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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

My Favorite Series of All Time.

When I first read Night Watch, i was captivated. I soon read Day Watch and then Twilight/(or Dusk) Watch (they go in order) Lukanenko has got the whole perspective thing down. He explains things like others, and the gloom so well. He does it in such a way that when you ...
When I first read Night Watch, i was captivated. I soon read Day Watch and then Twilight/(or Dusk) Watch (they go in order) Lukanenko has got the whole perspective thing down. He explains things like others, and the gloom so well. He does it in such a way that when you try to explain what the book is really about to your friends, it doesn't do it justice. It sounds cliche but in reality its far far from it. I have never kept with a series like this ever. Im growing antsy for Last Watch
and every time I get to the end of one of the books, i put it down, because i don't want to finish it because then its over. Im recommending this series to anyone who appreciates fantasy and writers that don't sell out and make cliche vampire love stories (im not knocking Stephanie Mayers and Twighlight but the hype is just annoying and frankly there is really nothing special or extra ordinary about those Twilight books)
The Watch Series isn't about love, I cant tell you what the books are about, because everyone takes something different out of them. I will tell you, what I took out of it- I think its about finding the light within yourself amidst the evil that surrounds us in this world. These books truly were fascinating, enlightening, and amazing.

posted by ChelseySanes on November 18, 2008

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7 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

While not directly related to the book, and only indirectly thro

While not directly related to the book, and only indirectly through his author, I'm struggling with finding a better channel to communicate this. My apologies to those who might find it inappropriate. I hope that at least some people who might be considering patronizing...
While not directly related to the book, and only indirectly through his author, I'm struggling with finding a better channel to communicate this. My apologies to those who might find it inappropriate. I hope that at least some people who might be considering patronizing Mr Lukyanenko by purchasing his books will find this information to be of interest, however.

I'm sure that everyone has heard about the recent events on Ukraine. It's making quite a splash in Russia, too, and Mr Lukyanenko was quick to make some statements in his blog. In particular, on February 22 - in the aftermath of the three bloodiest days of the protest, during which over 80 people died in a hail of bullets - he has this to say to an Ukrainian commenter:

"There is no such country as Ukraine, and there shall never be. Either it will be a part of Russia, or else a Polish protectorate."

("¿¿¿ ¿ ¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ - ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿. ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿, ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿.")

"Ukraine is, henceforth, a cursed land, which have to redeem its villainy and cowardice for three generations to come."

("¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿ - ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿, ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿.")

This outburst was triggered by the fact that some of Mr Lukyanenko's colleagues in Ukraine have vocally supported the protesters and even took part in the protests themselves. Addressing them specifically, he made some more specific threats:

"To the Ukrainian fiction writers ... if any of the writer 'persons' that glorified the Maidan [Independence Square in Kiev on which the protesters clashed with police] and maidaners, who, at the same time, write in Russian and publish in Russia, will try to appear on any of the Russian [writer] conventions - I will stand against it. If they will want to publish in Russia - I will use all my power to stop them. Have some integrity, bastards! I shall no longer travel to Ukraine, participate in Ukrainian conventions, and forbid the translation of my works to Ukrainian."

("¿¿ ¿ ¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿-¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ... ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ "¿¿¿¿¿¿", ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿, ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿ ¿¿¿ ¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿, ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ - ¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿. ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿ - ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿, ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿. ¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿, ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿! ¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿ ¿¿¿¿, ¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿, ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿.")

Speaking of integrity, it should also be noted that Mr Lukyanenko believes that the events in Ukraine are plotted by Western countries, and US in particular, in order to destabilize the region to the detriment of Russia. He did not, however, make claims similar to the above with respect to publishing in those countries, or translating his books to English. So it is up to you, as a prospective buyer and reader, to take all of the above into account and act according to your conscience.

posted by 2648582 on February 27, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    While not directly related to the book, and only indirectly thro

    While not directly related to the book, and only indirectly through his author, I'm struggling with finding a better channel to communicate this. My apologies to those who might find it inappropriate. I hope that at least some people who might be considering patronizing Mr Lukyanenko by purchasing his books will find this information to be of interest, however.

    I'm sure that everyone has heard about the recent events on Ukraine. It's making quite a splash in Russia, too, and Mr Lukyanenko was quick to make some statements in his blog. In particular, on February 22 - in the aftermath of the three bloodiest days of the protest, during which over 80 people died in a hail of bullets - he has this to say to an Ukrainian commenter:

    "There is no such country as Ukraine, and there shall never be. Either it will be a part of Russia, or else a Polish protectorate."

    ("¿¿¿ ¿ ¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ - ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿. ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿, ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿.")

    "Ukraine is, henceforth, a cursed land, which have to redeem its villainy and cowardice for three generations to come."

    ("¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿ - ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿, ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿.")

