Monday, December 21, 2009
Discworld, world and mirror of worlds- Night Watch
Title: Guards! Guards!
By: Terry Pratchett
"Ankh-Morpork! Brawling city of a hundred thousand souls! And, as the patrician privately observed, ten times that number of actual people."
A dragon is ravaging the largest city on the Disc and it's up to Captain Vimes and the dregs of the Night Watch to save the city. But is it worth it?
The first of the Night Watch books, and eighth in the series, it is here that Pratchett begins to shine as a commentator on the nature of humanity. Populated with fast fingered coppers, opportunistic merchants, obsessive heiresses, a total whittle of a common dragon, and a very well read orangutan, Guards! Guards! blends film noir and Monty Python in producing a colorful introduction to life in the big city.
It is not necessary to have read any of the other books in the Discworld series to enjoy this entry but it is important to read this one before moving on to the other Night Watch books.