Why this book?
Like all of Pratchett’s disc world books the story is well thought out, the characters people the reader can identify with and, in some cases, even recognise, but it is also more than just a story. Pratchett is an absolute master at folding social commentary into his stories, and this one is no exception. The cynical Commander of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, Sir Samuel Vimes, reluctant Duke of Ankh, is sent into Überwald as Ambassador to attend the coronation of the Low King of the Dwarves and must deal with a Werewolf clan, plotting dwarf factions, and the Lady Margalotta as he solves the puzzle of the theft of the Scone of Stone. Inuendoes, excitement, devious twists, and Sybil, Duchess of Ankh make for an amusing and intriguing tale.
The Fifth Elephant
Why should I read it?
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What is this book about?
They say that diplomacy is a gentle art. That its finest practitioners are subtle, sophisticated individuals for whom nuance and subtext are meat and drink. And that mastering it is a lifetime's work. But you do need a certain inclination in that direction. It's not something you can just pick up on the job. Which is a shame if you find yourself dropped unaccountably into a position of some significant diplomatic responsibility. If you don't really do diplomacy or haven't been to school with the right foreign bigwigs or aren't even sure whether a nod is as good as a…