Book Review: Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett

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Book Review: Monstrous Regiment by Terry PratchettMonstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett
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
Pages: 416
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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.

My Thoughts


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!

The Author

About 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, and has not looked back since. To date there are a total of 39 books in the Discworld series, of which four (so far) 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's latest book, Snuff, was published 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 four honorary doctorates from the Universities of Warwick, Portsmouth, Bath, and Bristol. His acclaimed novels have sold more than 45 million copies (give or take a few) and have been translated into 33 languages.

In Dec. of 2007, Pratchett admitted to being 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.



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