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Guards! Guards!: (Discworld Novel 8) | Paperback

Released on 01 November 1990

Author: Terry Pratchett | Format: Paperback

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This is where the dragons went. They lie, not dead, not asleep, but dormant. And although the space they occupy isn't like normal space, nevertheless they are packed in tightly. This is the eighth "Discworld" novel.

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 Funniest book ever

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If you are interested in sampling a Terry Pratchett novel, or Discworld book, many would recommend this as the one to try first. It may not be the very first Discworld book, but that doesn't matter. It spoils nothing to start with this book, and I'd be amazed if you didn't love it.
Everyone I have spoken to who has read this book has agreed with me; it is absolutely brilliant. Brilliant fantasy and hilarious comedy rolled perfectly into one.
This book introduces you to Captain Vimes and his Night Watchmen who guard against crime in Ankh-Morpork.

Vimes is easily one of the most popular characters of Discworld due to how deep and real his character feels and how easily the average human being can relate to him. To read his story is a privilege. Watch him attempt to transform himself and his guards from incompetents into heroes to save the city from an unforeseen threat before it's too late, and laugh all the way through. Simply fantastic.

 The best novel out there!

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Commander Vimes has the joyeous task of upholding the law in Ankh Morpork, along with his strange and unsettling band of watchmen. Together they have to stop assassins, trolls, brigands, robbers, thives and nobility from completely destroying everything around. Not an entirely easy job.

The best Pratchett novel around. I just could not put it down. I even bought is as a audiobook to take along in the car. Truly amazing!!

 Why Pratchett's a true national treasure.

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Guards! Guards! is a literary masterpiece, further refining Pratchett's already formidable grasp of the foibles and charms of humanity. You can chart, all the way from The Colour Of Magic, Pratchett's growth as an author, how he hones, gradually to nigh-perfection, the balance between the comedic and the serious, and allowing us to laugh with and feel for the characters he creates without veering between tones. Here, in this book, the balance is reached. Equal parts satire and morality tale, from under the fantasy umbrella it tickles myriad other genres, teasing them and provoking them to chase it around the colourful hedge-maze of Pratchett's imagination, and taking you along for the ride. It pokes fun at humanity, society and politics as it seems only Pratchett can, yet even as it makes you laugh, it also prompts you to consider the nature of belief, the forgotten concepts of honour and duty, and what it means to stand up and be counted, after so long sat in a mould. We've all seen, heard and read about the faceless flunkies who seem to serve no other purpose than to fill out the numbers or give the hero something to occupy him for a few moments between key narrative events. We encounter them all the time, and take their presence as a given, and think nothing of their character. Well here they get their moment in the sun--and it's hilarious, touching, thoughtful and finally, uplifting. This book pretty much encapsulates the things that literature can offer that other mediums cannot in terms of entertainment, and you could safely consider it a treat for your mind if you sit down with this masterpiece, regardless of your age and/or experience of the Discworld mythos. There is no wrong place to jump in, but this is certainly a great one, so go for it. Pratchett is one of the world's greatest authors, and a true national treasure, and you'll soon see why if you get this book.

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AuthorTerry Pratchett
PublisherTransworld Publishers Ltd (GB)
Year1990
ISBN9780552134620
FormatPaperback - 416 Pages