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Vimes is the old reliable, for both the city and Pratchett.,
This review is from: Night Watch: (Discworld Novel 29) (Discworld Novels) (Hardcover)
Let me say at the start of this review I am a Pratchett fan. A City Watch fan in particular. However some of Pratchett's recent work seems to have lacked the genius so prevalent in most of his books, hence I approached this new title with trepidation.
I make the assumption that most of you who are looking at this review have read Pratchett books before, so there is no need to go into detail about the 'history' of Vimes. Suffice to say I have always felt he was one of Pratchett's strongest characters, however the most recent watch books have brought in so many new characters that you begin to lose the connection and emotional resonance with those that are already there (a case of quantity over quality). How does Pratchett buck this trend? By doing what it seems everyone is doing at the moment and writing a prequel.
A prequel of sorts that is, seeing as this is Discworld we get Vimes time travelling back to his early days in the watch. This turns out to be a masterstoke as we get to focus on a small group of watchmen again, plus we can see how the character of 'our' Vimes has progressed since he first started. Pratchett also gives us an excellent villain, a Moriarty to Vimes' Holmes if you will, and the struggle between them does draw you in.
For regular readers there are plenty of in-jokes and references to later books. And it is always interesting to see how characters began.
In essence, this is a good book. I wasn't sure at first, after about 50-60 pages I thought it was 'iffy', but give it a shot - I ended up finishing it the day I got it. Let it drag you in; you won't be disappointed.