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4.0 out of 5 stars A slow start, but another winner, 8 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Monstrous Regiment (Discworld Novels) (Hardcover)
The premise of this book is a simple one using the familiar story of a girl dressing as a boy. In Monstrous Regiment the heroine sets out to join the army to discover what has happened to her brother. The story looks at her induction into her regiment and their activities in the war.
If that doesn't sounds much like a Terry Pratchett novel, that's what I was beginning to think by a third of the way through the book. Up to that point, although the story was told with a great deal of wit and humour, it just didn't have the Pratchett magic. However, the latter two thirds of the book are just what I have come to expect from the master of comic fantasy.
While there are very few of the old, favourite characters here, new ones are introduced which I hope will appear again. Pratchett neatly sidesteps the trap of creating a "war is hell" homily, instead giving us an extremely funny look at women in a mans world. On the way, he pastiches the angst of the Vietnam films and I'm sure it is no coincidence that the book spotlights a country which just can't seem to stop from picking fights with all its neighbours (the timing of the book after the activities of the last year is superb).
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Initial post: 26 Aug 2013 17:13:15 BDT
Ruth Braham says:
Actually this is one of my favorites. I also think it's one of his funniest. It does have somewhat less fantasy elements, but there are zombies and semi-goddesses and werewolves...

Posted on 3 Dec 2013 17:12:59 GMT
KindleLover says:
Glad I am not the only one who thinks it doesnt fully seem like a terry pratchett book!

Is this book slow to get into cause I have gone from reading 2 of his books like 3 days to being stuck on this for 3days so far?
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