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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Pratchett�s best
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...
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It is okay but I find it a little boring. not much action and situated in one place most of the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Stop the World, I Don't Want to Get Off, 11 April 2008
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J. Chippindale (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Guards! Guards!: (Discworld Novel 8) (Discworld Novels) (Audio CD)
Terry Pratchett has become one of the most popular authors alive today and his popularity is richly deserved. But not even with his fertile mind could ever have envisaged the heights to which his Discworld series would rise. This book was first published in 1989 the same year as Pyramids and is number eight in the Discworld novels. In this the audio version, the voice of Tony Robinson is an inspired choice, with just the right intonations for each character.

You would think that a fantasy world full of trolls, zombies, witches, vampires would be an alien concept to most readers. Werewolves and dwarves in the Ank Morpork city watch. Wizards running a university. All this born in the mind of one of the funniest author's writing today. Surely this style of writing would have a limited readership? But no the books are loved by anybody and everybody and are read by people who would not normally allow fantasy fiction anywhere near their book shelves. This is the Discworld of Terry Pratchett.

Guards! Guards! features some of my favourite Discworld characters. The books transports the reader into the world of the Ankh-Morpork Night Watch. The Watch contains lots of characters new to the Discworld series of books and what characters they are. Captain Sam Vimes, leader of the Watch, Corporal Nobby Nobbs, Sergeant Colon and Corporal Carrot, the tallest dwarf in history at 6 foot in his stocking feet. These are just a few of the new characters that grace the pages of this book. They are so well written that they all seem like old friends long before the book has finished.

The loose, very loose storyline to this plot is the fact that a book called The Summoning of Dragons has mysteriously gone missing from Unseen University. This coincides with the fact that a fire breathing dragon has been causing mayhem in the city. Dragons are the speciality of Sybil Ramkin, who keeps a number of swamp dragons as pets. "Just be firm with them," is her best advice.

Any books that can make me laugh out loud have got to be good and these books certainly do that. It is virtually impossible to describe them to people who have never read any of them. So if you need cheering up, or just enjoy a good laugh, buy one now. This one is one of my favourites but they are all terrific.
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4.0 out of 5 stars FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC !, 15 April 2006
"Guards ! Guards !" is the eighth book in Terry Pratchett's hugely popular Discworld series and is the first to focus on Sam Vimes and Ankh-Morpork's City Guard. Although the City Guard was once a fine and noble profession, it has fallen by the wayside in recent years. Once, there had been hundreds of members : as the book opens, the City's Night Watch is staffed only by Sam, Sergeant Fred Colon and Corporal Nobby Nobbs. Like the Night Watch itself, Sam has also fallen on hard times. Having started drinking to forget (it was possibly something to do with a woman), he now drinks to forget the drinking. Despite his faults, though, he's a likeable cynic who has a well-developed sense of fair play and identifies with the underdog.

Things start turning around for Sam and the Watch in "Guards ! Guards !". The force sees a dramatic rise in numbers with the arrival of Carrot Ironfoundersson. Orphaned as a baby, Carrot had been taken in by the dwarfs and raised in a gold mine. Until shortly before he left home, he didn't realise he was human - he'd always thought he was just tall for his species. His adoptive father decides it's best for Carrot to spend some time with other humans and 'manages' to secure a position for him in the Ankh-Morpork City Guard. Carrot, on his arrival, is viewed with some amazement : an actual, honest volunteer. He takes things very literally (as dwarfs tend to do), is very innocent (he wouldn't know what to do with a seamstress if one fell into his lap) and a lot of the humour comes from his utter confusion.

The problem for Sam and the Night Watch is presented by the Unique and Supreme Lodge of the Elucidated Brethren. Well, actually, the problem is its mysterious (and big-headed) Supreme Grand Master, an ambitious and manipulative individual. (The remaining members are bitter, vitriolic, small-minded, jealous, resentful and a bit stupid. As a result, they're very easy to manipulate). He's devised a Machiavellian plan that will involve the removal of the Patrician (Ankh-Morpork's tyrant) and lead to the restoration of the monarchy. Unfortunately, his plan involves the controlling of a very dangerous dragon - to that end, Brother Fingers has managed to 'acquire' De Malachite's book on summoning dragons from the Unseen University's library. For some reason, it doesn't seem to bother him that the book is badly burnt.

