Day Watch

The best Books Day Watch published The second in a blockbuster series of novels from Russia s most popular science fiction author Day Watch brings us back into the hyperimaginative world of Sergei Lu

The best Books Day Watch published The second in a blockbuster series of novels from Russia s most popular science fiction author, Day Watch brings us back into the hyperimaginative world of Sergei Lukyanenko and continues the dramatic battle between good and evil, light and dark, day and night.Set in a modern day Moscow, the epic saga chronicles the eternal war of the Others, an ancient race of humans wiThe second in a blockbuster series of novels from Russia s most popular science fiction author, Day Watch brings us back into the hyperimaginative world of Sergei Lukyanenko and continues the dramatic battle between good and evil, light and dark, day and night.Set in a modern day Moscow, the epic saga chronicles the eternal war of the Others, an ancient race of humans with supernatural powers who must swear allegiance to either the Dark or the Light The agents of Dark The Day Watch keep an eye during the day, while the agents of Light keep watch over the night For a thousand years a treaty between the two sides has maintained an uneasy balance, but when a very potent artifact is stolen from the inquisition an impartial group of Others who keep watch over all the consequences are dire for both sides.Day Watch introduces the perspective of the Dark Ones, as it is told in part by a beautiful but troubled young witch When she falls in love with a handsome young Light One, the balance is threatened and a death must be avenged Replete with the thrilling action and intricate plotting of the first tale, Day Watch is fuelled by cunning, cruelty, violence, and magic It is a fast paced, darkly humorous, haunting world that will take root in the shadows of your mind and live there forever Description from the back cover of trade paperback edition. Bestseller Book Day Watch 2014: *** The reasons why I will never read another one of Lukyanenko's books are at the bottom of this review *** ----------2013: Unless you happen to be a chessmaster in the neverending chess game of life, you are nothing but a pawn to be sacrificed when the strategy demands it. "The game is eternal; only the time the figures spend on the checkered board is finite."It really doesn't matter which side in the war you belong to because each will sacrifice its expendable pawns in the pursuit of victory. And no pawn is ever safe - because, regardless of your rank among the minions, you are still nothing more than a piece to be moved and manipulated. "And really, all our aspirations and speeches are meaningless. We are marionettes. Nothing more than marionettes. Trying to become a puppet-master is a hopeless feat since you need special abilities like Geser's or Zavulon's, and those abilities are exceedingly rare. And all the seats at the chessboards are already taken. No chessmaster will allow his place to be taken by a chess-piece, even if it's a chess king or a queen."--- From the semi-drunk, in the Russian fashion, conversation between the enemies Edgar (the Dark One) and Anton (the Light One). Both are, of course, pawns on the chessboard of life. ---Ultimately for the pawns, the 'little people' with little power involved in the 'big kids' games led by those select few who hold the reins of power, the side that they take in the war really does not make that much of a difference. The goals and strategies are set by the leaders, and the rest are just trying to live their lives, to survive, to do well in life; they work and love and have friends. This is what Lukyanenko focuses on in The Day Watch, the sequel to Night Watch, now showing us more of the happenings on the other side of the virtual barricades in the neverending war between the non-ironically named the Light Ones and the Dark Ones."But for the Others people are a source of existence. Their roots and food. For the Light Ones and the Dark Ones alike, regardless of what the Light Ones blab about on every corner. They also take their energy from people's lives. As for the goals... We have the same goals. Both us and the Light Ones are trying to beat our rivals and be the first to reach the goal."Night Watch had its fair share of moral greyness and ambiguity, showing that the distinctions between the Light and the Dark are not as obvious as their names suggest; underscoring how even the 'good guys', especially those with power, will not hesitate to manipulate and use their followers to get what they want. The Day Watch shows us that the same is true for the other side, and that, honestly, the 'pawns' may have more in common than they think. Except they are not always open to seeing that, to reconsidering their ingrained, deeply prejudiced views of traditional enemies. But sometimes they cannot help but see how pointless the distinctions between them can be, and the failure to do so can lead to tragedy."And Anton thought yet another time that the Dark Ones in their seeming simplicity are sometimes more humane than the fighters for the grand ideals - the Light Ones."The leaders of both sides in this eternal standstill of the Dark (Zavulon) and the Light (Geser) would very much love to upset the tenuous balance and bring the long-awaited victory to their side. Little will stop them, and the methods they choose are eerily similar despite the presumed differences in etiology - the age-tested political strategies rooted in intrigues and manipulations and deceit and the willingness to move the pawns on the board whichever way they please and easily sacrificing them once need comes for that. That is not a new approach all in itself. What was different about this book is that the said pawns have no misconceptions about their leaders' lack of hesitance about reaching their goals regardless of the costs. And yet, contrary to what you'd expect, they do not rebel much. They know about the lack of honesty in their respective Watches - and yet continue following the same leaders, continue following the ideologies they were raised with, continue sticking with their side and their rulers. It's to me a very Soviet way of looking at things, stemming from the time where there was no doubt that the intentions of those in power may have nothing to do with your well-being and that you may be easily sacrificed in order to achieve "the greater good". And you don't need to know about these plans in order to unwittingly help carrying them out."Keys are never told which door they are supposed to unlock."There's not really a "lone wolf" mentality, no true attempts to overthrow the status