“Vimes died. The sun dropped out of the sky, giant lizards took over the world, and the stars exploded and went out and all hope vanished and gurgled into the sinktrap of oblivion. And gas filled the firmament and combusted and behold! There was a new heaven – or possibly not. And Disc and Io and and possibly verily life crawled out of the sea – or possibly didn’t because it had been made by the gods, and lizards turned to less scaly lizards – or possibly did not. And lizards turned into birds and bugs turned into butterflies and a species of apple turned into banana and a kind of monkey fell out of a tree and realised life was better when you didn’t have to spend your time hanging onto something. And in only a few billion years evolved trousers and ornamental stripey hats. Lastly the game of Crockett. And there, magically reincarnated, was Vimes, a little dizzy, standing on the village green looking into the smiling countenance of an enthusiast.”
― Terry Pratchett, Snuff
I’ve been making my way through the limited amount of Discworld books available at one of my libraries– most of them are from the Watch series with a few of these ones peeking in from the paperback shelves1 and YAY for Terry Pratchett and his books, is all I can say. Reviewing them will be impossible (not least because they’ve all begun to blur together into one big story) but reading them is heaps of fun.
- the connecting theme seems to be outsiders making their way inward via acceptance and help from other outsiders/people who were once outsiders and are now in/benevolent insiders. Also they beat people up (or people beat other people up FOR them) which seems to help a lot, too. ↩