This thread is for discussing Guards! Guards! in some depth. If you haven’t read the book then read on at your own risk – or, better still, go and read the book and join in the fun.
For those of us that are going to join in the discussion, here are a few guidelines:
Please feel free to make comparisons to other Discworld books, making sure you identify the book and the passage you are referring to. Others may not be as familiar with the book you are referencing, so think before you post.
Sometimes we’ll need to agree to disagree – only Terry knows for sure what he was thinking when he wrote the books and individuals members may have widely different interpretations – so try to keep the discussion friendly.
We may be discussing a book that you don’t much care for – don’t be put off joining in the discussion. If you didn’t care for the book, then that in itself is a good topic for discussion.
Please note: there is no time limit to this discussion. Please feel free to add to it at any time - especially if you've just read the book.
Please endeavour to keep the discussion on topic. If necessary I will step in and steer it back to the original topic – so no digressions please!
Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
Originally published 1989
Terry Pratchett wrote:“This is where the dragons went.
They lie . . .
Not dead, not asleep. Not waiting, because waiting implies expectation. Possibly the word we’re looking for here is . . .
. . . dormant.”
When Carrot, a six foot plus Dwarf (adopted) arrives at Ankh-Morpork (to have a man made of him) he shakes up the existing Night Watch.
Arresting the leader of the Thieves’ Guild may seem logical to you and me, but things don’t work that way in Ankh-Morpork.
Meanwhile a group of malcontents are trying to gain power over the city by the use of a dragon. They can control the dragon of course…
or can they?
I think this is probably the book that I’d recommend to a new reader of Terry Pratchett. It has a lot going for it. Not only do we see the city of Ankh-Morpork through the eyes of an outsider in the form of Carrot, but we also get to meet some of the all time favourite characters from the Discworld series. Add to that a really good page-turner of a story with a whole bunch of humour and it’s a recipe for getting a new reader of Discworld well and truly hooked!
I like this book a lot.
Before we get into a deeper analysis of the book, tell us what you liked or disliked about it.