If you’ve seen the movie, the characters and settings are similar, but the plot is significantly different, and there are some curve balls in there.
If you haven’t seen the movie, the basic concept is that there are “Others” among us—magicians, werewolves, vampires, witches, etc. They are people, but can tap into something the book calls the Twilight, and the movie calls the Gloom, a sort of other reality. Sort of. The Others are divided among the light and dark, with the light Others wanting to help people, and the dark others wanting to use people, sometimes as with vampires quite literally.
But there are many shades of grey among the Others.
It sounds silly, and at heart it is, but Lukyanenko uses the concept to build engaging characters who deal with moral dilemmas in a distinctly non-Western way. A world-weary Russian mentality underlies the fantastic events and people of the novel, setting it apart from the pack.
It should be noted that the novel is actually made up of several interrelated short stories.
If you like fantasy in any of its forms, put Night Watch at the top of your reading list.
Related Core Dump Reviews:
Posted Thursday, 19 July, 2007 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.