Erudite, entertaining and endlessly funny. This book encapsulates the stupidity of prejudice and bounces it around until it shatters. You can read into it what you want, but the essential truths shine, like the Diamond King himself: folk are folk and they have more in common than can or should be dictated by religious dogma. A book for this age of internecine war.
Thud is absolutely true to the wit and insight into our world, played out on Pratchett's imagined Discworld. The book returns to the incorruptible Sam Vines whose determination to be an uncompromisingly good parent, pays dividends that he could not have imagined. A parable about what's truly important.
The pleasure of reading a Pratchett novel always warrants a 5 rating. It's not just the mystery, or the wonderful mix of industrial age technology with humorous impossible technology, or the mix and interction of characters; it's the warm humanity that illuminates it all.