Thursday, April 18, 2013

Good Story 057: The Night Watch

Good and evil, collective good vs. individual good - these are some of the themes in Sergei Lukyanenko's The Night Watch. And vortexes. And some body switching. And vampires, werewolves, magic... urban fantasy, straight from Russia! Scott and Julie discuss the book.

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Many years ago someone told me something that I flatly refused to accept. And I still don't accept it now, despite all the times I've seen it proved right. "The common good and the individual good rarely coincide..." Sure, I know, it's true. But some truths are probably worse than lies. -- Sergei Lukyanenko, The Night Watch


  1. Hey guys, I recently discovered this podcast and quite enjoy it! I'm a huge story fan and it's an added bonus to see two Catholics that enjoy them just as much as I do talking about them. Night Watch sounds interesting.

    As an aside, have either one of you seen Joe Vs. The Volcano starring Tom Hanks? A friend of mine recently lent me his copy and it surprised me.

    1. Thank you! :-)

      I saw Joe Vs. The Volcano and don't recall enjoying it much ... but that was a very long time ago and I thought about movies differently then. :-)

  2. Hi Scott and Julie! I discovered your podcast via SFFaudio, and am very excited to know about it. I'm a Christian who loves good stories, too, especially science/speculative fiction. (I spend some time blogging about the intersection of faith with sci-fi, fantasy, superheroes and the like over at

    This is the first episode of your show *proper* I've listened to, but I really enjoyed the joint discussion of "Beside Still Waters" with SFFaudio. I've added your feed to my aggregator and am looking forward to hearing more!

    "Night Watch" sounds very interesting (and I'm not naturally inclined toward vampire fiction). Thanks for putting it on my radar. I see "I, Robot" is coming up - I'll look forward to that discussion!

    PS. Is your blog/show title a tip of the hat to Flannery O'Connor? It has to be, right? :) I haven't read her since college, but I loved what I read then, especially "Revelation" ("One of these days, I'm a-gonna wear a crow-ow-own!") I even tried to write a short story in an O'Connor-esque style, but I'm not sure how successful an effort it was...!

    1. Mike, I'm so sorry that I'm just seeing this comment now over a year after you made it. Mea culpa. :-)

      Our name is indeed a tip of the hat to Flannery O'Connor who I myself struggle to understand but enjoy nonetheless. So glad you like the podcast and I am going to check out your blog. :-)