Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Terry Pratchett: Guards! Guards!

Dragons. Myth, legend, fantasy...or are they?

In this book Terry Pratchett explores the possibility that dragons are real, and that they live in a reality all their own, however, with the right will and intent can be called forth into the world to do the bidding of those who summoned them…that is…until they rebel cook you and decide that they kind of like the thought of ruling this little kingdom of yours and you had darned well better agree or you are next on the menu. At that point, the only thing you can do is call the Night Watch Guards; the drunk, the thief, the lazy bones and the ultimate do-gooder. Not who you would typically expect to be saving the city, but hey, you take what you can get.

Those of you reading this who happen to be believers in the patriarchal superiority will enjoy watching the little guy dominate the big lady (and vice versa for those of you who prefer matriarchal superiority), and those of you, like myself who absolutely love irony, will laugh till you hurt at the phrase “Throw the book at him”. Innocent, yes, safe, never.

Guards! Guards! Is a highly recommended read for anyone who enjoys seeing the little guy win, the fallen redeem themselves, or the true danger of ultimate goodness.


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