The Fifth Elephant

The Fifth Elephant

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Sam Vimes is a man on the run. Yesterday he was a duke, a chief of police and the ambassador to the mysterious, fat-rich country of Uberwald. Now he has nothing but his native wit and the gloomy trousers of Uncle Vanya (don t ask). It s snowing. It s freezing. And there are monsters on his trail . . ."
Publisher: London ; Toronto : Doubleday, c1999
ISBN: 9780385409957
0385409958
Characteristics: 317 p. --

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Sep 05, 2015

On the streets of Ankh-Morpork, something is stirring up the dwarf population. The normally quiet and law abiding people are starting to riot just as much as everyone else, and Commander Sam Vimes of the City Watch have another crowd to break up. Captain Carrot, world's tallest dwarf, finally makes things clear; a new king is being appointed, and in the middle of a social revolution, the community is divided. When a worthless replica of a priceless dwarvish artifact goes missing back home, in the city, he is confused by the effort put into it. It seems like a stupid crime, but with the political troubles back in Uberwald, he remains suspicious, especially when Mr. Sonky, manufacturer of rubber goods, is pushed into his own vat. Then, he is called to the oblong office by Lord Vetinari, and sent to be a diplomat in Uberwald, where humans are a minority, among the werewolves, vampires, dwarfs, and trolls. There, he must attend the coronation of the new king. The situation worsens when Captain Carrot is unexpectedly called away, and Sergeant Colon is forced to take leadership of the watch.

This book Is a part of the Discworld City Watch series, and I'd very highly recommend reading the previous books, Guards, Guards!, Men At Arms, Feet Of Clay and Jingo first, to get to know the characters.

This is a brilliant mystery. Commander Vimes is a very good character, with a dedication to his job, and a relatively strong moral compass, especially considering the fact that he grew up in the sprawling city of Ankh-Morpork. The references are great, and the humor is over the top, and bold at times, but sometimes very subtle. Angua and Captain Carrot are also a good characters, with their conflicting personalities, but willingness to work together. I also think Lady Margolotta is fascinating, with her gentle intervention. Poor Sergeant Colon, mad with power, plagued by the unlicensed sugar theft, and Corporal Nobby vying for a promotion, is hilarious.

The book has a good plot, genius jokes, and complex, multidimensional characters. I would definitely recommend it.

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