Sir Sam Vimes gets knocked back in time thirty years in this rollicking adventure in Terry Pratchett's bestselling Discworld(R) series 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 dark place that Vimes remembers all too well--three decades before his title, fortune, ...
Sir Sam Vimes gets knocked back in time thirty years in this rollicking adventure in Terry Pratchett's bestselling Discworld(R) series 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 dark place that Vimes remembers all too well--three decades before his title, fortune, beloved wife, and child on the way. Worse still, the murderer he's pursuing has been transported back with him. And on top of that--it's the eve of a fabled street rebellion that killed 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.
if you liked the other "Vimes books" you will love this one. Vimes gets tossed back in time and finds himself (skinnyer, dummer and with more adamsaple), he also finds a revolution army and a killer from his own time, the nastiest criminal he has ever tried to catch (including the dragon). night watch is a little darker then the normal Pratchett book but not mutch, it has all the normal discworld things (like Nobby Nobbs if he can be called normal) it is just that it along with the ordenary has a slightly nastier and more synical humor then discwold books usualy do.
Apr 2, 2007
At first glance, you might think that a book about people, trolls, dwarves, wizards and mysterious monks would fall neatly into one of the various realms of the fantasy genre. Instead, _Night Watch_ combines a fantasy/sci-fi setting with a hard-boiled police drama, a coming-of-age story and social commentary, including characters to rival Charles Dickens. Pratchett weaves a complex, inventive plot through time-travel, myth, mysticism, and a gritty sixteenth-century urban landscape reminiscent of Dickens' London or Hugo's Paris. He finds time and room for a degree of comic relief, but returns, as in all his Commander Sam Vimes novels, to the central issue of keeping the inner darkness at bay, even under crushing circumstances.
This is one of Pratchett's more-recent books, and in it we see the master story-telling delivering a richness of character and plot that is as satisfying as a good red ale. I recommend this book to anyone with a taste for compelling characters in complex plots. It may not be the best place to enter the Vimes saga (Pratchett tells the story of his master cop/everyman in half a dozen or more of his novels), although it is the only glimpse we've gotten so far of the early career of the young Sam Vimes, and of the youth of Lord Vetinari, the Patrician of the city.
If you wanted to start with the beginning of Vimes's character development, the much-earlier (in publication date) novel _Guards! Guards!_ takes him from the gutter to the beginnings of self-respect and the beginning of his left-handed romance with Lady Sybil.Ramkin.
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