to be a terrible war. But there are monsters on his trail. They're bright. They're fast. They're werewolves - and they're catching up. The Fifth Elephant is Terry Pratchett's latest instalment in the Discworld cycle, this time starring dwarfs, diplomacy, intrigue and big lumps of fat.

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  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 106 x 172 x 30mm | 222.26g
  • 06 Feb 2001
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London
  • English
  • 0552146161
  • 9780552146166
  • 7,558

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Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. His fortieth Discworld novel, Raising Steam, was published in 2013. His books have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. He died in March 2015. www.terrypratchett.co.uk @terryandrob

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"Precisely balanced...excellent set pieces...a cracking comic thriller" The Times

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When is Pratchett going to run out of steam? When wonderful comic ideas are stretched beyond their natural life, the effect is inevitably disastrous, but such is the fecundity of Pratchett's imagination that his now massively extended Discworld sequence seems to generate new concepts and hilarious conceits of its own, with Pratchett the mere chronicler. This latest instalment in a cycle whose following has increased from book to book features a favourite Pratchettian character, Sam Vines - this time a man on the run. Yesterday he was a duke and simultaneous chief of police and ambassador to the mysterious country of Uberwald, but now he's freezing his nether parts off struggling through a forest to prevent a terrible war. And if that's not enough, there are werewolves on his trail. This time around, the mad panoply of dwarves, diplomacy and a shewed reflection of the more unlikely aspects of our own society yields a freshness that had perhaps been slipping in the last couple of books. This is vintage Pratchett, and aficionados will lap it up. (Kirkus UK)

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More depth to Night Watch characters.....

"This novel is a little longer than his other novels, and at times you do feel it. Nonetheless, I thought this was briliiant in developing the background behind Angua and her relationship with Carrot also develops in this. Vimes is brilliant in this as ever, and its nice to seem more of Sybil for a change. The change of scenery also makes a good storyline. Much like Jingo there is some clever politics involved, which allows the story to progress. All in all a brilliant read, and interesting to find out more about the characters we all know and love! "show more
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