Review: Thud! (Discworld Book 40 of 49ish)

Thud! (Discworld, #34) - Terry Pratchett

Thud! is the seventh book in the Watch subseries of Discworld.  Tensions have always been high between the dwarves and the trolls.  Now a dwarf has been murdered in Ankh-Morpork, and it looks like a troll might have been responsible. 


As with the previous Watch book, it focuses heavily on Vimes, but he continues to be far more likeable than he was earlier in the series so I’m continuing to warm up to him.  The story itself didn’t really stand out from the previous books.  Yes, it does a good job of portraying the conflict and prejudice that can arise between two groups of people.  Yes, it has some great things to say through the use of subtle, and not-so-subtle, humor.  The problem is, we’ve seen this quite a bit now in Discworld, particularly in the Watch books, so it’s starting to feel a little repetitive. 


The story did hold my interest, and I wasn’t bored, but I don’t think it will be one of the more memorable stories when I’m looking back on the series.  Speaking of which, I’m down to seven books, one illustrated novel, and one short story left to read.  I started this series a little under a year ago, on April 26.  It will feel weird when I finally finish it and I'm no longer a regular visitor to the Discworld.