Snuff – Review by Moira de Swardt

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January 19th, 2012

Regular readers of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld fantasies will need no encouragement to buy this quirky whodunit.

For them it will be familiar territory and they will already be fans of Pratchett’s wonderful sense of humour and wacky thinking which make him such a masterful story-teller.

Snuff is that addictive (because of the nicotine) tobacco substance often sniffed by old ladies. It makes them sneeze. It also means “to extinguish” as in to snuff out a candle. In this extinguishing context it has the sinister overtones of death. To “snuff it” means “to die”, often before one would do so if it were left entirely to natural causes, as in “snuff movies”.

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