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The City Watch, one of Pratchett's finest creations, rendered - well maybe not Technicolor - but certainly as never seen before.


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The City Watch, one of Pratchett's finest creations, rendered - well maybe not Technicolor - but certainly as never seen before.

30 review for Guards! Guards!: The Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Joey Woolfardis

    A couple of things before we start. I have only read four comic books (or graphic novels? I swear I don't know the difference, I am not taking the piss) before and those were sexist and pointless. I am not a comic book person, but I love illustrated editions of books. Same thing, right? Nope. And secondly, I love Terry Pratchett and will read anything with his name on it, even those terrible sci-fi books he wrote with that other dude. So, with my pathetic knowledge and experience of comicbookgraphi A couple of things before we start. I have only read four comic books (or graphic novels? I swear I don't know the difference, I am not taking the piss) before and those were sexist and pointless. I am not a comic book person, but I love illustrated editions of books. Same thing, right? Nope. And secondly, I love Terry Pratchett and will read anything with his name on it, even those terrible sci-fi books he wrote with that other dude. So, with my pathetic knowledge and experience of comicbookgraphicnovels and my superb knowledge and great experience of Terry Pratchett, let's get started. Everything that Terry is great at can't really be translated in to pictures. His stories are top notch but they're never excellent, brilliant, superbly thought-out or anything much different to what you get elsewhere. But the way he tells them is one of the most sublime things in the literary world. His words flow like silk over melting butter-or other such things that have little or no friction-and as a nice side-effect of this, the stories develop in a lovely way that has all that stuff we love in a good story, like excellent pace and all the words in the right place. What you rely on in a comicbookgraphicnovel is the dialogue. PTerry is good at dialogue, but he isn't brilliant. His characters have some wonderful one-liners and his characters' conversations definitely almost always pass the Bechdel Test, so yey. But this particular comicbookgraphicnovel didn't really have much except the wonderful one-liners, and one-liner after one-liner is just annoying. Like a comedian dying on stage who resorts to insulting the hecklers instead of observing. I did like the drawings. I thought Vimes was pretty spot on but I often found it hard to decide who was who. You have to figure that out for yourself. If I didn't know who Vimes was I probably still wouldn't know who he was having finished this. I definitely wouldn't like him (read: be madly in love with him and imagine him slightly younger and better looking in my head) after reading him in this. We get his thoughts but we just don't get his proper thoughts. Am I making any sense? I don't think I am. I just don't really get it. Really. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Shop | Etsy

  2. 3 out of 5

    Neville Ridley-smith

    This was very disappointing in many ways. I remember reading the book about 15 years ago and thoroughly enjoying it - Pratchett was really starting to hit his stride. This adaptation conveys little of the humour. Pratchett's humour is very much based on his turn of phrase, his descriptions and his timing. These are always going to be hard to translate into other mediums. But it's not just that. As a plain comic it fails. The art is average. Worse than that, the panels often don't make sense. I im This was very disappointing in many ways. I remember reading the book about 15 years ago and thoroughly enjoying it - Pratchett was really starting to hit his stride. This adaptation conveys little of the humour. Pratchett's humour is very much based on his turn of phrase, his descriptions and his timing. These are always going to be hard to translate into other mediums. But it's not just that. As a plain comic it fails. The art is average. Worse than that, the panels often don't make sense. I imagine that for anyone who hasn't read the book, they could get rather confused about what the heck is going on in some parts. So, is there anything good? Well, there are one or two sparks of cleverness - where something has been translated across well into picture format and some of the clever lines from the book come across - for example, the patrician's lines. Not bad enough to warrant a 1 star but only for die-hard fans.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    Guards Guards would be amongst my favourite books and one I have read on numerous occasions. I love the City Watch created by Terry Pratchett and on top of that this book has one of those wonderful realistic romance stories mixed in with Sam Vimes and Sybil which I just love. Added to the mix the twists on fantasy tropes and brilliant wit and its just a great book. Does it work as a Graphic novel ?, well yes yes it does. Artwork is great. Nobby is particularly well captured as is Vetinari. Not su Guards Guards would be amongst my favourite books and one I have read on numerous occasions. I love the City Watch created by Terry Pratchett and on top of that this book has one of those wonderful realistic romance stories mixed in with Sam Vimes and Sybil which I just love. Added to the mix the twists on fantasy tropes and brilliant wit and its just a great book. Does it work as a Graphic novel ?, well yes yes it does. Artwork is great. Nobby is particularly well captured as is Vetinari. Not sure on the rendition of Carrot but overall the art is done very well and its completely loyal to the story and still carries the Pratchett wit and charm across.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    B.R.A.CE. 2017 ένα graphic novel ή κόμικ Αγαπημένος Terry και αγαπημένος Vimes σε comic! Γίνεται ένας τέτοιος συνδυασμός να μην είναι εκπληκτικός;;

