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Guards! Guards! Summary å 108 ↠ Long believed extinct a superb specimen of draco nobilis noble dragon for those who don't understand italics has appeared in Discworld's greatest city Not only does this unwelcome visitor have a nasty habit of charbroiling everything in its path in rather short order it is crowned King it is a noble dragon after all HoLong believed extinct a superb specimen of draco nobilis noble dragon for those who don't understand italics has appeared in Discworld's greatest city Not only does this unwelcome visitor have. What I love most about Pratchett's books is that under a thin layer of funny footnotes peppered pun heavy parody lies the core of deep seriousness rooted in the uite sobering understanding of the shallow pettiness of human mundanity fueled by jealousy bile spite and closemindedness There was a thoughtful pause in the conversation as the assembled Brethren mentally divided the universe into the deserving and the undeserving and put themselves on the appropriate side In the end the only thing that makes it possible to wake up in the morning is just a slight deviation from this depressing state of affairs that leads to the understanding and a bit of dignity and doing what's right even when that's not uite expected Because someone has to uphold what's right Because someone needs to swim against the current He shrugged They're just people he said They're just doing what people do Sir This is one of my favorite Discworld books and one of the best starting points for the Discworld newbies It is the first book in the subcycle focusing on the City Watch of Ankh Morpork the Pearl of Cities¹ on the Disc; the book that really takes a look into the inner workings of this crowded dirty and despicable and yet lovably tenacious urban metropolis¹ Ankh Morpork Pearl of cities This is not a completely accurate description of course — it was not round and shiny — but even its worst enemies would agree that if you had to liken Ankh Morpork to anything then it might as well be a piece of rubbish covered with the diseased secretions of a dying mollusc In Pratchett's tradition of deconstructing the tropes this one has its kings and tyrants and secret societies and dragons and maidens and heroes and heirs with birthmarks and magical swords as well as million to one chances except that things tend to not work out as planned And all of it is woven into a neat tight plot that carries us through the dry humor and slapstick and sad seriousness to the unexpected depth as you allow the cogs and wheels of your brain turn contemplating Pratchett's intentions If there was anything that depressed him than his own cynicism it was that uite often it still wasn't as cynical as real life I am a Sam Vimes girl through and through And this book is our introduction to our cynical antihero uncompromising grumpy and terrifyingly soberknurd 'knurd' as in complete and utter opposite to drunk beyond simple sobriety Ankh Morpork copper with the unsettling tendency to ask uncomfortable uestions when others would much rather he didn't This is the beginning of the Vimes we all know and love the evolution from the down in the gutter pessimistic drunk brung low by a woman¹ the city itself that is to the eually pessimistic servant not of the King or the Patrician but the law a thorn in the side of so many not so uncorrupt but uite respectably upstanding Ankh citizens¹ The city wasa wasa wasa wossname Thing Woman That's what it was Woman Roaring ancient centuries old Strung you along let you fall in thingy love then kicked you inna inna thingy Thingy in your mouth Tongue Tonsils Teeth That's what it she did She wasa thing you know lady dog Puppy Hen Bitch And then you hated her and and just when you thought you'd got her it out of your whatever then she opened her great booming rotten heart to you caught you off bal bal bal thing Ance Yeah Thassit Never knew where where you stood Lay Only one thing you were sure of you couldn't let her go Because because she was yours all you had even in her gutters Reduced to almost nothingness by the corruption in the city spending his time in the gutter literally laughed at by everyone except his two colleagues the thick but amiable Fred Colon and a disgrace to human race aka Nobby Nobbs Vimes gets a bit of a wake up call when the Watch gets its newest recruit Lance Constable Carrot Ironfoundersson a not too bright but earnest 6 foot 6 inches dwarf¹ he's adopted okay armed with a Book of Laws and Ordinances of Ankh Morpork and a decidedly non magical sword¹ People who are rather than six feet tall and nearly as broad across the shoulders often have uneventful journeys People jump out at them from behind rocks then say things like Oh Sorry I thought you were someone else And when the city is facing danger Vimes bit by bit begins to think about it as HIS city After all 'Things like that shouldn't be allowed to happen Not in my city' And once Vimes sets his single minded nature to accomplish something occasionally aided by the Librarian¹ who is a peanut loving orangutan and the imposing figure of Lady Sybil Ramkin who breeds swamp dragons in her spare time there is little that can stop him¹ The three rules of the Librarians of Time and Space are 1 Silence; 2 Books must be returned no later than the date last shown; and 3 Do not interfere with the nature of causality The threat to Ankh Morpork is real and uite substantial view spoiler It's a metaphor of human bloody existence a dragon And if that wasn't bad enough it's also a bloody great hot flying thing hide spoiler
