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Comments for Thud
Thud by Terry Pratchett is the 34th Discworld novel. A murder has been committed under Ankhmorpork. Meanwhile, Vimes has been ordered to better integrate the Watch.
The murder reveals the underworld vastness of the immigrant society of the dwarves. Vimes in his investigation has a lot to learn about dwarf culture (beyond what Carrot has taught him) and how to best assert the Watch's jurisdiction while avoiding a riot.
The murder is also tied up in an ancient war between the dwarves and trolls, reenacted in the game of thud (which is sort of like a lopsided game chess).
These Discworld books are at their best when they are focused. This one is pretty much an inner-city police procedural with some eye opening looks at race relations.
If you plan to read the most recent Discworld books, namely Snuff and Raising Steam, you must read Thud to understand how Koom Valley has changed everything.
For those of you who are parents and a child forever stuck on one particular night time book, I recommend getting the companion book, Where is My Cow?