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Yövartiosto (Discworld #29)

4.47  ·  Rating Details ·  76,528 Ratings  ·  1,550 Reviews
Sam Vimes joutuu sarjamurhaajaa takaa-ajaessaan Näkymättömän Yliopiston Kirjaston maagiseen kenttään ja 30 vuotta ajassa taaksepäin. Menneisyydessä hän joutuu ottamaan tarunhohtoisen kersantti Keelin henkilöllisyyden ja astumaan Yövartioston palvelukseen. Samaan aikaan Ankh-Morporkia hallitsee pähkähullu ja vainoharhainen Patriisi, ja läpeensä korruptoitunut Vartiostokin p ...more
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published August 26th 2010 by Karisto (first published 2002)
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Sara There is a lot in this book that is inner joke about the discworld, so, even though you'll be able to read it perfectly well, and appreciate it, I…moreThere is a lot in this book that is inner joke about the discworld, so, even though you'll be able to read it perfectly well, and appreciate it, I think reading the books in the night watch series before wouldn't be a miss. No need however to do all 28. It's madness, and as much as I love Sir Terry, the first three are more likely to put you off than anything.(less)

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Apr 23, 2008 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
My favourite Pratchett novel, but I'm not really sure why.

I think that Sam Vimes' being in it definitely helps: I think my favourite "series" in the Discworld novels are the City Watch series (along with the witches of Lancre and Death). His character arc really comes to a head in this one, even though he still has another level to go to in Thud!

I also think that time travel being in it also definitely helps. Though not the quantum, metaphysical, zany fun of Thief of Time (though Lu Tze makes an
May 04, 2015 Carol. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
from my blog at

Thud! Thud!

In one timeline, that’s the name of another Pratchett Discworld novel (the 34th, apparently).

In another, that’s the sound of me marching to my own drum.

In yet another, that’s the sound the vegetables thrown by my book-loving friends make when they hit my hard head.

Because, honestly, this was in between the “okay” and ‘liked it” kind of read for me. Given my GR friend average rating of 4.52, I’m missing something. Most likely
Sep 18, 2007 Speedtribes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
While Terry Pratchett is known for the humor in his Discworld series, I enjoy them primarily because-- while on the surface, his books do indeed classify as humor, he also writes these almost painful realities, very human thoughts and incredibly immersive emotions in situations that you generally don't find in most humorous fantasy/sci-fi which tends more towards parody and caricatures. Though, I wouldn’t exactly say that the Discworld series isn't a parody-- because his books are parodies, or s ...more
Jan 06, 2009 Merand rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I may have said this when I finished the last Discworld book but this was by far the best Discworld book yet. Perhaps the best Pratchett book I've read. I loved it. It was not laugh out loud funny the way many of Pratchett's books are but it was so good. It was darker, delving into the history of Ankh-Morpork (Discworld's largest city) and allowing us glimpses into the past of several repeat characters, primarily Sam Vimes, Commander of the Night Watch, but also Lord Vetinari, Patrician of Ankh- ...more
Megan Baxter
Sep 06, 2012 Megan Baxter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somehow Terry Pratchett seems to go down particularly well when I'm not feeling at my best. I've read several that I've enjoyed but not been particularly grabbed by. In comparison, the times that I've read one of his books while sick or exhausted, I have liked them a whole lot more.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook
Feb 17, 2009 Morganlise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pratchett
If I could give this book ten stars, I would. In fact, it makes me rethink all of the other books that I've given five stars, perhaps they don't deserve it...

Here's the problem: This book isn't going to have the right impact unless you've read, at the very least, three of the previous Ankh-Morpork Night Watch books. Please, if you have heard about Pratchett and are looking for some place to start, go with "Guards Guards!" or "Mort", and read a few more before you embark on this one. You'll thank
Jul 12, 2015 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy, fantasy

This is rated as one of the best Discworld novels out there, a number of friends put this at the top of a highly rated pile so coming into this on those high hopes didn't take much for it to fall short for me.

Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed this. It's a Watch novel which involves time travel. Talk about a winning combo! Add into that seeing all the characters you enjoy reading about at an earlier stage in their life, a revolution, and some quite emotional scenes then you have a recipe
Apr 24, 2015 TL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: favorites
I'm a sucker for a good story with time travel or reincarnation... I see a book with those themes and I snatch it up if I have the funds. There's just something about them :)

This one was on the good side... around page 240 or so it dragged for awhile but picked right back up. Other than that little blip, it kept my attention quite nicely and made me smile when I thought about Sam revisiting his memories and having doubts as to whether it was him or Keel.

