Men at Arms: A Discworld Novel: 14 Paperback – 1 Nov 1994
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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.
"'Funny, wise and mock heroic...The funniest and best crafted book I have read all year'" (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'" (A.S. Byatt New York Times)
"'Persistently amusing, good-hearted and shrewd'" (Sunday Times)
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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.Read more ›
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!
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?
Edward d'Eath [how does PTerry come up with these names?!], an impoverished aristocrat, seeks fulfillment of his destiny by restoring the monarchy. Recruiting fellow lords to his cause proves difficult. It's been a long time since the last king, and the Patrician runs the city with commendable, if frightening, efficiency. So Edward embarks on a solitary campaign.
Pratchett's inventive mind takes us from the "fantasy" genre into the murder mystery domain. Murder isn't a common event on the Discworld, and its occurrence here creates an intensity of feeling rarely evoked by Pratchett's works. Vimes is particularly irritated by such abhorrent events as murder. Assassination is bad enough, although carefully regulated by its Guild. For Vimes, murder is too arbitrary. It reflects the one aspect of society he resents the most, the exercise of absolute power. He's affronted both as a copper and a man.
Partly inspired by Corporal Carrot, Vimes is no longer content having the Watch "let things lie anymore". Forces that used to push a drunken Vimes into the gutter are forces he now resists, even struggles to overcome. It's an inspiring read watching Pratchett give Vimes a new sense of dedication. Vimes has always sought justice, and his recent rise in society and the Watch has given him fresh impetus, and clout, to gain it. However, first he must survive. He's up against a new force.Read more ›
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Men at Arms is one of my favourite Discworld books, but then how could it not be? I make no secret of the fact that the city watch novels are my favourites, and that Ankh Morpork... Read morePublished 3 months ago by SocialBookshelves.com
It's Terry Pratchett. Surely that's all that needs to be said!Published 4 months ago by Robert Stapleton
Well, you aren't going to go far wrong with a Pratchett are you?, and by getting the paperbacks I save wear and tear on my first editions.Published 4 months ago by 60thenew40