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Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett

Guards! Guards! (original 1989; edition 2001)

by Terry Pratchett, Nigel Planer (Narrator)

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Title:Guards! Guards!
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Other authors:Nigel Planer (Narrator)
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Tags:audiobook, audible.com, Nigel Planer, fantasy, Discworld, City Watch

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Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett (1989)


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Another very capable Discworld offering. I must admit, I was disappointed that this wasn't as good as I anticipated: I was eagerly looking forward to the genre-savvy mook/henchman trope being exploited, but that's only part of the story and Pratchett gets less mileage out of it than you would expect. When he does it's amusing (as often in the Discworld books, the best bits are early on before the plot gets in the way), and the book as a whole is perhaps the most nakedly funny since The Light Fantastic.

Any sense of disappointment on my part has more to do with my preconceptions rather than the actual book: it's a big improvement on Pyramids and returns to the let's-just-provide-some-laughs fantasy adventuring that characterised the Rincewind books in particular. The guard characters we follow are all endearing even if their motivations or comradely bond aren't always clear. The dragon is a good antagonist: a more cohesive and settled plot denouement than the magical extravaganzas that capped previous books. Not the imperial instalment I was expecting, but still a damn good Discworld adventure and there's a lot of potential for future City Watch adventures. ( )
  MikeFutcher | Jun 26, 2017 |
This book was hilarious! I'm definitely gonna keep reading the discworld series. ( )
  Booksen | Jun 23, 2017 |
This is a humorous fantasy novel about how the captain of the Ank-Morpork’s Night Watch and his rag-tag policeman save the city from a fire breathing dragon. However, the dragon isn’t the worst of the criminals in the city. Part of the Discworld series of books, first in the City Watch books.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Mar 2, 2017 |
On the day that Sam Vimes wakes up in a gutter with a terrible hangover, the day after burying an old colleague, he imagines things can’t get much worse. He’s middle-aged, drunk most of the time, and has never progressed beyond being Captain of the Night Watch. Not that he’s ever really wanted to. He isn’t good with authority and the Watch suits him fine, as it does his two colleagues: Sergeant Colon, whose night shifts prevent him from ever having to meet his wife; and Corporal Nobbs, who is basically the Discworld equivalent of Baldrick. But Sam Vimes’s life is about to change. The Watch’s new recruit, a dwarf from the Ramtop Mountains called Carrot Ironfoundersson, turns out not to measure down to expectations: he’s actually six foot six and is a dwarf only by adoption, as well as being fanatically well-informed on Ankh-Morpork’s laws and ferociously determined to enforce them. Oh; and someone’s summoned up a dragon...

For the rest of the review, please see my blog:
https://theidlewoman.net/2017/01/24/guards-guards/ ( )
  TheIdleWoman | Jan 26, 2017 |
Entertaining good stuff.

Pratchett manages to make almost every sentence funny. There was more plotting to the book than I expected, and was therefore pleasantly surprised. Even though the Watch guards don't really develop throughout the book, the characters are dynamic and funny enough to keep reading. What made reading this great was the eye for detail and atmosphere, adding up to a vibrant, idiotic city that bursts with life and death and a whole lot of stupidity, but also heart.
  bartt95 | Jan 15, 2017 |
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They may be called the Palace Guard, the City Guard, or the Patrol. Whatever the name, their purpose in any work of heroic fantasy is identical: it is, round about Chapter Three (or ten minutes into the film) to rush into the room, attack the hero one at a time, and be slaughtered. No-one ever asks them if they wanted to.

This book is dedicated to those fine men.
And also to Mike Harrison, Mary Gentle, Neil Gaiman and all the others who assisted with and laughed at the idea of L-space; too bad we never used Schrodinger's Paperback . . .
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This is where the dragons went.
"Have another drink, not-Corporal Nobby?" said Sergeant Colon unsteadily. "I do not mind if I do, not-Sgt Colon," said Nobby.

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This is where the dragons went. They lie…not dead, not asleep, but…dormant. And although the space they occupy isn't like normal space, nevertheless they are packed in tightly. They could put you in mind of a can of sardines, if you thought sardines were huge and scaly. And presumably, somewhere, there's a key...
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Here there be dragons...and the denizens of Ankh-Morpork wish one huge firebreather would return from whence it came. Long believed extinct, a superb specimen of draco nobilis ("noble dragon" for those who don't understand italics) has appeared in Discworld's greatest city. Not only does this unwelcome visitor have a nasty habit of charbroiling everything in its path, in rather short order it is crowned King (it is a noble dragon, after all...).

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Here there be dragons . . . and the denizens of Ankh-Morpork wish one huge firebreather would return from whence it came. Long believed extinct, a superb specimen of draco nobilis ("noble dragon" for those who don't understand italics) has appeared in Discworld's greatest city. Not only does this unwelcome visitor have a nasty habit of charbroiling everything in its path, in rather short order it is crowned King (it is a noble dragon, after all . . .). Meanwhile, back at Unseen University, an ancient and long-forgotten volume -- The Summoning of Dragons -- is missing from the Library's shelves. To the rescue come Captain Vimes, Constable Carrot, and the rest of the Night Watch who, along with other brave citizens, risk everything, including a good roasting, to dethrone the flying monarch and restore order to Ankh-Morpork (before it's burned to a crisp). A rare tale, well done as only Terry Pratchett can.… (more)

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