And, of course, another Discworld.. what else is there in life these days 😉
I borrowed Monstrous Regiment from my boyfriend way before I even read Hogfather, pretty much at the same time as The Fifth Elephant (which I read in November and didn’t review yet, if I’m remembering it correctly), but then I started the Vampire Academy series again, started Hogfather because of Christmas (which was amazing btw, review can be found here), and then.. I got back to Vampire Academy and The Night Circus (which was also amazing, review here) and then I finally started reading Monstrous Regiment. And man, did I regret not starting it earlier.. it was, again, AMAZING.
Okay, enough fangirling, let’s get on to the actual review!
The Discworld is a world, as you could probably predict, on a disc. The Disc is carried by 4 elephants who stand on the back of a giant turtle, the Great A’Tuin. It’s a world where everyone, from humans to trolls, dwarves, wizards, werewolves, vampires, and whatnot can live peacefully among each other. Although.. not as peacefully as one would hope at times. It’s a world where everything seems possible, and nothing is too odd. It’s a world to get lost in, to explore and to keep discovering.
Title: Monstrous Regiment (Discworld #31, Industrial Revolution #2)
Author: Terry Pratchett
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Summary: “Do you think it’s possible for an entire nation to be insane?” In search for her brother, Polly Perks cuts her hair short, puts on a pair of trousers, and joins the army as Oliver Perks, soon nicknamed Ozzer. She lives in the country of Borogravia, which is ruled by the old god Nuggan. As Nuggan says, everything is an Abomination, especially women doing non-womanlike things, like dressing up like men and joining the army. Polly has learned how to walk, talk and eat like a boy. She can fart and belch, but she’s not sure she’s convincing enough. That is, until some stranger passes her a pair of socks for ‘a certain sort of padding’ during the night, and she’s ready. Soon enough, she and the others (‘others’ as in, a few more soldiers, Strappi, Sergeant Jackrum, Lieutenant Blouse, and even a vampire with a coffee addiction, a troll and an Igor) are on their way, each one of them for a different reason. But they’re all marching into war. Will they all be ready for the surprises that war brings?
Ah, another great book. 2018 has brought me some of the most amazing books ever so far 😀 I honest to god don’t know what kept me from reading so long, but I’m so glad I read it now! Although this book does feature Vimes, Angua and some Ankh-Morpork grumbling, it is technically a “standalone” from the other subseries. It features a lot of new, and (as I’ve heard from very trustworthy resources aka my boyfriend the Ultimate Discworld FanboyTM) not reappearing characters.
Polly is a girl after my heart, I’ll be honest. She joins the army, just in search for her brother who she’s always taken care of. Besides of having the balls (not pun-intended) to even disguise as a man and join, she is a badass in general. Throughout the book, she’s definitely one of the smartest (although I must admit all the soldiers in her group are quite smart in their own way), and still so caring of everyone.
Sergeant Jackrum is definitely also one of my favorite characters. As he himself says “Upon my oath, I am not a violent man,” but will do anything to protect the squad.
Lieutenant Blouse is hilarious, he tries to do well, so an item of clothing or food will be named after him.
I sadly can’t say a lot about all the characters because that’ll spoil too much about them, but in short: Maladict the vampire is hilarious, as his coffee addiction helps him to stay away from blood. I joined t’see exciting forrin places and meet erotic people! as Carborundum, a rumbling troll in search of adventure who probably means exotic people. Besides that, there’s an Igor, which can come in quite handy (again, no pun intended) when you’ve lost a limb or such. The other soldiers are all amazing too, and together they make quite the squad.
This book, like many others, truly spikes with sarcasm and declaring the ridiculousness of things, like a women who can’t do man-like things, and the entire concept of religion. I love Sir Terry’s humor at that very much, since he just.. says it, but in a way you do laugh at how much it is related to our world here.
Overall, I loved it, no surprises there, and I’ll definitely reread this one (as I say with almost every Discworld book so far). This is a book you can technically read even if you’ve never even heard about the Discworld before, but I must say I think I’d have enjoyed it less if I hadn’t read other books first. There are a few “inside jokes” about the Igors, and of course, Vimes makes an appearance, which is always better if you know who he is.
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