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Noční hlídka (Discworld #29)

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Kapitán Elánius z ankh-morporské Noční hlídky měl všechno. Ale nyní je zpět ve své vlastní drsné, nesnadné minulosti, pouze v šatech, které měl právě na sobě, když se Zablesklo. Žít v minulosti je těžké. Umřít v minulosti je neuvěřitelně snadné. Ale on musí přežít, protože má velmi důležitý úkol. Musí vystopovat a chytit vraha, naučit sama sebe mladšího, jak být dobrým pol ...more
Paperback, 509 pages
Published 2003 by Talpress (first published 2002)
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Leah
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
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Carol.
from my blog at https://clsiewert.wordpress.com/2015/...

Thud! Thud!

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

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
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Speedtribes
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
Merand
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
Morganlise
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
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TL
Apr 28, 2015 TL rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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'
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Richard
7.5/10

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
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Lightreads
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
Algernon
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
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Wastrel
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
Levka
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
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Chris
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
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Olga Godim
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
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Kathleen
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!
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Roger
Mar 08, 2008 Roger rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Hannah
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
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L.J. Smith
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
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
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Mary Catelli
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
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An Odd1
"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
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Frances
Read this five or six times, now, and hadn't realized I hadn't put it in Goodreads until now.

It's the seventh Watch book in the Discworld; I think it probably requires a little bit of background. This is a shame, since it's a book I love enough I would like to be able to recommend that people read it with as little wait as possible.

It's about fear, and the problems inherent in trying to manage people, and secret police, and what you are and are not willing to give up for the right thing. History
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Kathleen
This is a book about fatherhood. Yet the baby is only born at the very end. This is a book about the fact that when talking to a child, adults are often only talking to the child they once were. Yet it makes the rarely stated point that it might just be best if the adult simply didn't know the hard lesson they learned from whatever mistake the child is about to make. This is a book about revolution. Yet the change that comes is slow and insufficient.

This is a book about responsibility. And how a
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Silvana
I was right. It is my favorite Discworld novel so far. It is dark, gritty, hilarious, fun to read. And somehow, very real. It made me feel I was running chasing bad guys and tiptoeing along side Vimes. I would love a day hanging out with him, my fave character so far. And I think Vetinari was pretty awesome as well. Argh, can't wait to read the other Watch novels!
Katka Heřmanová
Rozhodně mnohem temnější knížka, než na jaké jsem u Pratchetta zvyklá, ale zatraceně, stojí to za to. Je tu pár vážně skvělých myšlenek, mnohem víc poznáme Elánia... Co mě ale dostalo nejvíc byl Vetinari. Člověk snadno zapomene, že nebyl vždycky Patricij. Tahle knížka mi to nejen připomněla, ale hlavně jsem si díky ní Vetinariho vážně zamilovala.
Fantasy Literature
Sam Vimes of Ankh-Morpork’s City Watch has all but arrested Carcer, a serial killer who specifically targets members of the Watch, when they are thrown back in time.

Time travel is always inconvenient, but it is particularly trying for Sam Vimes, who is about to become a father. Worse, Vimes soon realizes this time in Ankh-Morpork’s history is especially awful because the city is about to revolt against the Patrician, Lord Winder. The people will revolt, Vimes remembers, and cavalrymen will put t
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Deborah Ideiosepius
String, bitter, dark and sweet (much like %85 chocolate) this book from the city watch series is a departure from all the previous Sam Vimes books. It is hard for me to be sure, but I think it might work well as a stand alone read for people who have not followed PTerry, want to get into the discworld books but find themselves unable to bond with the earlier books.

Sam Vimes, while pursuing a particularly nasty murderer ends up on a dome of Unseen University just as magic goes haywire, he is cata
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Ashton
This was the first of Pratchett's books that I ever read and I immediately fell in love with the world that he had created and this book cemented Vimes as one of my favorite characters. Coming back to it now, years later, and I appreciate it more than I did when I first read it. While it isn't necessary to read any of the Discworld books in order, I found it much more enjoyable to come to this book after reading the other books that focused on Vimes. It deepened my appreciation for the character ...more
Adam Malenczak
I'm usually pretty good at remaining emotionally detached from whatever I read, but this book always turns me into a giant baby. I finished reading it on the bus home from school today and it took everything I had to not start openly weeping.

It kind of sucks that it's the fifth entry in a series that exists in a super complex continuity with like 40+ books in it, because it makes it really hard to recommend to people. It's Pratchett's best book, but it's also probably the worst one for a new rea
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Сергей Бережной
"...Не то, чтобы город погряз в беззаконии - как раз законов у него было в избытке. Просто он создавал для граждан не так уж много возможностей существовать без их нарушения. Свингу и в голову не могло придти, что цель его службы - ловить преступников и, не мытьём так катаньем, делать из них порядочных людей. Вместо этого он предпочитал ловить честных людей и делать из них преступников..."


Читаешь такое и думаешь - ах, старый чёрт, эко он насмотрелся на наших российских правоохранителей! Ведь оди
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Donna
While it had its moments, I have to say I struggled to get through this one. I just didn’t find it all that interesting. I did, however, pull some excellent lines from the text–

“Old Tom, the University’s venerable clock, tolled not sounds but silences. Not simple ordinary silences, but intervals of noise-absorbing nonsound, which filled the world with loud soundlessness.”–Footnote

“The Watchmen turned and stared. A large blob of foam, which up until that point had been performing sterling servi
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