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Guards! Guards! (Discworld Novels) [Hardcover]

Terry Pratchett , Stephen Briggs , Graham Higgins
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9 Nov 1989 Discworld Novels
The latest in Terry Pratchett's series about the fantasy Discworld. The world's main city is under attack from a giant fire-breathing dragon and Captain Vimes is assigned to capture it. The preceding stories include "Pyramids", "Wyrd Sisters", "Sourcery", "Mort" and "Equal Rites".

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; 1st Edition edition (9 Nov 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575046066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575046061
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,175 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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The eighth Discworld novel. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious ! 22 May 2000
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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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By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Sorry about the somewhat crazed title but this book is pure genius. You are bound to love(not literally in the case of Corporal Nobby Nobbs)the new characters, he builds their personalities and deepens their characters as the story progresses. From the ingenius idea of creating this book, Pratchett has built a whole new world for the night watchmen, it is still the same old city but here you get to see what the underbelly(it's actually more of a beer belly as the underbelly isn't very well hidden) of Ankh-Morpork real is like. The dismally depleeted watch is a cast of incredible characters: the drunkard, head of the watch Sam Vimes(one of the best characters ever created), the brand new recruit from outside the city Corporal Carrot(6 feet high man who counts as a dwarf and is living in a house of "seamstresses" and an all round good guy), Sergeant Colon(born to be a big, fat sergeant) and Corporal Nobby Nobbs(the less said the better). They are caught in a timeless tale of a dragon terrorizing the city and a book called "The Summoning of Dragons" (it tells you how to summon dragons)which has been stolen from Unseen University (the wizard school). If it has one problem it is: justkidding, it doesn't have one. The other characters are insanely fantastic. The malevolent Lord Vetinari, the malevolent Dragon, the "elegant" Sybil Ramkin and her swamp dragons (they live in fear of their digestive systems). A masterpiece at its worst and a perfect place to start for new comers, once you've read it the rest of the Citywatch books is the way to go!
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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.
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Published 28 days ago by Jason Ryan
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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.
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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!
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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 2 months ago by John Roberts
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Definetley One of his best. I would Highly recommended it anybody who's read other pratchett books, or to new comers
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He does it again!
A story full of imaginative imagery and twists and turns. Full of humanity at its weakest and best.
Published 2 months ago by pj
5.0 out of 5 stars A replacement because I couldn't bear to be without it!
Ihad to re-order because I re-read these books periodically. I love the humour, humanity and wisdom of these books, and I still enjoy reading Lance Contable Carrot reaidng the... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Man
Many of Pratchetts books teach you bits and pieces about the wonder that is Ankh-Morpork, but I think Guards Guards is the perfect introduction to many of the key players that you... Read more
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