Guards! Guards! (Discworld Series #8)

Guards! Guards! (Discworld Series #8)

by Terry Pratchett

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Welcome to Guards! Guards!, the eighth book in Terry Pratchett’s legendary Discworld series.

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...). How did it get there? How is the Unique and Supreme Lodge of the Elucidated Brethren of the Ebon Night involved? Can the Ankh-Morpork City Watch restore order – and the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork to power?

Magic, mayhem, and a marauding dragon...who could ask for anything more?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062225757
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/30/2013
Series: Discworld Series
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 42,914
Product dimensions: 4.38(w) x 7.38(h) x 1.03(d)

About the Author

Sir Terry Pratchett was the internationally bestselling author of more than thirty books, including his phenomenally successful Discworld series. His young adult novel, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal, and Where's My Cow?, his Discworld book for “readers of all ages,” was a New York Times bestseller. His novels have sold more than seventy five million (give or take a few million) copies worldwide. Named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature,” Pratchett lived in England. He died in 2015 at the age of sixty-six.


Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

Date of Birth:

April 28, 1948

Place of Birth:

Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England


Four honorary degrees in literature from the universities of Portsmouth, Bristol, Bath and Warwick

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Guards! Guards! (Discworld Series) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 157 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.
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
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.
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 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!
Anonymous 28 days ago
Smacks of Python and Hitchhikers taken beyond by Pratchett. Very entertaining.
Anonymous 3 months ago
once again
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The course of true love never does run smooth. And this is Ankh-Morpork, so Sam Vimes should probably feel luck it doesn't just run him down in the street... oh, wait - it does...Intrigue, conspiracy, danger, dragons... to say nothing of the sausages. And some lovely cameos by the Librarian - what more could one ask for!
polarbear123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another great Terry Pratchett book with loads of amusing characters and great observations. What can I say that hasn't already ben said. Every piece of humour is spot on and the story rattles along maintaining your interest right to the end. For an easy read between more serious novels you can't get much better!!
surreality on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Plot: As usual for Discworld novels, the story is a conglomerate of twists, turns, side plots and everything suddenly ending up upside down. Plot never matters all that much; it's the scenes that keep interest up. Characters: It's the introduction novel for the Night Watch, and sketches out a lot of Ankh-Morpork's city characters. They're simpler here than in later books, but the groundwork is laid especially for Vimes. Also, the Patrician gets to play. Style: It's still close to the group of early Discworld novels, with a more screwball approach and obvious jokes but not as much hidden, on-going satire.Plus: It starts off the Watch subseries and lays down the basics for Ankh-Morpork's inner workings. Nice commentary on aristocracy. Minus: Compared to later city-based novels, it lacks a lot of atmosphere. Summary: A good starting point for Discworld newcomers, and an entertaining read.
jnicholson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this novel, Pratchett introduces the Watch, who are required to save the day when the city is menaced by a dragon. This also introduces the character of Sybil Ramkin, last scion of one of the city's noble families; and gives a human face to the Patrician, Vetinari. The Watch, originally composed of caricatures, has subsequently matured and become great favourites of Pratchett's public.
DRFP on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Definitely one of Pratchett's better plotted novels. The central idea is very amusing but a lot of the humour in Guards! is more of the wry smile than the laugh out loud variety. So while not the funniest Discworld novel it's certainly still one of the most readable.
ErlendSkjelten on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It is hard for me to review any Discworld book as a single work, and this book in particular will be difficult. I've pretty much read the Watch series of Discworld books backwards, which is no way to do things, I know. Rather than following Vimes from the gutters to the top, I started reading where he already was on top, and have now, finally, read of his beginning in the gutters.Guards! Guards! follows the sorry remains of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, specifically the Night Watch, as the city is attacked by a dragon. The City Watch has dwindled into insignificance since the formation and legitimisation of the Thieves' Guild, and at the beginning of the book, the Night Watch consists of just three members, led by the alcoholic Captain Samuel Vimes. For the first time in recent memory, a volunteer has joined the Watch, a young dwarf from the mountains called Carrot, who disrupts the life of the city by going around arresting people and enforcing laws. To make life even more interesting, a secret cult is summoning dragons as part of a plot to overthrow the Patrician and install a king.Like I said, it is hard for me to review this as a work unto itself, I can't help but filter my impressions through all the other Discworld novels I've read. Would it be as enjoyable without the love for the series and the world already established? I'm inclined to think: yes.Pratchett is a master with the language. Watching a wordsmith like this play is pure entertainment. In addition to his firm grasp on the language, he is also a master satirist and humourist. I have yet to read a book by him that isn't hilarious, and this one caused me to break down in laughter at several points. Some of his earlier books are heavy on the laughs and lighter on the plot, but this isn't one of them, and remains suspenseful as well as funny.As for the characters, I'm slightly at a loss. Having read backwards, I know how many of them turn out, and am not entirely able to tell whether I would have cared much about them if I read this cold. I suspect I would, Vimes at least is interesting whatever he does, though maybe somewhat less so here than in later books. Other characters are definitely well painted, such as the awesome Lady Ramkin. Ultimately, it is hard to recommend any one Discworld book, they are all so intertwined and building upon each other (and yet, somehow, also completely able to stand alone). Having read the others makes this more enjoyable, but having read them in order would have made the others more enjoyable still. I cannot do anything but recommend it to everyone, though I would also recommend starting the series from the beginning if you haven't read Discworld before.
isabelx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Whinny if you love dragons.The first book in the City Watch series, in which Carrot joins the Watch, Vimes meets his future wife, the true nature of libraries is revealed, and a dragon summoned from another dimension devastates Ankh-Morpork.I love the Watch books. I'm reading them totally out of sequence but it hasn't spoilt them at all.
Aldrea_Alien on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This has to be the most entertaining prachett books I've read so far. The guards were so well done and I ended up loving them all, even Nobby.
mysticrune on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
fantastic! defanantly one of the best vimes books if not one of the best books of all time!! some pratchett books are hard to get into if your new to his work, this is a good book to start off with!!
SimoneA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like the characters that are introduced in this book, and I suspect they will be coming back a lot, which I'm looking forward to.
theboylatham on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago

