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Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett
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Men at Arms (1993)

by Terry Pratchett

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Series: Discworld (15), Discworld: City Watch (2)

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Pterry tries a police procedural. With dwarfs (some of them suspiciously tall and charismatic), trolls and werewolves as well as an embittered senior officer and a machiavellian commander. It comes off a treat, just as you'd expect. Actually this seems to be what Pterry does best. For the first time he's leaving the conceit of a mediaeval fantasy world behind and building a plausible new environment based on the world he's created; an environment which can now develop.
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  enitharmon | Jan 14, 2019 |
Pterry tries a police procedural. With dwarfs (some of them suspiciously tall and charismatic), trolls and werewolves as well as an embittered senior officer and a machiavellian commander. It comes off a treat, just as you'd expect. Actually this seems to be what Pterry does best. For the first time he's leaving the conceit of a mediaeval fantasy world behind and building a plausible new environment based on the world he's created; an environment which can now develop.
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  enitharmon | Jan 14, 2019 |
This was my first Pratchett book, and still one of my favorites. Vimes, Carrot, Angua and Vetinari at their bests, the plot is one of Discworkd's best. Pratchett is funny and insightful in ways that make a troll start thinking and a dwarf finding a sense of humor. ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
Men at Arms - Pratchett
Audio performance by Nigel Planer
3 stars ( -1 star for the quality of the audiobook)

Gun control in Discworld. The innocence and education of Captain Carrot. Lots of dog humor with Gaspode. Sam Vimes is getting married. It’s very sad that Nigel Planer and the poor quality of the audiobook spoiled my enjoyment of this one. ( )
  msjudy | Jul 31, 2018 |
Captain Vimes of the Night Watch is just about to retire and get married, but not before he, Corporal Carrot, et al. (plus the new recruits representing the weird and under-represented of the city - a dwarf, a troll and a woman (who is also a werewolf)) stumble into a beast of an unsolved crime: theft, murder, assassins, and clowns, plus a Patrician who wants the coppers to keep out of it (maybe).

Just another zany day in Ankh-Morpork, just another zany Discworld novel. ( )
  electrascaife | Mar 31, 2018 |
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Though dotted with good and bad jokes Men at Arms isn't as purely funny as some of the series' earlier installments. Racial prejudice and gun control elicit some uncomfortably close-to-the-bone satire, while the search for the killer and his weapon is almost too gripping. By all means, give Pratchett a try, though you might want to start with, say, The Color of Magic or Guards! Guards! These books can sometimes be hard to find, even in paperback, but they repay any effort expended. I keep my copies on the shelf next to P.G. Wodehouse and Donald Westlake.
added by Shortride | editThe Washington Post, Michael Dirda (pay site) (Apr 28, 1996)
 

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Terry Pratchettprimary authorall editionscalculated
Kirby, JoshCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pieretti, AntonellaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Planer, NigelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sabanosh, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stone, MikeAuthor photosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Corporal Carrot, Ankh-Morpork City Guard (Night Watch), sat down in his nightshirt, took up his pencil, sucked the end for a moment, and then wrote: 'Dearest Mume and Dad, Well here is another fine Turnup for the Books, for I have been made Corporal!!
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0061092193, Mass Market Paperback)

Another wild romp through Discworld! Corporal Carrot, a young dwarf, is newly in charge of the recruits guarding Ankh-Morpork. Edward, the 37th Lord d'Eath, has just discovered that Ankh-Morpork, kingless for generations, has a sovereign ruler, who must be convinced that he is, in fact, the King. The fate of Ankh-Morpork rides on a young man's courage, an ancient sword's magic, and a three-legged poodle's bladder.

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He's now in charge of the new recruits guarding Ankh-Morpork, Discworld's greatest city, from Barbarian Tribes, miscellaneous marauders and unlicensed thieves. It's a big job-but an even bigger job awaits when an ancient document reveals that Ankh-Morpork has a secret sovereign.… (more)

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