wow, I never have that kind of thoughts while reading TP's books, about Koom Valley I only thought it was a nice parody for all the hate in the world, where people hate each other because they are different, or because it has always be like that even if they can't even say why, and how stupid all that is while it would be so much easier and nicer to get along or simply let live in peace... never found myself thinking all that stuff...
Crysta-- you've hit on one of the things that makes Terry's satiric novels so good. They're not as limited as we often try to make them. And raisindot, you're right of course, about the species hatred between trolls and dwarfs. But humans in the round world don't seem to fight wars over species. Your racial analogy is one example of irrational hatred and another would be "the only good Indian is a dead Indian" attitude of the American West.
But the fact remains that a huge number of wars are fought for "religious" reasons. And just because the Dwarfs say they are not religious doesn't keep Sam (and the rest of us) from thinking it certainly sounds like religion. For example, Hamcrusher's speech in which he preaches extermination of all Trolls as "an act of charity" is a kind of "sermon. But not all rocks are trolls, and the dwarfs seem to see them that way. And a sentient being (even if a rock) objects to being mined. I suspect the "stealing" that Hamcrusher refers to is the refusal of Trolls to allow themselves to be mined/attacked by the dwarfs. And the Dwarfs creation myth certainly echoes (somewhat distortedly) the 1st Chapter of Genesis--(the one without Adam and Eve). I think that Terry is making the Dwarf/Troll relation symbolized by Koom Valley applicable to all the senseless wars (like Northern Ireland) or terrorist activity in the name of religion which have existed for so long in our round world.
I found Angua very annoying in this book. Did anyone else? She has been acting (as Sally points out) like a dog with a master. Granted, in some ways a werewolf is, I suppose, a kind of dog. But in the other books Angua (and Terry) make more of a contrast between dogs and wolves. I suppose it's possible to see the werewolf/vampire thing as an old enmity from Uberwald's past that still colors the way they react to some extent. But I think that Jan and others are right (me too) in saying that "the girls night out" and the relations between Anuga and Sally are meant to be if not comic, at least lighter relief. I just think that whole thing drags and isn't that funny. And Colon and Nobby have become pretty much a one joke standard. But at least they don't feature as much here as in 5th Elephant
. I've always pictured "Tawnee" as a dumb blonde stereotype, although I don't think her coloring is mentioned. On another board, people got upset that the girls were breaking up Nobby's romance--which clearly isn't the case. But the dumb blonde who can't cook is just too stereotypical for my taste.
One of the "comic" people that I do think works brilliantly is A.E. Pessimal--and his transformation, which absolutely confounds Vetinari and turns his deliberate "joke" of foisting him on Sam Vimes completely around.