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Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko
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Apr 19, 2008

it was ok
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Read in March, 2008

i have to say, i was mildly disappointed. when it was billed as a horror novel, i expected more blood and guts, and this story was sorely lacking in those elements.

however, it was an intriguing conceit, (the idea of forces of the light and forces of the dark in an eternal struggle for supremacy, with rules and laws, and taking place in the modern world) and i enjoyed riding along with the story, seeing how the idea would develop. it had magic and monster, which i enjoy. it was set in post-communism russia, and i'm not well informed about what day to day life is like there, so that was interesting for me, too. there's definitely a russian heaviness to the outlook of the characters and the tone of the book, everything washed in greys of despair or resignation.

i wasn't a big fan of all the heavy philosophizing. the story can get bogged down with the narrators' mental meandering over the nature of good and evil, and the whole 'who are the good guys and who are the bad guys?' thing, which isn't terribly interesting. i just wanted to shout 'shut up and do some magic!' the story can be overly convoluted, and i found the conclusions of some of the stories a tad confusing, because of all the twists and turns.

regardless, it was still entertaining. it was definitely interesting, but not amazing. might be a good beach read, i thought. kinda light, but fun.

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