Book Review: Theater of Cruelty by Terry Pratchett

April 13, 2018 Blog, Terry Pratchett 2

Book Review: Theater of Cruelty by Terry PratchettTheater of Cruelty (Discworld, #14.5) by Terry Pratchett
Series: Discworld #14.5
Published by Corgi, HarperCollins on Published 1993
Narrator: Nigel Planar
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, General
Pages: 4
Source: Purchase
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A murder has been committed: a street entertainer, found apparently battered to death with a very small blunt object, on him bite marks from a very small crocodile. Investigating the incident in his typically direct manner, Carrot Ironfoundersson discovers the truth...

Reading Challenges: Author Love, British Books Challenge, Terry Pratchett - Discworld


Oh my goodness… guys, I know I gush and gush about Terry Pratchett, but this is about The Watch. I’m so pleased to have another story, even a short one, about The Watch!

From the beginning this one is a sort of special kind of special. Carrot Ironfounderson has been told to find witnesses for a murder.

Corporal Carrot, the Watch’s youngest member, often struck people as simple. And he was. He was incredibly simple, but in the same way that a sword is simple, or an ambush is simple.

Now knowing this, I’m sure it will not come as a surprise that Carrot decides to ask the number one suspect to any murder on the Discworld, a very unusual witness. No one else would have, but that is exactly how Carrot’s mind works. It’s hilarious that this particular character is being questioned, and I’m only sad at the fact that the questioning was so short, but it was still a fantastic addition to this little story, and really made me smile.

The story does end rather abruptly, but it was just a short crime, not even really a crime. Carrot, of course, got everything he needed to know from Death.

While I love all of his stories, and this one was quite funny, I wish there was just a tad more to make it feel fully complete. It seems a bit cut off for some reason. But then again, if I knew the reason, I’d be able to think like Terry Pratchett and nobody can do that!

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Rating Report
4 / 5
Character Development
4 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
4 / 5
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Overall: 4.4 / 5


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About Terry Pratchett

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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2 Responses to “Book Review: Theater of Cruelty by Terry Pratchett”

    • Christina

      If you haven’t read this yet, you’ll love it! I am so excited to finally read all of these shorts. They add so much. Carrot always thinks out of the box!

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