  5. 3 out of 5

    Andy

    Mir hat die Graphic Novel gut gefallen. Aber das liegt wohl auch daran, dass ich den Roman kenne. Jemand der "Wachen! Wachen!" nicht gelesen hat, könnte Substanz fehlen. Aber ich denke, dass das ein generelles Problem bei Graphic Novels ist, die auf Romanen basieren. Trotz allem sehr nett.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Abhishek

    I have not read enough of Terry Pratchett's books (totally my fault!) to claim to know his style of writing. But even the few that I have read have given me the picture of a man who is witty beyond words, smarter than most of his fellow humans, and a terrific writer who can pen the weirdest of his thoughts with clarity on paper. A graphic novel may not do enough justice to the writings of Pratchett, but Stephen Briggs seems to have adapted Guards! Guards! quite well. I say that because in this b I have not read enough of Terry Pratchett's books (totally my fault!) to claim to know his style of writing. But even the few that I have read have given me the picture of a man who is witty beyond words, smarter than most of his fellow humans, and a terrific writer who can pen the weirdest of his thoughts with clarity on paper. A graphic novel may not do enough justice to the writings of Pratchett, but Stephen Briggs seems to have adapted Guards! Guards! quite well. I say that because in this book I could find the mix of wit and cynicism that I discovered in Pratchett's other novels, as our hero struggles against some evil sorcery. Guards! Guards! is part of Pratchett's Discworld series and has magic potions, flying dragons, a librarian-turned-orangutan, a human with dwarf parents, and other stuff like that. It also has courage, valour, humour, bits of friendship, and also a bit of love, to make you still believe somewhat in humanity. It's a splendid story which has been depicted very well in the form of a graphic novel, the right sort of book to read if it's a strange adventure that you seek...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tasha

    Not as good as I was hoping it would. The Pratchett humour is missing, some of the panels in places seem to be in the wrong order or they are in the right order and make no sense, the artwork is OK although the representation of the characters don't seem to match the book, some panels I couldn't make out what was going on. Overall disappointing

  8. 3 out of 5

    Katie

    Apparently 8 yrs is long enough for me to have forgotten that not only did I read this book, but I own it, too. It stays fantastically true to the novel & any Pratchett fan should pick it up to read it. I loved the illustrations & Briggs did a wonderful job bringing Pratchett's humor to this medium.

  9. 3 out of 5

    Julien V

    The adaptation and transfer on a different medium was a little awkward, but this is still one of Terry Pratchett's best works, so how could you not enjoy it? Although you might want to read the original novel instead... This version is for hardcore fans.

  10. 3 out of 5

    Ümit Mutlu

    I love Discworld. I love Guards! Guards!. And I love graphic novels. But this is a really, really bad book. It is not funny at all, drawing is bad, there is not any creative scene... I think it's a shame for DW. Anyway, please read Guards! Guards! instead of this. That is something.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Young

    A hilarious world where people know they're in a story, afraid of attacking a single bold unarmed man for fear he might be the hero, or try to make a crossbow shot even more impossible so that they might actually make it. This follows a set of guards as they investigate the reemergence of a grand dragon, and then the aftermath once that dragon takes over their world.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cristina Muresan

    Hmmm. Not sure I can be overly excited about this one. It's quite cute, and a bit of a different take on Terry Pratchett's work but I think I'll stick to the novels in the future. It's amusing in parts, and does convey the personality of the characters nicely but - something is missing.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    I’ve read the written novel by Terry Pratchett but I adore graphic novels and decided to see if the characters in my head matched how they were drawn. Their close and the story flows smoothly in graphic form too. I’ll be buying more Discworld graphic novels in the future too good to miss!

  14. 4 out of 5

    GingerSnapHattie

    Seeing some of my favourite characters brought to life in this graphic novel was a dream come true <3 Reading this is the perfect way to spend a few hours in the sun!

  15. 3 out of 5

    Harry Casey-Woodward

    A fun book. Drawing’s a bit rough in places but the humour is intact.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Boukje

    The artwork is ok, but I would have liked it more if it least some well written details would have been followed (like all dwarfs looking male in this time period). still like the story though :)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Faith Hignight

    So much missing from the original book that the main story is lost. Very sad.

