Guards! Guards! is another hilarious installment of the late Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Series. Captain Vimes is head of the not so illustrious City Watch, in the infamous and ancient city of Ankh-Morpork, the fabled metropolis of Discworld. The Watch has fallen on hard times, after the Patrician, Lord Vetinari enacted the ingenious idea of having criminals police themselves. When Vimes wakes up face down in the gutter, and an idealistic new recruit comes to town, you can almost smell the change in the air, or is that just the dragon farts? When a secretive cabal steals a book on summoning dragons from the magical library of Unseen University, the plot is afoot, perhaps even an entire leg.
This is where the dragons went. They lie ... not dead, not asleep, but ... dormant. And although the space they occupy isn't like normal space, nevertheless they are packed in tightly. They could put you in mind of a can of sardines, if you thought sardines were huge and scaly. And presumably, somewhere, there's a key...
Read in June, 2006
All right, the short of it is I really liked the book. The long of it is, I’m very annoyed at Terry.Those of you who have been following things here know that I just sold the Alcatraz books to Scholastic. They’re essentially humorous fantasy—evil librarians running the world and all that. I wrote them because I was a little frustrated at the market. I could find funny books (Snicket) and I could find books with good worldbuilding (Pullman) and I could find books with clever pacing and plotting (Rowling).