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Night Watch

Latest book finished. I had already seen the movies "Night Watch" and "Day Watch" which are loosely adapted from this book, but fun in their own right.

It turns out that living amidst humanity are magic users called "Others". They're divided into the Light Others who work the Night Watch and the Dark Others who work the Day Watch. Much of their time is spent trying to swing uninitiated Others to one side or the other, so it ends up being a battle for souls in a war where neither side is completely in the wrong or right.

I liked that aspect about it. Fantasy tends to be written in clear black and white, and even though Light and Dark are used as descriptive terms, the ethics of the two Watches are anything but clear. This also serves to give our protagonist Anton a lot of pause in the course of the three novellas that make up the volume.

Plus, I'm a sucker for anything Russian; I know desert_vixen is too. Russiaphile zeonchar was the one who suggested the movies and book to me. This is post-Soviet Moscow, an ironically un-magical backdrop for a story involving wizards, sorceresses, vampires and werewolves. I don't think this book would have worked as well in pretty St. Petersburg. Plus there is a tantalizing whiff of magic from the East in Uzbekistan and Samarkand.

The next book I've started is "Heart-Shaped Box" which zare_k and cinchntouch have read. I'm only about 20 pages in but I like the writing style.

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kishiriadgr
Jan. 2nd, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
I remember you saying that. We'll see how it goes.
toysdream
Jan. 2nd, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)
The other two volumes in the Night Watch series are also available in English now. Pretty good, I thought, especially the last volume.

Still need to read Heart-Shaped Box. I really liked Hill's short story collection, published back before everyone knew he was Stephen King Junior. :-)
kishiriadgr
Jan. 2nd, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
Turns out that while the local branch of the public library didn't have Night Watch (I had to get it from another branch) it does have Day Watch, so I'll be getting that maybe tomorrow.

For all SD's failings, it has a pretty decent library system.
zeonchar
Jan. 3rd, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
I was also impressed with the library system which I noticed my Sister ordering books through the library system online. She orders tons of Anime and Mangs too through them and my brother orders a lot of cd's.
kishiriadgr
Jan. 3rd, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
The system by which you can make an on-line request books to be sent to your nearest library is nifty as heck. They're pretty fast about it, too.
zeonchar
Jan. 3rd, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
Glad you liked it. I have the next two in the series if you want to borrow. The first story in "Day Watch", which is mostly based on their side, is absolutely heartbreaking. A very good read.
kishiriadgr
Jan. 3rd, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)
The library right by me has "Day Watch" so I'll borrow "Twilight Watch" from you. Thanks!
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