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Monstrous Regiment (original 2003; edition 2004)

by Terry Pratchett

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Title:Monstrous Regiment
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:Corgi Books (2004), Londen, Mass Market Paperback, 494p.
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Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett (2003)

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One of the better Pratchett books however it still suffers from the same Pratchett problems namely - over reliance on the one joke and an overblown confused and just too far drawn out ending. ( )
  polarbear123 | Apr 26, 2014 |
Hilarious!!! This is one of my favorite books, and I think that it's one of Terry Pratchett's most enjoyable works. I absolutely loved this book from start to finish. It was witty, intelligent, self-aware, and laugh-out-loud funny. I highly recommend it. ( )
  CinnamonandGinger | Mar 26, 2014 |
Very good like all the recent Discworld books. Laugh out loud funny with things to say about current society especially in this case feminism, religion and armies. ( )
  jerhogan | Feb 21, 2014 |
I enjoy Terry Pratchett's work more when read aloud. I read this in print. Others of Pratchett's I listened to the audiobook. This was not my favorite. Maybe his books are better when read aloud. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett (2003)
  Kaiberie | Feb 8, 2014 |
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''Monstrous Regiment'' is most often spirited and shambolic, but it has some serious heft. Pratchett is on the side of those who make very little fuss, which means he gets to shiv those who do.
 

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Briggs, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It began as a sudden strange fancy . . .

Polly Perks had to become a boy in a hurry. Cutting off her hair and wearing trousers was easy. Learning to fart and belch in public and walk like an ape took more time . . .

And now she's enlisted in the army, and searching for her lost brother.

But there's a war on. There's always a war on. And Polly and her fellow recruits are suddenly in the thick of it, without any training, and the enemy is hunting them.

All they have on their side is the most artful sergeant in the army and a vampire with a lust for coffee. Well . . . They have the Secret. And as they take the war to the heart of the enemy, they have to use all the resources of . . . the Monstrous Regiment.
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Polly Perks cuts off
Her hair, joins the army, meets
Misfits, finds brother!
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060013168, Mass Market Paperback)

What do you get when you cross a vampire, a troll, Igor, a collection of misfits, and a young woman who shoves a pair of socks down her pants to join the army? The answer's simple. You have Monstrous Regiment, the characteristically charming novel by Terry Pratchett.

Polly becomes Private Oliver Perks, who is on a quest to find her older brother, who's recently MIA in one of the innumerable wars the tiny nation of Borogravia has a habit of starting with its neighbors. This peevish tendency has all but expended Borogravia's ranks of cannon fodder. Whether Sergeant Jackrum knows her secret or not, he can't afford to be choosy, as Perks and her/his comrades are among the last able-bodied recruits left in Borogravia. This collection of misfits includes the aforementioned vampire (reformed and off the blood, thank you), troll, and macabre Igor, who is only too happy to sew you a new leg if you aren't too particular about previous ownership. Off to war, Polly/Oliver learns that having a pair of, um, socks is a good way to open up doors in this man's army.

For those who haven't made this underrated author's acquaintance, Monstrous Regiment is as good a place to start as any. Readers will encounter Pratchett's subtle and disarming wit, his trademark footnoted asides along with a not-too-shabby tale of honor, courage, and duty in the face of absurd circumstances. --Jeremy Pugh

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War has come to Discworld again. And, to no one's great surprise, the conflict centers around the small, arrogantly fundamentalist duchy of Borogravia, which has long prided itself on its unrelenting aggressiveness. A year ago, Polly Perks's brother marched off to battle, and Polly's willing to resort to drastic measures to find him. So she cuts off her hair, dons masculine garb, and, aided by a well-placed pair of socks, sets out to join this man's army. Since a nation in such dire need of cannon fodder can't afford to be too picky, Polly is eagerly welcomed into the fighting fold along with a vampire, a troll, an Igor, a religious fanatic, and two uncommonly close "friends". It would appear that Polly "Ozzer" Perks isn't the only grunt with a secret. But duty calls, the battlefield beckons. And now is the time for all good "men" to come to the aid of their country.… (more)

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