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Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
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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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Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett (1989)

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I feel bad giving this 4 stars because the story was so good. But I listened to the audiobook and the narrator...well, he's no Stephen Briggs. I just couldn't get into his voices, especially for Capt. Vimes. He sounded like he had a sinus infection. Besides the audiobook problems, this book was excellent. When dragons attack your city, who are you going to call? Anyone but the City Watch... Poor Capt. Vimes doesn't have the manpower or the willpower to adequately police his city. But at least he has sharp new recruits like Carrot, a human adopted by dwarves. As always, Pratchett has some things to say about our own society, but he says them with such humor you don't even realize how important they are. Also, the description of L-space makes me want to become a librarian. ( )
  jlharmon | Nov 3, 2016 |
The story is simple: someone used a stolen magical book and summoned a dragon and now they can't get rid of it. The only ones who stand against it are Captain Vimes and his men. The story is simple enough, but I have to think really, really hard to find characters as great as these. I thought I liked Rincewind and his Luggage (and I do), but Vimes, Nobby, Carrot and Colon left me speechless. I cried at times, then laughed as crazy (do not read this book in public!), and it left me feeling wonderfully calm, happy and fulfilled.
Beautiful book. ( )
  Aneris | Oct 31, 2016 |
The story is simple: someone used a stolen magical book and summoned a dragon and now they can't get rid of it. The only ones who stand against it are Captain Vimes and his men. The story is simple enough, but I have to think really, really hard to find characters as great as these. I thought I liked Rincewind and his Luggage (and I do), but Vimes, Nobby, Carrot and Colon left me speechless. I cried at times, then laughed as crazy (do not read this book in public!), and it left me feeling wonderfully calm, happy and fulfilled.
Beautiful book. ( )
  Aneris | Oct 31, 2016 |
I have enjoyed all of the Discworld books but this is one of my favorites. ( )
  DLMorrese | Oct 14, 2016 |
Laugh until you cry! and then cry until you laugh. So sad that Terry Pratchett is gone. So wonderful that he lives on in these wonderful books. Such terrific quotable moments..."Lady Ramkin's bosom rose and fell like an empire." and "It's a terrible thing to be sixteen and the wrong species." are just a couple. The man was a genius. I'm glad that there are more of his amazing works to explore. ( )
  njcur | Sep 14, 2016 |
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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.
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"Have another drink, not-Corporal Nobby?" said Sergeant Colon unsteadily. "I do not mind if I do, not-Sgt Colon," said Nobby.

-- The joys of working undercover (Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!)
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061020648, Mass Market Paperback)

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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