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Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko

Night Watch (1998)

by Sergei Lukyanenko

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The buzz surrounding this one eluded me, but my roommate reccomended it to me one night when I was floundering about looking for something to read. Night Watch is a relatively light genre read, but with the added benefit of a foreign perspective that made it more than just another supernatural story. At one point, when asked why Moscow has become the center of so much disturbance in the past century, a character observes that America and Europe have lost their edge, become [paraphrasing] "bored tourists with cameras around their necks." Ah. Well, he's not wrong.

I took several breaks in-between books while reading this, a little going a long way, but overall I liked the urban fantasy Lukyanenko creates here. The suspicion, the plotting, the doubt surrounding the motives of the forces of light and darkness, and the high stakes all made for solid entertainment. I don't know if I'll be picking up the sequel any time soon, but this was interesting. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
Ночной дозор - современная история фэнтези, которая происходит в Москве. Мир делится на две основные силы - Свет и Тьму. Организации, которые называются Ночной и Дневной дозор должны поддерживать баланс между этими двумя. Это часть Великого договора между Светом и Тьмой.

Ночной и Дневной дозор состоят из магов, волшебниц и оборотней разных уровень и навык. Они называются Иными и живут несколько веков - они не совсем люди. Одним из них является наш герой истории Антон, работник Ночного дозора. Он был аналитиком и программистом Дозора на продолжении пяти лет, но в последнее время он стал оперативником. Его задания состоят из охоты на незарегистрированные вампиры, патрулирования города, предотвращения использования темной силы Темными магами и дозорными без разрешения, и тому подобные.

Однажды он в московском метро увидит девушку, над которой висит чёрный вихрь, виден только Иным. Ночной дозор должен установить, какой Темный маг вызвал это проклятые над девушку. Следует сложная игра между Светом и Тьмой и их Дозорами, что приводит к угрозе всего мира.

Несмотря на то, что мир делится на Свет и Тьму, есть много моральной двусмысленности в этом романе. Персонажи очень часто спрашивают себя, если они на правой стране и если у них есть права делать то, что от них требуется - никто более Антона. Он сначала уверен что Свет морально превосходит Тьму, но в продолжении он начинает сомневаться. Это мне очень понравилось, но Антон, пожалуй, оказался слишком склоним самоанализу, поэтому большая часть второй половины книги была посвящена его моральных дилеммам, и мне иногда хотелось чтобы что-то случилось и разбудило его от постоянной интроспекции.
Мне тоже понравились персонажи. Автор объединил множество интересных персонажей, начинавший с Антона, но только. Тут же шеф Ночного дозора Гесер, его “коллега” из Дневного дозора Завулон, молодой подмастерье Егор (хотя, я думаю, что писатель и не уделил достаточно времени развитию его персонажа), древняя ведьма Ольга, “дикар” Максим и, пожалуй, другие.

Язык этого романа фэнтези очень подходит для тех, кто изучает русский язык. Неосложненный, прямой, но нетривиальный. Я обязательно прочитаю следующую часть серии. ( )
  matija2019 | Jan 8, 2019 |
I really liked the story, but the writing felt so awkward to me!! I kind of had to trudge through it, except for the points where the plot was progressing quickly. I'll probably read the second book, not for a bit. ( )
  samesfoley | Dec 26, 2018 |
I think it must have lost something in translation. ( )
  natcontrary | May 21, 2018 |
This book is actually three stories in chronological order with the same characters and world. There isn't an overall story arc really, so calling this a novel is a little off.

It's an enjoyable read, although not nearly as deep as the story likes to think of itself. Some aspects between the different stories are irritatingly repetitive, as similar themes and idea get rehashed the same way in each story, with similar conclusions.

That being said, I quite appreciated the wry Russian humor in some parts, and the world that's created is certainly interesting. It's not a must-read, but if the description seems of interest, you will be entertained. ( )
  andrlik | Apr 24, 2018 |
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Lukyanenko, Sergeiprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bromfield, AndrewTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Karlsson, RogerTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Konttinen, ArtoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pöhlmann, ChristianeÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The phenomenal Russian bestseller. A vampire novel set in a richly realized post-Soviet Moscow, The Night Watch has sold across Europe and to 20th Century Fox for huge advances.

In The Night Watch, the first of a trilogy, and reminiscent of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials in its ambitions and achievement, the setting is contemporary Moscow. A small number of Muscovites with supernatural powers — those who are Other, owing allegiance either to the Dark or the Light — co-exist in an uneasy truce, each side keeping a close eye on the other’s activities around the city.

Anton, an Other on the side of the Light, is a night-watchman, patrolling the streets and Metro of the city as he protects ordinary people from the vampires of the Dark. On his rounds, Anton comes across a young woman, Svetlana, whom he realizes is under a curse that threatens the entire city, and a boy, Igor, a young Other, as yet unaware of his own enormous power. Partnered by Olga, an Other who is in the form of an owl, he struggles to remove the curse and thereby save the city, while at the same time prevent Igor from falling into the clutches of the Dark.

The Night Watch explores the nature of good and evil and the tensions between the individual and the collective in a gripping narrative that owes as much to The Master and Margarita as it is does to the richly realized worlds of Philip Pullman and Tolkien.

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The forces of Light and Darkness have co-existed in a delicate balance for hundreds of years...until now. Even as the Night Watch polices the Dark Others--among them vampires, witches and shape-shifters--a chain of mysterious events triggers a dreaded, age-old prophecy: An immortal with special powers will come to switch sides, shattering the balance and unleashing an apocalyptic war unlike any the world has ever known.… (more)

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