The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett
(Discworld Novels)

70%

5 Critic Reviews

As he tells Vimes's story (and surrounding ones), Pratchett cheerfully takes readers on an exuberant tale of mystery and invention, including the efforts of a clique of neo-Nazi werewolves to destabilize Uberwald.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

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; 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.

 

About Terry Pratchett

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Terry Pratchett is one of the world's most popular authors. He is the winner of numerous literary prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, and he was awarded a knighthood in recognition of his services to literature. Pratchett lives in England.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 469 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Fifth Elephant
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Kirkus

Above average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 20 2010

Pratchett’s humor is international, satirical, devious, knowing, irreverent, unsparing and, above all, funny.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Apr 03 2008

As he tells Vimes's story (and surrounding ones), Pratchett cheerfully takes readers on an exuberant tale of mystery and invention, including the efforts of a clique of neo-Nazi werewolves to destabilize Uberwald.

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The Washington Post

Good
Reviewed by Barbara Mertz on Apr 02 2008

You don't have to be familiar with folklore, Leonardo da Vinci... to appreciate them, but if you aren't, you will miss some of the in-jokes. Just consider yourself grabbed by the collar, with me shouting, "You've got to read this book!"

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SF Site

Above average
Reviewed by Steven H Silver on Feb 13 2013

The twenty-fourth novel in the Discworld series, The Fifth Elephant is not, unfortunately, a good starting place for someone who is unfamiliar with the series. It builds on the events chronicled in earlier books about Vimes and the City Watch..

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Austin Chronicle

Above average
Reviewed by Marc Savlov on Mar 24 2008

Pratchett's writing is clean and swift -- there are no chapters in his books, and I tore through The Fifth Element in one (very) late-night sitting. His humor, much of it the distinctly dry, British persuasion, is laugh-out-loud funny...

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