I remember saying to him in my head "Don'
Another Watch novel, in which Sam Vimes Is accidentally transported decades into the past in pursuit of a murderous psychopath, whereupon he must play the part of the old Sergeant who first taught young Lance Corporal Sam Vimes what it means to be a copper. Meanwhile, political unrest spreads across the city, the old Patrician is on his way out, and the barricades are going up. Vimes knows what’s going to happen – he was there after all – and he’s visited the graves every year since. And now he’ ...more
Mar 31, 2012 Algernon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
One of the best books in the Discworld series. The story revolves around Sam Vimes, and it's a very good example of the author's shift from slapstick comedy to a subtler form of humor and to targetting in his imaginary world real problems from the world we live in.
Using the plot device of time travel, the author throws the Commander of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch back to a revolutionary episode of the city history and to his own apprenticeship in the Watch. The theme offers the author rich picki
Apr 17, 2008 Levka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I admit, I like Terry Pratchett a lot anyway, but "Night Watch" is hands down my favorite Discworld novels (Jingo comes in a distant second). One of the darkest and most complex of the City Watch stories, while pursuing a truly depraved criminal named Carcer, Commander Sir Samuel Vimes is thrown back through time on the eve of the birth of his son to help... well, himself. Ankh-Morpork is on the brink of revolution, and somebody's got to make sure young Sammy doesn't die before his time.

But it's
Night Watch isn't the best place to start Pratchett, not because it would leave a bad impression, but because you just won't get as much out of it as a seasoned fan. That's because it's a novel that doesn't just follow on from the events of previous books, but that culminates, explains, and perhaps even justifies them. The plot may be close to standalone - there are very few facts a newcomer would need to learn to understand the plot - but the examination of, and recontextualisation of not only ...more
The thing about Prachett's discworld books is, that once you've read five or six of them you've read them all.

Aside from that they are the literary equivalent of a good cup of tea and a biscuit.
Oct 09, 2008 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-humor
Vimes is one of Pratchett's characters that has grown greatly over the course of the Discworld series. This book affirms Vimes' place as the traditional family man, a far cry from where Vimes was when the reader is first introduced to him in Guards! Guards!.

The story itself highlights the growth of Anakh-Morpork as well as gives the reader valuable insight into the city's recurring, though not central, characters, such as Reg Shoe, Nobby, and Colon. Pratchett seems to really like Vimes, and in f
Nov 30, 2010 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, favourites, 2012, 2015
I have written on here many times how much I love Terry Pratchett and how I literally feel like I cannot - can. not. - get enough of his Discworld series. [2015 update: still can't get enough.] I don't write reviews for all the books of his I read because that would be insanely repetitive for both me to write and for you to read. Those imaginary reviews would include the words 'comfort food for the soul' in every bloody review, I can tell you now.

But I did want to write quickly about this little
Oct 31, 2016 José rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: discworld
Otras reseñas de Mundodisco en mi blog.

Gracias Terry por otra divertidísima historia. Siempre que termino uno de los libros de Mundodisco me siento feliz e impresionado por la imaginación que tenía Pratchett, y «Ronda de Noche» no fue la excepción: sin lugar a dudas es uno de los mejores libros de los Guardias y eso ya es decir mucho.

No puedo ponerle menos de 5 estrellas a los libros de Mundodisco, sinceramente me encantan y los recomiendo a todo el mundo.

Lamentablemente solo me quedan dos
I am annoyed. I paid full price for this unprofessional formatting in the kindle ebook. Example of words-stuck-together: “Capital. I lookforwardto…our future cooperation, Sergeant. Your new captain willundoubtedly…inform you of other matters as he sees fit. Good day."

This type of glitch occurs numerous times, and the Audible version is also poor quality, with loud whirring sounds in the background, probably an artifact of CDs or cassettes. Bummer.

But sloppy formatting aside, it's a great book!
Olga Godim
Sep 21, 2013 Olga Godim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
Unlike most other Discworld novels, this is not a funny book. It’s exploratory and philosophical and delves deep into the natures of leadership and decency, courage and tolerance.
By accident, Sam Vimes, the Watch Commander of Ankh-Morpork and a Duke, is transported 30 years into the past, when the young Sam Vimes was just starting his work in the city police. The streets are boiling with unrest on the eve of a bloody rebellion, and it’s up to the older and much more experienced Vimes to preserv
Mar 08, 2008 Roger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone over 12
Pratchet is brilliant. The story is part of the 'Guards' sequence in the Disc World series. For non-Disc Worlders you have to understand that prolific Pratchet created a comic fantasy world called the Disc World and then proceeded to write stories set in different parts of it, with different characters etc that sometimes meet each other.

The Guards sequence centres on Sam Vimes who is a cop in the city of Ank-Morepork. It is kind of medieval, kind of modern. In this story Sam has risen to be comm
Whoa. Just...whoa.

This is not the comedy of Guards! Guards! No dragon in this book...just the dragon of mankind. So real, so raw, so...

Time travel. Corruption in the government and police forces. Revolution. Criminals. Assassins. And one man who dares to take a stand and lead others in moral rightness. This story is very dark as it deals with very realistic crime, bloody battle, devilish politics, and the Beast inside every man.

