See, I didn’t die…I’ve just been busy reading.
Anywho…a few weeks ago I had run out a reading material (always a problem) and so I perused the $0.50 shelves at work and came away with the Night Watch series by Sergie Lukyanenko. At the time I thought it was just three books, Night Watch, Day Watch and Twilight Watch, but there is also a fourth called Last Watch which I hunted down on amazon (for only $0.25!!) and just finished tonight. While I was waiting for Last Watch to come in the mail I re-read Neil Gaiman’s Fragile Things.
more after the break…
First the Night Watch series
Basic plot: There are Others out there, people who can enter the Twilight world through their shadows. There are Dark Others, Light Others and the Inquisition who keeps the balance and harmony between the two. The books mostly follow Anton Gorodetsky, a magician in the Night Watch (he’s a Light Other) and all of his adventures in the Watch. Oh, and most of it takes place in Russia and the surrounding areas.
What I liked
- I liked how all the books were structured, each book was broken up into three different but connected stories…so it was like reading 12 books and not 4.
- Anton was great in the 1st, 3rd and 4th books…I really hated him in the 2nd book which was told in the point of view of the Day Watch (Dark Others). I really loved how the last book brought in Merlin with out it being overly cheesy/cliche
- I liked how the author worked with werewolf and vampire mythology…making it modern but at the same time it was believable, unlike the Twilight series which makes me want to hurl.
- I loved being in Russia
- The story with Anton, his daughter, and wife and the solitary witch living in the woods…the witch was awesome, and I was glad she showed up in the last story of the last books.
- The Light Ones had a little too much of a holier than thou attitude…it gets annoying
- It took a little adjusting to the apparent habit of switching from formal name to nickname because the nicknames didn’t always match up (I have nicknames like DD, Donnie, or Don out of Donna whereas Olga is Olya or Vanya for Ivan) I’m sure it all makes sense in Russian though lol