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Guards! Guards! (1989)

de Terry Pratchett

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Sèrie: Discworld: City Watch (1), Biblioteca Terry Pratchett (8)

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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.… (més)
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Not one of my favorites. Had a hard time getting through it, even though some of the characters and many of the scenes were wonderful. I think it may have been my fault, however, as I was reading this book for literally months, putting it down for long stretches. Have heard good things from others so maybe give it a shot anyway? ( )
  Cerestheories | Nov 8, 2021 |
This was the first disc world book I have read. It didn't always hold my attention but I did find this book enjoyable to read and I will definitely read another book in this series. I did take me a little to get into this book and this world but once I did it was very interesting. The no chapters thing sort of threw me off at first but I got used to it. I did end up getting attached to most of the characters and I enjoyed reading about their adventures. I do like books that try to mix genres so I liked the idea of this book even before I started reading it and it didn't disappoint. I would definitely recommend this book to people who like this genre and I think it was a very interesting read. ( )
  AKBouterse | Oct 14, 2021 |
I can tell this book is a bit rougher than some of Pratchett's later work, but I'm still giving it 5 stars because it was so immensely enjoyable. ( )
  misslevel | Sep 22, 2021 |
Okay, that does it, I've got to declare this one a five-star read. I laughed, I giggled, and I enjoyed myself immensely through this entire adventure.

And, throughout, I also kept thinking, for a book published over thirty years ago, Pratchett really has the current American president nailed:

It was amazing, this mystic business. You tell them a lie, and then when you don’t need it anymore you tell them another lie and tell them they’re progressing along the road to wisdom. Then instead of laughing they follow you even more, hoping that at the heart of all the lies they’ll find the truth. And bit by bit they accept the unacceptable. Amazing.
Amazing is right.

Oh, and God, I love Carrot. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
Reading Terry Pratchett’s “Guards! Guards!” was a joy for me. I don’t know why it took me so long to read a Discworld book, I’m a bit ashamed. I am a sucker for English humor, always have been. The good news is that I now have 40 more Discworld books to read. Honest reveal - I think I resisted because people said he was better than Douglas Adams and that rubbed me the wrong way. My view after reading one book, they are clearly in the same class, and while I still like Adams better that might be because I’m a bigger Science Fiction fan than Fantasy. In any case, it doesn’t matter, both are hilarious and talented. They both have layered humor and sneak in some wonderful insights on life.

Pratchett dedicated this book to Palace/City Guards/Patrols, noting that no one ever asks them if they want to rush into a room, one at a time to attack the hero. It’s this trope that the story is build upon. It’s the eighth book in the Discworld series and was published in 1989. Pratchett deftly takes on all sorts of humor; sarcasm, burlesque, hyperbolic, juvenile, dark, etc., etc. He pokes at the Fantasy genre, breaks writing walls, and displays crafty, crafty wit. Like Adams, it’s largely non-stop through the entire story, but somehow the story still moves along with great pace. There are quotable quotes on nearly every page. But I didn’t just enjoy the humor, I enjoyed the fun story, and I enjoyed Pratchett’s musing on evil, government, and life, in general. The only thing Pratchett keeps sacred is books and libraries, all else is fair game for biting sarcasm!

I think you at least need to be a passing fantasy reader to appreciate his books, and you must be tolerant of some occasional silliness, but if you pass those two simple hurdles, I can’t imagine not enjoying this book. A fun and entertaining romp through a twisted fantasy world that will make you laugh, but stealthily remind you of the underdog’s plight against the ridiculous rules of the, well, ruling class. Ahem. ( )
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Pratchett, Terryautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
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Kidby, PaulIl·lustradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Kirby, JoshAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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They may be called the Palace Guard, the City Guard, or the Patrol. Whatever the name, their purpose in any work of heroic fantasy is identical: it is, round about Chapter Three (or ten minutes into the film) to rush into the room, attack the hero one at a time, and be slaughtered. No-one ever asks them if they wanted to.

This book is dedicated to those fine men.
And also to Mike Harrison, Mary Gentle, Neil Gaiman and all the others who assisted with and laughed at the idea of L-space; too bad we never used Schrodinger's Paperback . . .
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"Have another drink, not-Corporal Nobby?" said Sergeant Colon unsteadily. "I do not mind if I do, not-Sgt Colon," said Nobby.

-- The joys of working undercover (Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!)
The dragon—the dragon—was peering down interestedly over the guttering. Its face alone was taller than a man. Its eyes were the size of very large eyes, colored a smoldering red and filled with an intelligence that had nothing to do with human beings. It was far older, for one thing. It was an intelligence that had already been long basted in guile and marinated in cunning by the time a group of almost-monkeys were wondering whether standing on two legs was a good career move. It wasn’t an intelligence that had any truck with, or even understood, the arts of diplomacy.
"When you really need them the most," he said, "million-to-one chances always crop up. Well-known fact."
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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.

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