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Night Watch [Paperback]

Terry Pratchett
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Sept. 29 2003 Discworld Novels (Book 29)
Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch had it all. But now he’s back in his own rough, tough past without even the clothes he was standing up in when the lightning struck…

Living in the past is hard. Dying in the past is incredibly easy. But he must survive, because he has a job to do. He must track down a murderer, teach his younger self how to be a good copper and change the outcome of a bloody rebellion.

There’s a problem: if he wins, he’s got no wife, no child, no future…

A Discworld Tale of One City, with a full chorus of street urchins, ladies of negotiable affection, rebels, secret policemen and other children of the revolution.

Truth! Justice! Freedom! And a Hard-boiled Egg!

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The new Discworld novel Night Watch has the power and energy that characterizes Terry Pratchett at his occasional best, as well as the wild surreal humour he always gives us. Sam Vimes, running hero of the Guards sequence, finds himself cast back in time to the Ankh-Morpork of his youth--a much nastier city, with an actively deranged Patrician and a sadistic secret police--and finding himself filling in for Keel, the tough honest copper who teaches the young Vimes everything he knows. And, more worryingly, who dies heroically in the insurrection Vimes knows to be imminent. With a psychopath from his own time rising in the vile ranks of the Cable Street Unmentionables complicating things, Vimes has to ensure that history takes its course so that he will have the right future to go back to, and to keep his younger self alive--this is Pratchett's plotting at its most thoroughly constructed and wonderfully devious. Ankh-Morpork has for a long time been one of the most thoroughly imagined cities in fantasy--here Pratchett gives us a fascinating gloomy glimpse of its past and of the younger selves of some of his best-loved characters, and of the brief-lived People's Republic of Treacle-Mine Road. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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British author Pratchett's storytelling, a clever blend of Monty Pythonesque humor and Big Questions about morality and the workings of the universe, is in top form in his 28th novel in the phenomenally bestselling Discworld series (The Last Hero, etc.). Pragmatic Sam Vimes, Commander of Ankh-Morpork's City Watch, can't complain. He has a title, his wife is due to give birth to their first child any moment and he hasn't had to pound a beat in ages but that doesn't stop him from missing certain bits of his old life. Thank goodness there's work to be done. Vimes manages to corner a murderer, Carcer, on the library dome at Unseen University during a tremendous storm, only to be zapped back in time 30 years, to an Ankh-Morpork where the Watch is a joke, the ruling Patrician mad and the city on the verge of rebellion. Three decades earlier, a man named John Keel took over the Night Watch and taught young Sam Vimes how to be a good cop before dying in that rebellion. Unfortunately, in this version of the past, Carcer has killed Keel. The only way Vimes can hope to return home and ensure he has a future to return home to is to take on Keel's role. The author lightens Vimes's decidedly dark situation with glimpses into the origins of several of the more unique denizens of Ankh-Morpork. One comes away, as always, with the feeling that if Ankh-Morpork isn't a real place, it bloody well ought to be.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth staying up all night to read Nov. 20 2003
By ilmk
Format:Hardcover
Pratchett's latest Discworld installment neatly ties in the time monks from the previous novel and with his overtly satirical mind he proceeds to delve into quantum physics with a sense of irony that is as subtle as it is brilliant. This time Sam Vimes is our protagonist, the brassed and reluctantly polished watch Commander sidetracked during a routine meeting with Lord Vetinari into a copper-roots level chase across the Unseen University rooftops after a murderer by the name of Carcer. During the storm-tossed chase he falls with Carcer into a rift in the time continuum and finds himself back in time with the villain in Ankh-Morpork just as hise younger self was making his first forays into the Watch. All of which gives Pratchett the perfect excuse to dredge up a whole lot of new characters and still remain in his glorious Discworld capital.
Once Lse-Tsu, the Sweeper, has explained the science behind the events Vimes (now known as John Keel) finds he has four days in which to educate his younger self and locate and take Carcer back with him, all before the revolution. However, he has the major advantage of a)being intelligent, b)knowing all about what should happen. So he inveigles his way into becoming a Nightwatch sergeant-at-arms, promptly shakes up the accepted corruption within its ranks and then sets off on his mission. Fairly quickly he manages to upset the course of history by ensuring the Morphic Street Conspiracy didn't end in a massacre before realising that Captain Swing of the Unmentionables has now recruited Carcer as a sergeant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Discworld's own "Back to the Future". Oct. 14 2003
