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Night Watch: A Discworld Novel (Discworld Novels)

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ISBN13: 9780060013127
ISBN10: 0060013125
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One moment, Sir Sam Vimes is in his old patrolman form, chasing a sweet-talking psychopath across the rooftops of Ankh-Morpork. The next, he's lying naked in the street, having been sent back thirty years courtesy of a group of time-manipulating monks who won't leave well enough alone. This Discworld is a darker place that Vimes remembers too well, three decades before his title, fortune, beloved wife, and impending first child. Worse still, the murderer he's pursuing has been transported back also. Worst of all, it's the eve of a fabled street rebellion that needlessly destroyed more than a few good (and not so good) men. Sam Vimes knows his duty, and by changing history he might just save some worthwhile necks — though it could cost him his own personal future. Plus there's a chance to steer a novice watchman straight and teach him a valuable thing or three about policing, an impressionable young copper named Sam Vimes.

Review:

"Pratchett's storytelling...is in top form....One comes away, as always, with the feeling that if Ankh-Morpork isn't a real place, it bloody well ought to be." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Not a side-splitter this time, though broadly amusing and bubbling with wit and wisdom: both an excellent story and a tribute to beat cops everywhere, doing their hair-raising jobs with quiet courage and determination." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"I did mention that Pratchett is a genius. Let me add that, given the great number of sweet and bitter ironies contained in this story, plus the complexity of the comic plot built to accommodate them, Night Watch is his best work." Philadelphia Inquirer

Review:

"Discworld remains a place of punning, entertaining footnotes, and farce....Pratchett has really developed the characters of the Watch...since their early days in Guards! Guards!, and it shows!" Booklist

Review:

"The stakes are high, yet Pratchett injects humor into the mix. This gripping novel is essential for fans of the series, and is also recommended for those who haven't had the pleasure of traveling there yet." School Library Journal

Review:

"Terry Pratchett may still be pegged a comic novelist, but as Night Watch shows, he's a lot more. In his range of invented characters, his adroit storytelling and his clear-eyed acceptance of humankind's foibles, he reminds me of no one in English literature so much as Geoffrey Chaucer." Washington Post Book World

Review:

"Night Watch delves deeper into the philosophy of war and leadership than most of the Discworld books. It also offers more action than any others in the collection." BookReporter.com

Synopsis:

One moment City Watch Commander Sam Vimes is fighting a ruthless murderer. The next, he's thrown back 30 years in time when the Discworld city of Ankh-Morpork is on the brink of revolt.

About the Author

Terry Pratchett is one of the most popular living authors in the world. His first story was published when he was thirteen, and his first full-length book when he was twenty. He worked as a journalist to support the writing habit, but gave up the day job when the success of his books meant that it was costing him money to go to work. Prachett's acclaimed novels are bestsellers in the U.S. and the United Kingdom and have sold more than twenty-one million copies worldwide. He lives in England, where he writes all the time. (It's his hobby as well.)

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Jennifer Williams, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by Jennifer Williams)
This was a great book. Wonderfully funny and complex. Sam Vimes is one of my favorite characters and I loved him having a book that was focused so much on him. Reading about him trying to reconcile the city that he is experiencing and the city that he remembered was very interesting and fulfilling.
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emmejo, January 18, 2011 (view all comments by emmejo)
Sam Vimes is mostly happy with his wife and soon-to-be-born child and his job as Commander of the City Watch, but sometimes he misses the "good old days" back before he got the crime in the city under a semblance of control. When a knife-loving psychopath decides to go on a murdering spree, he is only too happy to join the fray. But during a rooftop chase on a stormy night something magic and odd happens: Vimes and his quarry are transported back in time 30 years. Vimes now finds himself penniless, homeless and without a single person who knows him in the messy situation of a city hovering on the edge of a city-wide riot and the supremely awkward one of meeting himself as a over-eager teenage watch trainee. Can one watchman from another time help keep people safe? and how much can he get away with before he has destroyed the timeline so badly there is no way to get back to his right place?

This book is definitely much more serious and dark than the other Discworld novel I have read (Guards! Guards!) but that isn't a bad thing. Pratchett easily glides his story between playful, introspective and action-packed moments. One moment the reader is laughing, the next brooding along with Vimes. This quick movement between styles can lead to a bit of mental whiplash, so I recommend taking a break here and there rather than trying to read it straight through.

The writing is not fancified and elaborate, but clearly conveys what the reader needs to know while staying interesting. Pratchett has a good ear for phrases that don't sound commonplace or cliche, but make perfect sense and don't require the reader to stop the story in order to try and figure out what the author was trying to say.
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goodbug73, January 19, 2010 (view all comments by goodbug73)
This story hits on so many levels - dark humor, despair, victory, life and death delivered as only Terry Pratchett can. Every time I read it, I pick out something new.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060013127
Author:
Pratchett, Terry
Publisher:
HarperTorch
Author:
by Terry Pratchett
Author:
ry
Author:
Pratchett, Ter
Location:
New York
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Discworld (Imaginary place)
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Time travel
Subject:
Discworld
Subject:
Vimes, Samuel
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Epic
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Mass Market PB
Series:
Discworld
Series Volume:
28
Publication Date:
October 2003
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
6.76x4.24x1.22 in. .46 lbs.

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Product details 432 pages HarperTorch - English 9780060013127 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Pratchett's storytelling...is in top form....One comes away, as always, with the feeling that if Ankh-Morpork isn't a real place, it bloody well ought to be."
"Review" by , "Not a side-splitter this time, though broadly amusing and bubbling with wit and wisdom: both an excellent story and a tribute to beat cops everywhere, doing their hair-raising jobs with quiet courage and determination."
"Review" by , "I did mention that Pratchett is a genius. Let me add that, given the great number of sweet and bitter ironies contained in this story, plus the complexity of the comic plot built to accommodate them, Night Watch is his best work."
"Review" by , "Discworld remains a place of punning, entertaining footnotes, and farce....Pratchett has really developed the characters of the Watch...since their early days in Guards! Guards!, and it shows!"
"Review" by , "The stakes are high, yet Pratchett injects humor into the mix. This gripping novel is essential for fans of the series, and is also recommended for those who haven't had the pleasure of traveling there yet."
"Review" by , "Terry Pratchett may still be pegged a comic novelist, but as Night Watch shows, he's a lot more. In his range of invented characters, his adroit storytelling and his clear-eyed acceptance of humankind's foibles, he reminds me of no one in English literature so much as Geoffrey Chaucer."
"Review" by , "Night Watch delves deeper into the philosophy of war and leadership than most of the Discworld books. It also offers more action than any others in the collection."
"Synopsis" by , One moment City Watch Commander Sam Vimes is fighting a ruthless murderer. The next, he's thrown back 30 years in time when the Discworld city of Ankh-Morpork is on the brink of revolt.
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