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Guards! Guards! (Discworld Series #8)
     

Guards! Guards! (Discworld Series #8)

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by Terry Pratchett
 

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Long believed extinct, a superb specimenof draco nobilis ("noble dragon") 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.

Meanwhile, back at Unseen University, an ancient and long-forgotten volume—The Summoning

Overview

Long believed extinct, a superb specimenof draco nobilis ("noble dragon") 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.

Meanwhile, back at Unseen University, an ancient and long-forgotten volume—The Summoning 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 monarchand restore order to Ankh-Morpork(before it's burned to a crisp).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062225757
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/30/2013
Series:
Discworld Series
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
62,071
Product dimensions:
4.38(w) x 7.38(h) x 1.03(d)

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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.

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
Date of Birth:
April 28, 1948
Place of Birth:
Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England
Education:
Four honorary degrees in literature from the universities of Portsmouth, Bristol, Bath and Warwick

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Guards! Guards! (Discworld Series) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 110 reviews.
ZeanAmush More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
RichardSutton More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Mythbhavd More than 1 year ago
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!
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Brassbright More than 1 year ago
I always love a visit to Ankh-Morpork, and this is one of my favorite trips. There's heaps of little details about the city, along with the absurdities of dragons and career choices. Definitely a must-read-and-snorfle for anyone who enjoys the Discworld.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only wish I started reading Pratchett sooner.
Homerphobe84 More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book. One of the first, full-length novels I read (in the 90s) and I was hooked on the Discworld series. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an astute bit of fun. Terry P is a masterful story teller, you will not be disappointed!
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All I can say is: Wonderful.
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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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AvalonAyr More than 1 year ago
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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