  18. 4 out of 5

    David Raz

    This was quite a disappointment. I'm not a huge comics/graphic novels fan, so maybe I'm missing something, but I was expecting more. The source material, Guards! Guards!, is an easy five star book, the adaptation needs to be really bad to botch this. But it does. Starting with the plot, I think the adaptation missed most of it. I don't see how anyone who didn't read the book will understand whatever is going on. Even the parts that are drawn are done in a clumsy way, and the drawn picture fails t This was quite a disappointment. I'm not a huge comics/graphic novels fan, so maybe I'm missing something, but I was expecting more. The source material, Guards! Guards!, is an easy five star book, the adaptation needs to be really bad to botch this. But it does. Starting with the plot, I think the adaptation missed most of it. I don't see how anyone who didn't read the book will understand whatever is going on. Even the parts that are drawn are done in a clumsy way, and the drawn picture fails to convey the action, unless you know it in advance. In many places I felt that maybe the boxes were place out of order, it was so needlessly confusing. This is followed with the characters, none of which gets the treatment it needs and they all feel shallow and caprice. And if we agree this is pointless for someone who didn't read the book, what added value does it have for someone who did? The answer is, very little. None of the characters or concepts is drawn in a very convincing way and none will stay with me for more than a couple of days. Other depictions of these characters in other formats were much more accurate and convincing. I can't really recommend this adaptation to either graphic novel or Pratchett fans, two stars out of five.

  19. 3 out of 5

    Michael Murdoch

    Some night-time prowler is turning the (mostly) honest citizens of Ankh-Morpork into something resembling small charcoal biscuits. And that's a real problem for Captain Vimes, who must tramp the mean streets of the naked city looking for a 70-foot-long fire-breathing dragon which, he believes, can help him with his enquiries. But there's more - now we get to see Ankh-Morpork in all its glory; illustrations so vibrant you can practically smell and taste the denizens of this delightful city (altho Some night-time prowler is turning the (mostly) honest citizens of Ankh-Morpork into something resembling small charcoal biscuits. And that's a real problem for Captain Vimes, who must tramp the mean streets of the naked city looking for a 70-foot-long fire-breathing dragon which, he believes, can help him with his enquiries. But there's more - now we get to see Ankh-Morpork in all its glory; illustrations so vibrant you can practically smell and taste the denizens of this delightful city (although with Corporal Nobbs, you might rather wish you didn't have to). All rendered in painstaking detail by Graham Higgins (who feels he now knows altogether far too much about the murky goings on inside Nobbs' head).** Review "Discworld takes the classic fantasy universe through its logical, and comic evolution".-- Cleveland Plain Dealer About the Author Terry Pratchett has written 24 Discworld Novels. Stephen Briggs is the author of THE DISCWORLD COMPANION, three Discworld Diaries and numerous stage adaptations. Graham Higgins has worked on numerous Discworld related projects. His last graphic novel is MORT.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Raj

    This isn't a review of Guards Guards per se, a book that I've read a few times and am fond of, but of the graphic novel. The art here by Graham Higgins is nice, very different from the Josh Kirby stuff that I grew up with, but fitting for the grimy world of Ankh-Morpork and its inhabitants. The only problem is the same problem that afflicts all adaptations of Terry Pratchett: namely that so much of the humour comes from the narrative, the description and the footnotes, much of which is lost here This isn't a review of Guards Guards per se, a book that I've read a few times and am fond of, but of the graphic novel. The art here by Graham Higgins is nice, very different from the Josh Kirby stuff that I grew up with, but fitting for the grimy world of Ankh-Morpork and its inhabitants. The only problem is the same problem that afflicts all adaptations of Terry Pratchett: namely that so much of the humour comes from the narrative, the description and the footnotes, much of which is lost here, leaving only the bare dialogue, and the lovely art, to cover it. However, as I say, this is an affliction of all Pratchett adaptations, and this graphic novel is as good as you can get, Stephen Briggs knowing his job (he also adapted several of the books for the theatre) and Higgins providing some lovely art.

  21. 3 out of 5

    P.D.R. Lindsay

    This, I always think, is where Terry Pratchett decided that he could stretch himself and write good, Jonathon Swift style satire. Tentatively at first he gives us the beginnings of the characters of Sam Vimes, Fred Colon, Nobby Nobbs and the unbelievable Carrot Ironfoundason. They are what will become the Night Watch and finally the City Watch. I had always been amused by the Pratchett novels about the witches and wizards and enjoyed Pratchett's obvious writing skill, horrible puns and whacky hu This, I always think, is where Terry Pratchett decided that he could stretch himself and write good, Jonathon Swift style satire. Tentatively at first he gives us the beginnings of the characters of Sam Vimes, Fred Colon, Nobby Nobbs and the unbelievable Carrot Ironfoundason. They are what will become the Night Watch and finally the City Watch. I had always been amused by the Pratchett novels about the witches and wizards and enjoyed Pratchett's obvious writing skill, horrible puns and whacky humour, but I didn't become a fan until I found the whole series about Sam Vimes and the Night Watch. In this, the first novel about them, the Watch have to deal with a dragon and Pratchett gives the reader a whole satire about the human race and what makes it tick. Thank god for the funny bits in the story as Pratchett's assessment of humanity is depressing but accurate. If you enjoy watching a clever writer poke fun at humanity this is a novel for you.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andres

