Thud delivers the Laugh

In a time when fantasy and sci-fi is taking itself far too seriously, Terry Pratchett comes to the rescue!

ThudThud by Terry Pratchett sent me laughing so hard I wet myself! (Only a little bit.) Sam Vimes is head of the Police Department of Ankh-Morpork, a town of humans, dwarves, trolls, vampires, and werewolves.

And a few other strange bits and pieces … like an imp in a cage. It’s called a Gooseberry and attaches to Sam’s belt. The Gooseberry rings when Sam has messages, tells him his appointments, and crunches data trends for him. The only problem is that Sam “lost” the manual for his Gooseberry, and so can’t tell program his name into the imp. Anytime the Gooseberry “rings”, it calls him [Insert Name Here].

he, he, he, he … OK, maybe I’m the only one who thinks that’s funny. But I think it’s REALLY, REALLY funny.

Sam’s city is barreling towards a riot. Over a thousand years ago, trolls and dwarves fought an epic battle in Koom Valley. Every year, tensions run high on the anniversary, and this year, some mountain dwarves have moved into town. They’re digging tunnels under Sam’s town, murdering other dwarves, blaming it on a troll, and stirring up trouble.

It’s time for Sam to get down into those tunnels and solve this thing!

Oh, and Sam was ordered to hire a vampire to create “an equal and diverse police workforce.” Since vampires have good eyesight in the dark, he brought Sally down in the tunnels. He also brought his commander, a werewolf, along for her nose. Can always use a good nose in police work. Historically, a werewolf and vampire are as buddy-buddy as a honey badger and a lion. But that won’t be a problem in his police force … will it?

OK, I can’t list every ridiculous side plot.

If you need a break from all the serious stories trying to make deep and meaningful statements, check out Thud by Terry Pratchett. And make sure a bathroom is nearby … just in case.

And here’s my free short story*.

*Disclaimer: Don’t don’t expect it to be as funny as Thud.

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