Monstrous Regiment

Monstrous Regiment War has come to Discworld again And to no one s great surprise the conflict centers on the small insufferably arrogant strictly fundamentalist duchy of Borogravia which has long prided itself on
  • Title: Monstrous Regiment
  • Author: Terry Pratchett
  • ISBN: 9780060013158
  • Page: 157
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Monstrous Regiment
    War has come to Discworld again.And, to no one s great surprise, the conflict centers on the small, insufferably arrogant, strictly fundamentalist duchy of Borogravia, which has long prided itself on it s ability to beat up on its neighbors for even the tiniest imagined slight This time, however, it s Borogravia that s getting its long overdue comeuppance, which hasWar has come to Discworld again.And, to no one s great surprise, the conflict centers on the small, insufferably arrogant, strictly fundamentalist duchy of Borogravia, which has long prided itself on it s ability to beat up on its neighbors for even the tiniest imagined slight This time, however, it s Borogravia that s getting its long overdue comeuppance, which has left the country severely drained of young men.Ever since her brother Paul marched off to battle a year ago, Polly Perks has been running The Duchess,her family s inn even though the revered national deity Nuggan has decreed that female ownership of a business is an Abomination with, among others, oysters, rocks, and the color blue To keep The Duchess in the family, Polly must find her missing sibling So she cuts off her hair, dons masculine garb, and sets out to join him in this man s army.Despite her rapid mastery of belching, scratching, and other macho habits and aided by a well placed pair of socks , Polly is afraid that someone will immediately see through her disguise a fear that proves groundless when the recruiting officer, the legendary and seemingly ageless Sergeant Jackrum, accepts her without question Or perhaps the sergeant is simply too desperate for fresh cannon fodder to discriminate which would explain why a vampire, a troll, a zombie, a religious fanatic, and two uncommonly close friends are also eagerly welcomed into the fighting fold But marching off with little read no training, Polly now called Oliver finds herself wondering about the myriad peculiarities of her new brothers in arms It would appear that Polly Ozzer Perks is not the only grunt with a secret There is no time to dwell on such matters, however.Duty calls The battlefield beckons There s a tide to be turned.And sometimes in war as in everything else the best man for the job is a woman.
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  • Terry Pratchett

    Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second hand typewriter His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983 In 1987, he turned to writing full time There are over 40 books in the Discworld series, of which four are written for children The first of these, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal A non Discworld book, Good Omens, his 1990 collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller and was reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early 2006 it is also available as a mass market paperback Harper Torch, 2006 and trade paperback Harper Paperbacks, 2006 In 2008, Harper Children s published Terry s standalone non Discworld YA novel, Nation Terry published Snuff in October 2011 Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire for services to literature in 1998, and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Warwick in 1999, the University of Portsmouth in 2001, the University of Bath in 2003, the University of Bristol in 2004, Buckinghamshire New University in 2008, the University of Dublin in 2008, Bradford University in 2009, the University of Winchester in 2009, and The Open University in 2013 for his contribution to Public Service.In Dec of 2007, Pratchett disclosed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer s disease On 18 Feb, 2009, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.He was awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2010.Sir Terry Pratchett passed away on 12th March 2015.


  • Pratchett addresses two questions here 1 Do you think it s possible for an entire nation to be insane and 2 Does and, importantly, should a well placed pair of socks for certain sort of padding make a difference The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they ve found it As far as Discworld series is concerned, this book can be easily read as a standalone novel It brings us to the little backwards country of Borogravia, which is cons [...]

  • This is the second most frequently read of my favorite Terry Pratchett books, the first being Night Watch, which helped get me through the death of my mother My latest copy of Monstrous Regiment is so battered and dog eared that it s falling apart From sentence number one I was riveted and if you are wondering whether you should read this book, the short answer is yes, turn your cursor right now to a new tab and order it, or even better jog out to your local probably half an hour away bookstore [...]

  • Five stars really aren t enough I think this might be my favorite Terry Pratchett book I ve read it at least 3 4 times, and re reading it today, I m delighted to discover that it s every bit as good as before As an added bonus, this book would be easier for new readers of Pratchett to pick up There are a few characters from previous books, but they only have very brief cameo appearances Other than that the book is pretty much self contained pat

  • Men and women, women and men Men without women, women doing just fine without men.Terry Pratchett s 31st Discworld novel, first published in 2003, is somewhat of a departure from the other series We see Sam Vimes and some members of his watch and there are distant grumblings about Ankh Morpork, but this is for the most part a stand alone about the small, proud truculent nation of Borogravia.This struggling nation state is foundering after decades or centuries of warfare, attacking and defending [...]

