Series: Discworld #31
Published by HarperCollins on 2004-08-31
Narrator: Stephen Briggs
Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, General, Satire, Young Adult
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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
Re-reading Terry Pratchett is wonderful for me. Partly because he has so many books so it is hard to read them every year. I haven’t read Monstrous Regiment since 2015 and although I remembered the important bits, there was a lot that I forgot. It was almost like reading a new book.
These characters are new but they are just as in depth and real as any of his other characters. Although dealing with some serious elements, re-reading this had me cracking up. There is just something to Terry Pratchett’s fabulous snark that gets me every time.
I think this was even better than I remembered it. I did give it a 4.5 before, and that seems pretty appropriate, but even a 5 would be good for this. If you haven’t read it yet and are a Terry Pratchett fan, I definitely recommend.
Monstrous Regiment was a bit different for me than most of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels. Most of the characters are new and that’s one thing that appeals to me greatly, reading more about the characters I already love. But this added new characters to his growing mix of Discworld characters and each of these were as crazy as the next.
I think my favorite in this one was Polly but honestly it’s very hard to choose one. Maledict was amazing especially in dealing with Corporal Strappy.
The plot was just as good as any Terry Pratchett but this one has quite a bit more seriousness to it than most of his others. There are definitely funny parts for sure, his wit never ceases to amaze, but just beware if you have yet to read this that it is not as funny as some of his others.
Plot was absolutely fabulous and once again he brings everything together. You also see some of the characters we’ve grown to love, like Sam Vimes and William De Worde. Love it!