    This outburst was triggered by the fact that some of Mr Lukyanenko's colleagues in Ukraine have vocally supported the protesters and even took part in the protests themselves. Addressing them specifically, he made some more specific threats:

    "To the Ukrainian fiction writers ... if any of the writer 'persons' that glorified the Maidan [Independence Square in Kiev on which the protesters clashed with police] and maidaners, who, at the same time, write in Russian and publish in Russia, will try to appear on any of the Russian [writer] conventions - I will stand against it. If they will want to publish in Russia - I will use all my power to stop them. Have some integrity, bastards! I shall no longer travel to Ukraine, participate in Ukrainian conventions, and forbid the translation of my works to Ukrainian."

    ("¿¿ ¿ ¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿-¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ... ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ "¿¿¿¿¿¿", ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿, ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿ ¿¿¿ ¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿, ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ - ¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿. ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿ - ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿, ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿. ¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿, ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿! ¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿ ¿¿¿¿, ¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿, ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿.")

    Speaking of integrity, it should also be noted that Mr Lukyanenko believes that the events in Ukraine are plotted by Western countries, and US in particular, in order to destabilize the region to the detriment of Russia. He did not, however, make claims similar to the above with respect to publishing in those countries, or translating his books to English. So it is up to you, as a prospective buyer and reader, to take all of the above into account and act according to your conscience.

    7 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    My Favorite Series of All Time.

    When I first read Night Watch, i was captivated. I soon read Day Watch and then Twilight/(or Dusk) Watch (they go in order) Lukanenko has got the whole perspective thing down. He explains things like others, and the gloom so well. He does it in such a way that when you try to explain what the book is really about to your friends, it doesn't do it justice. It sounds cliche but in reality its far far from it. I have never kept with a series like this ever. Im growing antsy for Last Watch<BR/>and every time I get to the end of one of the books, i put it down, because i don't want to finish it because then its over. Im recommending this series to anyone who appreciates fantasy and writers that don't sell out and make cliche vampire love stories (im not knocking Stephanie Mayers and Twighlight but the hype is just annoying and frankly there is really nothing special or extra ordinary about those Twilight books)<BR/>The Watch Series isn't about love, I cant tell you what the books are about, because everyone takes something different out of them. I will tell you, what I took out of it- I think its about finding the light within yourself amidst the evil that surrounds us in this world. These books truly were fascinating, enlightening, and amazing.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2009

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    Nothing Like Harry Potter...

    I was told this book was the Russian version of Harry Potter. They lied. This book is very well written and was an interesting read. I did enjoy the book. Be warned it is a little dark and touches on some of the topics of human nature we would prefer not to ponder. The characters develope in stages. While the Boss is a lot like Dulbdore, in that he lies by omission to the lead character, none of the other characters are any where close to those of the other book. Overall I recommend this book if you are into a good fantasy/drama/action/adventure novel with a dark twist.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2009

    Great read

    I almost wonder if the current interest in vampires (Twilight; True Blood) didn't start with Lukyanenko. Great, modern yet ancient, creatures in the enduring struggle between good and evil. I will read all the books in this sequence.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2009

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    One of the best dark fantasy novels I've read

    I was introduced to the world of the Night watch with Timur Bekmambetov's (Wanted) film by the same name. I was so excited about the films that after I learned that they were based on a series of books, I hunted them down and purchased them. Now a word of warning to those who've seen the film and decided to buy the books, they have very little in common. That is not a bad thing as the books are very well translated from it's original Russian language and reads very good.
    Each of the books are broken up into separate stories following the characters as they deal with situations spanning from their love lives down to the end of the world situations (the usual for these people). The magic of the books deals with the thems that the author touches upon. The thems that are delt with are such theams as choices we make and the consequences that follow and also the differences between good and evil and how they are much closer than one might think. The pacing is very smooth and is not hindered by the fact that the book is devided into stories (as I did fear) each of the stories were well fleshed out and the characters were given genuine delemmas to deal with and overcome.
    At the very most, please read this book, this can be one of the best summer reads you can treat yourself to.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2008

    Awesome book

    I love this book! This is unlike any book I've ever read. A bit confusing at times, though understandable considering its a translation. A wonderful read for a boring rainy day. I highly recommend it to anyone.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2008

    a review

    this book is unlike anything else i know. it makes you realize that there is only grey, and that black and white is a concept instead of a reality....a book for a rainy day if you like the weather to match your mood. thrilling and a must read

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2014

    Anton, a member of the Night Watch, has been selected to try out

    Anton, a member of the Night Watch, has been selected to try out field work by his boss. Anton and his other Night Watch members are Others, non-humans like werewolves and other shifters, magicians, vampires, etc. They patrol areas of Moscow and Russia to try to keep the balance between Light, which they represent, and Dark, which the Day Watch represents. In this episode, we follow along Anton's field work in three sort if inter-related cases.