Format:Paperback
This is the 27th Discworld novel (well, that is, if you don't count The Last Hero and The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents).
It is springtime in Ankh-Morpork, the lilac is in bloom. As his wife Sybil is about to give birth to their first child, Commander Samuel Vimes of the City Watch heads to the cemetary of Small Gods, to commemorate the day Sergeant John Keel, his mentor, and six other coppers died some thirty yeas ago.
Later, arriving at the Patrician's Palace, he hears that Carcer, a serial killer who's been wreaking havoc around town lately, has just been cornered. This might be his only chance to arrest the murderer.
Outside, there's a storm brewing. After a chase in the streets of the city, Vimes and Carcer end up in the tower of the wizards' University, a highly magical place. And as the Commander is about to catch his prey, lighting strikes, and both are transported back in time, some thirty years earlier... Soon Carcer commits another crime and kills John Keel.
Night Watch has a strong "Back to the Future" theme, where changing events in the past... well, the now, of course affects those in the now... well, the future. Many things have changed in thirty years, and Vimes struggles to put his own past back on the track. It won't be long until he encounters his younger self. Passing himself off as Sergeant John Keel, not only will he have to teach young Sam to be a good copper, but he must also survive the oncoming Revolution.
True to form, Terry Pratchett gives us yet another witty, intelligent, hilarious Discworld novel of the City Watch, with its traditional footnotes and tongue-in-cheek humour, and some cameo appearances of Death... what more could we possibly ask for?
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5.0 out of 5 stars possibly the best Discworld to date! Feb. 10 2003
By Sam
Format:Hardcover
and that's saying something. The books just keep getting better and better, and after so many novels, Pratchett has yet to repeat himself or slip into the all-to-easy fantasy stand-by of ripping of Lord of the Rings (unless you count the cameo appearance of Golom in Witches Abroad.) Commander Sir Samuel Vimes, by far my favorite Discworld charactor, is the focus of this latest instilation of the Discworld series. He's mean, violent, tough and increadably endearing. A devoted husband, soon-to-be father and workaholic copper, Vimes finds himself in what seems to be a no-win situation when a magical experiment gone wrong sends him back in time to the world of his youth. He arrives to find that the same accident has caused the death of his childhood mentor, John Keel, and now, if he doesn't want his life to be destroyed, he must assume the mans identity and teach young Sam what it means to be a good copper. Unfortunatly, as Vimes recalls, Keel is destined to die in a few days time...
This book is a perfect example of Pratchett's trademark combination of action, witt and philosophy. Old fans will adore meeting Nobby Nobbs as a street urchin, Havelock Vetinari as a student assassin, and Reg Shoe as a young (and very much alive) rebel-without-a-cause. As for new readers, just read the first sentence and see if you don't like it. Go on, I dare you. Here it is:
"Sam Vimes sighed when he heard the scream, but he finished shaving before he did anything about it."
Curious? Interested? I hope so.
Terry Pratchett's writing style is so vivid and elegant that the reader is pulled right into the story. His writing is so good in fact that I think a reader would be justified in saying "I was there."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Night Watch is full of Terry Pratchett fun!!!!
We totally loved the time spent listening to Night watch! Terry Pratchett brings diskworld to life in so many amazing ways! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Foxy Lady
4.0 out of 5 stars Very character focused
This one is very focused on one character, luckily that character is Sam Vimes so it ends up being one of the better Discworld novels in my opinion.
Published 8 months ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars more fun with the City Watch
Terry does it again with this tale of a time-travelling Samuel Vimes looking to keep his other self out of trouble during the Ankh-Morpork rebellion. Read more
Published on Oct. 6 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Great book poorly read.
While Night Watch is one of the best of the Terry Pratchett novels, this reading of the book is completely disappointing. Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2003 by S Pomeroy
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't fall asleep over Night Watch
Forgive the corny joke. This is a marvelous book, the first that really focuses completely on Sam Vimes. Read more
Published on Dec 26 2002 by A
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Published on Dec 12 2002 by Friederike Knabe
5.0 out of 5 stars The future is past
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Published on Nov. 29 2002 by Stephen A. Haines
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