Desert Of Zin

The occasional blog of Alistair Bain – Writer, Husband, Father and Chief Techno-Arcanologist at the Institute of Giant Robots, Spaceships and Wizards. None of these positions pay well.

The Nightwatch by Sergei Lukyanenko

Good vs. Evil. Nightwatch vs. Daywatch.

It’s one of those “eternal battle” types and it’s done much better than most. The story follows Anton (for the most part), a computer programmer/analyst and Other, who is being pushed into becoming a field agent for the organisation Nightwatch (the good guys), and it shows his struggle in dealing with the less than black and white natures of each watch.

Usually I only read the Lovecraftian style of horror. You know, the “Eldritch horrors lurking beneath the flimsy veil of shadows” kind of thing. So it’s good to read something out of that kind of style that is genuinely interesting and shows a realistic “human” slant on the traditional horror concept.

And it’s not that woefully romanticised horror either which never fails to bug the pants off me.

And for anyone who has seen the film and not yet read the book, the film only covers the first third of the book and that’s nowhere near as good as the later two-thirds.

The only complaint I have is that the translation is occasionally a bit patchy, but that’s not enough to ruin your enjoyment.

There’s an English translation of Daywatch (the sequel, and that’s both for the book and the film) due out soon.

August 27, 2006 at 8:01 pm | Reading | Tags: , , | No comment