Imagine a universe much like this one—there is a world, there are turtles, and even a sprinkling of elephants. Now imagine four of those elephants standing on the shell of a giant turtle balancing a flat disc atop their backs. Welcome to Discworld, a cosmos that is undoubtedly familiar, yet so distinct as to tickle the very edges of the imagination; a cosmos that is the fantastically elaborate and massively successful brainchild of English author Sir Terry Pratchett.
Those familiar with the Discworld series have a penchant for comic fantasy, sparkling wit, and a desire to lock many of the greatest authors in the world in the same room just to see what will happen (J.R.R. Tolkien, William Shakespeare, and H.P. Lovecraft to name a few). Because of the format of the novels, most of the books are accessible at any point in the somewhat chronological history of Discworld’s biggest city, Ankh-Morpork.
That said, there is all the more reason to anticipate the 39th installment of Pratchett’s Discworld. Snuff will center on Sam Vimes: a (generally) straight-laced Commander of Ankh-Morpork’s Watch, an equivalent of the police force. Finally able to go on holiday with his wife, Vimes soon learns that crime never takes a day off. Bodies seem to always follow a man of the Watch (and not necessarily live ones) so the dutiful Vimes sets out to crack the case… and find more bacon sandwiches.
Get ready for the (39th) adventure of your lifetime this October 11th by packing lightly—pack so lightly that don’t even bother bringing a map. After all, as Pratchett states, “you can’t map a sense of humor.”