quo by rebelling - well, in all honesty there are a few tries at going against the big guys - but it seems that the end result invariably ends up being what those in power envisioned and planned for. And so little people get screwed and life goes on. If you decide to do something about this, you just may realize that your rebellion or actions is exactly what was planned for you, the expendable pawn. Good pawn, you did your job well, as planned, goodbye now. And the lone ranger fails to change the course of events yet again - so unlike the approach usually accepted by the more individualistic Western society."You're the Dark One," said Anton. "You can only see evil, treason and vileness in everything.""I just don't close my eyes to them," Edgar retorted. "And that's why I don't trust Zavulon. Almost as much as I don't trust Geser. I even trust you more than them - after all, you're also a pathetic pawn, accidentally painted a different color than me. Does the black pawn hate the white one? No. Especially when the pawns are peacefully drinking beer together."Lukyanenko has this annoying habit of creating almost a playlist for his books, using the lyrics from well-known Russian songs to illustrate the ideas and the feelings of his characters, and sometimes trying to use the message in the song as a soundtrack for the story, highlighting the points he's trying to make, and sometimes almost using them to introduce certain plot points ((view spoiler)[The Mirror of the World? C'mon! (hide spoiler)]. If it were a movie, the songs he uses would be playing in the background as the characters ponderously stare past the camera. This approach got quite a bit of eye-rolling from me - except one instance where he uses a song "Tin Soldiers" by the famous Soviet singer-songwriter Vladimir Vysotsky - a song seemingly about his six-year-old son playing war with his toy soldiers, with equal numbers 'dying' on each side - and with the question of how exactly does he make a choice which ones live and which ones die. A few of Vysotsky's short verses so aptly underscore the point that Lukyanenko makes over pages and pages of this book - the arbitrariness of what side in the war you end up on, the cruelty of chance, and the pointless demise of the pawns in somebody else's war.The English translation of the song is under the spoiler tag - unlike Lukyanenko, I will not be forcing it on you, but it's quite good:(view spoiler)[You can find it on YouTube: Vladimir Vysotsky - 'Tin Soldiers'Still, there will be poems and math,Honors, debts, an uneven fight -But for now, tin soldiers here, On the old map, stand in order.It would be better if he kept them in barracks,But war is war -The soldiers fall in both armies Equally on each side.[...]Those devilish pangs of conscience - How can you evade sinning to yourself?Tin soldiers, both here and there, - How do you decide who should win?[...]Where are you, light-minded geniuses, Or have you no time to come?Where are you, who lost their battles, Like it was nothing, without suffering?Or you, carrying the dawn in your crown of battles, Wins, triumphs and graves, -Where are you, who became like Caesar That came, saw, conquered?The little general is worried, Burdened by the unbearable loadHe, who became the top guy, My six-year old Napoleon.To put an end to his troubles,Exactly half of those soldiers -I painted blue-the stroke of a genius - In the morning the blue ones lay.I am proud of such success, But a thought disturbs me now and then:How did he decide that the blue should die, And not vice versa? (hide spoiler)]This was overall a good book, and I liked the ambiguity and the greyness and the moral conflicts. Stars are docked for frequent over-moralizing and a subpar use of Norse-Christian mythology that seemed to be semi-awkwardly tacked on at the end. But overall it's a solid 3.5 star read, and I will be gladly picking up the next one in the series, hoping to see more of this world that I find is quite growing on me.---------My review of Night Watch - the first book in the Watch series - is here.--------------------------------2014: *** Here are the reasons why I will never read another one of Lukyanenko's books. ***The conflict in Ukraine has been all over the news. Regardless of which side you take, or whether you even care about anything that goes on in that part of the world, the disgusting remarks by Mr. Lukyanenko are impossible to ignore as they are filled with such vitriol, contempt and hate that it's hard to believe anyone would spout something like this in public, gleefully demeaning an entire ethnicity:Taken (and translated) from Lukyanenkp's blog and his comments (http://dr-piliulkin.livejournal.com/5..."As for a Ukraine... Yes. Alas. Treachery is one of the qualities of the Maloross character ['maloross' coming from Malorussia , literally 'little Russia'- the old imperial Russian name for the southeastern part of Ukraine that used to be a part if 'greater' Russia]. Simply for the reason that the Malorosses are a peasant branch of the a Russian people. And peasants are always traitors by nature. That's life."В Европе вообще понятие "предательство" мало понятно. :) Ибо там целесообразность.А на Украине... да. Увы. Предательство - это одна из черт малороссийского характера. Просто по той причине, что малоросы - сельская ветвь русского народа. А селянин всегда по натуре предатель. Жизнь такая."There's not such a country as Ukraine. There's only an obmylok [used-up remnant of a bar of soap] with inflated ego and a bare ass. It's time for this soap remnant to realize its place in the world."Нет такой страны, Украины. Есть обмылок с раздутым эго и голой жопой.Что ж, пора этому обмылку понять свое место в мире.Disgusting.There are plenty of other writers who (a) write better than Lukyanenko, and (b) are not douchebags. 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  1. Russian Szergej Lukjanyenko Hungarian Sergey LukyanenkoSergej Luk janenko Italian Bulgarian Siergiej ukanienkoSergei LukjanenkoSergei Lukyanenko as his name appears on books and films in U.S markets is a science fiction and fantasy author, writing in Russian, and is arguably the most popular contemporary Russian sci fi writer His works often feature intense action packed plots, interwoven with the moral dilemma of keeping one s humanity while being strong.Lukyanenko is a prolific writer, releasing usually 1 2 books per year, as well as a number of a critical articles and short stories Recently his works have been adapted into film productions, for which he wrote the screenplays He lives in Moscow with his wife Sonia and two sons, Artemiy and Danil, keeps mice as pets and enjoys cooking.

