Night Watch (Hardcover)

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If you're a Sci Fi/Fantasy or Mystery fan you may have heard of
Discworld and Terry Pratchett. Pratchett somehow manages to write
hilarious, engaging, wise, and thoroughly entertaining books which are
both perfect examples of their genre (noir mystery, sword and sorcery
fantasy, steampunk adventure) and sly, affectionate parodies of their
genre. Discworld can be intimidating to people new to the series, but
this book is an excellent entry point.

Night Watch is a time travel adventure starring Sam Vimes, our jaded
film-noir ish detective/ reluctant aristocrat hero. The story opens
as Sam and the vicious serial killer he is chasing are struck by magic
lighting and thrown 30 years into the past, on the eve of a bloody
street revolution. The plot gets complicated, the list of characters
grows, and Pratchett throws in lots and lots of extremely British
humor. Give it a try!

— Kristy C.

If you're a Sci Fi/Fantasy or Mystery fan you may have heard of

— Kristy C.

If you're a Sci Fi/Fantasy or Mystery fan you may have heard of

— Kristy C.


This morning, Commander Vimes of the City Watch had it all. He was a Duke. He was rich. He was respected. He had a silver cigar case. He was about to become a father.

This morning he thought longingly about the good old days.

Tonight, he's in them.

Flung back in time by a mysterious accident, Sam Vimes has to start all over again. He must get a new name and a job, and there's only one job he's good at: cop in the Watch. He must track down a brutal murderer. He must find his younger self and teach him everything he knows. He must whip the cowardly, despised Night Watch into a crack fighting force -- fast. Because Sam Vimes knows what's going to happen. He remembers it. He was there. It's part of history. And you can't change history . . .

But Sam is going to. He has no choice. Otherwise, a bloody revolution will start, and good men will die. Sam saw their names on old headstones just this morning -- but tonight they're young men who think they have a future. And rather than let them die, Sam will do anything -- turn traitor, burn buildings, take over a revolt, anything -- to snatch them from the jaws of history. He will do it even if victory will mean giving up the only future he knows.

For if he succeeds, he's got no wife, no child, no riches, no fame -- all that will simply vanish. But if he doesn't try, he wouldn't be Sam Vimes.

And so the battle is on. He knows how it's going to end; after all, he was there. His name is on one of those headstones. But that's just a minor detail . . .

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060013110
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: November 1st, 2002
Pages: 352
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