It's been years since I read a Discworld book, and it was wonderful to read a new one again.
I mostly bought it as a distraction from all the heavy reading I have to do for school, but I got quite caught up in it.
In a way it's different from the older Discworld novels; the humor is not as subtle, and not as intertextual, and there's not as much of it. A lot of things which in previous books were only hinted at between the lines are baldly stated, and it's rather more overtly preachy than usual.
But the plot is gripping - Vimes and a serial killer are transported into the past by a magical storm, and he has to catch the villain and keep from changing time, so he can return to his own version of the present.
It's a thriller, a gritty hard boiled detective novel, and a nostalgic trip into the Discworld past for both Vimes and the reader. Someone not familiar with the series would probably not enjoy it or understand the many, many references to past books, and given this, it makes complete sense not to be subtle - after 20 years we all know what we're really talking about when we mention The Guild of Seamstresses, after all.
Overall, Nightwatch is not as good a book as the ones in the middle of the series, but it's a nice change, and feels a fresher than some of his more recent ones.
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