Just reiterating the known info about Thud!, which I got from here. Thud! Date due: 1 October 2005 Series: Adult Discworld novel / City Watch Details: An old-fashioned murder mystery with political overtones. The first line will be: "Thud! That was the noise the body made when it hit the ground." It stars the City Watch, particularly Vimes, and takes place in Ankh-Morpork while a civil war is going on between the dwarfs and the trolls and barricades are going up around the city. Vimes' life is being made difficult by a government inspector looking into the Watch's efficiency. The inspector keeps sending Vimes memos along the lines of: there were two policemen in Sator Square all morning but no crimes were committed there - what, then, was their purpose? Vimes eventually drags him out onto the streets for a taste of real policing. Lady Sybil is worrying about Vimes' health and trying to make him eat several portions of fruit and vegetables a day. In one scene, she makes a constable promise to make the Commander eat the apple she gives him, much to the constable's discomfort. It features a scene where the Patrician persuades Vimes to hire a female vampire as a Watch officer. The vampire is 51 years old but looks about 16. Vimes is trying to get home on time every evening to read Where's My Cow to his young son. He puts an Ankh-Morpork twist on the story by including as characters some of the people he has met during his day: Where's my cow? Is that my cow? It goes 'Buggerem! Millennium hand and shrimp!' That is not my cow. That is Foul Ole Ron. Nobby gets a pole dancer girlfriend called Tawny - very classy, even has her own pole - whose physique is best described by saying that when Nobby stands in front of her, he's sheltered from the rain. She was once Miss May and two weeks in June. Their eyes meet when Nobby slips an IOU into her garter. New information added 1 May 2005: The female vampire's name is Sally. One scene involves her, Cheery and Angua having a girls' night out in a bar. Cheery, still shaky on a few fundamentals, keeps ordering Screaming Orgasms in the hope that one of them will work. Sally is apparently able to transform herself into several bats - presumably at the same time, since killing off one of the bats is described as a quick and easy weight-loss system. Also appearing in the book will be a hideous-sweater-wearing reformed vampire who obsessively overpronounces the letter W when he speaks, and a stoned urban troll named Brick who has had too many Worst Nightmares, a kind of trollish cocktail containing Slab. One scene in the book will describe a stand-off between Chrysoprase, Vimes and Detritus in the Pork Futures Warehouse, complete with Godfather-esque overtones. Transworld summary: Koom Valley? That was where the trolls ambushed the dwarves, or the dwarves ambushed the trolls. It was far away. It was a long time ago. But if he doesn't solve the murder of just one dwarf, Commander Sam Vimes of Ankh-Morpork City Watch is going to see the battle fought again, right outside his office. With his beloved Watch crumbling around him and war-drums sounding, he must unravel every clue, outwit every assassin and brave any darkness to find the solution. And darkness is following him.