Saturday, July 07, 2007

Rating : 3/5
Reason for reading : I am trying to get up-to-date with the Discworld novels
Number in series : #28 in the Discworld series

Pratchett introduces a new sest of main characters once again in this Discworld novel. Polly Perks wants to enlist in the Borogravian army to find her brother who went missing after joining. However, to enlist she must pretend to be a man. She cuts her hair and sets about practising her walk, belching and farting (the main characteristics of men) and enlists under Sergant Jackrum.

After taking on further new recruits including a troll and "black ribbon" vampire (one who has given up blood), they are nicknamed the "monstrous regiment". As things transpire, most of their army has been trapped inside a very well guarded keep by the opposition, and they are the only ones who can save the day and win the war. To aid them they have "the Secret" as well as capturing the eye of William de Worde and his newspaper when Ankh Morpork get involved helping the enemy.

This was by no means the best in the series, but also wasn't the worst. I liked that Sam Vimes was included in this novel (although in a very small capacity), and I really liked Polly and Jackrum. I don't really like war stories, even parodies so this didn't really do it for me sadly. My favourite part was very near the beginning on page 14:

"Polly reached the troll bridge... It cost one penny to cross, or one hundred gold pieces if you had a billy goat (Trolls might not be quick thinkers but they don't forget in a hurry either)."


Ana S. said...

You are not the first to say that this is not one of the best. But I still really want to read it, because even the worse Terry Pratchett is, for me, still way above average.

Marg said...

You are doing really well at catching up! I am really looking forward to reading the next one, which apparently is a sequel to Going Postal.