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Guards! Guards! (1989)

by Terry Pratchett

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Series: Discworld: City Watch (1), Discworld (8)

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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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Me enfrenté a este libro con suspicacia: conocía la fama mundial y la legión de fanáticos del autor y me lo había recomendado uno de ellos, pero mis curadores de contenidos habituales echaban pestes por la boca, el género no es mi favorito (aunque haya disfrutado hace poco un par de libros de [a:Diana Wynne Jones|4260|Diana Wynne Jones|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1193516584p2/4260.jpg]), y mi cola de libros es muy larga como para andar perdiendo el tiempo.

Cuando lo empecé no me hacía gracia; entendía que había humor, pero era un humor infantil de carácter británico que no tocaba la oscuridad y la mala baba que a mí me hacen reír. Mal empezamos. Pero cuál no sería mi sorpresa cuando, a medida que avanzaba, le fui cogiendo el gusto a los escenarios y los personajes, particularmente a un par de estos que, sin ser los protagonistas, sí tienen entre sus atributos esa forma de actuar que navega entre el Bien y el Mal, junto con buenas dialécticas (dentro de lo que cabe) y actuaciones elegantes. Now we're talking.

Así que me enganché al libro, siempre a la espera de que apareciesen estos personajes, y le cogí gusto también a los protagonistas y a la ciudad/ciudades de Ankh-Morpork, y la trama terminó por atraparme, y de repente me encontré en una carrera contra mí mismo por dedicar todo mi tiempo libre a leer el libro en detrimento de actividades mucho más edificantes como la consola.

Quizá el final de la trama principal sea lo que menos me ha gustado porque lo encuentro apresurado, pero me alegro de que el conjunto haya resultado tan positivo contra todos los pronósticos iniciales. No sé si leeré alguno más de la saga porque, como ya he dicho, la cola de libros crece a un ritmo mayor del que puedo permitirme pero, si lo hago, ya sé a qué me enfrento y que lo encuentro de mi agrado. A ver si lo mío van a ser los dragones en vez de las naves espaciales... ( )
  tecniferio | May 12, 2022 |
Þessi saga Pratchetts er á meðal uppáhaldssagna margra aðdáenda hans og á það sannarlega skilið. Í sögunni kynnir hann til nýjar persónur í Diskheiminum sem næturverði stórborgarinnar Ankh-Morpork. Þeir hafa mikla reynslu af starfi sínu sem felst m.a. í því að hlaupa sem hraðast þegar slagsmál byrja - burt frá vandræðunum. Annars gæturðu lent í vandræðum. Þessi hópur er óborganlegur og heldur áfram í fleiri bókum Pratchetts.
Sagan gengur út á yfirtöku dreka í borginni sem kemur öllum á óvart ekki síst þar sem þeir voru álitnir útdauðir. Næturverðirnir þurfa því að taka á málunum og reiða sig t.d. á töframöguleikann 1 á móti milljón! ( )
  SkuliSael | Apr 28, 2022 |
Another good Discowrld novel ( )
  JevKim | Apr 22, 2022 |
Joyous!
This book in the Discworld series introduces the Ankh-Morpork city Watch, in the personages of Captain Sam Vimes, Sergeant Colon, Lance Corporal “Nobby” Nobbs and Constable Carrot. Stalwarts of the series who will colourfully feature in many subsequent books.
Great fun to read, gleefully brimming with dreadful puns, double-entendres and clichés, a rollicking plot and satisfying conclusion.
Still one of the best in the series on my third reading. ( )
  CarltonC | Mar 14, 2022 |
En este libro todo funciona al punto de la excelencia, mas alla de lo hilarante de los dialogos, los sucesos y los personajes que pueblan a la capital del Mundodisco, podes quedarte atrapado en su ritmo, en cada alegoria al mundo de la fantasia medieval, en la genialidad de su creador, porque hace que todo esto sea distinto a lo ya leido y a su vez muy parecido.

Y si podemos estar de bromas todo el tiempo que querramos

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  Enzokolis | Jan 17, 2022 |
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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!)
The dragon—the dragon—was peering down interestedly over the guttering. Its face alone was taller than a man. Its eyes were the size of very large eyes, colored a smoldering red and filled with an intelligence that had nothing to do with human beings. It was far older, for one thing. It was an intelligence that had already been long basted in guile and marinated in cunning by the time a group of almost-monkeys were wondering whether standing on two legs was a good career move. It wasn’t an intelligence that had any truck with, or even understood, the arts of diplomacy.
"When you really need them the most," he said, "million-to-one chances always crop up. Well-known fact."
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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.

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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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