The Fifth Elephant

  • Title: The Fifth Elephant
  • Author: Terry Pratchett
  • ISBN: 9780061020407
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Fifth Elephant Everyone knows that the world is flat and supported on the backs of four elephants But weren t there supposed to be five Indeed there were So where is it When duty calls Commander Vimes of the Ankh M
    Everyone knows that the world is flat, and supported on the backs of four elephants But weren t there supposed to be five Indeed there were So where is it When duty calls Commander Vimes of the Ankh Morpork constabulary answers Even when he doesn t want to He s been invited to attend a royal function as both detective and diplomat The one role he relishes theEveryone knows that the world is flat, and supported on the backs of four elephants But weren t there supposed to be five Indeed there were So where is it When duty calls Commander Vimes of the Ankh Morpork constabulary answers Even when he doesn t want to He s been invited to attend a royal function as both detective and diplomat The one role he relishes the other requires, well, ruby tights Of course where cops even those clad in tights go, alas, crime follows An attempted assassination and a theft soon lead to a desperate chase from the low halls of Discworld royalty to the legendary fat mines of Uberwald, where lard is found in underground seams along with tusks and teeth and other precious ivory artifacts It s up to the dauntless Vimes bothered as usual by a familiar cast of Discworld inhabitants you know, trolls, dwarfs, werewolves, vampires and such to solve the puzzle of the missing pachyderm Which of course he does After all, solving mysteries is his job.

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    About Terry Pratchett


    1. Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second hand typewriter His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983 In 1987, he turned to writing full time There are over 40 books in the Discworld series, of which four are written for children The first of these, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal A non Discworld book, Good Omens, his 1990 collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller and was reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early 2006 it is also available as a mass market paperback Harper Torch, 2006 and trade paperback Harper Paperbacks, 2006 In 2008, Harper Children s published Terry s standalone non Discworld YA novel, Nation Terry published Snuff in October 2011 Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire for services to literature in 1998, and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Warwick in 1999, the University of Portsmouth in 2001, the University of Bath in 2003, the University of Bristol in 2004, Buckinghamshire New University in 2008, the University of Dublin in 2008, Bradford University in 2009, the University of Winchester in 2009, and The Open University in 2013 for his contribution to Public Service.In Dec of 2007, Pratchett disclosed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer s disease On 18 Feb, 2009, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.He was awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2010.Sir Terry Pratchett passed away on 12th March 2015.


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    1. You know what *really* needs? The ability for someone to leave multiple reviews of a book that they've read at multiple points in their life.I'd like to talk about my recent thoughts on this book, but I don't want to erase my old review or change the date on it. Think how nice it would be to look back on your reading history and see how your attitudes have changed over the course of your life. Books you loved as a kid that pale as you mature, versus books you liked when you were young that grow [...]

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    2. I know that many have stated that there had been a decline in his writing as time goes on… I personally would have to disagree. There is a change in his writing; however I feel that it has been for the better. As his book have progressed, he has leaned less toward the quick giggle and insane rush of nonsense and more toward a satirical plot with darker edges and the giggles interspersed within the story rather than his jokes running the story.The Fifth Elephant is one of Pratchett’s more plo [...]

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    3. “So this is diplomacy.  It’s like lying, only to a better class of people.”So says Sam Vimes / Terry Pratchett in his 1999 novel The Fifth Elephant. Discworld fans also know that this 24th Discworld book was a return of the wonderfully entertaining City Watch sub series. In this edition, Pratchett has the Duke of Ankh go to Uberwald on a diplomatic mission for which Vimes is uniquely qualified.Pratchett had previously visited the vampires in Uberwald in the 23rd Discworld book, 1998’ [...]

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    4. Aw, man!First the Scone of Stone goes missing. Then Angua disappears and Carrot is off to find her. With Sam Vimes on his way to the coronation in Uberwald, that leaves Fred Colon as Acting Captain of the Watch. The horror, the horror! He annoys everyone and makes a general mess of everythingt to mention that his "principles" make him reluctant to investigate the death of a local manufacturer of rubber preventatives. Sound confusing? It's not. At least, not yet. Throw in some assorted dwarfs, tr [...]

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    5. 8.5/10Back to form after a disappointing outing last time with Jingo. This is another stonking effort in the Watch sub-series making it hard for me not to start raving about them to people and tell them if they’ve not read them then they need to pick them up and get cracking!Plot wise things are shaken up again. I did groan a little when I learnt that Vimes would yet again be leaving Ankh-Morpork for a distant land like in the last novel, but this time it proved to be an inspired choice and wo [...]

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    6. The Fifth Elephant is the fifth book in the Watch subseries of Discworld. As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, my enjoyment of the Watch books has grown as the series has progressed. With this book however, I wasn’t as entertained by it as I had been by the last couple. I’m not sure if it was the book or if it was me, since I was traveling on business this week and I was surprisingly tired even though it wasn’t a particularly strenuous trip. There were also a lot of distractions during [...]

