by Terry Pratchett
A book review by Mark L. Olson
HarperPrism, 1997, 437 pp., $6.50
It's another good Discworld book. The main characters are Samuel Vimes, the Police Chief of Ankh-Morpork, Captain Carrot, and the Patrician. The event is the rising of an island in the straits between Ankh-Morpork and the Empire of Klatch -- the island rises every few hundred years. The island precipitates a war between the two nations, the rise of xenophobic tensions in Ankh-Morpork, and an aristocratic putsch against the Patrician.
It's amazing how Pratchett has evolved a deft enough comedic style to talk about something like race relations and militarism without ceasing to be funny and without overtly preaching.
More good reading!
See also my other Pratchett reviews: The Truth, Terry Pratchett: Guilty of Literature, Carpe Jugulum, The Science of Discworld, The Fifth Elephant, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, The Last Hero, Jingo, Night Watch, The Wee Free Men
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