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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...).

Published: HarperCollins on Mar 17, 2009
ISBN: 9780061804793
List price: $9.99
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Very funny and an excellent read!read more
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I didn't particularly care for this book, my first read by Terry Pratchett. I didn't like the way it meandered on and on without any chapter breaks. I've heard so many people rave about this author I will give other books of his a try but this one was a struggle for me to get through to the end.read more
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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.read more
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Very funny and an excellent read!
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I didn't particularly care for this book, my first read by Terry Pratchett. I didn't like the way it meandered on and on without any chapter breaks. I've heard so many people rave about this author I will give other books of his a try but this one was a struggle for me to get through to the end.
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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.
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The start of the "city watch" sub series, which is my favorite within the "Discworld" milieu.
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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.
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Pratchett has hit his stride, in my opinion, with the introduction of the City Watch characters. Along with the witches, these are the best characters in all the Discworld novels. This characters play the major role in Men at Arms, Feet of Clay, Jingo, The Fifth Elephant, Night Watch and Thud.
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