I found it slightly disgusting, and couldn't finish it in one sitting.
The pink mists of exploding people and that skull (UK hardback page 191) *shudders*. The last time I encountered a high-up placed skull like that, the author had broken out mad, mad purple prose, rather like Terry Pratchett had in Snuff and ISWM. I don't know what history books Terry's been reading lately, but they scan for mad before they publish these days. Methinks, he copied over something... dreadful. But largely, it was about a human skull being boiled clean in a second and sky-rocketed to the rafters that did it.
I liked the golem horse, which talks just as well as biped golems. I liked the troll lawyer, except, er, he was white in imagery and sparkling. I picture all the trolls mostly as grey, black and brick-orange. Sparkling white/diamond ones, especially when they've dropped all the "da, dat" from their language, come across to me as specie-racist. It was nice he was a former engine to Mr Pratchett. Thomas the Tank Engine, anyone?
Also - Drumknott's the wrong introvert personality. He's moved to a machine-lover, not a paperwork/spy device lover, which I hoped he was previously. I half-wanted the new Drumknott to run away from an increasingly murdering Vetinari and become an engine-builder, rather like Moist von Lipwig; they were both together on Iron Girder at the start. Vetinari and Drumknott playing trains and wearing hats later was fun, but I'm worried. Lots of characters appear out of character.
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