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  1. 2014 The reasons why I will never read another one of Lukyanenko s books are at the bottom of this review 2013 Unless you happen to be a chessmaster in the neverending chess game of life, you are nothing but a pawn to be sacrificed when the strategy demands it The game is eternal only the time the figures spend on the checkered board is finite It really doesn t matter which side in the war you belong to because each will sacrifice its expendable pawns in the pursuit of victory And no pawn is eve [...]


  2. Nightwatch was told in the voice of just one of the Light ones, Anton This book continues the story, weaving in threads from the previous book while creating a whole nother cluster fuck for the characters involved It is brilliant It is also in three parts, but this time each part is told by a different Dark One The first part is told by a love struck witch called Alisa Honestly, the author did an amazing job, but I wasn t sure I could stand a whole book about her Luckily it is the perfect amount [...]


  3. I found this book of the Watch series really hard to get into.I suppose because Lukyanenko s morose and realistic writing was great for Night Watch but was totally depressing and frustrating in Day Watch There s only so much human weakness, moral reasoning and realistically bad endings I can take, okay I m a natural optimist It gets to me Ah Much better It was still well written The characters were still great Lukyanenko is still absolutely brilliant Sometimes though, I want to live in dream lan [...]



  4. lk kitaptaki kaos dolu diyaloglar devam ediyor ama biraz iyile me var Bu da anla labillik a s ndan ok daha kolay bir yk zinciri olu turmu Bu sefer d nyadan zevk almaya al an, nce ben diyen grup olan Karanl k Varl k lar n bak ndan anlat lan bir roman var lk hikayede bizim aptal ama gittik e zekile en Ayd nl k Varl k olan karakterimizi g rmeyince afallad m Fakat ilerledik e G nd z N beti nin hikayesi Gece N beti ne ba lama i ini ok iyi kotarm Entrikan n, kaosun, a k n, b y n n karma k bir anlat da [...]


