Reading this book felt very much like reading a Monty Python skit, and that's why I loved it. Plus, the guards themselves are these rich characters with distinct personalities. And who doesn't love a hero named Carrot? (Yes, Carrot) And a swamp dragon with his own colorful personality named Errol? It was a hilariously fast read, I even had my husband listen to the audio book version with me (the reader for that is fantastic as well) and I still ended up laughing even when I knew what jokes were coming.
But one of the things I love about Sir Terry Pratchett (and something he puts in all his books) is under a thin layer of funny footnotes-peppered pun-heavy parody lies a sobering understanding of the shallow pettiness of humans; fueled by jealousy, spite, and closemindedness. He is able to look at our world and poke fun of it in a way that doesn't feel preachy and has me not hating myself at the end of it. This is just one of the devices Pratchett uses that makes him such a brilliant author, and one that will be sorely missed.
I honestly don't want to get too in depth with this review because I wouldn't be able to do it justice, that and I'd really like you all to read it. So just trust my 5 out of 5 stars and give "Guards! Guards!" a read. And don't worry if you haven't read any other of the Discworld series before this, with how Pratchett writes the series, you don't really need to go in order.
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