Characters like Sam Vimes

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Characters like Sam Vimes

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Mar 4, 2012, 9:18 am

Hi all. :) I was wondering if anyone could recommend some books which feature a character similar to Sam Vimes (I have decided after a long and tortuous process that he is my favourite DW character).

Thank you in advance. :)

Mar 4, 2012, 9:47 am

non fantasy?
i like the Harry Hole books by Jo Nesbo, the detective, harry, is also a no nonsense, flawed, driven individual, good stuff. The Redbreast is a good place to start

Mar 4, 2012, 4:50 pm

>brianjungwi: Thanks :D

Mar 8, 2012, 1:53 am

He's a bit more smart-ass than Vimes, but has that hard central core of right and wrong, Harry Dresden in the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher Plenty of humor, lots more action.

Also you might try some of the noir detective stories by Raymond Chandler with Phillip Marlowe in them, The Big Sleep is one. Dashiell Hammett also wrote hard-boiled, I think Sam Spade was his detective. Neither of these are Pratchett-like, as in not that funny. They use irony and sarcasm to entertain. I think Vimes is based on these detectives, but all the goofy humor around him is not in these tales.

If you haven't read any Rex Stout you might try those. Nero Wolfe may not be your style, but Archie Goodwin is Vimes with panache. He rides the big genius unmercifully with his jibes and wise-cracks. Wolfe, being the genius, is not short on humor himself, but uses it sparingly.

Mar 8, 2012, 3:56 am

Or if way-out noir appeals, try Malcolm Pryce's Aberystwyth books. Louie Knight has a definte Vimes-vibe going on, and the humour is very compatible.

Mar 8, 2012, 5:11 am


I've read Jim Butcher and Rex Stout, and I even have couple of books by Hammett and Chandler lying around, now I will definitely give them a try. Thank you!


You know, I think I have the first book somewhere. Thanks for your help! :)

Mar 8, 2012, 12:24 pm

#5 - I hadn't heard of that one, added to my wishlist! :)

Mar 8, 2012, 3:07 pm

If you like Harry Dresden and Nero Wolfe (and Vimes of course) maybe you'd also enjoy the Garrett, P. I. books by Glen Cook. They're essentially a fantasy version of the Nero Wolfe books and the main character shares some traits with Dresden.

You could also try Lord Darcy by Randall Garrett (yes, Garrett in Glen Cook's books was named after him). Set in an alternate history version of Europe where magic is real, the stories reminded me a lot of Sherlock Holmes' cases.

And last but not least, there's something of Vimes in Jack Spratt from The Big Over Easy and The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde.

Mar 8, 2012, 7:43 pm

Maybe Green's Nightside books?

Depends on why you like Vimes. But if you like Vimes AND Dresden, I would say to try the Nightside :)

Mar 8, 2012, 7:51 pm

If what you like is the common person gradually escalated into the halls of power, with fantasy and humor thrown in, check out Stephen Brust's Vlad Taltos series, which starts with Jhereg.

Mar 8, 2012, 7:53 pm

>10 ChrisRiesbeck:

I knew I am missing a series somewhere :)

PS: And if you do, read it in the Publication order and not in the Chronological order - the Chronological one gives away a few things in a pretty bad way for later books :)

Abr 7, 2012, 1:54 pm

Can't answer your question, but want to join in the Sam Vimes appreciation.

Abr 18, 2012, 5:50 pm

I don't think Vimes would be as wonderful without Vetinari to play off of. Vetinari manipulates Vimes and uses him for his own ends, but Vimes knows that and has no qualms about drawing a line. And Vetinari knows he knees Vimes as much as Vimes needs him. It's a wonderful relationship.

As Drumknott said to Vetinari once, "If Commander Vimes didn't exist, you would have had to invent him."
To which Vetinari said, "I believe I did."

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