the further i get into my guards guards reread the more i feel absolutely cheated by the bbc watch's skinny 25 yr old vigilante girlboss sybil like.......god i would've KILLED to see an accurate sybil live action like the second vimes set eyes on her his first thoughts were "gnksf 😳 Tall." and "this woman could be a valkyrie. this woman could command the valkyries" and he falls in love with her watching her infodump about dragons and pragmatically smack his ass the second time they meet. she is literally never for a second anything but fully herself how could you not want to accurately portray that on screen
Even a cursory glance at a clowning routine will reveal the carefully moderated insane violence underneath it, and sloshi is, in a nutshell, clowning without the moderation.
It had its origins in the travelling clown companies of Überwald, where competing troupes would duel for the choicer sites. Eventually this became formalized amongst student clowns in the mountain areas around Müning, where the scars of a sloshi fighter were worn with pride (only in very informal company, however, since sloshi garb involved protective padding everywhere but the buttocks; showing the proud scars of battle became known, after the area, as ‘müning’).
This was a highly stylized form of sloshi, making much use of the clapstick and pie, but battle sloshi is a different matter. Several Guild battalions have taken part in the defense of Ankh-Morpork during past wars, wreaking a terrible revenge on enemies who literally died laughing. Indeed, the Guild Hall of Fame records that Uncle Bootsie, a sloshi master of the Seventh Nose, dispatched seventeen Pseudopolitan mercenaries in one mêlée using nothing more than a ladder and two buckets of common wallpaper paste. In addition, forty-one mercenaries who witnessed the act were overpowered by the rest of the battalion while helpless with laughter.
--Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs, “The Ankh-Morpork Archives”
(illustration by Paul Kidby)
(Today’s completely unnecessary pun is the butt of the joke.)
Im gonna read guards guards this month, what should i expect, honestly? This is my first discworld book
omg twins im rereading it right now....this is my first rereading in like eightish years so forgive me if I miss anything but basic rundown without giving too much away:
most discworld books are at least 50% satirical fantasy trope. in this book specifically that trope is "Unassuming Farm Boy/Secret Heir To The Throne Kills Dragon And Becomes King!!!!" and because this is a city watch book the other 50% is kinda a detective story. you follow around captain vimes and several others while they try to figure out who is trying to force this secret heir trope and why theres suddenly a massive supposed to be extinct dragon flying around. mostly the latter.
something to expect (and something these books do very well) is that the city it takes place in feels like a character in itself. like you are going to get to know ankh-morpork just as well as you get to know vimes....the whole place is silly and cartoonish but your sense of disbelief is suspended so quickly you literally forget that there's anything strange about idk an orangutan librarian at all while still finding him funny. the city WORKS.
at the same time, most watch books tackle very strong underlying questions of government and morality, class politics, who gets to make decisions and who ends up getting hurt by them. guards guards has a little less of this than the rest of the watch series but it's still there! so while this book is like.....stupid funny there's a real core of moral outrage that's really amazing to see in a book that features a guy called Carrot
you made a great choice though!! it wasn't mine but ive heard guards guards is supposed to be the ideal discworld book to start with.....have fun king feel free to mssg me ur thoughts i really like talking about discworld
filing the guards guards "the woman was a city" speech away in my personal folder of quintessential wlw literature simply because i am gay and i get Embarrassingly Close To Tears whenever i think about it
Look, you're free to believe that all gays go to hell, but we're not all the same. Some of us will be twerking on Satan, some of us will be discussing hell's archival system with the Supreme Life President of Hell, Astfgl
I have been so excited to share this with you guys.
This is a collab with the wonderful Jazz at Red Panda Reads.
We each sent three books to each other, two which had to fit a description given by the other. In my video I choose and unbox what she sent me, and in Jazz's video she chooses and unoxes what I sent her.
People put money by. Vimes remembered that. You always put money by, in Cockbill Street. You saved up for a rainy day even if it was pouring already. And you’d die of shame if people thought you could afford only a cheap funeral.