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Guards! Guards!: 07/22/07

Guards! Guards!

Guards! Guards! is the first of my finished books for the Beach Blanket Bonanza. It was a refreshing read (although not quite the escapism I was hoping for) after a spate of less than thrilling books (make that god-awful).

Guards! Guards! is the 8th Discworld series and the first in the City-Watch set. It introduces Vimes, Carrot, et al as recurring characters. In fact, all of the Discworld novels I've selected for this challenge are from the City-Watch set.

Carrot has endeared himself to me, putting himself on my short list of favorite Discworld characters (others include Rincewind, Death and Ook). Carrot is the antidote to the Garions of the fantasy genre. Carrot may start off naive and may be pushed towards his destiny but he manages to make his own life, something most characters in his position never manage (or even attempt).

The book didn't earn a perfect rating from because it suffers from many of things that annoy me about the Discworld books: lack of chapters, plot suffering for the sake of pun building, and lack of segues.

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Comment #1: Monday, July, 23, 2007 at 16:57:23

dew

My son is addicted to these Discworld books.

I did do a review of a BBB book. Unfortunately, I also picked HPatDH as a BBB book, and I can't review that for fear of spoilers. But here is the review I did do: http://deweymonster.com/?p=260

I kind of feel like I'm cheating, because I picked that book for the BBB and only later realized I had already picked it for a different challenge."



Comment #2: Monday, July 23, 2007 at 15:45:18

Pussreboots

Thanks for the link to your review. You can still review HP7 without giving spoilers. "



Comment #3: Monday, July, 23, 2007 at 20:17:11

dew

Maybe once I'm done discussing it with everyone. Right now, everything I want to talk about is full of spoilers!"



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