Friday, July 10, 2015

Discworld - Watch the Old World

So we return to international intrigue with The Fifth Elephant.  The excitement level on this one ramps up quickly.  We've heard of Igor before (as the bartender at Biers and helping the Magpyrs), but here we learn of the Igor network and their creed of "What goes around comes around."

There is also the introduction of the Clacks system (semaphore towers) which will play such a big part in the future books.

I think that I'm becoming soft and sentimental in my years.  I know that there are several books to go in the series, but just thinking about the end coming brings tears to my eyes, and the touching bits in the stories seem that much more poignant.  The part in this one that almost brought out a sob was when Angua is asking Carrot to be the one to put her down.


Recurring characters and themes appearing in this book:

"Hi Ho Song"
"Personal isn't the same as important."
Albrecht Albrechtson
All Jolson
Almanack de Gothic
Angua von Uberwald, Sergeant
Baron von Uberwald
Baroness Seraphine von Uberwald
B'hrian Bloodaxe
Bluejohn, Corporal
Carrot Ironfounderson, Captain
Cheery “Cheri” LIttlebottom, corporal
Clacks system
Deep Dwarves
Detritus, Sergeant
Done-It Duncan
Dorfl, Constable
Downspout, Constable
Drumknott, secretary
Dwarf Bread Museum
Events of Men at Arms
Flint. Corporal (sergeant temporarily)
Fred Colon, Sergeant (captain temporarily)
Gimlet / Gimlet's Delicatessan
Havelock Vetinari, Patrician
Lady Margolotta
Leonard of Quirm
Lord Rust
Lord Selachii
Mrs. Content, midwife
Nobby Nobbs, corporal
Reg Shoe, constable
Rhys Rhyson, Low King
Sam Vimes, Commander Duke Sir
Stoneface Vimes
Swires, lance-constable
Sybil Ramkin-Vimes, Duchess
The Assassins' Guild
The Bunch of Grapes
The Campaign for Equal Heights
The Dark Clerks
The Fools' Guild
The Marquis of Fantailer
The Ankh-Morpork Opera House
The Prophet Ossory
The Ramtops
The Seamstresses' Guild
Twurp's Peerage
Visit-the-Non-Believer-With-Explantory-Pamplets “Washpot”, constable
Wilikins, butler

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