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    7. “Let me see if I've got this right,' said Vimes. 'Überwald is like this big suet pudding that everyone's suddenly noticed, and now with this coronation as an excuse we've all got to rush there with knife, fork and spoon to shovel as much on our plates as possible?''Your grasp of political reality is masterly, Vimes. Your lack only the appropriate vocabulary.”“Vetinari was throwing him amongst the wolves. And the dwarfs. And the vampires. Vimes shuddered. And Vetinari never did naything wi [...]

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    8. 2010 October 3I'd have given him five stars for the riff on The Cherry Orchard alone. Vampires, werewolves, politics, fat mining. Pratchett manages to write a really fun book that is also a mystery as well as a keen satire on emigrants and the old country.Personal copy2014 September 232018 February

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    9. Published : 6/11/2008Author: Terry PratchettAnother amazing book written by an amazing author! In this book we see the characters Nobby Nobbs, the wonderful Sam Vines, Havelock Vetinari , Carrot Ironfoundsson plus many more amazing characters. The setting of this novel is Uberwald. This is book 5 in the City Watch part in the Discworld novels.This is another great book that transports us into the world that he has created, we go on the adventure with the characters, get to know them and enjoy th [...]

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    10. Otro libro de la saga de la guardia con el que he disfrutado enormemente.Lo que más me ha gustado: La introducción de los igors.En este volumen conocemos un poco mejor a Lady Sybil, exploramos las misteriosas tierras de Überwald, y averiguamos algo más del trasfondo de Angua.Lo que no me ha gustado: Pratchett vuelve a prescindir de la causa-efecto para resolver el conflicto principal, como en sus primeros libros, haciendo que este se resuelva por manos del azar, mediante el triunfo de un pla [...]

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    11. Another City Watch Story28 November 2016 There was a time that I loved the adventures of Constable Carrot, Captain Vimes, and Nobby Nobbs, but is seems as of late the stories are starting to become really, really dry. Okay, maybe there are other factors, but I really don't seem to be able to get into the Pratchet books any more, to the point that I am starting to find them quite boring. Sure, there are probably people out there that will crucify me because I have spoken blasphemy, but fortunatel [...]

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    12. Please allow me one quick soul-searching moment. Before I was introduced to the awesomeness of Discworld…I was just an empty shell of a fanI haven’t picked up Discworld book for quite some time (last one I read was Jingo) so reading the Fifth Elephant kind of gave me the warm and fuzzy feeling of falling in love with Sir Terry Pratchett’s work all over again. I think this book is the most action-packed volume in City Watch series yet. Imagine Bruce Willis all decked out in tights with Brit [...]

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    13. Complete Discworld RereadAnd just like that the series starts to change. Opens up, shows signs that Discworld is not just a series of random places where things happen but is instead a living, breathing world. People interact, and not just for war. ‘Foreign places’ are not just places to visit and fix; they are places where people live and cultures thrive. The signs that Pratchett’s series is going to start exploring the effects of some major technological changes are present but not yet r [...]

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    14. Another fantastic instalment.It was super great to see the world outside of Ankh Morpork and explore more of Discworld. This one dealt specifically with immigrant diaspora, belonging, cultural shifts and evolution.This was also the first Discworld book to make me cry. Silly Carrot, being his stupid adorable self. How dare he?!! *sniffs*My only problem is that there are a bit too many characters and in this one their stories diverge a little too much.

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    15. This time, Sam Vimes plays a diplomat. Lord Vetinari, the ruler of Ankh-Morpork, sends Vimes to Uberwald to represent the city during the coronation of the dwarfs’ new king. Unfortunately, Uberwald is a backward country. Industry is undeveloped, except in the dwarfs’ mines. The werewolves rampage and eat people unchecked. The vampires plot quietly. The dwarves squabble over millennium-long traditions. A powerful dwarven relic has been stolen (shhh, it’s a secret), various factions of dwarv [...]

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    16. I want to embark on an chronological Discworld in memoriam reread, but for now I started by revisiting The Fifth Elephant for Reasons. Gosh, I love this book: diplomacy and spycraft set in an old Germanic continent, in which the Gothic runs rife, the forests are deep and dark and dangerous, and there are supernatural beasties around every corner. (The races to get home before sunset being a fun Uberwaldean hobby is just the cutest.)What struck me the most about rereading this book is that while [...]

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    17. With Ankh-Morpork’s trade with Uberwald in possible danger Lord Ventari sends his most reliable diplomat and expert in political intrigue, Sam Vimes. The Commander of Ankh-Morpork’s Watch finds himself in a potential international incident with interspecies disputes and conspiracies mixed in with the fabulous riches of The Fifth Elephant mines in this installment of Terry Pratchett’s fantastic Discworld series.Uberwald is a mineral rich principality governed over by dwarfs, werewolves, and [...]

