Guards! Guards! (Discworld Series #8) [NOOK Book]

Overview

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...).

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Guards! Guards! (Discworld Series #8)

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Overview

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...).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061804793
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/17/2009
  • Series: Discworld Series , #8
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 26,281
  • File size: 664 KB

Meet the Author

Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett's novels have sold more than eighty-five million (give or take a few million) copies worldwide. In January 2009, Queen Elizabeth II made Pratchett a knight in recognition of his "services to literature." Sir Terry lives in England with his wife.

Biography

Welcome to a magical world populated by the usual fantasy fare: elves and ogres, wizards and witches, dwarves and trolls. But wait—is that witch wielding a frying pan rather than a broomstick? Has that wizard just clumsily tumbled off the edge of the world? And what is with the dwarf they call Carrot, who just so happens to stand six-foot six-inches tall? Why, this is not the usual fantasy fare at all—this is Terry Pratchett's delightfully twisted Discworld!

Beloved British writer Pratchett first jump-started his career while working as a journalist for Bucks Free Press during the '60s. As luck would have it, one of his assignments was an interview with Peter Bander van Duren, a representative of a small press called Colin Smythe Limited. Pratchett took advantage of his meeting with Bander van Duren to pitch a weird story about a battle set in the pile of a frayed carpet. Bander van Duren bit, and in 1971 Pratchett's very first novel, The Carpet People, was published, setting the tone for a career characterized by wacky flights of fancy and sly humor.

Pratchett's take on fantasy fiction is quite unlike that of anyone else working in the genre. The kinds of sword-and-dragon tales popularized by fellow Brits like J.R.R. Tolkein and C. S. Lewis have traditionally been characterized by their extreme self-seriousness. However, Pratchett has retooled Middle Earth and Narnia with gleeful goofiness, using his Discworld as a means to poke fun at fantasy. As Pratchett explained to Locus Magazine, "Discworld started as an antidote to bad fantasy, because there was a big explosion of fantasy in the late '70s, an awful lot of it was highly derivative, and people weren't bringing new things to it."

In 1983, Pratchett unveiled Discworld with The Color of Magic. Since then, he has added installments to the absurdly hilarious saga at the average rate of one book per year. Influenced by moderately current affairs, he has often used the series to subtly satirize aspects of the real world; the results have inspired critics to rapturous praise. ("The most breathtaking display of comic invention since PG Wodehouse," raved The Times of London.) He occasionally ventures outside the series with standalone novels like the Johnny Maxwell Trilogy, a sci fi adventure sequence for young readers, or Good Omens, his bestselling collaboration with graphic novelist Neil Gaiman.

Sadly, in 2008 fans received the devastating news that Pratchett had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. He has described his own reaction as "fairly philosophical" and says he plans to continue writing so long as he is able.

Good To Know

Pratchett's bestselling young adult novel Only You Can Save Mankind was adapted for the British stage as a critically acclaimed musical in 2004.

Discworld is not just the subject of a bestselling series of novels. It has also inspired a series of computer games in which players play the role of the hapless wizard Rincewind.

A few fun outtakes from our interview with Pratchett:

"I became a journalist at 17. A few hours later I saw my first dead body, which was somewhat…colourful. That's when I learned you can go on throwing up after you run out of things to throw up."

"The only superstition I have is that I must start a new book on the same day that I finish the last one, even if it's just a few notes in a file. I dread not having work in progress.

"I grow as many of our vegetables as I can, because my granddad was a professional gardener and it's in the blood. Grew really good chilies this year.

"I'm not really good at fun-to-know, human interest stuff. We're not ‘celebrities', whose life itself is a performance. Good or bad or ugly, we are our words. They're what people meet.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Terence David John Pratchett
    2. Hometown:
      Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 28, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England
    1. Education:
      Four honorary degrees in literature from the universities of Portsmouth, Bristol, Bath and Warwick

Read an Excerpt

Chapter One

This is where the dragons went.

They lie...

Not dead, not asleep. Not waiting, because waiting implies expectation. Possibly the word we're looking for here is...

...dormant.

And although the space they occupy isn't like normal space, nevertheless they are packed in tightly. Not a cubic inch there but is filled by a claw, a talon, a scale, the tip of a tail, so the effect is like one of those trick drawings and your eyeballs eventually realize that the space between each dragon is, in fact, another dragon.

They could put you in mind of a can of sardines, if you thought sardines were huge and scaly and proud and arrogant.

And presumably, somewhere, there's the key.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

    Read this first

    This is probably the best first stop if you want to jump into the discworld. It is also the beginning of the watch of Anhk-morpork story lines. A great must read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2010

    Interesting

    It's a great book. My only complaint is that on the nook, some of the words get cut off and you can't access the footnotes.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    My odd sense of humor...

