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Guards! Guards!: The Play

(Discworld Stage Adaptations)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  15,895 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs, in this book the city of Ankh-Morpork is under threat from a 60 foot fire-breathing dragon, summoned by a secret society of malcontented tradesmen. Defending the city is the underpaid and undervalued City Night Watch.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Corgi (first published January 1st 1992)
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Stella Riley
Sep 18, 2012 rated it liked it
I've read virtually all of Terry Pratchett's books but Guards! Guards!, Men At Arms and The Fifth Elephant [all related to each other] remain firm favourites. Sam Vimes is your typical grumpy copper, Nobby Nobbs and Sergeant Colon always raise a laugh - and who can forget Carrot and his 'protectives'?
Pratchett's imagination is quite incredible. Don't know how he does it but wish I did.
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I don't read science fiction or fantasy. Some might say that Pratchett is a fantasy writer. I say that he is a humorous satirist. This is the book that started my love of his writing, with at least a giggle on nearly every page, and "the sentence" that made me want to read anything he writes... ever... for as long as he can, in the face of his early onset Alzheimer's. And this is True Satire, not mere parody, but human foibles on parade, entertaining screeds, and one book with a marvelous ...more
A.D. Starrling
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What can I say except that the Night Watch is one of his best creations in the Discworld realm. Vimes is a hoot (a drunken one), Nobby makes you a) want to check your wallet to see if it's still there and b) itchy, that scene with Colon and the arrow with the one in a million chance says it all about the man, and then there's Carrot. I don't think I've ever seen a more appropriate name to fit a character.
Kerr Cuhulain
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
I am a major Discworld fan. The Ankh Morpork City Watch series is one of my favorite series, being a retired cop. Great characters.
Kelly Furniss
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
The characterisation was brilliant and the humour as ever perfectly on point.
The dramatisation of this was so well cast and it really brought the book alive.
I can see why Guards, Guards is many Pratchett fans favourite.
Elizabeth Povarova-Simpson
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hilarious! Love the metaphors.
Bonnie Dale Keck
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
40 of so books, different collections, some audio, it's pratchett, read and heard some as well, all. Dates wrong.
Simon Mcleish
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review originally published on my blog here, in March 1998.

This is the seventh of Pratchett's incredibly popular Discworld novels. It is quite remarkable how the standards of the series have been kept up; in my opinion, the first novel, The Colour of Magic, is the weakest. This is in contrast to the usual deterioration of science fiction and fantasy series as the series lengthens, especially for series like the Discworld which are more groups of linked works set in a common world rather than a
Ingrid Spera
Sep 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: getlost2016
In true Terry Pratchett form, this play adaptation was silly and playful and had me laughing and rolling my eyes. A quick easy read, but one that has me desperate to see it actually played out on a stage. Well done!

I saw this in Brighton in 1999 and don't remember being that impressed with it. However this script is much funnier than I remember (there seems to be much more of TP's humour left) and I enjoyed reading it. Briggs' notes were very interesting as well.
Oct 01, 2012 added it
Shelves: fantasy
great book lots of fun to read
Kate Nikolaeva
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is the first i red in diskworld, so i felt in love with Pratchett!!!
Excuse me for my english:)) it's my foreign language:)
Mar 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
The first one I had read in the Discworld series, don't really remember it anymore, I remember it made me lolz muchly.
Kat Toft
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
One of my first Terry Pratchett books I've read - definitely enjoy the world he creates. Don't find it as funny as many other people seem to but will definitively be reading more from him.
C. P.
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Impeccable imagination, unique storytelling ability, and a master of writing.
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great book. It did not end the way I expected, it was better. There were many laugh out loud moments.
Judy Baker
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it

Terry Pratchett is one of my favorite authors. Absurd, satirical, lunatic silliness abound. A lovely, twisted look at the world.
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am biased as I like all of Terry Pratchett's books and am currently working through them one by one, but this one is a great comment on social convention in a complex society.
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My first book of Discworld cicle.One of my favorite book.
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it, like all his books. Fascinatingly hilarious!
Iliyana Braykova
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
The first book of Terry Pratchett I've read. Well, as far as he is my favourite autor, I might say that I love this book.
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant - I love Constable Angua, she's fab! Constable Carrot is such a well written character I could almost invite him round for tea.
J.C. Weitzel
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this one. It really cracked me up in a few spots. This wasn't my first Terry Pratchett and it will not be my last.
Vicky Massingham
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A great book by a fab author!
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Awesome voice actors bringing Ankh Morpork to life. And DEATH, of course.
Kevin Mcintyre
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Pratchett turns out another in his matrix series. I love his mix of fantasy, social commentary, and political satire!
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A classic Pratchett-love it. The characters of the Watch-especially Vimes-are wonderfully shaped.
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Will always be my favorite! Dragons, maidens and a million to one shot!!
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Love this. This is one I've read over and over and over and over.
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Stephen Briggs is a British writer of subsidiary works and merchandise surrounding Terry Pratchett's comic fantasy Discworld. He is also a narrator of many Discworld audiobooks
who graduated from Curtin University with a double major in Theatre Arts and Creative Writing before attending WAPPA and studying Broadcasting. Midway through his time there he decided he didn't want to be a journo and moved

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