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review 2017-09-16 06:47
Night Watch
Night Watch - Terry Pratchett,Stephen Briggs

I'm probably not doing this book justice with my rating, but as much as I think the writing is brilliant, it dragged for me badly.


I started it thinking it would work for my werewolf square in bingo, and by the time I realised it definitely wasn't (Agula the werewolf is only mentioned and never appears), it was too far in to stop.


This is a much deeper, more serious storyline that any of the other Discworld books I've read so far and there's a lot of political philosophy (and a fair amount of quantum physics).  It's brilliant political philosophy, but I was expecting werewolves, so Poli-Phi and string theory was more work than I was prepared for.  (Also, I'm not a fan of time travel plots.)


Still, this is Pratchett and as MT said, for a book I was complaining was hard work to get through, I was laughing out loud an awful lot.  Pratchett is a genius at using his words, and the scene involving the ox and the raw ginger had tears coming to my eyes (and likely theirs).  So many laugh out loud moments in this one that even though I'm glad it's over, I'm definitely also glad I've read it. 


(Luckily, there are enough other elements in this book that I can use it for the Free Space.)


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text 2017-09-15 04:34
Reading progress update: I've read 79 out of 364 pages.
Night Watch - Terry Pratchett,Stephen Briggs

String theory and quantum physics in Discworld.  





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review 2017-08-19 07:32
Night Watch
Night Watch - Sergei Lukyanenko,Andrew Bromfield

Having just finished this today I realise it's taken me 11 months to get through. Partly due to getting distracted by other books but mostly because it's split up into three sections and it became too easy to finish a part and then set it down.

The book itself centres around Anton, a light one, who is part of the Night Watch, others who 'police' the dark element of the supernatural world. The war between the two factions has been raging for centuries and each side is always looking to tip the balance in their favour.

I liked Anton for the most part, a wheel in the cog of something much bigger who tries to do the right thing but seems to miss the mark on this most of the time. There were lots of other characters and background was given on some of them but you never felt you really knew them that well. It didn't help that the book feels a little disjointed, each part was a complete story but also continuing story/themes from the last part. This made it too easy to put it down and not itch to get back to it.

I thought the world building was interesting and well done with a massive scope for adding a lot more into it, as this is the first book in 4/5 I would be looking forward into finding out more about the history of the watch and how the agencies run.

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review 2017-05-19 00:42
Night Watch (Discworld #29, Watch #6)
Night Watch (Discworld, #29) - Terry Pratchett

The past and future of Ankh-Morpork revolve around the efforts of His Grace Sir Sam Vimes, Commander of the City Watch, and he doesn’t like it one bit.  Night Watch, the sixth book focusing on the City Watch and twenty-ninth overall book of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series finds Vimes dealing with his wife about to give birth, the deaths of two of his two officers and chasing the man responsible, then finding himself in the past playing the mentor to his younger self during a time of revolution.


Sam Vimes loves being a copper, but not so much His Grace when things have to be official, but after a magical “accident” caused by the Monks of History to send him 30 years into the past Vimes must make sure history happens like it did when he was a 17-year old newbie.  Becoming his mentor Sergeant John Keel and second-in-command at his old Watch House, Vimes attempts to bring about the past he remembers so his “present” remains the same.  Unfortunately for Vimes, a genius yet insane killer Carcer was brought back with him and has his own agenda—chaos and murder.  Add in a revolution hitting Ankh-Morpork and Vimes is in for some very stressful days.


This isn’t the first time that Pratchett has done a little time travel in a Discworld novel, but it was the first in which it was the primary element in one.  Vimes becoming the heroic mentor to his younger self, is somewhat cliché but Pratchett uses Vimes own grim view of the world to an advantage as starts to become imprinted on young Sam.  Yet, Vimes existential fretting about messing up his future does get tiresome after him doing it so many times in the book that it almost seems that Pratchett was finding ways to take up page space.


Night Watch is an action-packed installment in the Discworld series that Pratchett writes fantastically with Sam Vimes as the protagonist, even with the overused existential fretting.  Once again I’ve found a Watch book bringing out the best of Pratchett and the entire Discworld setting, I can only hope the other two books of the subseries will be the same.

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review 2017-03-19 13:18
Review: Night Watch (Discworld Book 34 of 53ish)
Night Watch - Terry Pratchett

Night Watch is the 6th book in the Watch subseries of Discworld


Surprisingly, I enjoyed this one pretty well.  I say “surprisingly” because, as I’ve said in other reviews, Vimes often gets on my nerves.  This book focuses on him very heavily, more than any other book since the first Watch book.  However, we see more of the sarcastic and clever aspects of Vimes which I do enjoy and far less of the bitter, woe-is-me, self-destructive aspects which drive me crazy.


This is a time travel story.  Vimes accidentally gets thrown back in time, to a point shortly after he had first joined the Watch.  History of course gets changed, and now he has to make sure events happen that will keep his future in-tact.


It wasn’t a completely riveting story, but it had its fun parts.  Some of those fun parts came from seeing various other Discworld characters at an earlier stage in their lives and learning what they were like before the series began.  I particularly enjoyed meeting a younger Vetinari, a character I’ve enjoyed since he was first introduced.

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