    Guardias! Guardias! es, hasta ahora, la mejor novela del Mundodisco que me he leído. Los ingeniosos apuntes de Lord Vetinari y la ridiculez de la City Watch la hacen un deleite de principio a fin. Esta adaptación está bastante bien realizada, las ilustraciones son muy buenas y me gusta el estilo, tanto en términos de trazo como de color. Obviamente, hubo que reducir el material para que encajara en viñetas y globitos. En general, les quedó bien, pero por momentos la narración se siente cortada y Guardias! Guardias! es, hasta ahora, la mejor novela del Mundodisco que me he leído. Los ingeniosos apuntes de Lord Vetinari y la ridiculez de la City Watch la hacen un deleite de principio a fin. Esta adaptación está bastante bien realizada, las ilustraciones son muy buenas y me gusta el estilo, tanto en términos de trazo como de color. Obviamente, hubo que reducir el material para que encajara en viñetas y globitos. En general, les quedó bien, pero por momentos la narración se siente cortada y quedan puntos en el aire. A eso sumémosle que me leí la versión en italiano, y probablemente algo se perdió en la traducción. Disfruté bastante esta versión, y la recomendaría, pero de todas maneras creo que es mucho más fácil apreciar esta adaptación por aquellos que ya se leyeron el original, y pueden leer entre líneas cada fineza de la historia.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Robert Bone

    A very interging book indeed. I picked this up in my local library knowing that I had never read a Terry Prachett Book and wouldnt probably like his style anyway...but I had never properly read a comic style book like this before - so I thought Id give it a whack. I think the comic was based on a Terry Book so some of the plot was quite confusing for me, but I quickly got caught up. I loved the characters and how indivigual they were - I could really relate to them. On the other hand, I was so c A very interging book indeed. I picked this up in my local library knowing that I had never read a Terry Prachett Book and wouldnt probably like his style anyway...but I had never properly read a comic style book like this before - so I thought Id give it a whack. I think the comic was based on a Terry Book so some of the plot was quite confusing for me, but I quickly got caught up. I loved the characters and how indivigual they were - I could really relate to them. On the other hand, I was so confused up the half way through the book, as it seemed that you had been thrust into to story. The only real problem I found was that the text used made the commers and full stops look excatly the same, so I had to re-read some parts. All In all, I thought it was a good book but I wouldnt reccomemed it if you have read any Terry before. Would I read it again? Hmm..maybe ;) 3 sta rs

  24. 3 out of 5

    MGMaudlin

    My daughter bought this for me as a surprise Christmas gift, knowing I LOVE Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. This, it turns out, is the graphic novel edition of one of my favorite volumes (there are over 30!) GUARDS! GUARDS! I loved Pratchett in this form, too, a creative and fun way to re-experience a wonderful story featuring Vimes and Carrot. But read the novel first. You will not get the full fun otherwise.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ondřej Puczok

    Originální Stráže! Stráže! mám rád a jakožto zeměplošský nadšenec jsem si prostě jednou musel tento komiks pořídit (i když jenom sehnání je vzhledem k vyprodanosti poněkud těžší) a díky kamarádovi se povedlo. Nu co říci. V dějové lince je to dobré (hold Pratchett), bohužel kresba je na mě někdy až příliš zmatená a podivně nezeměplošská (v porovnání s Kidbym a Kirbym). Za přečtení ale knížka stojí...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nenangs

    There are books that can be visualized better by a graphic novel format, this one is not such case. Somehow I feel the book will be more "complete" in a novel format than the graphic novel format. Probably because my imagination was castrated by the pictures. I can't wait to get a hand on the un-graphic-novel one.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Heather Iveson

    I enjoyed this, but it's really best read as an extension of the novel. Someone not already familiar with the story is going to be confused at some of the developments and reasoning that are left out.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    I didn't like this as far as graphic novels go. I didn't see a lot of names or sense in the comic. And I wanted to stop reading it about halfway though. It feels like something that you have to read the novel before you can read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    Great art work. This book would have benefited a more thorough proof reading, some phrases were awkward and/or had words missing. I was glad that I had already ad the novel, making this an enjoyable reminder of a richer story. This falls flat compared to Pratchett's original work.

  30. 3 out of 5

    Karen

    Pratchett's already spare narrative style suffers from being further condensed into the comic format. I'd probably have had trouble following many of the abrupt transitions if I wasn't already familiar with the novel. Artwork is often quite appealing, though.

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