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A nasty habit of charbroiling everything in its path in rather short order it is crowned King it is a noble dragon after all How did it get there How is the Uniue and Supreme Lodge of the Eluci. „Hey officer may you please not help me Stay away don´t investigate please we´ll do traditional good old fashioned lynch justice with far fewer victims and collateral damages Not necessary to call reinforcement No stop my insurance doesn´t cover police incompetence reinduced destruction“There are certain stereotypes surrounding police military and manly militia all to take with a grain of rice but in many aspects true especially if a lack of government funding missing selection procedures and escalating crime lead to a mixture or cynic weird up to just evil racist law enforcement agencies Here comes the City Watch series circling around Captain Vimes a patchwork rug of crime thriller and hard boiled detective protagonist characteristics who goes through one of the longest character transformations similar to Tiffany Aching I am at the moment not really a friend of thrillers and the crime genre but readers strongly invested in such literature might find much innuendos and connotations view spoiler Carrot Ironfoundersson brings fresh wind and blows away the nihilistic pessimism with his enthusiastic love for justice How he reanimates the bumming dysfunctional grey area guards and combines his carrot and stick policy with wisdom gives Ank Morpork hope for the dawn of a new age hide spoiler
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Guards GuardsDated Brethren of the Ebon Night involved Can the Ankh Morpork City Watch restore order – and the Patrician of Ankh Morpork to powerMagic mayhem and a marauding dragonwho could ask for anythi. First of all my site has the videos that go with this here's the lite versionMy Terry Pratchett Experience ™ is remarkably similar to my Month Python Experience™ Fun and funny but really best done in small doses Say 15 minute doses if I’m watching longer if I’m reading It turns out I haven’t read GuardsGuards before although I thought I had uite possibly it is because I had not uite possibly it’s because I had and forgot but you’d think I’d remember the dragons For future reference it’s the one where the adopted dwarf Carrot goes to the big city of Ankh Morpork and joins the Night Watch in hopes of Becoming a Man Night Watch captain Sam Vines spends most of his days and nights in an alcoholic stupor but the antics of Carrot in Enforcing Law and Order soon force Vines into involvement Meanwhile a secret society the Elucidated Bethren of the Ebon Night has decided to summon a dragon intending on overthrowing the Patrician Lord Vetinari and replacing him with an old fashioned monarchy Some of the Brothers are uite sure they are being held down and need a monarchy to make things right“I get oppressed all the time” said Brother Doorkeeper “Mister Critchley where I work he oppresses me morning noon and night shouting at me and everything And the woman in the vegetable shop she oppresses me all the time” Like Monty Python Pratchett specializes in absurdity in mocking our perceptions definitions and expectation Clever and funny; a little bit of social commentary with an edge both are particularly skilled in word games“‘But you’re my kind’ said Carrot desperately ‘In a manner of speaking yes’ said his father ‘In another manner of speaking which is a rather precise and accurate manner of speaking no'”Which puts me in mind of another famous sketch based on you know meaning and such“I wish to complain about this parrot I purchased not half an hour ago from this very boutiue“What’s wrong with it”“It’s dead”“No no; it’s resting” It is funny but when it’s all clever wordplay–mocking villains in their thick dark cowls and the general populace for being sheep and Carrot for being So Earnest and Lady Sybil for being such a hearty large Englishwoman and the only one who is really clever is the Patrician–well it’s a bit hard to empathize And honestly rather tiringThen there’s the Librarian an orangutan who runs the greatest library in the world He’s trying to make Constable Carrot understand a serious crime has been committed“‘Ook“‘A book has been taken A book has been taken You summoned the Watch’ Carrot drew himself up proudly ‘because someone’s taken a book You think that’s worse than murder’The librarian gave him the kind of look other people would reserve for people who said things like ‘What’s so bad about genocide’”Which pretty much reminds me of the Albatross sketch Both use the device of the straight man for maximum sillinessThe Albatross at Intermission At the end of the day certainly fun There’s certainly messages and social commentary that elevate it above simple romps but it tends to be applied with heavy emphasis Like Python best enjoyed in short sketches Don’t worry I’ll show myself outOn the way to the Ministry of Silly Walks