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Be a MAN in the City Watch! The City Watch needs MEN! (or dwarves or trolls or gargoyles or ...) The City Watch is a bumper volume in which those noble defenders of Ankh-Morpork, the greatest city of the Discworld*, come face to face with some of the most heinous crimes in history. GUARDS! GUARDS! Sees some night-time prowler turning (mostly) honest citizens into somethingBe a MAN in the City Watch! The City Watch needs MEN! (or dwarves or trolls or gargoyles or ...) The City Watch is a bumper volume in which those noble defenders of Ankh-Morpork, the greatest city of the Discworld*, come face to face with some of the most heinous crimes in history. GUARDS! GUARDS! Sees some night-time prowler turning (mostly) honest citizens into something resembling small charcoal biscuits. In MEN AT ARMS, there's a murder to be solves so that the world-weary Captain Vimes can be married at noon and retire happily ever after. And in the Discworld Howdunnit FEET OF CLAY, someone is murdering harmless old men and poisoning the Patrician ...and the golems are committing suicide ...*Which is flat and rides through space on the back of four elephants who stand on the shell of an enormous turtle, as everyone knows....

Title : The City Watch Trilogy
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ISBN : 9780575067981
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 759 Pages
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The City Watch Trilogy Reviews

  • Jan-Maat
    2019-04-01 15:56

    Guards Guards was the first Nightwatch novel and it introduced Sam Vimes, Constable Carrot, Corporal Nobbs and Sergeant Colon. I think I preferred Vimes as a washed out, demotivated, middle-aged drunk. It was a more realistic model to aspire towards than his incarnation in later books as a sober cigar aficionado. Like many of the earlier Pratchett books, this is more of a parody off fantasy tropes, in this case the kinds of background characters who are usually disposed of in short order by the hero of a different kind of story altogether. Here, however, the humble guardsmen are given centre stage in a city where the crime rates are agreed and settled between the administration and criminal guilds leaving traditional policing redundant. Luckily the arrival of a lovelorn dragon shakes things up a bit. The Watch stories tend to play off ideas and issues from modern urban life and the police procedural in a fantasy setting, so in Men at Arms the issue of ethnic/species diversity in the police force is played out for laughs. A recurrent theme is the spread of order,the ideals of the law and of equality and fraternity before the law, as manifested through policing. In contrast to this is the notion of the charisma of kingship. A running joke and part of the plot of Men at Arms, Feet of Clay and in Guards! Guards! is that Carrot is in fact the rightful king of Ankh-Morpork. Luckily for the resolution of the story he is himself seduced by the model of policing that Vimes represents.Something that I liked about the release of Terry Pratchett books was thatA.S. Byatt would be rolled out to speak up in their defence, as she was a fan, as though enjoying a book was not enough to justify reading it, that one needs a special dispensation from a literary pope to read certain kinds of books - particularly those that include moaning and groaning. Then again I've bought and disposed of his books myself - feeling that their biscuit and a cup of tea quality doesn't earn them shelf space (view spoiler)[ just because I quoteErnst ist das Leben, heiter ist die Kunst doesn't mean that I live by it(hide spoiler)]

  • Ηλίας Τσιάρας
    2019-03-27 14:17

    Definitely 5 stars. Actually, all of these omnibuses are 5 star quality, except perhaps the one about Rincewind. Not very reader friendly, mind you, but they definitely look great on the shelf. I found feet of clay the least interesting but atill it was really good, especially the last 30 odd pages. I didn't think I would say this but I enjoyed the adventures of the City Watch more than those of Death. Yeah, it is that good

  • Kai
    2019-04-05 13:53

    18/05/10 - Finished Guards! Guards! Loved it. This is the first City Watch book I've read and I initially found that I really didn't like Cpt. Vimes. A drunk manic depressive. It took a while to get into the book because of this, but when he stopped being so morose and got his act together, the whole book became so much better. Love the other guards. Carrot, Colon and Nobby are fabulous characters and I can't wait to find out what happens between Vimes and Lady Ramkin. Great book. Men at Arms started 28/05/10. finished 05/06/10Brilliant! I can see why the City Watch books are so loved by many people. You can add me to that list. I laughed out loud a lot through this book, but there was a bit of crying near the end.. not out and out weeping, but a lone single tear. On to the 3rd book and this time, I am not taking a break! Loved all the Carrot character building.Feet of Clay started 05/06/10 finished 11/06/10I loved this last book in the trilogy. It was good to see Sam back in the 'detectoring' seat. I love Cheery 'Cheri' Littlebottom! Nobby as an Earl, hah!!!! :D

  • Paul
    2019-04-02 15:01

    Terry Pratchett is one of the best writers of our time. He's created a universe (OK, more like a world) with such depth and detail that I can't think of another writer who can really get you into his/her books any better. Once you've started reading the books, you'll start to know where the characters are, even before the place is named because you know it's 1 block from the Unseen University or in The Shades. And the City Watch books are the best in the series (with the possible exception of the Death/Susan books) in my opinion.Samuel Vines is the Commander of The Watch. He doesn't really like it that much, but he really is the best man for the job. Along with Captain Nobbs, Captain Ironfoundersson and Sargent Colon, Vimes ried his best to keep the peace in the City. But, with new recruits coming left and right (including a Werewolf, a Troll, a Dwarf and even a Zombie) and threats coming from every possible angle, there's often hardly enough time to sit back and show up the Assassin's Guild before Vetinari wants a word.Please read these, you will not regret it!

  • Laurel
    2019-04-09 18:17

    I have several friends who are absolutely nutty about Discworld. For me, they seem to hold limited appeal. Of course, it may be my own fault for having chosen an omnibus with three at once. They're witty, entertaining books, and the Watch trilogy in particular has some colorful characters (in a good way!), but there's only so much I can take of the very same style and strangely familiar plots before it starts to get old.

  • Crystal
    2019-04-08 16:07

    Thud! Was my very first Discworld book. It made me want to find all of the Sam Vimes books. I love this character and the supporting cast around him. Any discworld book featuring The Watch is going to be a great read.

  • Jenny Burridge
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  • Ireland4242
    2019-04-11 13:05

    amazing! well done terry pratchet!

  • Yulande Lindsay
    2019-03-30 12:15

    Reading Terry Pratchett is like eating cashews. Impossibel to eat just one or just a few. Completely addictive.

  • Loki
    2019-04-15 12:56

    Just as superbly excellent (and laugh out loud funny) as every other time I've read them - beware this edition, though, as it has a number of typos that are not present in the single volume editions.

  • Ruth Fuchs
    2019-04-01 16:09