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on 29 November 2012
As a long standing fan of Terry Pratchett I have managed to collect all of his work. Recently I loaned one of my books (Men at Arms) to a "Friend" and didn't get it back. I tried to replace it with a hard-back, brand new copy from Amazon. What I received was a "library copy" that is badly bound, badly printed, measures 4"x7" and as the following message on the first page "If you purchased this book without a cover, you should be aware that this book is stolen property ....... neither the author or the publisher has received any payment for this stripped book" I shall return this shoddy piece of work forthwith and advise everyone to be aware of the term "lbrary copy".
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on 13 November 2003
I don't really like Pratchett books, they seem like dumbed-down Dickens, especially the Discworld series. But Men at Arms (one I'm new to) somehow has something the rest don't. There's none of this tiresome didactic bull and there aren't the boring characters there usually are, but the prose in this novel seems much better than any of his other books combined. Bit of a Bleak House for kids, who will love it, and it's not that bad a read. Genuinely.
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on 28 July 1999
While Pratchett stories are fun, moderately amusing adventures he focuses on all the wrong characters like Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Vimes and Death. He streches out the parts with all the boring characters and does't concentrate enough on the bad guys. Pratchett is smart enough not to do this. For example in Men at Arms the bad guy ... barely features at all It is this aspect which has ruined most every Pratchett story.
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