My rating: 3 of 5 stars
As a die-hard Discworld fan, “Snuff” both engaged and disappointed me at the same time.
While on holiday on his wife’s family estate in the country, the mostly out-of-place Sam Vimes, Duke of Ankh, is framed in the murder of a local goblin girl and takes up the chase with the local not-quite-up-to-speed-but-learning-quickly constable to find her real killer. At the same time Commander Vimes saves an entire species from decimation and pulls down the established societal pecking order. Life in the country and elsewhere on the Discworld is never the same again.
The story itself is entertaining enough, but there’s really nothing new here. Everything is familiar and expected, like an old married couple or your favorite, comfortable slippers. Willikins, however, was a delightful dash of Tabasco on an otherwise dull meatloaf.
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