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Men at Arms (Discworld Novels) Mass Market Paperback – Apr 1997

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Mass Market Paperback, Apr 1997
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch; Reprint edition (April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061092193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061092190
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sir Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he was the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

Sir Terry Pratchett died on 12th March 2015

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Another wild romp through Discworld! Corporal Carrot, a young dwarf, is newly in charge of the recruits guarding Ankh-Morpork. Edward, the 37th Lord d'Eath, has just discovered that Ankh-Morpork, kingless for generations, has a sovereign ruler, who must be convinced that he is, in fact, the King. The fate of Ankh-Morpork rides on a young man's courage, an ancient sword's magic and a three-legged poodle's bladder. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"'Funny, wise and mock heroic with a tongue-in-cheek Technicolour certainty'" (Sunday Express)


'Like Jonathan Swift, Pratchett uses his other world to hold up a distorting mirror to our own, and like Swift he is a satirist of enormous talent ... incredibly funny ... compulsively readable'

" (The Times)


'His spectacular inventiveness makes the Discworld series one of the perennial joys of modern fiction'

" (Mail on Sunday)


'The great Terry Pratchett, whose wit is metaphysical, who creates an energetic and lively secondary world, who has a multifarious genius for strong parody ... who deals with death with startling originality. Who writes amazing sentences'

" (New York Times) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Aug. 2005
Format: Paperback
Men at Arms reunites us with the stalwart defenders of our beloved Ankh-Morpork: the Night Watch. Along the way we also meet up with some of the Discworld's most distinctive secondary characters (including Foul Ole Ron and Big Fido), get a glimpse of affirmative action Ankh-Morpork-style, discover the identity of the rightful king (if Ankh-Morpork still had a king, which it doesn't, which isn't the fault of the shady characters in this book trying to replace the Patrician with the aforementioned heir to the throne, who doesn't want the job anyway), converse once more with Gaspode the talking dog, and - if that's not enough - make ready for the wedding of the year between Captain Samuel Vimes of the Night Watch and Lady Sybil Ramkin, proprietor of the Sunshine Sanctuary for Sick Dragons and the richest woman in Ankh-Morpork. Captain Vimes is in fact retiring from the Watch, but his retirement involves much more than the traditional gift watch presentation from his men. A washed-up aristocrat named Edward D'eath takes it upon himself to restore the long-lost monarchy, a circumstance that can only come about over the Patrician's dead body. Even clowns aren't safe from this deadly conspiracy.
The trouble begins with an explosion and robbery at the Guild of Assassins. Someone has stolen nothing less than the only "gonne" on Discworld, and a series of murders shock the town. OK, nothing's really going to shock the people of Ankh-Morpork, but the fact that people keep turning up full of holes where guts should be definitely stirs up the Watchmen. The Patrician is also less than happy about things, so he makes sure the Watch gets to the bottom of things by forbidding Captain Vimes to investigate.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson on 1 Sept. 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the fifteenth book in Terry Pratchett's series on the Discworld--a flat world, supported on the backs of four massive elephants riding on the back of a planet-sized turtle. Anything hilarious can happen here, and eventually does.
Even as the Ankh-Morpork night watch is being expanded, a series of strange and probably interconnected murders takes place. The city is on the edge of a dwarf vs. troll race war, and the watch is only holding things together with their fingernails. There's a long buried secret being dug up, and it's going to cost far too many lives if Captain Samuel Vimes doesn't get to the bottom of things, and fast!
I have been a fan of Terry Pratchett of many years now, and consider him one of the master storytellers of this era. As with all of his books, this one is extremely funny, with a gripping storyline, and fascinating characters. If you like fantasy stories, and want a nice twist on the genre, or if you just like good humor, then I highly recommend that you get this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emily Shanks on 18 Oct. 2005
Format: Paperback
The sequel to 'Guards! Guards!' and the fifteenth book in the Discworld series, 'Men at Arms' is one of the funniest by Terry Pratchett. In this book the readers are introduced to a host of new recruits to the Night Watch of the city of Ankh-Morpork when they are asked to recruit ethnic minorities, Lance-Corporal Detritus (a troll), Lance-Constable Cuddy (a dwarf) and Lance-Constable Angua (a woman). They also get to learn more about characters from the previous book, including Corporal Carrot and Captain Vimes.
When there is a plot to assassinate the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork using a new and dangerous weapon, 'the gonne', and to restore the rightful king to the throne, which we learnt at the end of the last book is Corporal Carrot, the Night Watch must capture the villain behind it. The storyline is funny with an interesting and original twist although you may find that some jokes are repeated.
My favourite part is when Lance-Constable Angua meets a talking dog called Gaspode who introduces her to another dog, Big Fido. This part of the story is a parallel to Hitler and the Nazis as Big Fido is a dictator of all the dogs in Ankh-Morpork and tells them they must be more like wolves whereas he himself is a poodle, just like Hitler told the Nazis that real Germans should be tall with blond hair and blue eyes but he was short with dark hair and eyes.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Terry Pratchett's other books, however I would also recommend that you read 'Guards! Guards!' first.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 18 Oct. 2014
Format: Paperback
This is the fifteenth in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett, and features the wonderful City Watch under the unflappable guidance of Captain Vimes. Unfortunately Vimes is about to get married, and is under instructions to quit the Watch. Who could possibly take his place? Meanwhile, a dangerous weapon that has quite inexplicably been given to the Assassins to guard may just possibly have gone missing, and may also just possibly be being misused by someone. Who could it be, and what is their goal? And if Edward d’Eath is agitating for the return of the Monarchy, you can be sure the Patrician isn’t going to be happy about that.

There’s plenty of action in this story, and plenty of great characters – trolls, dwarves, and … other beings … all of whom keep the Watch on their toes. I love the character of Gaspode the dog – he’s good at heart for all his disgusting outside, and he has a central role in this story. There’s a tragic element in the story, too which really tugs at your heartstrings. But at the end, all is, more or less where it should be – and in Ankh Morpork you can’t really ask for more than that, and Lady Sybil has her man. This is a good chunky read, with plenty of atmosphere (and in Ankh Morpork that has an almost tangible presence), plenty of great characters, and a really great story. What’s not to like?
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