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Night Watch (Дозоры #1)

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Others. They walk among us. Observing.

Set in contemporary Moscow, where shape shifters, vampires, and street-sorcerers linger in the shadows, Night Watch is the first book of the hyper-imaginative fantasy pentalogy from best-selling Russian author Sergei Lukyanenko.

This epic saga chronicles the eternal war of the “Others,” an ancient race of humans with supernatural powe
Paperback, 455 pages
Published July 26th 2006 by Miramax Books / Hyperion (first published 1998)
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Hello. I'm from Russia, from the author himself. in Russia, the people to show their respect for the older, use the name and patronymic, for example…more

Hello. I'm from Russia, from the author himself. in Russia, the people to show their respect for the older, use the name and patronymic, for example if the teacher called "Anna Sergeeva Makarovna" students will call her "Anna Makarovna". If you come to visit a friend that you will call his mom is not just "Daria", call her- "Daria Tikhonovna." I hope I have helped you.(less)
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2014: ***The reasons why I will never read another of Lukyanenko's books are at the bottom of the review. ***
2012: "We don't even know how to wish evil on anyone. Except that our Good is not any different from Evil."

How do you write the *real* Russian urban fantasy? Spice up your standard recipe with extreme moral ambiguity, questioning of morals and purpose, blend the distinctions between the forces of dark and light creating moral greyness, add questionable authority figures, question
I can’t get over the suspicion I’m reading this in the wrong language.

Simple, really. I am—I’m reading it in English.

The philosophy of language makes me dizzy; the chicken-egg relationship between cognition and verbal expression means that something is likely lost in translation the more sophisticated or fantastical a thought becomes. Even simple phrases have deeper meaning. Take the concept “I have to walk the dog.” Not too hard, is it? Except in translating, do you use the pronoun “I” or is it
Final rating: 3/5 stars

“Why was is that the Light acted through lies, and the Darkness acted though the truth? Why was is that our truth proved powerless, but lies were effective? And why was the Darkness able to manage perfectly well with truth in order to do Evil?”

I have no idea what to say about this. I liked it and disliked it. Both, equally. I loved it because the idea is unique and there is a lot of thinking about consequences, life in general and lot more. But i felt that the story was
Kat Kennedy
You know, I've read this entire book and met quite a few Russians and I still don't understand them though I think, as a nation and hodge-podge of ethnicities, they're one of my favourites. Apart from the Irish, but who can't love those crazy, drunk, lucky bastards? (Okay, for legal purposes I am forced to clarify that they are not always crazy, drunk, lucky, illegitimate or a combination of one or more of those characteristics. This is an unfortunate stereotype propagated against the great peop ...more
Mar 04, 2010 Chloe rated it really liked it
For the past month or so I have been regrettably absent from the nets that I like to call my digital home. Real life demands have left me with precious little time to call my own and, more frightening still, the books that have found their way into my hands have not been inspiring me to take to the webs and shout my opinions into the ether with my usual gusto. Yes, I was in the grip of a mid-winter malaise second to none where everything I read, saw, or listened to just seemed either like it was ...more
Kostas Papadatos
Apr 13, 2016 Kostas Papadatos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Νομίζω πως -Οι φύλακες της νύχτας- διαβάζονται σχετικά ευχάριστα μόνο αν βρίσκεστε σε ανάλογη διάθεση. Γιατί? Γιατί είναι ένα παραφορτωμένο όσο δε φαντάζεστε βιβλίο. Αν θέλετε να σας κάνω έναν παραλληλισμό θα έλεγα πως μοιάζει με τον Φλωρινιώτη και τη Σαπουντζάκη σε ένα. Ναι τόσο πολύ. Πραγματικά έχει τα πάντα. Τι? Θες μάγους ? Τους έχεις. Βρικόλακες? Πάρε βρικόλακες. Λυκάνθρωπους? Δικοί σου κι αυτοί. Φύλακες της ημέρας? Φύλακες της νύχτας? Σκοτεινούς? Φωτεινούς? Δίνες, καταχνιές? Την Κάντυ Κάντ ...more
Feb 02, 2016 Josh rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I read Sergei Lukyanenko's Night Watch after having already seen the films based on it. The movie Night Watch is more or less a faithful adaptation of the first section of the book with a few embellishments. The movie Day Watch is a much looser adaptation of the second and third sections.

On the first page of the book, there are two messages: One from the Night Watch that reads: "This text had been approved for distribution as conducive to the cause of Light." The message from the Day Watch is id

Rusi ko Rusi, preterano filozofiraju čak i kad pišu fantastiku :)

Apr 04, 2016 Kaya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
"The Dark freedom is, first of all, the freedom from yourself, your consciousness and soul. When you feel no more pain in your chest - it's time to scream for help. Except for then it's too late."

