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 D...moreMy 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 appearance), this trip through the Trousers of Time is meaningful, poignant, even tragic.
Oh. I think this was the first Discworld novel to make me cry. I don't cry a lot when I read: rarely do I even get weepy. Discworld always, always makes me laugh (a lot); it makes me want to write, wonder, think, grin, ponder, mull, and all that... but this book was the first to make me cry.
I think this is the first Discworld novel in which I really realized that Pratchett is who I want to be as a writer. Night Watch is funny, yes... it's fantasy, yes... but it's more than that. It's human. It tells a story of being human. Pratchett has some great characters with great arcs (like Moist in Going Postal), and he has some epic, meaty stories (like Thud!) with so much behind them you can hardly breathe... but Sam Vimes, in Night Watch, is about as truly human as Pratchett gets.
And that is probably why this is my favourite Discworld novel.(less)
This sits among the books upon my (not inconsiderable) shelves, both mental and physical, that I can safely say have changed my perspective on writing...moreThis sits among the books upon my (not inconsiderable) shelves, both mental and physical, that I can safely say have changed my perspective on writing, how I think about writing, and more specifically, fantasy writing and world-building.
As such, this is one of those books that has basically shaped me into who I am today.
(There are more of those on my shelves than you might think, by the way.)
I'm not quite sure what there *isn't* to completely fall deeply into here: witty and light Austen-esque social comedy; patriotic English sentimentality and bloody-mindedness; bone-chilling mystery and secrets; magic of the truest and most frightening kind of all; dramatic and sudden violence; slow and thoughtful pedantry; alternatively humourous and terrifying history; world-shattering heroism and petty rivalry.
This book is a world unto itself, one that I can swim in and discover new things for months, if not years. Rivaling only Tolkien (and perhaps Cooper's Dark Is Rising) for the top "twentieth century mythology of England," this book has written itself into my own personal mythology, and has claimed the rare title of "masterpiece."(less)
I've never realized just how amazing Hans Christian Andersen was until I read all of his fairy tales. He has become one of my author-heroes, not only...moreI've never realized just how amazing Hans Christian Andersen was until I read all of his fairy tales. He has become one of my author-heroes, not only for his amazing stories, but for the amazing story of his life, and the connections I made with him on so many different levels.
Simply beautiful stories, and a simply beautiful storyteller.(less)