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The Fifth Elephant - (Discworld) by Terry Pratchett (Paperback)

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  • "Pratchett cheerfully takes readers on an exuberant tale of mystery and invention.
  • About the Author: TERRY PRATCHETT is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, "The Colour of Magic," was published in 1983.
  • 464 Pages
  • Fiction + Literature Genres, Fantasy
  • Series Name: Discworld

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"Pratchett cheerfully takes readers on an exuberant tale of mystery and invention. Along the way, he skewers everything from monarchy to fascism, as well as communism and capitalism, oil wealth and ethnic identities, Russian plays, immigration, condoms, and evangelical Christianity--in short, everything worth talking about." --Publishers Weekly

Elephants, werewolves, and ruby tights (oh my!) collide in this clever Discworld tale rich in mystery, myth, intrigue, and a dollop of diplomacy from the legendary New York Times bestselling 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 the fifth elephant?

Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork constabulary is the man to find out. A copper through and through, he's been "invited" to attend a royal function as a diplomat, ambassador to the mysterious, fat-rich country of Uberwald--complete with ruby tights.

Of course where cops go, 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 to solve the puzzle of the missing pachyderm. After all, that's what he does.

Only there are monsters on his trail--bright, fast, toothy werewolves. And they're catching up.

The Discworld novels can be read in any order but The Fifth Elephant is the 5th book in the City Watch collection.

The City Watch series in order:

    Guards! Guards!Men at ArmsFeet of ClayJingoThe Fifth ElephantNight WatchThud!Snuff



From the 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 if he doesn't want to. Now, 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 will . . . after all, solving mysteries is his job.



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"Acclaimed British author Pratchett continues to distinguish himself from his colleagues with clever plot lines and genuinely likable characters in this first-rate addition to his long-running Discworld fantasy series. . . . Pratchett cheerfully takes readers on an exuberant tale of mystery and invention. Along the way, he skewers everything from monarchy to fascism, as well as communism and capitalism, oil wealth and ethnic identities, Russian plays, immigration, condoms, and evangelical Christianity--in short, most everything worth talking about." -- Publishers Weekly

"More gloriously uproarious doings from Discworld. . . . Pratchett's humor is international, satirical, devious, knowing, irreverent, unsparing and, above all, funny." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)




About the Author



TERRY PRATCHETT is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, "The Colour of Magic," was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of over fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at over 75 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.
Dimensions (Overall): 7.4 Inches (H) x 4.1 Inches (W) x 1.2 Inches (D)
Weight: .55 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 464
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Fantasy
Series Title: Discworld
Publisher: Harper
Theme: Action & Adventure
Format: Paperback
Author: Terry Pratchett
Language: English
Street Date: April 29, 2014
TCIN: 16218413
UPC: 9780062280138
Item Number (DPCI): 247-29-1596
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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