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Polly becomes Private Oliver Perks, who is on a quest to find her older brother, who's recently MIA in one of the innumerable wars the tiny nation of Borogravia has a habit of starting with its neighbors. This peevish tendency has all but expended Borogravia's ranks of cannon fodder. Whether Sergeant Jackrum knows her secret or not, he can't afford to be choosy, as Perks and her/his comrades are among the last able-bodied recruits left in Borogravia. This collection of misfits includes the aforementioned vampire (reformed and off the blood, thank you), troll, and macabre Igor, who is only too happy to sew you a new leg if you aren't too particular about previous ownership. Off to war, Polly/Oliver learns that having a pair of, um, socks is a good way to open up doors in this man's army.
For those who haven't made this underrated author's acquaintance, Monstrous Regiment is as good a place to start as any. Readers will encounter Pratchett's subtle and disarming wit, his trademark footnoted asides along with a not-too-shabby tale of honor, courage, and duty in the face of absurd circumstances. --Jeremy Pugh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It's always wonderful to read someone who is having way to much fun writing his books.
I highly recommend reading "Monstrous Regiment" but I don't think it should be the very first volume of the Discworld series a new fan picks up.
You're left trying to figure out how Pratchett's going to have them succeed personally but have them lose group-wise.
Most entertaining. Held my attention to the end and as usual the characters were absolutely delightful. Good story line with much to ponder on afterwards.Published 4 days ago by maggie
Fun read. This is the first Terry Pratchett novel I've read and found it easy to get started. The story stands very well on it's own, though I'm the sort that likes background,... Read morePublished 12 days ago by anonymous
This is a good read all about Polly who goes to war disguised as a man to find her brother. I enjoyed it without being totally rapt in it however. Just a fair to good story.Published 3 months ago by gary Ling
Pratchett is usually very funny. And even though I liked some of his other books more (Feet of clay, Going Postal, Guards, Mort, Wintersmith), this also got me laughing plenty. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Simon Sonnichsen
This book was very enjoyable to start, a young woman disguises herself as a man to join the army. Her adventure as she travels with her squad compsed of a Vampire, Troll,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Arne Christiansen
I was impressed. Maybe its not for me to judge but I think the ideas in the book were particularly well put forward, and the bars set high by the author.Published 6 months ago by Heavy
the subject of female soldiers in only the way terry pratchett can tell it
not about woman vs. man, but cunning vs obedience