The author took all sterotypes of urban fantasy and crushed them into pieces. It’s not about Anton’s selfish wishes to be with a woman he loves as much as it is a fight for his right to choose his own destiny. I adore Anton, I adore the humor and ambiguous messages. It's far from perfect, but enjoy
I thought there are a lot of interesting and unusual aspects to this book. In particular, the tripartite structure (I got that term from the book club discussion), the magic system, and the depth of discussion on the nature of good vs evil and how to go about keeping a balance between the two.

I liked the tripartite structure of the book. It sort of spilt the story into three sub-stories although the time line was consistent as were the main characters. However each sub-story had its own focus an
"Ever danced with the devil in the middle of the night?"

Once there was Twilight

Then True Blood

Somewhere in the middle came The Vampire Diaries

Robert Pattinson's forehead, move over please, The Night Watch is here.

What a great writer Sergei Lukyanenko is. Many reviewers seem to think he is a Russian-Tolkien. I can't really see that, given that The Night Watch is set in Moscow, with no real invention with languages or places. What the author does well is keep a concise story flowing throughout,
May 06, 2015 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Light magicians, Dark magicians, In Nomine players
Some years ago, I wrote quite a lot of material for a roleplaying game called In Nomine. (That's why I have an Author page here on Goodreads, even though I'm not really an author, just a reader.) In Nomine was about the war between Heaven and Hell, and the players could take on the role of either angels or demons. The premise was that "they are much like us" - that is, angels and demons alike had similar feelings, doubts about the side they had chosen, and were both capable of good and evil, how ...more
Feb 27, 2014 Katy rated it it was amazing
Please note: I've read this book twice, the latest time being December 2006.

Translation: I had my husband read this first, after he read the Russian version, so he could tell me how good the translation was (he was born in Russia). He tells me the translation from Russian is very good, as good as could be expected considering there are so many Russian words and phrases that simply cannot be translated into English with the same amount of impact. Apparently the Russian version of this book has a
May 08, 2012 Tfitoby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tfitoby by: Daniel Juckes
I was really enjoying this book until about the midway point and then instead of Lukyanenko pushing the story on to a fantastic ending which would have had me drooling for the following instalments he simply repeated the same trick from the first part of the book twice more and helped me to lose interest entirely.

At the heart of the book is a fantastic premise; police departments set up by Light Magicians and Dark Magicians to monitor the behaviour of Good and Evil (his pronouns not mine), fight
Apr 21, 2016 freenightfalls rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vodka lovers!

I haven't watched the film yet, but somehow I doubt that it will live up to my expectations.
The Night Watch is definitely something special. It is the world of the Light and the Dark, two forces that must coexist together in the modern Russia. People who belong to them are called the Others, and they are neither alive nor dead, because they inhibit this magical realm called the Twilight or the Gloom which ordinary human beings cannot access or see... among other things.
The members of the Night
Feb 02, 2015 Giovanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Giovanna by: Lys

Si ringrazia ancora la babba per il mega-regalo <3

Goodreads dammi le mezze stelle please! Comunque. Scriverò una vera recensione domani, ma nel frattempo...I guardiani della notte mi è piaciuto, anche se con qualche riserva. Strano, all'inizio confuso, ma sicuramente una lettura molto piacevole.
Nonostante qualche difetto l'ho letteralmente divorato, sicuramente proseguirò la serie.

I guardiani della notte si compone di tre racconti piuttosto lunghi concatenati fra loro, che ci introducono
Destiny: Around page two hundred I wondered whether Lukyanenko was going to throw us a Perdido Street Station style curveball and make The Night Watch about something other than a triple header search for an unsanctioned vampire, her young Other hostage, and the uber-powerful Warlock/Witch responsible for the great black Vortex hovering over the head of a nice, pretty little general practitioner (can you tell I've been reading too many mysteries and watching too much film noir lately? Sorry).

Nov 22, 2008 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, russian
Vampires, shape-shifters, witches, magicians...nothing new there. Light, Dark, the Balance...nothing new there either. So why do I like this book so much? Well, in the imagination stakes, there is the Twilight, which does seem original to me, but really it is the character and setting that I like.

The protagonist, Anton, Light One, magician, agent for the Night Watch - the organisation that attempts to ensure that the Dark Ones uphold the truce between Light and Dark - is committed to his cause y
**edit 11/26/13
"You find life such a problem because you think there are good people and bad people. You're wrong, of course. There are, always and only, the bad people, but some of them are on opposite sides." --Terry Pratchett

Summon up your own shadow and let it pull you into the Twilight, the liminal land of heartless greys and mysterious shadows, where truths cannot be hidden and where magic is real. But the Twilight's gift is two-edged. While it will grant you powers, it will also leech awa
Nov 04, 2007 R3grant rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fantasy fans, vampire nuts.
For those that found the interest to see the movie some 2 years ago when it made it's North American release, Night Watch seemed a bit too confusing. Whether it was just another victim of the movie made from a book or that Russian is a difficult language to translate to English, Night Watch and it's sequel Day Watch, lacked a lot of background story and character development that the books provide.

