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Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
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May 03, 2012

it was amazing
Read in June, 2002

Easily my favourite Discworld book, and a high water mark in Terry Pratchett's writing. The book is an unalloyed delight, taking Commander Sam Vimes back into his past to chase a killer and right a few wrongs. There's a pleasingly sharp edge to the narrative, although the main fun is had by meeting the familiar Ankh-Morpork cast of characters as young men and women, and in the case of Nobby Nobbs, possibly boyhood, possibly not. The time travelling premise is elegantly handled, and the traditional paradoxes and compromises avoided, although with Lu Tze and the History Monks on hand, a perfectly plausible explanation is never far away. Sam Vimes and the City Watch are, with the possible exception of the Witches, Pratchett's strongest characters, and this is a tale worthy of their inclusion.

The main drawback for the unfamiliar reader will be that, as a stand-alone novel, much of the subtleties of the humour and many references will be lost, although the story itself will still hold up, and, as ever, Pratchett's wise, knowing humour and uncanny reading of the human condition shines through. For the dedicated Pratchett reader, this is as good as it gets, which is high praise indeed.
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