This is the first of the Discworld books to feature Sam and the City Guard. As a result, it's a pretty good starting point if you've never read any of the other Discworld books before and want to see what you're missing. Pratchett's books are always very funny and this one gets better as it goes along. Definitely recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pratchett's best book, 5 Aug 2003
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Jonathan "jonathan4433" (Lisburn, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Few people seem to be aware that this is Terry Pratchett's best book. Even Terry Pratchett doesn't realise it. The reason why is that it is the best idea that he has placed in that most seductive of cities, Ankh Morpork. Mr Pratchett doesn't seem to realise this, as some of the sequels have moved further afield. There is no need.
The humour in this book is his best achievement, and the "million to one shot" section is glorious. Sam Vimes is the second greatest creation, a downtrodden drunk of a captain with only his tenacity and pride in the face of ridicule keeping him going.
The book contains the best set of characters, and allows the best "surprises" of Ankh Morpork to be revealed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book to start on Terry Pratchett's Discworld, 15 Nov 1999
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To those of you who don't know about Terry Pratchett and his Discworld this book is probably the best book to start with, you'll become an addict and soon be begging for more.
Guards! Guards! was the first book I read of the Discworld series and I still recomend it to my friends as a great start on the road to Discworld. Guards provides new readers with a great reading experience as most of the characters are either new or without much history behind them, this together with the fact that the story itself has very small links to other novels makes it almost stand-alone (if that is possible within the Discworld). The story is EXCELLENT, the characters are GREAT and the jokes SOOOO FUNNY. I almost wet my pants reading this book, I was not prepared.
My favorite gag: Shooting a lucky arrow hopping on one foot and blind folded at a huge flaming dragon aiming at his belly looking for a hole in his armor from the roof of a building on fire.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!, 21 April 2004
Guards! Guards! Is one of the BEST Disc world novals - Not THE best,that's got to be reserved for Night Watch - but still an excellentintroduction to the unforgetable characters of the Ank-Morpork CityWatch.
The best bit? Vimes standing in the doorway to the SunshineSanctury with a loaded Dragon wearing a shift saying, "What you've got toask your self is - Are you feeling Lucky??" You've GOT to read it!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Humurous Book Of Unforgettable Magical Mayhem, 19 Jan 2000
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If you are looking for a book that makes you laugh and keeps you in suspense, then you've found it! How would you like it if thousands of tons of scaly dragon was wrecking your city? Well the local watch have heard just enough about it and all they want is to carry on their daily duty, which isn't much considering the City of Ankh-Morpork is almost completely overun by theives and assasins, whats worse is it's perfectly legal. The City thinks that if you were to be mugged or killed then it should be done propely and not by the untrained. But even these people are afraid of the dragon, then a new boy tries to to confront the dragon!.................If you want to find out what happens then get the book, trust me you won't be dissapointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Here be dragons, 20 April 2010
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T. R. Alexander (East Anglia, UK) - See all my reviews
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`Guards! Guards!' is the eighth book in the Discworld series and the first to focus on the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. I must admit to not really being much of a fan of the Watch books but after having reread `Guards! Guards!' I may have to make a reappraisal of that view. The story sees a young man named Carrot journey to Ankh-Morpork to join the Watch and have a man made out of him. The only trouble is the Watch is currently staffed by only three officers and they are more interested in keeping their own hides in one piece than keeping the peace and a secret society is planning on summoning a dragon to take over the city.

I must admit I enjoyed this book more now than I did when I first read it and I cannot see why I use to dislike it. The characters from this book go on to be some of the best from the entire Discworld series and the story is very funny as well. This was the first Discworld book to really expand the character of Lord Vetinari and start to tie down some of the facets of Ankh-Morpork life which become staples of the later books. This was a very enjoyable book and although it still isn't one of my all-time favourite Discworld books, it was still a very good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny endeavours of Anhk-Morpork's greatest watchmen!, 21 Sep 2008
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Marco Busani "Proven Intellect" (Edgware, London) - See all my reviews
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Guards!Guards! is Pratchett's 8th Discworld novel and one of my favourites. The story focuses on the City Watch comprising of Corporal Nobbs a chain-smoking opportunist and not so avid soldier, the big-bodied Sgt Colon and their Captain Samuel Vimes a prolific drunk who turned to the bottle after a woman brought him down and kicked him in the 'thingy'.Life is routine for them, all about surviving , policing the streets by looking the other way and ringing their bell to confirm...that 'all is well'. This story takes all three of them out of their comfort zone.