It also struck a little closer to home for me as the main character
E.J. Lamprey
Apr 04, 2013 E.J. Lamprey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-ten
I originally thought Terry Pratchett's books were rather silly, and after Moving Pictures I decided I wouldn't bother again. I can't remember why I changed my mind but I'm glad I did, because his books got better and better up to Night Watch, which is my absolute and all time favourite. I've even re-read the silly ones and they weren't that bad, after all.

Night Watch is brilliant. I mean that quite literally. His other books are entertaining, and they're fun, and they poke a bit of political fu
L.J. Smith
Nov 09, 2013 L.J. Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terry-pratchett
Where do I begin with this most beloved of books, by this most beloved of current authors? I guess I can start by explaining how I came to read the world-renowned works of Sir Terry “the new Chaucer”* Pratchett myself. It was because of a blog that I came across accidentally. The blogger was thrilled because a new Disc World book had come out in the USA, and she couldn’t wait to read about “Death’s granddaughter.” She added that she envied anyone who hadn’t read a single book in the fantasy seri ...more
Mar 13, 2013 Peregrine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
**edit 2016**
Reread for the Glorious 25th of May
Still one of my favorite Discworld books as well as one of my all-time favorite books in general.

I think this is one of the best Discworld books I've read so far. It was excellent. I mean, it had the Assassin's Guild, the Time Monks, AND the Watch. What's not to like?
Nov 13, 2014 Carbaes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2016, favourites
Desde que conocí a Vimes, se convirtió en mi personaje literario favorito. Nunca tengo suficiente y los libros de la guardia son los que más pasajes señalados tienen.
Vimes, en estado puro, ha sido demasiado.
Si me vierais ahora, abrazando el libro...
An Odd1
Jul 31, 2011 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, action, fun
"Night Watch" by Terry Pratchett. Duke Sam Vimes is Ankh-Morpork City Watch Commander, one privileged to don a purple sweet-scented lilac sprig for 25 May memorial of the Revolution. Many, including fellow officers, lost their lives, and corrupt dictator Patrician Winder was assassinated. Our hero is no longer the naive inexperienced novice recruit of weeks, mentored by senior John Keel of the night shift. Nor is pregnant wife Sybil young, her firstborn is due within hours.
Perhaps continuity wi
Jovana Vesper
"Zvuči kao prave-pravcate tunge. Ali ponekad ne mogu a da se ne zapitam: Šta bi se desilo da sam nekad postupio drugačije..."
"Kao ono kad ste ubili svoju ženu?"
Vajmsova ravnodušnost zadivila je Čistača.
"Iskušavate me, je li?"
"Brzo učite, gospodine Vajmse."
"Ali u nekom drugom univerzumu, verujte mi, zamahnuo sam i maznuo vas pesnicom."

Što bih volela da mi je Vajms ćale. Kakav je to lik, oštrouman, pošten, pravi Čovek. I same Bene Geseritke bi klimoglavile kad bi ga videle. Zapravo on mi se čini k
Jun 07, 2016 Jon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Technically the 6th City Watch novel, this is more of a Samuel Vimes tale than anything else. We only get minor appearances from some of the main coppers such as Captain Carrot and Sergeant Detritus, but a whole slew of new people and even some old guys, albeit at a much younger age. That's because this is also a time travel story.

Typically, I am not a fan of time travel. It's a complicated subject that is often poorly executed outside of Ray Bradbury speculative short stories. There are just to
Mary Catelli
Aug 20, 2013 Mary Catelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy, humor
A fairly late book in the Watch series. Improves on being read in sequence

The life of Sam Vimes. Living the uncomfortably posh life -- he can't really go on patrol, because the sergeant alert the men to straighten up, and the consolation of knowing he has sharp sergeants does not compensate for the lack -- and his wife is in labor -- and he gets word that a homicidal sociopath, Carcer, whom they've been looking for, had run into a guardsman just off duty and killed him. Top priority comes to cor
Oh, my. Oh, oh, oh my. I do love this book. Of all the Discworld books, I have read it the most often, and find something new to think about every time. I have a lot of trouble writing about my most-loved titles without sounding like a sniveling, sentimental sycophant, but I will try.

This particular book deals with heinous crime, time travel, the creation of a family, political intrigue and alternate histories, (or futures, depending on your POV). All of my favorite characters from Ankh-Morpork
Eric Couchman
Jun 24, 2016 Eric Couchman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How do they rise up? Rise up? Rise up?

Terry gets people. The few clichés in this book are easily forgiven because Terry just gets how people work. This is probaly a terrible place to start reading Discworld but is one of the best. I did start on this one way back when as this was the only Pratchett my library had at the time but you really should read the Guards books in order.

It's wonderful seeing the Vimes of today in the old Ankh, without any of his connections, power or men. The line about t
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