Review: Guards Guards by Terry Pratchett

Own the book: Yes
Format: Audio Book
Price: Unknown
Date Read: 25th January 2014

Guards Guards is the 8th book in the Discworld series and introduces the Watch – the police of Ankh Morpork. With the introduction of the Night Watch; Captain Vimes, Nobby Nobbs, Sergeant Colon and Carrot (the 6ft+ human raised as a dwarf) come even more snorts of laughter and odd looks from other people while reading this novel. A dragon is on the loose in Ankh Morpork, Draco Nobilis – a dragon believed to have gone from the Discworld… nothing like the Draco Vulgaris (swamp dragon) usually seen around the city and bred by Lady Sybil Ramkin. But surely someone must have summoned and be feeding this new dragon? It’s up to the Watch to find out, along with the assistance of Lady Sybil and Errol.

I adored this book and have listened to it again and again – some of the lines and comments from the characters are laugh-out-loud funny and the situations are a work of genius. Read it!!

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Review: Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett

Own the book: Yes
Format: Kindle e-Book
Price: £0.99p
Date Read: 20th January 2014

I have my father to thank for my love of Terry Pratchett’s works of genius. This book, the 40th in the Discworld series, sees the return of Moist von Lipwig who we previously met in ‘Going Postal’ and ‘Making Money’. This time, the steam powered railway is coming to the Discworld and doing so in style and with much humour.

My main admiration for the Discworld series comes from the way everyday situations, phrases and behaviours are commented upon and this comes through on every page. The books, while an escape from every-day life do make you think. The characters are funny, have their quirks (many of which are completely recognisable) and are all believable – a large task for an author. The setting of the story runs mainly in the twin cities of Ankh and Morpork, but there is far more travel than in other Discworld books I have read – necessary when covering the introduction of the steam railway.

Would I read more? Of course! There are still many of the Discworld series I have yet to read but I will also re-read old ones with pleasure.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