  5. Second book in the series, featuring the ongoing struggle between the dark and the light Like the first book, it is told in a series of three interwoven stories, but the changing narrative styles are somewhat hard to follow Much of the book describes the battle between these forces, and the two organizations established to monitor their actions The Night Watch, which is staffed by Light Magicians virtuous , and the Day Watch, which is staffed by Dark Magicians freedom loving libertarians At the [...]


  6. Another three stories, following on from the events of The Night Watch, which had resolved matters quite nicely, thank you There was a time when this series would have been published as a nanology not a trilogy The Nightwatch had a somewhat unsettling habit of switching from the first person perspective of Anton, Nightwatch Agent, to a third person perspective whenever the author felt the need to describe events Anton was not witness to The first story in the volume switches to a first person pe [...]


  7. The first two parts of this were exciting and full of mysteries and 5 star stories The last part was a mostly dry, russian, introspective, courtroom slog that seriously dinged my enjoyment I loved the two characters in the first two parts, I was constantly engaged in where they were going and how it related to the overall story They both had depth and although Lukyanenko clearly loves characters living inside their own heads, the first two were minimized enough to add to the story instead of wei [...]


  8. Continuing my rereading of the series and it is proving a satisfying experience, which is always the test of a good book for me The first time through one is taken up in the excitement of the storyline unfolding The second time around when one is relaxed and looking around the neighborhood so to speak is when a story shows staying power or the lack thereof.My original review is below Loneliness, dejection, the contempt or pity of people around you these are unpleasant feelings But they are prec [...]


  9. Please Note Read and reviewed in 2007.My Synopsis In this, the 2nd book of the Others series, we are again treated to three separate, yet intertwining stories first, the young Dark witch Alisa loses her powers in a struggle over an illegally practicing Dark witch and is sent to Artek the most elite of the camps for the Young Pioneers during the Soviet era to regain her strength There she falls in love with another of the camp leaders In the second story, a Finnish group of the Dark Ones called t [...]


  10. Hodnocen 3,5 5Denn hl dka mi p i la o trochu slab ne p edchoz d l No n hl dka Chyb lo mi v n v c akce, ironick ho humoru a taky po dn ne ekan zvrat a velkolep z v re n vyvrcholen P esto se t m na t et d l er hl dka, proto e s rie No n hl dka po d pat v nru urban fantasy k tomu nejlep mu, co m ete naj t.Celou recenzi si m ete p e st zde suzannesworldofbooks cl


  11. Se am se samo da mi je bila vrlo zabavna dok sam itala i ni eg vi e To me, dodu e, ne spre ava da pro itam i poslednji nastavak u serijalu, ve samo da knjizi dam ve u ocenu od dopala mi se.


  12. Experience is primarily the ability to restrain our fleeting impulses A solid sequel to a extraordinary start of series which is based on ambiguity and similarities between Light and Dark It wasn t disappointing in any way, but I found myself longing for something More Anton, I guess He is the true protagonist of the story and I don t see a reason for this experiment with changing POVs In the first part, a witch Alisa who temporarily loses her powers The head of the Dark Ones, Zabulon, sends he [...]



  13. 4.5 starsThis is the sequel to Night Watch and was wonderful All the best characters are back, including some new ones that totally blow you away This is basically a continuation of the first book I was a little disappointed it did not continue with the main character from book onebut after I got past that I LOVED IT It was refreshing to see how the dark ones went about their business Not as interesting a conclusion as in the first one but I think that was mainly because of the set up for the th [...]



  14. Summoning my inner Jenny Trout, I m going to summarize the essentials of the three parts of this book Spoilers, obviously, ahead view spoiler Part One Hi there, you re hot Hi there, you re also hot Sex Wait a second, you re a Dark one Holy shit, you re a light one Luke Skywalker like Nooooooooooooooooo all around But I love you But we must fight to the death death Part Two Who am I Who are you No, really, who am I We don t know who you are, but we don t like you very much Kills off one of the fe [...]


