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Something new has come up between the Discworld's ancient rival cites of Ankh-Morpork and Al-Khali.


It's up island, rising out of Discworld's sea, uninhabited and claimed by both cities.

Under International Law this situation clearly falls under the ancient doctrine of Acquiris Quodcumque Rapis ("You Get What You Grab"). And everyone wants to grab. Besides, the Al-Khalians may have invented algebra, astronomy and alcohol, but hey don't have a word for lawyer, and how can you talk to people like that?

Since there's no basis for negotiation, it's down to the long-suffering Commander Vimes of the City Watch to deal with a crime as awful that there's no law against it.

It's called war.

Ankh-Morpork has been at peace for a century, and so has Al-Khali. But now there are people on both sides who think it's time to give was a chance, and will happily help it on its way with a few murders...

Modern war needs modern weapons. Unfortunately, Ankh-Morpork got rich making and selling them to Al-Khali. But it's just possible that salvation lies in the hands of the great inventive genius Leonard of Quirm, whose sketchbooks are filled with devices for killing people, flying through the air, and weighing cheese.

Maybe it's in his boat tat travels under water--Leonard calls it a "Going Under-The-Water-Safely Device", or "metal sinking fish thing" for short. (Just because he's an inventor doesn't mean he's good at naming stuff.) But this is carrying something else--a device that so powerful that it can finish any war.

But don't be alarmed. It's fantasy. It all happens on Discworld, where greed and ignorance influence human behavior, politicians pursue was for selfish ends, and perfectly ordinary people occasionally act like raving idiots.

A world, in short, totally unlike our own.

Publisher: London : Gollancz, c1997
ISBN: 9780061050473
Branch Call Number: PRATCHE
Characteristics: 285 p. ; 25 cm


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Mar 22, 2013

A fantastic entry into the Discworld series, hilarious if a little slow at about the 60% mark.

If you haven't read any of the Discworld books, I'd recommend starting with "Guards! Guards!," which is the first book about the City Watch.

Oct 13, 2012

While I've greatly enjoyed most of the Pratchett novels I've read, this one is my favorite. I laughed out loud at Nobby's adventures posing as a woman; as he and his fellow officers try to prevent a war. This is a great book!

Apr 07, 2012

Another great addition to the Disc World saga.

neko Aug 22, 2009

On the very brink of war sports can sometimes be the best way to get factions to agree to something.

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Nov 25, 2010

higi098 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over


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Nov 16, 2010

When the lost island of Leshp rises from the sea, coastal neighbors Ankh-Morpork and Klatch both claim to own it. Push comes to shove and both of the superpowers are at war. Cmdr. Vimes of the City watch is caught up in a tale of spitting camels, magic rugs and a man who dresses like a woman.


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Nov 25, 2010

Vimes's grin was as funny as the one that moves very fast towards drowning men. And has a fin on top.


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