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Men at Arms: A Discworld Novel: 14 Paperback – 1 Nov 1994

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (1 Nov. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552140287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552140287
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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"'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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By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 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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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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I love Terry Pratchett's Discworld,every book has been brilliant but,i have to say that my favourite books out of all the various characters are based around the City Watch (the Death books being a close second) and Men at arms is probably the best.Not much else to say without telling you the story but if you like TP and the Discworld,you can't go wrong with this book.
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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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Of all Pratchett's brilliantly drawn characters, Samuel Vimes stands unique in providing a realistic role model for the rest of us. He's honest, forthright, deeply suspicious of aristocracy, and best of all, despises the idea of kings. The last is important here, for someone wishes the return of the Ankh-Morpork monarchy. And Sam Vimes' remote ancestor, Old Stoneface, executed the last one.
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.
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