Terry Pratchett – Thud! (Revisited)

Time for another repeat entry in the Great Terry Pratchett Re-read-athon. I wrote about this one eight years ago, and having read what I wrote then, I don’t think I can really improve on it, so this post will just include the traditional set of quotes. Well, mostly.

Here are the Eternal Coppers Fred Colon and Nobby Nobbs talking about the apparently inevitable coming war between the dwarfs and trolls.

Fred grunted his disdain for a mere fact of geography. “War, Nobby. Huh! What is it good for?” he said.
“Dunno, sarge. Freeing slaves, maybe?”
“Absol- Well, okay.”
“Defending yourself from a totalitarian aggressor?”
“All right, I’ll grant you that, but-”
“Saving civilisation against a horde of-”
“It doesn’t’ do any good in the long run is what I’m saying, Nobby, if you’d listen for five seconds together,” said Fred Colon sharply.
“Yeah, but in the long run what does, sarge?”

Which manages to be a hybrid of the obvious musical reference and a moderate dose of “what have the Romans done for us?”

And Sam Vimes’s thoughts on games (lurking in a footnote)

Vimes had never got on with any game much more complex than darts. Chess in particular had always annoyed him. It was the dumb way the pawns went off and slaughtered their fellow pawns while the kings lounged about doing nothing that always got to him; if only the pawns united, maybe talked the rooks round, the whole board could’ve been a republic in a dozen moves.

In my previous post about Thud! I mentioned that it was in the end, a hopeful book. This line (which I’ll present without context) is why:

“I need no axe to be a dwarf, said Bashfullsson. “Nor do I need to hate trolls. What kind of creature defines itself by hatred?”

Good one.

One other thing I’ll mention that may come up in future books. Something may have got into Vimes…