  15. This sequel to The Night Watch is structured into three stories just like Day Watch Sergei Lukyanenko explores characters we have already met but the perspective changes from the introspection of Anton and the Night Watch characters to delving into those of the Night Watch The whole concept of the Light and the Dark not being bad but different life choices is explored futher and Lukyanenko writing the Day Watch shows no partiality In fact a large point is made about both being necessary This is [...]


  16. This probably explains itI m unhappy because I thought there were twenty pages, but it s an excerpt from another in the series Luckily I have the next book I want to know why the movies don t really follow this plot very closely Maybe the answer is in book three I am resisting the urge to watch the movies Again.I changed my mind about liking the first one better They are both together, and cannot be separated It is still true that Anton Gorodetsky is still my favorite character, and he again ha [...]


  17. Day Watch, like it s prequel, is divided into three parts The first part was magnificent Told from the perspective of Alisa, a Dark One, readers delve further into the grey ambiguities of good and evil I was reduced to tears by the complexities of Alisa s nature She was so self serving, ruthless, and stubbornt there were moments of such tenderness, clearly illustrating her compassionate, humane side It was breathtaking.Part II was not as enjoyable for me One of my main problems with this section [...]


  18. This was a fun 300 page book Unfortunately, it continued for an additional 200 pages Like Night Watch, Day Watch introduces us to magicians, shape shifters, and vampires that must mind the crossing of t s and dotting of i s in magical law in order to keep a treaty between the powers of light and dark so that a conflagration at best or apocalypse at worst can be avoided There is always a way around pro forma, however, and the plot derives from the loopholes found, alternately, by the light and da [...]


  19. As with the previous installation from this series, I enjoyed the complexity of the novels They are chess games within chess games mixing history, politics, social engineering, mythology, and all sorts of other good things.The second story of the three was a little long and drawn out, but everything comes together I did have some fun trying to figure out who Vitaly was.Lukyanenko continues his meditation on the nature of good and evil through the d tante of the Watches as overseen by the Inquisi [...]


  20. In this interesting sequel to the book, Nightwatch, the epic battle between light and dark has a curious sort of beaurocracy to it Sergei Lukyanenko creates a world where the forces of Light and Darkness have spent the last millenium in an uneasy stalemate the balance of power maintained by a treaty and a group called the Inquisition.Yet, the forces of Light and Dark are not so different both are composed of Others, supernatural beings who begin as human but must choose which side to belong to T [...]


  21. 3.5 Antra dalis pasirod ne tokia sud tinga kaip pirma, bet domesn u pirm j Keli skyriai pasitaik ne itin domus, bet iaip visas siu etas gan tinai traukiantis P.S Prie i rint film perskaitykit knyg ir tada i r kit Filmas gerokai skiriasi, tod l nenusiteikit, kad ir knyga bus tokia pat gera ir siurrealistin kaip ir filmas.



  22. Olyan r g olvastam m r az jszakai rs get, hogy eg szen elfelejtettem, ki kivel van Ennek ellen re fantasztikus lm ny volt visszas llyedni a vil gba Ahogy haladtam, j ttek vissza sorra az ismer s karakterek, m g akkor is, ha ez ttal a m sik oldalon lltunkpifalat 2017 10



  23. This is the twenty first book I read on my commute, and back to the genre well I go A strange and wondrous sub area of genre which I like to call modern foreign urban magical horror Day Watch is actually the second book in a trilogy I read the first book, Night Watch, some time ago in the Pre Commute days about the agencies of the supernatural in Russia in the present day The author is Russian and the novels are translated into English Basic Premise of the Trilogy 1 powerful supernatural forces [...]


  24. As with the first book in the series sorry, at this point I can t think of it as a trilogy any longer, since there s now six of them , this is three interwoven novellas forming a single longer book Also as with the first, Andrew Bromfield seems to have done an excellent job of translating, there s so much subtlety and nuance here.So, the stories first up is Alisa, witch of the Day Watch She turned up as a minor character in The Night Watch Here she loses her magical ability after a battle with t [...]


  25. These Russian translated books are a bit hard to get into at first because the culture and some of the language is so different, but once you get into the first 20 pgs or so, it s pretty addictive This was the second book in the Nightwatch series and picks up a bit after the first one lets off I wish I could give it 3.5 stars because I m torn between liking it and REALLY liking it The writing is excellent, the main characters are well developed and the plot twists are expert The reader and Other [...]


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