Monstrous Regiment

Monstrous Regiment

A Novel of Discworld

Book - 2003
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War has come to Discworld . . . again.

And, to no one's great surprise, the conflict centers on the small, insufferably arrogant, strictly fundamentalist duchy of Borogravia, which has long prided itself on it's ability to beat up on its neighbors for even the tiniest imagined slight. This time, however, it's Borogravia that's getting its long overdue comeuppance, which has left the country severely drained of young men.

Ever since her brother Paul marched off to battle a year ago, Polly Perks has been running The Duchess,her family's inn -- even though the revered national deity Nuggan has decreed that female ownership of a business is an Abomination (with, among others, oysters, rocks, and the color blue). To keep The Duchess in the family, Polly must find her missing sibling. So she cuts off her hair, dons masculine garb, and sets out to join him in this man's army.

Despite her rapid mastery of belching, scratching, and other macho habits (and aided by a well-placed pair of socks), Polly is afraid that someone will immediately see through her disguise; a fear that proves groundless when the recruiting officer, the legendary and seemingly ageless Sergeant Jackrum, accepts her without question. Or perhaps the sergeant is simply too desperate for fresh cannon fodder to discriminate -- which would explain why a vampire, a troll, a zombie, a religious fanatic, and two uncommonly close "friends" are also eagerly welcomed into the fighting fold. But marching off with little (read: no) training, Polly (now called "Oliver") finds herself wondering about the myriad peculiarities of her new brothers-in-arms. It would appear that Polly "Ozzer" Perks is not the only grunt with a secret. There is no time to dwell on such matters, however.Duty calls. The battlefield beckons. There's a tide to be turned.

And sometimes -- in war as in everything else -- the best man for the job is a woman.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060013158
Branch Call Number: SCIENCE FICTION
Characteristics: 353 p. ; 24 cm


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May 20, 2019

Terry Pratchett is my favorite male author. It is amazing to me how he is able to see the absurdity of the world, and tell stories in fantasy mirroring our real world without any hint of sarcasm or despair. My favorite series is Witches, but Monstrous Regiment is right there among my top picks. A bone-deep feminist without the cant. Sorely missed.

Jan 24, 2019

Excellent book. Fun satire of fighting for your place as a woman in a patriarchal world. And the importance of a pair of socks.

Oct 21, 2014

love this series!

Feb 06, 2013

Filled with wonderful surprises, I really loved how this book took some very stereotypical ideas and turned them around. I've read this book three times already, and it bets better each time.

Apr 29, 2011

This book is awesome, its funny, interesting, and.....well just great!


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Aug 16, 2016

Polly Perk's brother headed off to war and never came back. Since only men can inherit, if her brother is gone for good Polly will lose her family's inn. Polly dresses as a man and enlists in the Borogravian army, hoping to find her brother. Teaming up with a band of misfit recruits, Polly and her new friends head towards certain victory and glory for Borogravia.


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Aug 16, 2016

A woman dressing up as a man is an abomination against Nuggan!


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