Pratchett, Terry -- Snuff

Trust Pratchett, publicly dealing with a terminal illness and euthanasia issues, to pick the title... But if there's any visible influence in his writing, it's a sneaking desire to get his minor characters married off and his minor races un-two-dimensionalized. In this case it's the goblins, previously known only as "so dimwitted they collect their own nose-droppings". In this book we (in the person of Vimes) (and son) (and wife, butler, ... don't neglect the butler) learn more. It's not as multilayered as it could be, but still solid.

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