    Not what I was expecting, and definately NOT my usual type of book....turned out to be pretty good and funny in this offhand sorta way...like dorky jokes like I would make myself!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

    Great entry book to diskworld

    The intro into the best book series ever written

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

    A definite "must read"

    This is definitely the book to get your feet wet if you've not read Terry Pratchett. He really hit his comic stride in Guards! Guards!. If you've not read him, pick this book up right away!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

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    All I can say is: Wonderful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

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    I was introduced to Pratchett's words only recently -- late in m

    I was introduced to Pratchett's words only recently -- late in my reading career -- by author Henry Gee, who then stood back to watch the mental explosion. He was on to something, alright. Long aware of Mr. Pratchett's name, legions of fans and occasional witty quote, I had no idea how all-encompassing his writing could be. Guards! Guards! is my introduction to the author's beloved Discworld and my key to future submersions as well. It is a perfect tonic for our times and our silly culture offering big, heaping helpings of wry humor, cynicism and sarcasm. In my case, particularly, it came at a perfect time for a fan of George R.R. Martin's work suffering withdrawl until his next volume is released and in desperate need of comedic relief. Pratchett's novel takes place on the fetid, dysfunctional streets of a major city where a benevolent (?) dictator is about to be replaced by something much worse. Not even human, but sadly, in so many ways, completely expected. Dragons, it turns out are people, too. Misunderstood, subject to soul-numbing stereotyping and completely consumed by gastric issues. This book will keep you in stitches throughout and give you plenty of occasions to reflect on where our priorities lie. Don't wait. Hie thee to a bookseller and purchase this book. You sanity may well depend upon it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    A great book

    I love Terry Pratchett and all of his Discworld novels. I've read about all of them, but this is one is one of my favorites.

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    Dragon! Dragon!

    Could not turn the pages fast enough...even if you have never read a discworld novel this is a great place to start..can I say "Hurrah" Now?

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  • Posted January 26, 2013

    Terry Pratchett is easily my favourite author of all time! What'

    Terry Pratchett is easily my favourite author of all time! What's more, the Discworld may just be my favourite fantasy world of all time. It so happens that the very first Discworld book I read was Men at Arms, which is actually the second book in Discworld's so called "City Watch" series (this book is the first in that series). Still, I was able to suspend disbelief and "pretend" that many of the things that were assumed in Men at Arms hadn't happened yet.




    This book is all about dragons and kings, which Pratchett describe in his typical humourous style. It's laugh-a-page, and I simply could not put it down. Over the past few weeks while I've been reading it I've had some pretty late nights, resulting in me being quite unable to get out of bed in the mornings, and often arriving to work quite late.




    I would've rated this book five stars, but for two points where the book moved a little slowly for my liking. Yes, only two - the pacing is otherwise brilliant! About halfway through the book I began to think that it was getting a bit long in the tooth and I thought it should just end. Thankfully, I pushed through, and it was like a whole new story started, a "sequel" if you like. Then around 85% of the way through, the story was over but there were still loose ends to tie up. I caught myself thinking "Yeah, I know all this stuff is necessary, but we all know what happens next, and who ends up with whom. Just finish already!"




    Once again, I'm glad I pulled through, though: there are one or two surprises in the wrap-up that I found quite entertaining!




    If you like fantasy (or even if you hate it), and love comedy, Terry Pratchett's your man! And this book is a decent place to start reading the City Watch series. Highly recommended!!

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

    JUST WOAH! Extremely entertaining! You have been warned...

    I'm new to this Discworld Series and I have to say this is phenomenal, very clever, superb, and downright FUNNY. I'm lookin' forward to the next books and nothing's is gonna stop meh

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book was fun, engaging and humerus early summer reading. Perfect for a time when I just wanted to be entertained by a book. Fans of dragons, fantasy or British humor are all greatly encouraged to read this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2006

    Very entertaining

    Here there be dragons, indeed, but also, more importantly, here there be HUMOR. This book is great. It has everything you could want: an excellently intricate plot, a surprise ending, a sketchy bad guy, a bunch of goons, endearing main characters, a six-foot-tall incredibly naive dwarf, and a really sweet romance, however quirky it may be. Pratchett's acute wordplay and descriptions are a pleasure to read, even if you have no idea what's going on in the story. Which may happen. Just go with the flow. I really enjoyed the core characters in this book, which is the four members of Anhk Morpork's police force and a rather large and interesting noblewoman who breeds a small species of dragons, especially Capt. Samuel Vimes, who begins this novel lying drunk in a gutter. What can I say, he made me laugh. The whole book made me laugh. This book is worth an exploration through the deep, dark depths of L-space to read. (If you want to know what L-space is, read the book.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2003

    I loved this book!

    This was the Third book by Terry Pratchett that I have read. Ever since I have read the first one, I just want to keep reading more! Very funny and very well written!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2002

    hilarious

    If you are a fan of satire and or fantasy, this book will keep you laughhing. Very well written, very keen and witty.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2002

    My Favorite Book!

    When I first picked this book up I couldn't put it down! I laughed at the hilarious antics of the Night Watch and how they saved the city. A Great Laugh if you're a fan of Pratchett or just beginning to read his books. I definetly reccomend it. Once you read it you'll be hooked on Pratchett.

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