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Monstrous Regiment (Discworld Novels) (original 2003; edition 2010)

by Terry Pratchett

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Title:Monstrous Regiment (Discworld Novels)
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:Transworld Digital (2010), Edition: New Ed, Kindle Edition, 380 pages
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Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett (2003)

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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... ( )
  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 |
This continues the anti-war theme begun in Jingo. I would imagine Vimes' view that war is a big crime echoes Pratchett's own. There's some clever stuff, like telling the whole story through the eyes of a simple country girl and having her come from a country something like Germany/Prussia, but it never reaches the heights of cleverness that Jingo reached. There are some amusing scenes and the whole take on gender is very nicely done. ( )
  Lukerik | Jul 27, 2016 |
Bravo. One of the most linear and comprehensible of the Discworld novels, and still plenty enjoyable. Highly recommended to young women. And other people. ;) ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 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.
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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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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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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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