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Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett 
28th-Jul-2006 09:56 am
So much for reading the series in order. >_<

Pratchett, Terry. Guards! Guards!. 1989. New York: HarperTorch, 2001.
Summary: The Discworld Series #8. A secret society summons up a dragon so that they may put the king of their choice on the throne--only to see the dragon itself on the throne instead! It's up to the heretofore useless Night Watch, led by Captain Vimes, to save the day.
Comments: Lots and lots and lots of riffs about dragons and their care, most of which I did not appreciate so much because I've never been a dragon fan per se. (Errol WAS cute, however, and his rocket propulsion both fascinating and in the poorest possible taste simultaneously.) Not to mention that the ultimate resolution of the dragon problem--"He's actually a SHE!"--was more stupid than silly. Also, every time there was a section devoted to the secret society, I wanted it to be OVER. On the other hand, I appreciated Captain Vimes, spoof of a hard-boiled detective/enforcer of the law, a lot more. Unusual to have such an obvious straight man in this series. I was pleased to see the Librarian take an active role in the plot (as opposed to just a few well-placed "Ook"s here and there) and was especially delighted by the enumeration of knowledge = power = energy = matter = mass equation footnoted early in the novel later on when the Librarian enters "L-space."
Notes: mass market paperback, 11th printing
Rating: 6/10 - As always, excellent, not-quite-mindless entertainment.
1st-Aug-2006 04:28 am (UTC)
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