Five out of ten.

This is where the dragons went.

They lie...not dead, not asleep, but...dormant. And although the space they occupy isn't like normal space, nevertheless they are packed in tightly. They could put you in mind of a can of sardines, if you thought sardines were huge and scaly. And, presumably, somewhere, there's a key...

love2laf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The 8th book of the discworld series still remains my favourite. The puns & characters are full-fledged, and for me, this becomes the turning point in the series. Up till now the books are great fun, this one starts to become a bit more edge of the seat, what's going to happen. Dragons, romance, Kings, all done in the irreverent style of Pratchett.
comfypants on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the better Discworld books so far (this is number 8). The series is starting to feel repetitive, though, as the novelty of Pratchett's sense of humor wears off; I probably would have given this 4 or 4½ stars if I hadn't already read seven very similar books.
jadebird on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you have never entered Terry Pratchett¿s Discworld, this is the book that I would recommend you make your portal to high entertainment. Pratchett at his best.
fiverivers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It is a constant amazement that Terry Pratchett possesses a seemingly inexhaustible wit and imagination, and in this eighth installment in his Discworld series, that wit and imagination is in full flight (you will forgive the pun.)Filled with archetypes that shatter the definitions, the story clips along at an incendiary pace, exploding with humour, twisting with unexpected turns, and generally just takes you on a rollicking great read.If you're needing complete, unabashed escapism, you must venture out with Carrot, Captain Vimes and the swamp dragons.
ngeunit1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first novel in the City Watch sequence of books and it is clear from the start that this is going to be a winning series. The City Watch starts off as a gang of less than steller members whose last intention is to do anything close to police the city of Ankh-Morkport. This all changes when a new member, a dwarf-raised human named Carrot, comes along with a great desire to withhold the law and turn things around.Pratchett usually twist of common fantasy elements is in full effect here and works very well. The story revoles around the summoning of a Dragon and with that event comes the development of the Dragon lore as it exists in the Discworld. I like that he really plays with the common ideas a bit and changes them up to be something fun and different.Overall, this is another fun Discworld novel, and probably one of my favorite series so far. The characters are all really interesting and engaging and it has one of the best stories so far in the series.
Alan_Dawson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From the start of the book, i just couldn't put it down. The watch were funny characters and they had you in stitches all the way through (especially Carrot - the Dwarf). I think the reason for wanting to continue reading was because you just needed to know what they were going to do next and how they were going to get out of trouble. All in all the book was fantastic, another prime example of the discworld series.
Caitak on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this one. My favourite Discworld stories are about the people in Ankh-Morpork.I was sure I'd read this one before but I'm not sure if I'd finished it, some bits were really familiar and other bits weren't.Loved that it's kind of set up the rats in The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents.Carrot is a fantastic character, I really liked his letters home, he's so painfully innocent. :-)