    Compelling and intriguing characters, both minor and major, fill the pages of the story and add to plot development. The narrative is complex, laced with humor, has multi-leveled mysteries for all three cases, and is fairly action packed.

    Without giving away plot line, which I'm afraid of doing, I'll just say this:

    Overall, an awesome read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2012

    Not bad, but I don't think I will continue with the other books.

    Not bad, but I don't think I will continue with the other books...It did kind of remind me of Adult Harry Potter...and that is why I had to drag myself through the rest of it. When the cover says &quot;a modern horror epic&quot; I just don't see it...I was expecting something darker.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2012

    A different kind of Good vs. Evil

    I was one of those who saw the movie and was blown away by it. That being said, the book was amazing. From the moment I got it I couldn't put it down. A few translation issues from the original Russian, but don't let that stop you from peering into the magical world that Lukyanenko sets up.
    If you're ready for a different look at the Good vs. Evil, or in this case Light vs. Darkness, this is the book for you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A True Gem!

    I found not only is it a great read, but it gives insight to how Russians or Eastern Europeans live and feel. It gives insight to how they cope and their world view. Even though the characters are Russian and Eastern European, you can identify with them which is suprising since they are a half a world away. They are engaging, making me want to read other Russian and Eastern European authors so that I can gain a better understanding of their culture. If you happen to purchase or rent the movies; I would suggest the Russian versions with English subtitles, not the English dubbed versions. The other books I recommend are listed in series order.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2007

    A Cold War for the Magickal World

    The book is interesting because it is part of the modern trend showing the ying/yang aspects of good and evil. It shows how both sides manipulate their own agents in the effort to gain advantage over the other side. Although this book deals primarily with the 'Light Ones' (as you'd expect, the 'good' side), you come away feeling that at their core they aren't much better than the 'Dark Ones'). At some points, the plot approaches some of the issues dealt with in the darker Harry Potter books - e.g., people who do things that appear 'bad' in the name of doing 'good' (the ends justify the means), the question of whether might makes right, and the people who genuinely believe they are doing 'good' while creating significant pain and harm to other (the road to hell is paved with good intentions). The hero is the magical equivalent of Tom Clancy's 'Jack Ryan' - an analyst who gets tossed into field work and ends up dealing with things that he feels are over his head. He is attacked by the other side, manipulated into questionable situations by his own side, and ultimately has to find his own path to the dividing line between 'light' and 'dark.' The relationship between the two sides seems inspired by the Cold War. Each side watches the other for violations of the Treaty, and operatives for both sides interact on a daily basis and have the ability to make deals with each other that seem expedient and harmless at the time, but that can come back to bite them. Night Watch is a snapshot of what could be a very sophisticated world. It's the pawn's (or maybe knight's) view of a very convoluted, multi-dimensional chessboard, so sometimes the resolutions of situations seem a little deus ex machina, but that's more because of the perspective of the book than a failing of the author. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2006

    Wonderful novel

    I've read the book and its sequels in Russian, and I've been awaiting the translation of this book to share with my friends! The books are MUCH different and better than the movies, and I would recommend this book to everyone!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Finished in two nights.

    I absolutely love this series.

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  • Posted January 9, 2012

    A well plotted...

    page turner that could only come from an eastern european sensibility.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2011

    Top notch, imaginative fiction

    Unique; sardonic; at times, bleak; but thououghly enjoyable.

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

    You wont want to put the book down until its finished!

    Night watch brings you into a fantasy like none other

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

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    Great Start to a Great Series

    Few spots with typos or the same sentence repeated (errors in the print version as well after translation), but doesn't take away from the experience of the story. Currently reading Last Watch....wish I'd have known it existed a long time ago.

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  • Posted June 20, 2011

    Light or Darkness...

    The battle of light and darkness is never one sided and this series gives a good view on it. You start looking from the light one's then from the dark's ones...and as the story starts to unfold (without giving anything away), you begin to wonder. Which side is really doing the right thing if either of them are?

    The first book follows Anton, a young light magician just initiated into the watch. For any of you who saw the movies I warn you it is completely different. But, with the way the movie's and this series ends it all ties together in some way.

    Give it a chance if you are a scifi/ fantasy fan. If not for the twists and turns it will keep you on your toes till the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2011

    The writing killed me

    I have been looking for a while now for the next book or series that I can get excited about. I found this book by searching through my library and looking at similar recommendations from other readers. I was encouraged by the high recommendations and understood that it was a translation. However, no amount of arguing translation overcomes the cliched writing and references. I'm not a critic and usually am pretty easy going in my reading picks, but by 160 pages in, I've made the decision not to go any further (which I almost never do). I have to say I was disappointed based on the high reader recommendations, and will think twice before making a similar purchase decision.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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