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Terry Pratchett
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1 April 2005 Discworld Novels (Book 8)

'The people next door oppress me all night long. I tell them, I work all day, a man's got to have some time to learn to play the tuba. That's oppression, that is. If I'm not under the heel of the oppressor I don't know who is.'

An aura of mean-minded resentfulness is thick in the streets of Ankh-Morpork. Insurrection is in the air. The Haves and Have-Nots are about to fall out all over again. The Have-Nots want some of their own magic. But magic in the hands of amateurs is a dangerous thing.

The City Watch is the last line of defence against such unnatural goings-on. But when even the Watch have trouble telling Right from Wrong, you know that Law and Order ain't what it used to be. But that's all about to change...


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (1 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552152935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552152938
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

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"This is one of Pratchett's best books. Hilarious and highly recommended" (The Times)

"Pratchett is at the peak of his powers; it's hard to think of any humorist writing in Britain today who can match him... A masterful ear for dialogue, a keen eye for the ridiculous and a real feel for language" (Time Out)

"The best humorous English author since P.G. Wodehouse" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Discworld takes the classic fantasy universe through its logical, and comic evolution" (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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The eighth Discworld novel.

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Pratchett�s best 24 Feb 2005
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
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Pratchett's Discworld books can be further subdivided into several series starring various lead characters (Rincewind, Granny Weatherwax, Death, etc) - Guards! Guards! is the first of the 'Watch' books, which taken en masse are probably the best Discworld books of all. The story concerns a plan to depose the current ruler of Ankh-Morpork by using magic to summon a dragon to terrorize the city, and stage manage a false hero to defeat the menace and be crowned king - needless to say these plans go wrong, and the summoned dragon cannot be controlled, and takes Ankh-Morpork for itself...
The novel introduces the recurring unlikely heroes of the Night Watch, a ragged bunch of city guards who, thanks to the official policing of thievery by the Thieves Guild, aren't actually supposed to do anything normally. Captain Sam Vimes is ostensibly the lead hero character, though it's interesting looking back at his first novel that the character is more of a jaded alcoholic than the 'super-policeman trapped in a diplomats body' that the character would develop into. Other new faces that would go on to feature in numerous novels include the cynical Sergeant Colon, the loathsome Corporal Nobbs, and new recruit Constable Carrot - a human raised by dwarves with a heroic background only hinted at here. Other notable first appearances include the Patrician Lord Vetanari - while the character had been named in previous books this was the first time the character actually took on a central role, and became the familiar all knowing, all-scheming ruler of Ankh-Morpork, and street vendor Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler, though the character was initially more of an all-round spiv than just a seller of dubious pork products.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is one of the three best books by Terry Pratchett, at least according to my personal taste (the other two being "Small Gods" and "Hogfather"). It is very unfrequent to find so many qualities in one book. All Discworld novels are funny, but this one is purely irresistible.

The gallery of exceptionally funny characters is simply unbelievable. This is the first of books about the Night Watch in Ankh Morpork so be prepared to meet many new characters - Sam Vimes, hard drinking police veteran, very low on his luck but destined to a great future; sergeant Colon, possibly the best caricature of the typical Bobby I ever saw; corporal Nobby Nobbs, who, as we all know, was "disqualified from human race for shoving"; and especially constable Carrot, the biggest dwarf who ever lived and possibly the ONLY honest person in all Ankh Morpork.

Those four guys form one of the most likeable cop teams I ever saw - and they have a really big problem to deal with... the kind of problem that sleeps on golden hoard, breaths fire and eat maidens. Then there is also the secret society - possibly the most hilarious secret society I ever saw in a book, plotting to take power and never paying for pizza... And of course the Patrician or Lord Havelock Vetinari, the smartest, the most devious and most dangerous (although not TOTALLY evil or tyranical) ruler in the Discworld history.

This book is a delight.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious ! 22 May 2000
By A Customer
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I laughed so much at one joke that I was nearly thrown off the train. The watch and the witches are my favourite - their humour is so real.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a brilliant book! 26 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
'Guards! Guards!' was not the first City Watch book I read. But after reading, and LOVING, 'Men at Arms', I just knew I had to get this one. From the start of the book, when the plot was established, and the characters introduced, I knew I was onto something good. I enjoyed the range of characters involved, particularly the obvious differences between Vimes and Carrot. The plot, basically the idea of a dragon ruling a city after being conjured up by a mad secretary, is absurd, but thoroughly Discworld. There is a lot of good humour in here to, much of it is darkly hilarious, but this is a good thing as it contrasts with the crime/mystery atmosphere that surrounds this, and indeed all of the City Watch books. The villain in this is Lupine Wonse, secretary to Lord Vetinari. Apparently from the same background as Sam Vimes, he is a strangely clever, if quite insane character. The way, in which Pratchett shows the whole situation to be getting first out of Wonse's hands, and then spiralling out of control, portrays two things. First it shows, brilliantly in my opinion, Wonse turning from disillusioned and power-crazy, to the maniac he is by the end. This also shows how Pratchett can build up the drama up to the very end of his books. From reading all of Pratchett's City Watch books I can see then is a similar pattern in all of them. They each have a dark and mysterious atmosphere and defiantly the nastiest jokes in any of the Discworld books. Here, 'Guards Guards!' is no exception. My favourite joke in 'Guards! Guards!' is from an incautious Vimes, "Throw the book at him, Carrot ....." Overall ,this is a excellent City Watch book, and probably my favourite Discworld book so far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read
I love a Terry Pratchett book and this did not disappoint. Lots of action and good old loveable characters. Onto the next one, only shame is I'm not reading them in order!
Published 1 day ago by Miss C Wilding
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read.
Published 5 days ago by rowland berry
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not one his better books but still ok as most discworld books are
Published 8 days ago by ??
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant book from the master
His standards are amazingly consistent. Every time he takes you inside your own mind throws you about. He then brings you back out laughing.
Published 15 days ago by Mrs E Balsillie
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Brilliant.
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Brilliant story, great detail and lots of jokes, one of Terry Pratchett's best work.
GET THIS BOOK, you wont regret it!
Published 1 month ago by Jason Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars laugh out loud
An introduction to the best part of discord. I love the Watch. This is the first book I recommended both in this form and as an audible book.
Published 1 month ago by S M A S K
5.0 out of 5 stars the best
This engrossing book needs to be read at least three times. Once to get the storyline and the laughs: twice to get the gags you missed the first time and the third time for Terry's... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
I have loved this book so much my paperback fell apart, so I got it on kindle as a replacement. Terry Pratchett's Watchmen rock!
Published 2 months ago by jessica wheatley
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
An excellent fun read - brilliantly written, unexpected twists and turns to the storyline - all in all, pure escapists magic.
Published 2 months ago by Greg Dowle
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More of the city watch and of course more of Carrot please. The city will never be the same again with the watch now paying attention to their every move. Read more
Published 3 months ago by John Roberts
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