There goes my in-order re-read of the Discworld books. With the birth of our son, I've had very limited reading time, and wanted something quite friendly and comforting. Guards! Guards! is one of my favourite Discworld novels, so that's what I homed in on. By this point in the sequence, Terry has really got into his stride. It's no longer about Rincewind and the wizards, but about the world instead. The characters are fantastic, the plot is fun and well-paced, and when you read it you realise there's pretty much a joke or two every paragraph, but it doesn't feel forced. Airplane crossed with Douglas Adams doesn't really do it justice, but it's a friendly, only slightly cynical, laugh-a-minute.