  • There was always a war Usually they were border disputes, the national equivalent of complaining that the neighbor was letting their hedge grow too long Sometimes they were bigger Borogravia was a peace loving country in the midst of treacherous, devious, warlike enemies They had to be treacherous, devious, and war like, otherwise we wouldn t be fighting them, eh There was always a war The Night Watch goes to War Or, at least, that was my expectation before I started the novel Only thing is, thi [...]

  • That d been almost a year ago, when any recruiting party that came past went away with the best part of a battalion, and there had been people waving them off with flags and music Sometimes, now, smaller parties of men came back The lucky ones were missing only one arm or one leg There were no flags.It s hard finding soldiers when you re always at war Especially when you re fighting a war that you may not be winning.Eventually, you end up taking whatever you can getolls, vampires, evenGASP women [...]

  • Akrepski odred mi se ini kao jedan od boljih Pra eta dobro, za mene uvek odska u oni Pra eti u kojima ima ve tica ili Stra e A ini mi se da je i prevod me u na im boljim prevodima Pra eta Kupio me je ve nabrajanjem pesama tipa Ja sam ja, D eremaja i Rado ide D oni u vojnike jer kako to mislite, krosover Hermanovog stripa i Tozovca mo e da ne bude sme an

  • January 10, 2017March 22, 2015January 1, 2004I m fond of stories about girls dressing as boys in order to do something they would otherwise be prohibited from Very funny.Library copy

  • It is an amazing coincidence that my 31st Discworld novel is 31 since I have focused on the City Watch series, the Tiffany Aching series, and the recent, humorous books.In this one, Sir Terry s prime focus on the follies of war The aging but much experienced Sergeant Jackrum is recruiting soldiers because most have been captured or killed, even though his side is supposedly winning Only misfits are left those wanting to escape their dreary or worse lives So, he ends up with a vampire, a troll, [...]

  • 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 Indus [...]

  • edit 11 26 13Born in the war torn, misogynistic country of Borogravia, Polly Perks has grown up with the folksong echoing in the back of her mind Perhaps, then, it is only natural that when her brother goes missing in action, Polly decides to use the song s example to find her brother She cuts her hair, practices her swagger, and, equipped with a strategically placed pair of socks, sets off to enlist Of course, after countless years of war, Borogravia recruitment is scraping the bottom of the ba [...]

  • Ahh thank goodness for GR reviews.Why, you ask Because I m about to besmirch an author I adore And I m glad to be following in other footsteps that had a similar hill to conquer.I don t love this book I just don t Mr Pratchett has a gentle and funny way of adding real world elements to his books, poking fun at some pretty difficult moral issues And yet this book seemed too heavy handed, too obvious, and too repetitive.Once upon a time I considered myself a feminist That was before husband and ch [...]

  • It seems that every genre fan worth the name should read at least one Pratchett novel I find the large body of works devoted to Discworld rather intimidating, which is why Monstrous Regiment is one of the few Discworld novels that I have read With the exception of a few preexisting characters, this novel stands well on it s own Above and beyond that, I was drawn to this book because it is about women disguising themselves as men and I have a weakness for stories about crossdressing heroines Mons [...]

  • Normally I would include a Pratchett book on my clear unparalled genius shelf but this one is not getting a spot on there I ve read everything that Pratchett has written Discworld, Gaimen collaborations, plus the Diggers Truckers Wings books and other discworld spin offs and while this book is clever in the trademark Pratchett way, the story is less funny because it is closer to the real world than many of the others in the series The charm of the Discworld is that normally its like looking at l [...]

  • view spoiler The guys are all chicks hide spoiler It s a plot gimmick that never gets old, even after the tenth surprise reveal Haha, uh, NO.I m sure his fans would tell me this wasn t the best Pratchett to start with My choices are always so BAD for highly rated authors DHis humor isn t exactly a ha ha kind of funny More a very quiet kind of funny So quiet I missed it entirely.