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    18. Interestingly this City Watch book is keen to paint Ankh-Morpork as representing the big city inclusive ideals of say London, or New York, or perhaps a condensed version of "The American Dream," a place where anyone from anywhere, any race, creed, colour, or education can go and be accepted and make a success of themselves if they just work hard enough. Whilst at the same time it is the closed minded outsiders who wish to build walls, remain in the ultra conservative dark ages and keep all races [...]

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    19. This book has one of the scariest scenes I've read in a discworld book so far. I was really afraid a particular character I care about would die. Also in this book Igor and Vimes really have a shining role, so if you like them, this is definetly the book for you. Especially if you also always wanted to know more about vampires, dwarves and werewolves of the Discworld universe. This feels like a very mature discworld book, in the sense that the story is very well-constructed and has some serious [...]

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    20. Funny, gripping. Hinges on tradition, change, diplomacy and Sam Vimes' ability to be the most dogged policeman in existence, and interestingly on a smelly little dog's somewhat parallel abilities. Lots of great side-plots and gags. Everything perfectly balanced, a delectable repast served up by a master chef.

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    21. Not your usual City Watch novel, and Feet of Clay and Men at Arms were a little bit more enjoyable plot-wise, but it still was fun to read; especially when giving you backgrounds for Angua and Uberwald Sam Vimes is still the best cop in fiction.

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    22. Wolves never look back.Read the book again, after many years. I had it pegged down as 3 stars (always compared to the rest of his work) but now I'm giving it 4 stars. The book didn't get better, but I think I did.

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    23. Not my favourite of Pratchett's works but a solid and entertaining read all the same. Let's be honest any of the books with Sam Vimes as MC can't go too far wrong. This felt like it picked up more directly from Feet of Clay in terms of theme than some of Pratchett's other books interconnect. It continued a look at racism and cultural clashes, whilst also exploring issues such as identity especially gender identity and gender stereotypes. And in usual Pratchett fashion it poked rather sharply at [...]

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    24. Another amusing entry in the City Watch subseries of Discworld. I love all the little bits, not particularly important to the plot, that Pratchett includes such as a large Ankh Morporkian called All Jolson and Leonard of Quimper's inventions! And it has been fun to see how Sam Vimes' relationship with Lady Sybil has progressed (an advantage of taking my time & reading them in order).

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    25. This is one of my favorites in the Discworld "City Watch" series, because it's got a strong plot without being bogged down in pithy puns and endless parody (but there's plenty of that, still). I adore Police Commander (Duke of Ankh) Sam Vimes, the Patrician (city dictator) Lord Vetinari, and the whole multi-species gang. Sometimes the tone gets a bit teachy / preachy, and some puns have me rolling my eyes, but still, jolly good satire. Action, suspense, characters to care for, plus witty politic [...]

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    26. First, the new Low King is to be crowned all the way in Uberwald. For some reason (i.e. Lord Vetinari's) this translates into a diplomatic holiday for our favorite City Watch Commander; that is to say the Duke and Duchess of Ankh of course. Interestingly enough, the famed Scone of Stone has just been stolen from the Dwarf Bread Museum. Luckily it's only a replica, although it is said to be a damn good oneSecondly, Angua suddenly disappears without a trace prompting Carrot to resign his post as a [...]

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    27. I was hooked on these books in the late 1990's and I had to have every book that came out without fail. Unfortunately during the mists of time all the books have merged into one, but I still remember Death and Rincewind to this day and the over top adventures they had. But I have to admit my favourite novels were the ones that contain the city watch and the adventures of Sam Vimes, these novels still to this day stick out as the best of the series, but I never really got on with the books that f [...]

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    28. This one was fabulously written. I don't think it's one of my favourites, because of the sort of general Uberwald unpleasantness that resonates throughout it (and the Colon as Captain subplot got tedious fast - the only saving grace was Vetinari reminding both Colon and Nobbs how Vimes would react). But on the other hand, this is really, really well done.Also, it turns out that I had effectively read three of the Watch books, despite thinking that I'd read almost all of them. Because I hadn't re [...]

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    29. Terry Pratchett's Discworld series really caught me by surprise. I _expected_ airy, humorous fantasies with a satirical edge to them (I picked up on this from the title of the first one I read: GOING POSTAL). But that description does not do these books justice. These are good stories, regardless of the fact that many of the characters are fantastic or supernatural creatures (including a talking dog).The main character of this book (Sam Vimes - featured in many of the Discworld novels) is on a d [...]

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    30. 5 / 5The fifth elephant is yet another book in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. This one belongs to the Ankh-Morpork's City Watch sub-series which happens to be my favorite! As is obvious from my rating, I loved this book! It was exactly what I expected from a city watch Pratchett book and some more! It is obvious that by this book Terry Pratchett had reached his stride as a writer and was feeling very comfortable with both his characters and his setting. The plot is really interesting a [...]

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