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Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett

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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I read this without reading the other Discworld books (I know, I know, I've been meaning to) and it was great. I love Pratchett's style, his jokes, and the beautiful way he riffs off classic fantasy tropes. Extra pluses: strong female lead with no love interest (!!), truly enjoyable vampires, and an interesting take on the classic crazy god figure. ( )
  mayhplumb | Jun 15, 2017 |
Monstrous Regiment is the third book in the Industrial Revolution subseries of Discworld.

The book starts off with our main character, Polly, transforming herself into Oliver. Yep, she’s chopping off her hair and dressing up like a boy so she can go and enlist in the military. She lives in a small country that’s always at war with its neighbors. Women here are not allowed to dress like men or fight. It is, along with many other things such as cats and chocolate, an Abomination to their god.

This Industrial Revolution book seemed a little different from the previous two because it didn’t introduce a revolutionary new industry. It was more of a war (or anti-war) book, and a book about prejudice and stereotypes. It did have some ties to the previous books though, mostly in the form of character cameos. I liked the story pretty well, and it had some good (if not very original) messages as well as some humor. It did get over-the-top ridiculous at some points, even for Discworld, particularly toward the end. ( )
1 vote YouKneeK | Apr 2, 2017 |
It was amusing in some parts, extremely heavy handed in others. A good light read for one time. No plans on ever re-reading though, not like some of the first Discworld books... ( )
1 vote BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
This is my favorite of all Mr. Pratchett's books. It's simple, heartfelt, and funny as all get-out. And to think it doesn't even feature Pratchett's most enduring characters. ( )
  StephanLoy | Nov 25, 2016 |
This is one of my favorite Discworld books yet! I didn't think it would be. 19th century style war. Not set in Ankh Morpork. My favorite recurring characters barely make cameos. But it brings up issues of gender equality and politics and racism that are dear to my heart. Polly decides to go off looking for her brother. She needs him to be the owner of their family's tavern, since she is female. But that involves dressing up like a boy and joining the army herself. And it turns out that her country is about to lose the war. And oh look, there's another girl pretending to be a boy. And another? Well, time to stick together, ladies. And do what the men couldn't do! Or something like that. There is so much humor, but also so much pointed commentary on society. As always. And as always, Stephen Briggs' narration is wonderful. ( )
  jlharmon | Nov 3, 2016 |
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Like all of Pratchett's best work, this book bridges its classical sources to the present day, bringing feminist and trans themes to light along with contemporary ideas about religious wars, militarism, mercantilism and geopolitics.

And all of that in a novel that flies along with such sprightliness that you'd never suspect it was pulling such heavy freight.
added by lampbane | editBoing Boing, Cory Doctorow (Jan 5, 2015)
''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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Polly cut off her hair in front of the mirror, feeling slightly guilty about not feeling very guilty about doing so.
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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!

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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