  • This book was really a wonderful read, it just shows that gender diversity is important and in some places it is needed than in others.Now I have seen that some people here did not give this book such a great review It does boggle my mind as to why they have given three stars or less.The biggest thing to remember is that the books of Terry Pratchett does have a reading order and follows a story line and should by all means not be read in publication order.In all I can not say to much on the sub [...]

  • Polly Perks blonde Borogravian barmaid cuts her braids, practices her belching and swaggering, and joins tobacco chewer legendary Sergeant Jack Jackrum s little lads Perks seeks her big slow witted brother Paul, one of the many missing In and out troopers Shufti Manickle seeks Dear John Tonker Halter keeps close to and restrains pyromaniac pal Lofty Tewt Vampire Maladict is addicted to coffee instead of blood Frail Wazzer Goom prays, fervently than the average citizen, and even Listens to the D [...]

  • U po etku je dosta slabija knjiga od prose ne Pra etove, posle se pobolj ala, ali sveukupno je svaka slede a mi je sve slabija

  • I really enjoyed this Terry Pratchett really just got it And by it I mean, well, pretty much everything Brilliant witty, and very clever I found it a little long though, a little too padded I don t know if it s because I m in a bit of a reading slump at the moment, but this took me way longer than it should have to read, mostly because I didn t feel the momentum I was looking for I think this one will deserve a re read down the track, when I m back in my groove.

  • Ova Pra etova knjiga je prava mala poslastica za feministkinje Tema je odli na sa genijalnim scenama, ali je ja valjda nisam itala u pravo vreme, poprili no sam razvukla pa me je i sama pri a smorila.

  • 4.5 stars This one is interesting unlike many of the Discworld books, the story doesn t take place in it s usual settings of Ankh Morpork, with the three witches, etc though there are a few familiar faces who show up along the way , or with the familiar cast of characters This story takes place in a small country called Borgrovia, that has been or less constantly at war with it s neighbours for centuries After so many years of war, the country s population has been decimated, with most of the y [...]

  • Confession time The first time I read Monstrous Regiment, when it was released in 2003, I didn t like it As a big fan of the City Watch, I resented that we were teased with cameos from Vimes and Angua but we didn t see their characters evolve, and I thought the ending was too contrived From the sidelines, I watched my fellow fans EXPLODE with love for the book and produce reams of fanart and fanfic, never participating myself I made a mental note to maybe give it another go, but I never got arou [...]

  • Wow, as a one off although Vimes Angua play a watching role , I was not expecting this to be one of my favorites, which it now totally is Pratchett puts his own twist on the War Novel, a la Quiet on the Western Front or Storm of Steel, but with a very feminist angle Or humanist Although that doesn t totally apply to this book either since it s rough being a female vampire or Igor or troll too In the basically failed nation of Borogravia, ruled by a probably dead Duchess, no one sees but prays to [...]

  • My rating is a two and a half, but leaning toward two if I have to choose.There were many parts of the book that I enjoyed Even as I was taken off guard with some of the creepier characterizations that lacked any sort of humorous spin, even darkly humorous , I was intrigued But, there was a relatively small cast for the majority of the book relative to the normal cast size , and very few appearances from older characters which I admit I normally look for in Discworld novels introducing new chara [...]

  • The Discworld novels have always been wacky and irreverent, but after first reading Night Watch and now Monstrous Regiment, I think Mr Pratchett has made a leap forward in how he constructs his stories I m not really sure what s changed it just seems that his latest two books are less about the zany characters being thrown into peculiar and comedic situations, and about the situations themselves They feel novelly, for lack of a better term As Mr Pratchett himself has reportedly said, he s stop [...]

  • 100% enjoyable than the only other Terry Pratchett book I ve read and definitely good enough to persuade me to try some other of Pratchett s works in the future.It was very readable and fun There were a lot of ladies in it and that was delightful and I ve got to give Pratchett credit for writing women well Because men so often fuck that up But I didn t feel insulted or belittled when reaing it A wonderful satire of our world and gender roles etc.It s never going to be my favourite genre in the [...]

  • Just not my favorite book in the series Something of a letdown after Night Watch It is readable, fairly funny, and doesn t suffer from a lack of direction that some of the weaker Discworld books have It just never pops for me.

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