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The Fifth Elephant (Discworld, Bk 24)
The Fifth Elephant - Discworld, Bk 24
Author: Terry Pratchett
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 ...  more
ISBN-13: 9780061020407
ISBN-10: 0061020400
Publication Date: 4/1/2001
Pages: 389
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Publisher: HarperTorch
Book Type: Paperback
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I took this book to the library to read during my volunteer shift and got stern looks from the librarians and patrons for laughing out loud several times. I love fantasy that can laugh at itself.
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Another slapstick comedy from the Pratchett pen. Even further out than the others!

From back cover: 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.
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Really enjoyed this, and I've not read any Discworld books. This story stood really well on its own - I didn't realize it was even part of a series till someone told me. The characters are very well defined and amusing. It's a great vacation book!

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