# Title: Night Watch
# Author: Terry Pratchett
# Genre: Comedic Fantasty
# Short Summary: On the day of his son's birth, while chasing Carcer, a crazed serial killer, Commander Samuel Vimes of the Night Watch (and, incidentally, Duke of Ankh-Morpork) is caught in a time rift and transported 30 years into his own past along with said serial killer. He finds himself in a darker, filthier Ankh-Morpork on the brink of a bloody revolution, under the rule of insane Lord Winder. A group of upstart nobles is forming , lead by Lord Snapcase, and aiming to depose the crazed Patrician. The Night Watch is just an underdog in this mess, and what passes for the Law is delivered by the insidious Cable Street Particulars, under the maniacal Captain Swing, who through brutal torture, merciless interrogation and geometry brands honest citizens as criminals. To make matters worse, Carcer's been made a seargeant in the Particulars, and Sam's younger self is a Lance-Constable in the Night Watch who is being taught to be a very bad policeman indeed. Now, posing as Sergeant-at-Arms John Keel, with only the memory of a future that may never be to keep him going, Sam Vimes has to fight against history itself and avert the outcome of the Glorious Revolution...but the hitch is, if he wins, he's got no future. And he's seen the headstones in Small Gods Cemetery. His name's on one of them....
# Personal Opinion: Samuel Vimes is at his glorious best here, as a character. His constant battle against the barbarous instinct that Pratchett identifies as "the beast", his reflections on human nature, his furious incorruptibilty and his struggle against the force of history make him shine out from his grimy surroundings. (Fans of the Night Watch mini-series and of the Discworld series in general will probably be pleased to recognise old characters, such as a newly married Fred Colon, a child street urchin Nobby Nobbs, a newly debuted C.M.O.T. Dibbler (still the same old pies =))a teenage Vetinari, and a still breathing Reg Shoe :D) Night Watch is less a satire novel than the older Discworld books; it's darker, deeper, more outraged at what people are prepared to do to other people just because they can, but also prouder of what people are willing to do for each other. One of Pratchett's absolute best.
# Rating(Optional): 5/5
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