A must for fans of Commander Vimes, who seeks rather reluctantly to a) catch criminals, while b) not breaking the law himself by mutilating them.
On the morning of the 30th anniversary of the Glorious Revolution of the Twenty-Fifth of May (and as such the anniversary of the death of John Keel, Vimes' hero and former mentor), Sam Vimes is caught in a magical storm while pursuing Carcer Dun, a notorious criminal. He awakens to find that he has been rescued by Miss Palm (whom Vimes knows in the future as Mrs Palm, Head of the Guild of Seamstresses - seamstresses referring to prostitutes). He determines that he has somehow been sent back in time.
Author A S Byatt has written a fine article on 'Pratchett and death', focussing particularly on this book:
quote: Pratchett has said once or twice recently that his imagination is getting darker. The storyteller's dealings with death have become grimmer and not so calmly comic. The series began as a parody of the fantasy world of sorcerers and magic, with the adventures of the cowardly wizard Rincewind who is always being projected through space-time, accompanied by a bad-tempered piece of luggage on hundreds of little legs. Rincewind survived by being a survivor, and by invoking the million-to-one chance that is a dead cert in a magical tale. He has not appeared for some time now, whereas the characters from the tales of the witches of Lancre and the complicated polity of Ankh-Morpork have appeared more grimly.
Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: HarperTorch (September 30, 2003)