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Night Watch, by Terry Pratchett

irrlicht's review against another edition

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5.0

Eigentlich hasse ich Zeitreise-Geschichten. Zumindest, wenn wir nicht gerade bei „Doctor Who“ (und selbst DANN gibt es noch das eine oder andere, das mich echt aufpeitscht) oder „Zurück in die Zukunft“ sind.

Ich lese einfach nicht gerne Stories, in denen die Hauptcharaktere in ihre eigene Vergangenheit reisen und genau wissen – enweder von Anfang an oder weil sie es von irgendjemandem gefühlte zehn Trillionen mal gesagt kriegen – dass sie bestimmte Dinge nicht verändern dürfen (um die Zukunft, aus der sie kommen, nicht zu verändern), UND ES DANN DOCH TUN!!!!

Das geht mir auf den Geist!

Bei „Doctor Who“ ist das meistens kein großes Problem, weil der (aus Gründen, die er zwar, glaube ich, mal erklärt hat, die ich aber nie verstanden habe) seine eigene Zeitlinie nicht kreuzen darf, und bei „Zurück in die Zukunft“ hat Marty das eigentlich nie ABSICHTLICH gemacht, sondern irgendwie aus Versehen.

Aber normalerweise benehmen sich die Charaktere bei solchen Stories ausnahmslos wie tiefenbescheuerte Vollpfosten.

Ich hätte Sir Terry einfach mehr vertrauen sollen.

Sam Mumm reist zwar (versehentlich) auch in seine eigene Vergangenheit und trifft sogar sein jüngeres Ich, aber er tut tatsächlich alles, damit ein bestimmtes Schlüsselereignis auch wirklich eintritt. Damit verhält er sich vorbildlich wie die Person, die ich durch sämtliche Wachen-Bücher zu schätzen gelernt habe. Bravo!

Spannung kommt übrigens auch auf, denn es ist ja schließlich – wie alle Wachen-Bücher von Terry Pratchett – ein Krimi. Ein Scheibenwelt-Krimi, aber ein Krimi. :)

Als Einsteiger in die Scheibenwelt würde ich es allerdings nicht wirklich empfehlen, denn ich glaube, man sollte alle bis dahin erschienenen Wachen-Bücher gelesen haben, damit man den Unterschied zwischen der aktuellen Wache von Ankh-Morpork und der damaligen erkennt. Besonders Nobby und Fred, die in diesem Buch als Kind (Nobby) bzw. Korporal (Fred) auftauchen. Aber es sind auch noch einige andere Charaktere dabei, die man schon in „älter“ kennt: Lord Rust, Rosie Palm, (Lord) Wittwenmacher und last-but-not-least Havelock Vetinari, der zur damaligen Zeit noch (zusammen mit Wittwenmacher) Assassine in der Assassinengilde lernt – um nur ein paar zu nennen.

Am Anfang des Buches und am Ende sind natürlich auch wieder alle anderen von der „normalen“ Wache dabei; Karotte & Co., aber ich muss zugeben, man vermisst sie nicht ZU sehr im Verlauf der Geschichte. Das war noch so eine Sorge von mir.

Das Ende finde ich einerseits unheimlich traurig, aber zugleich auch unheimlich schön.

Doch… „Die Nachtwächter“ ist absolut lesenswert.

Ach ja, und das ist das Buch, in dem Sam Mumm Papa wird. :D

prettyhairs's review against another edition

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5.0

Rise up, rise up

brennagillaspy's review

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adventurous reflective medium-paced

5.0

aimeeisreading's review against another edition

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funny lighthearted medium-paced

4.0

whimsie's review against another edition

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3.0

3.5 stars - Sam Vimes is one of my favorite characters in discworld, but not reading in order, I missed out (I'm sure) on many of the supporting characters and in-jokes. This was still an enjoyable book, and it was fun to romp through quantum time with Sam.

brianna_harman's review

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challenging emotional funny hopeful inspiring reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0

sarahgracelogan's review against another edition

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5.0

For me, this book defines Sam Vimes.

It encompasses many things that I adore, but most of all it's an excellent detective story with a really fun and well-executed time travel plot. I love time travel, and I so rarely enjoy it. It is difficult to do well and I feel that Night Watch achieves its goal brilliantly.

Vimes has long been one of my favourite characters in fiction, not because he's a genius, all-seeing detective, but because he's the everyman. He falls down, he screws up, he misses things. He falls in love and feels uncomfortable when he's thrown out of his depth socially, and he's always just exactly who he is. As a copper, he's the classic. He knows the streets by the soles of his feet, the time of day by the smell of the city. Ankh-Morpork is as much a character as anyone in Pratchett's books, and Vimes shares the most wonderful love/hate relationship with her

This will always remain one of my favourite Discworld novels, and one of my favourite time-travel stories. The plot is brilliant, and while it has Pratchett's typical humour it also stumbles onto more serious ground than some of the earlier Watch novels. Fantastic.

surelyinthefountain's review

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adventurous funny hopeful lighthearted reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Loveable characters? Yes

4.0

Hey, I love time travel, and Terry Pratchett is great. This is my first Watch novel -- out of order, I know -- and I enjoyed it, though he's not my favorite Pratchett major character so far. I love the message of "nah, the present is better, actually."
It's pretty clear that Pratchett has a fairly nuanced point of view on policing, honestly, so it's a little weird to me that I've seen people say that the Watch novels haven't aged well. Maybe I need to read more of them to get a better sense, but I think I understand what people mean just from this novel alone. I dunno. It's clear Vimes has a certain point of view about things, but it's also pretty clear that that point of view is based in things he's experienced, and those experiences have their own holes and blind spots. He's a good guy, but then, as Pratchett himself says, people are not just people.
This hasn't been my favorite Discworld novel so far, but I mean, I always enjoy myself with these.

_ellen_'s review

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adventurous funny inspiring fast-paced

5.0

azriel1066's review against another edition

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5.0

Night Watch continues the saga of Sir Samual Vimes, keeper of the law, hard old street monster and soon to be father. As always, Pratchett gives his readership a masterwork of fantasy literature, inviting people into his comical but oh-so-familiar Discworld. Set in our favourite metropolis of Ank-Morpork, this novel takes a step back and explores the origins of one of our favourite cast members.

Perhaps the most entrancing thing about this novel is the way that it explores the human soul; the formation of our character, our memories, the little ticks that make us who we are. All whilst still speeding the reader through an intricate plot headed towards a fantastic ending for Sam.

Even amongst the plethora of brilliant narratives that Pratchett has given the world, this one shines out as particularly innovative and enjoyable. If you read no other Discworld story about Sam Vimes, read this one.