Book Review: Guards, Guards Discworld #8 by Terry Pratchett

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Book Review: Guards, Guards Discworld #8 by Terry PratchettGuards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
Published by HarperCollins on 2001-07-31
Narrator: NIgel Planner
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, General
Pages: 384
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Here there be dragons . . . and the denizens of Ankh-Morpork wish one huge firebreather would return from whence it came. Long believed extinct, a superb specimen of draco nobilis ("noble dragon" for those who don't understand italics) has appeared in Discworld's greatest city. Not only does this unwelcome visitor have a nasty habit of charbroiling everything in its path, in rather short order it is crowned King (it is a noble dragon, after all . . .).

Meanwhile, back at Unseen University, an ancient and long-forgotten volume--The Summoning of Dragons--is missing from the Library's shelves. To the rescue come Captain Vimes, Constable Carrot, and the rest of the Night Watch who, along with other brave citizens, risk everything, including a good roasting, to dethrone the flying monarch and restore order to Ankh-Morpork (before it's burned to a crisp). A rare tale, well done as only Terry Pratchett can.

My Thoughts

Terry Pratchett. Need I say more?

Well of course I don’t but I will because he’s amazing and I want to tell the world!

In Guards, Guards we meet Vimes, soon to be known as “‘His Grace, His Excellency, The Duke of Ankh; Commander Sir Samuel Vimes“: When serving as Ambassador for Samuel Vimes as he appears in The Pratchett Po...Ankh-Morpork, he is also referred to simply as “His Excellency“, and is also nicknamed “Blackboard Monitor Vimes,” and “Vetinari’s Terrier” (or hammer): According to his wife, Sybil, Vimes is recognized by many as Lord Vetinari’s right-hand man. But in Guards, Guards he is still down on his luck. We meet him drunk and in a gutter, in love and hate with the city in which he is sworn to protect and sadly unable to, Ankh Morpork.

Oh! To not write a biased book review, but will I be able to help myself for this is, in my mind, one of the best Terry Pratchett Discworld novels. In this we meet Captain Vimes, Carrot Ironfounderson, Nobby Nobbs, Sergeant Colon, The Librarian and many more. The first of many great books and as Vimes is one of my favorite characters I listened to this book with lots of laughter knowing that he will always pull through in the end.

Vimes is a deliciously interesting character and as we see in this story he grows to be the man that we know him as today. He wakes from his stupor in Guards, Guards and also meets Lady Sybil but more than that, he goes back to his roots, which we’ll learn about in a later story when we meet a younger Vimes. Guards, Guards is just the beginning and in the beginning Vimes is quite down on his luck, in the gutter, muddy, drunk and alone.

Soon we also meet Carrot Ironfounderson. Raised by dwarfs he is the tallest of his kind, as he is actually a human. And although the Ankh Morpork dwarves don’t really know how to take him, Carrot demands respect in all situations, and earns it because not only is he over six feet, his shoulders are just about as wide and he will arrest anyone who breathes wrong, that is if it’s in the Laws and Ordinances of the Cities of Ankh and Morpork.

Those are only two of the amazing characters that Terry Pratchett has introduced in this book. This book is a twisting, turning, stay on the edge of your seat with laughter, must read!

This book was phenomenal. Hands down, fabulous. All of my favorite characters are in it and if you’ve never read Terry Pratchett the great thing about the Discworld is that you do not have to read them in order. Just go read them!

The Author

About Terry Pratchett

Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe. Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983. In 1987 he turned to writing full time, and has not looked back since. To date there are a total of 39 books in the Discworld series, of which four (so far) are written for children. The first of these, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal. A non-Discworld book, Good Omens, his 1990 collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller, and was reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early 2006 (it is also available as a mass market paperback (Harper Torch, 2006) and trade paperback (Harper Paperbacks, 2006). In 2008, Harper Children's published Terry's standalone non-Discworld YA novel, Nation. Terry's latest book, Snuff, was published in October 2011.

Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English-language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature” in 1998, and has received four honorary doctorates from the Universities of Warwick, Portsmouth, Bath, and Bristol. His acclaimed novels have sold more than 45 million copies (give or take a few) and have been translated into 33 languages.

In Dec. of 2007, Pratchett admitted to being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. On 18 Feb, 2009, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

He was awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2010.

 

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