Guards! Guards! Book Summary and Study Guide

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Carrot, the full-size teen son of dwarves (he was adopted), arrives in the great city of Ankh-Morpork to join the incompetent and disrespected Night Watch just about the time a dragon begins to terrorize the city. Captain Vimes, the head of the Watch, tries to solve the mystery of the dragon's appearance while keeping his clumsy veterans and the over-enthused recruit in line. Secret societies, the City Librarian (an orangutan), and tiny swamp dragons figure into the plot, which makes amusing references not only to Shakespeare and Sherlock Holmes, but Bogart and Dirty Harry. "Thunder rolled.... It rolled a six."
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The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

A city guard, previously honourable and hard working, strives to regain his self-worth and the worthiness of his City Watch. This begins as a result of a dragon invading *his* city. Insightful and extremely funny. A standout novel in the Discworld series. This is the book where we get to know Vimes, Carrot, Nobby, Colon and Sybil. Oh, and Errol.
The review of this Book prepared by Rosalie Wodecki

Captain Vimes of the Night Watch has a number of problems, including the dragon who is terrorizing the city, his over-enthusiastic new recruit Carrot, and his inability to keep his mouth shut. Can he solve the mystery of the dragon's behavior, win the woman (definitely NOT a girl), keep the swamp dragons from dissolving his boots, and keep Carrot from getting them all into trouble with the Patrician? This is the funniest and best of Pratchett's books, and possibly one of the most humorous books ever written.
The review of this Book prepared by Ivy

new kid joins good guys
bad guy makes dragon
good guys survive dragon
good guys try to beat dragon
dragon wins without too much death
good guys kill bad guy and persuade dragon to go away
The review of this Book prepared by Patrick Allan

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   unraveling a conspiracy Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   one person from different culture of other persons

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's


A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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