Firstly, a new recruit is thrown into the Watch- Carrot, Discworld's first 6ft Dwarf,sporting a muscle-bound physique and steely determination to do good and enforce the laws of the city. Something of a contrast to the other three. Secondly, throw in an incompetent brotherhood manipulated into summoning a dragon and you have the start of an engaging storyline, with vivid characters and copious humour. Along the way they are ably assisted by the City Librarian an Orang-Utan that is fond of using the words ook & eek and takes offence at being called a monkey. Another character worthy of note that is properly introduced into the Discworld series is Cut me own throat Dibbler, purveyor of quality merchandise...

I like the way in which Carrot helps inspire the rag tag City Watch to grow in their roles and be almost reluctant heroes as they seek to curb the menace of the dragon. There is a bit of a budding chemistry between Vimes and Sybil and Carrot's innocence in certain situations helps generate more humour.

There are many funny episodes in this book such as: Brother Fingers being forced to run through countless passwords whilst being drenched outside in the pouring rain, Sgt Colon's lucky million to one in a chance arrow and the consequnces of Sgt Colon's catchy liitle slogan 'the people united will never be ignited' as the dragon descends upon them. These are just a few that especially stand out for me,obviously they have a lot more resonance when read alongside the rest of the novel as a whole.
To conclude, this is a surefire 5 Star novel that is definitely worth owning and should have you laughing and smiling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Stop the World, I Don't Want to Get Off, 15 Jan 2008
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J. Chippindale (England) - See all my reviews
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Terry Pratchett has become one of the most popular authors alive today and his popularity is richly deserved. But not even with his fertile mind could ever have envisaged the heights to which his Discworld series would rise. This book was first published in 1989 the same year as Pyramids and is number eight in the Discworld novels.

You would think that a fantasy world full of trolls, zombies, witches, vampires would be an alien concept to most readers. Werewolves and dwarves in the Ank Morpork city watch. Wizards running a university. All this born in the mind of one of the funniest author's writing today. Surely this style of writing would have a limited readership? But no the books are loved by anybody and everybody and are read by people who would not normally allow fantasy fiction anywhere near their book shelves. This is the Discworld of Terry Pratchett.

Guards! Guards! features some of my favourite Discworld characters. The books transports the reader into the world of the Ankh-Morpork Night Watch. The Watch contains lots of characters new to the Discworld series of books and what characters they are. Captain Sam Vimes, leader of the Watch, Corporal Nobby Nobbs, Sergeant Colon and Corporal Carrot, the tallest dwarf in history at 6 foot in his stocking feet. These are just a few of the new characters that grace the pages of this book. They are so well written that they all seem like old friends long before the book has finished.

The loose, very loose storyline to this plot is the fact that a book called The Summoning of Dragons has mysteriously gone missing from Unseen University. This coincides with the fact that a fire breathing dragon has been causing mayhem in the city. Dragons are the speciality of Sybil Ramkin, who keeps a number of swamp dragons as pets. "Just be firm with them," is her best advice.

Any books that can make me laugh out loud have got to be good and these books certainly do that. It is virtually impossible to describe them to people who have never read any of them. So if you need cheering up, or just enjoy a good laugh, buy one now. This one is one of my favourites but they are all terrific.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best so far, 7 July 1999
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Terry Pratchett has excelled himself with this one... a dark tale of intriuge that will have you guessing the culprit right until the end - with more twists than an exceptionally twisty thing, this book will keep you entertained throughout it's length. The first to feature the Watch as main characters, and certainly a great precedent for those to follow ( Men At Arms, Feet of Clay et al ). Some of the most human characters Terry Pratchett has created and easy to identify with. Read it now! - It would be criminal not to....
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