The Night Watch books are perfectly translated and give explanation of even the simple plot points
Interesting. It felt like a very slow, thoughtful book, but a lot of things went by much too quickly -- Anton and Svetlana's courtship appears to have occurred entirely between sections one and two, for example, and really nobody except for Anton and Egor got much in the way of characterization. It was neat to have the mix of fantasy elements and complicated mysteries, though, and the mysteries all had great flourishing reveals as Anton figured them out (although I would have liked to have their ...more
3.5 stars. Loved the concept at the heart of this series of llinked stories (i.e., the Nightwatch and the Daywatch). Thought the actual execution of that concept was good but not great. Still, worth a read in my opinion just to experience the setting.
Dec 28, 2010 Sandi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2010, e-books
This is a case where I wish we had half stars. I've been a bit stingy with my 5-star ratings lately and have given 4 stars to some books that I really, really enjoyed. I liked Night Watch, but not as much as some of the books I've recently rated as 4 stars.

I really liked the atmosphere and the ideas in Night Watch. It was so different from American urban fantasy. It's hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys, even though they are clearly labeled. I really felt like I was in a magical Moscow.
Kirsten *Dogs Welcome - People Tolerated"
A very engaging international paranormal urban fantasy. A great start to a series that I definitely want to continue.

One of the things to note in this is that it shows how important the individual is and how hard it is to work for the good as opposed to how easy it is to work for the dark. It also shows that perhaps being good is working for the community as a whole whereas the dark is more libertarian in nature. (Sorry Mr Paul!)

I really enjoyed this book especially for the character of Anton.
John Park
Nov 10, 2015 John Park rated it it was ok
To begin with I'm out of sympathy with the basic idea. An elaborate parallel world of agents of the light and dark forces operating in a modern environment isn't the sort or urban fantasy that usually appeals to me. I prefer the secret quirk, the half-hidden monster, the dark hint of something other. For all its symbolic possibilities, Lukyanenko's scenario, with its enforced treaty between the two sides, its negotiations, power-struggles and rule-bendings, feels paradoxically mundane.

Mar 08, 2016 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Тъй като не съм особено голям ърбън фентъзи фен, тази книга надали щеше да попадне в обсега на радара ми, ако не бях гледала филма в един случаен ден, когато бях на гости на мои приятели. Като изключим няколкото дразнещи анти-гей коментари в книгата и факта, че автора е гадина (като Орсън Скот Кард), Нощен патрул не е лошо четиво. Тъй като се опитвам да разгранича автора от творенията му, най-вероятно ще прочета и втората книга от поредицата. Тя, обаче, определено не ми е високо в списъка с прио ...more
Stephanie Swint
Jul 02, 2015 Stephanie Swint rated it really liked it
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Sergei Lukyanenko successfully builds a world dense in both Russion culture and folklore amidst an urban fantasy. The battle of light and dark is not new nor are the supernatural beings in the book. Most any reader will have a context for vampires, and magicians, but that being said, it is a unique work. I enjoyed the philosophical approach and discussion of light and dark not being about good and bad. The light is capable of quite despicable acts in the fight against the dark. Instead of being ...more
Walking the streets of Moscow with the rest of the population are the Others, possessors of supernatural powers capable of entering the Twilight, a shadowy parallel that few know exists. Each Other owes allegiance to the Light or Dark side, The Night Watch follows Anton, a young Other of the Light, who must patrol the streets protecting ordinary people from the vampires and magicians of the Dark.

I’ve been trying more and more fantasy (in my quest to be a literary explorer) and with the success o
Boian Alexandrov
Jan 11, 2016 Boian Alexandrov rated it it was amazing
The Night (and also Day, Twilight, Last, and New) Watch series are telling wonderful stories about the "Others" that are walking among us, with an unusual paranormal investigator as a main character. Each of these urban fantasy novels is an exciting thriller with a deep Magic and Philosophy plot. It is a pleasure to read them!
Feb 24, 2010 Jo rated it really liked it
This book is made up of three stories. All involve the main character, Anton. I really enjoyed these. It was very original and interesting. I loved all the rules and the complications that came along with them. There was more to it than just magic and vampires and shape shifters. Looking forward to reading Day Watch.
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Дозоры (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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  • The Last Watch (Watch, #4)
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