Length: 398 pages
Interest: I’ve been meaning to read a Discworld book (they are classics in the fantasy genre) so when I saw this at the library, I picked it up.
Summary: Sam Vines is the commander of the City Watch, but also a Duke (being married to Lady Sybil). Sybil forces him to take a vacation in the boring countryside, where he has nothing to do until he discovers someone’s kidnapping goblins and shipping them downriver. While most people treated goblins as vermin, Vimes went on a big chase downriver in a huge storm, had to catch a boat on the ocean, and other heroic deeds to save the goblins.
Final thoughts: It took me a good 50 pages to get into the book (perhaps not the best starting place for the Discworld series, being the 39th book in the Discworld setting) but once I got past that point, the story was very enjoyable. Lots of fun, with a detective story thrown in for good measure.
Title comes from: Not an obvious one to me. Occasionally, Vimes would take snuff, but it wasn’t a major plot point or anything.
Reading challenges fulfilled: None, since this is a review of a book read in a previous year. I’m slogging my way through two slow books. They’re almost done, so I should be back to adding books to my challenges.
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