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Monstrous Regiment Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Oct 28 2003


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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Corgi Audio (Oct. 28 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 0552151610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552151610
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 10.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)


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Monstrous Regiment is one of my favourite books, and the Discworld series is probably my favourite series of books. I'm afraid I'm a little biased, but I really do think this is an excellent book. The characters are all interesting and the overall pacing and plot are noteworthy. The main characters in this book are not recurring from others in the series, so they are a nice contrast to the regular casts. There are some traditional Discworld characters present as well. One of my favourite elements of this story is seeing Commander Vimes from an outside perspective. In the books that feature him we generally see the world through his eyes, and it is always an interesting contrast when we see how the world sees him.

One of the notable aspects of the Discworld series as a whole is it sometimes takes the traditional fantasy setting and uses it to explore issues that reflect reality. Monstrous Regiment does this as well. The setting is very focused on the group of main characters, and what happens to them. One of the really interesting parts of this book is that it could be a story in any war setting, only some of the characters and situations remind the reader that the book is a fantasy story. This shows that the fantasy genre is not limited to entirely unreal stories.

Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who likes the Discworld series, and to anyone who is interested in the variety of the fantasy genre. People who like war related stories might also like it, if they do not mind the fantasy setting.
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Monstrous Regiment is one of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, so for the uninitiated, it's about a world where there are magicians, dwarves, werewolves, trolls, vampires, witches and other assorted fantastical entities. All of these are really metaphors for the various types of ethnocultural groups we find in our multicultural societies and many of the book plots are thinly disguised extensions of current problems. In the case of Monstrous Regiment, it's about the role of women in society, in the military and how it is shifting.

Told in Pratchett's usually dryly witty style, it follow Polly as she sets off to find her brother who went off to war the year before. To do so, she must follow in his footsteps, join the army as Paul, and in so doing, she learns, among other things, the importance of scratching, spitting, and the value of socks. Good fun all round.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Friederike Knabe TOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 5 2004
Format: Paperback
Nothing is quite what it seems in this latest Discworld offering. Even the Discworld is not quite what Pratchett fans can identify. Magic is only like a whiff or shadow appearing from time to time. We meet few of the regular heroes or places. Borogravia is not a major spot on the Discworld map. The small country is embattled in apparently never-ending wars with its neighbours about who knows what. Its rulers claim it to be a peace-loving place - thus it's always somebody else's fault. With so many battles, the army is running out of recruits so that a troll, a "reformed" vampire (having replaced his craving for blood with one for coffee), an "Igor" (known for his ability to stitch severed limbs and other missing parts back on people), a couple of lost youths with nothing better to do and one following a religious calling, are enlisted. And, above all, a girl, disguised as one of the boys, wants to join the fun: Polly Perks or "Private Parts".
Polly is young, smart and courageous. With her hair cut short, in men's clothes and imitating some "typical" male habits, she easily fools the recruiting officers. Or does she? Polly has several reasons to join the war effort - she needs to find her soldier brother who has not been writing home. Also, she has not really much to look forward to in this country. Borogravia is run by a Duchess who may or not be alive, and the local deity, Nuggan, who issues strict rules for his followers, reflected in an ever expanding list of "Abominations". These become stranger as time moves on. They include a ban on the colour blue, having your picture taken, newspapers, or the use of garlic. Not only should girls not wear trousers, they cannot own land, houses or run a business. Women's lives are clearly very restricted.
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By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 5 2004
Format: Hardcover
Long-standing fans of Discworld know how Pratchett explores many levels in his books. MR achieves a new degree of intensity in examining the human tendency for conflict. The "fantasy" aspects of the Discworld are nearly abandoned in this story of war and soldier life. To be sure, there's a vampire, a troll, and Angua the werewolf. An Igor completes the team in a special, rather cutting, role. None of these "fantasy" characters can avoid being dominated by their human aspects. Pratchett enhances his ability to show us to ourselves. While his humour carries us along in following the tale, the underlying theme remains clear. War is a distinctly human enterprise.
Polly Perks seeks her missing brother in the middle of a conflict none can explain nor justify. Hiding the fact that she's a girl, she slashes her golden curls, dons boys' clothes [including "special purpose" socks] and enlists to seek him out. Her military career is fraught with risk, but not just from battle. If she's exposed, the wrath of Nuggan, the local deity, will be boundless - dressing as a man is an Abomination. As are cats, the colour blue, garlic and a host of social ills. These are lined out in the Appendix of a bible - with the Appendix larger than the main inspirational text.
In Sam Vimes' view, Polly has entered a life of crime, but not through her cross-dressing. He thinks "war is a crime - like murder". Sam, Commander of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, has been sent to make a peace. When the stakes are as high as these - who rules the country - the task becomes Herculean. As with most wars, this one uses high moral purpose to camouflage baser selfish motives. A prince seeks power.
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