It is a truth universally acknowledged that a policeman taking a holiday would barely have had time to open his suitcase before he finds his first corpse.
And Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch is on holiday in the pleasant and innocent countryside, but not for him a mere body in the wardrobe. There are many, many bodies and an ancient crime more terrible than murder.
He is out of his jurisdiction, out of his depth, out of bacon sandwiches, and occasionally snookered and out of his mind, but never out of guile. Where there is a crime there must be a finding, there must be a chase and there must be a punishment.
They say that in the end all sins are forgiven.
But not quite all …
Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork — not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they’re in the mood for trying everything else. The prospect of the Big Match draws in a street urchin with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman, who might just turn out to be the greatest fashion model there has ever been, and the mysterious Mr Nutt (and no one knows anything much about Mr Nutt, not even Mr Nutt, which worries him, too). As the match approaches, four lives are entangled and changed for ever. Because the thing about football — the important thing about football — is that it is not just about football. Here we go! Here we go! Here we go!
Century after century, Kashchey the Immortal passes the time by playing tricks both small and large for the sake of his amusement and to the detriment of his enemies as well as an unsuspecting populace. All that changes though the day Kashchey decides to abduct the princess, who proceeds to turn his life upside down. Fighting against vampires and sorcerers while doing battle with knights and creatures, Kashchey finds himself in the middle of a dispute over cheese between a fox and a crow that devolves into mayhem involving animals, birds, vampires, witches, and one very bewildered alien. All Kashchey really wants to do is find out why the King calls his daughter his “Golden Princess” and whether it is possible to add this ‘treasure’ to his pile of gold and wealth. Science fiction and fantasy lovers will enjoy Invasion, the first part of the Kashchey the Immortal series, as the mythical Russian villain is brought to life (or, rather, revived) as he tries to solve the mystery of his immortality in this science fiction fantasy!
I Shall Wear Midnight is a novel in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, and the fourth in the Tiffany Aching arc. It centres on Tiffany Aching, who is now fifteen years old and getting on with the hard work of being a witch. The title is a quotation in A Hat Full of Sky: "When I'm old I shall wear midnight, she'd decided. But for now she'd had enough of darkness."
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