Book Review: The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett

March 5, 2014 Blog, Book Reviews 0

Book Review: The Fifth Elephant by Terry PratchettThe Fifth Elphant by Terry Pratchett
Series: Discworld #24
Published by Corgi on November 6th 2008
Narrator: NIgel Planner
Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
Genres: Fantasy, Satire
Pages: 464
Source: Purchase
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They say that diplomacy is a gentle art. That its finest practitioners are subtle, sophisticated individuals for whom nuance and subtext are meat and drink. And that mastering it is a lifetime's work. But you do need a certain inclination in that direction. It's not something you can just pick up on the job.

Which is a shame if you find yourself dropped unaccountably into a position of some significant diplomatic responsibility. If you don't really do diplomacy or haven't been to school with the right foreign bigwigs or aren't even sure whether a nod is as good as a wink to anyone, sighted or otherwise, then things are likely to go wrong. It's just a question of how badly...


my thoughts doneYou know, I’m a huge fan of Terry Pratchett, however this book just doesn’t grab me like his others. Maybe because it’s mainly about politics, maybe it’s because Vimes finds himself in trouble more often than not in this one. I can’t quite put my finger on why it isn’t my thing but it just isn’t one of my favorites.

The good in this is there are many characters that we are already familiar with. Even Death shows up a few times! Gaston is in a lot of this one as well so it was nice to see that grungy little pup and get more of his side of things. And the fact that he is constantly trying to protect Carrot is fabulous. We also find out exactly why Sergeant Colon has always been a Sergeant and should remain a Sergeant!

There were also a few funny parts, the norm laugh out loud while reading Terry Pratchett, but not quite as many as some of his other books.

All in all, it was a good read just not one of my favs for him. He sets a high standard!

The narration as always was superb!


the author

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, and has not looked back since. To date there are a total of 39 books in the Discworld series, of which four (so far) 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’s latest book, Snuff, was published 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 four honorary doctorates from the Universities of Warwick, Portsmouth, Bath, and Bristol. His acclaimed novels have sold more than 45 million copies (give or take a few) and have been translated into 33 languages.

In Dec. of 2007, Pratchett admitted to being 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.



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