Books: Terry Pratchett “The Fifth Elephant”

September 6, 2008

Terry Pratchett‘s “The Fifth Elephant” (5/5)

Another in the series of Pratchett’s books based around Sam Vimes and the City Watch characters.  This, I think, is one for the fans and certainly a book that fits in a series rather than on its own as there are a growing number of characters to keep up with and so are covered only in short sections that are extremely funny if you know the character already (thinking about Corporal Nobby Nobbs and Sergeant Fred Colon but also the relationship between Carrot and Angua).

That said, this is a great story, very funny and introduces lots of new features of these stories.  I really like the way female dwarfs are starting to express their femeninity, or the introduction of signal towers, the Igors and the way warewolfs in human form don’t like words like ‘bath’ and ‘vet’.  Really enjoyed this book and it was a good choice to read something funny for a change.