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. 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.
Polly is afraid that someone will see through her disguise; a fear that proves groundless when the legendary Sergeant Jackrum accepts her without question. Or perhaps the sergeant is too desperate 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. Soon, Polly 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.
©2003 Terry Pratchett; (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers Inc.
"Terry Pratchett's hilarious prose is significantly enhanced by the narrative skills of Stephen Briggs....Briggs and Pratchett are magnificent." (AudioFile)
"Thoroughly funny and surprisingly insightful." (Booklist)
If you haven't read/heard Pratchett, do yourself a favor and get one. There are many to choose from, and if you like one you're in for a lot more fun.
I haven't read the print version, but the narration is so stellar that I can't imagine any way that I could enjoy this more than on Audible. In fact, I have a friend who is a fan of Terry Pratchett and am constantly telling him that he ought to get Audible to enjoy the books to their fullest.
Terry Pratchett makes the characters so real that I'm invested in them almost immediately. These are people I want to meet. They're layered and complex. The writing is among the best I've ever encountered in any genre. My favorite Discworld books feature Sam Vimes and the Watch - some of whom make an appearance here.
He brings every one of the characters to life and captures Pratchett's gorgeous and funny prose with pitch perfection.
Don't Ask, Don't Tell
While this book can be enjoyed as a stand-alone, I think the impact is even greater when read after the City Watch books and The Truth. It really is a triumph of storytelling and brought tears to my eyes.
I'm actually a day old tart, filled with maple custard. Perhaps, this reads as a rational introduction to others, and you are deliberately misreading it, because, come on, maple custard.
I LOVE this book! My first Pratchett, made me a total addict! Hilarious! If you like Monty Python, Neil Gaimen, or Douglas Adams, I recommend these books.
1 star off Performance, not for Briggs' narration, but because I'd rather have an old copy off a worn cassette tape than have CD start and end music suddenly interrupt everything. It's difficult to listen to these as I fall asleep when the "end of disc" music will jolt me awake with enough adrenaline to stay up another 2 hours..
At first I thought this was just a fun adventure book about a girl disguised as a man in the army. But it's so much more... The discussion of religion, war, and the road to social change brings a whole new aspect to the story. Polly is probably one of my favourite protagonists of all time. She's an idealist, in a smart and practical way, but still an idealist at heart. The other characters each have an unique story and personality that made me love them. And the ending is so very satisfying. It's probably one of the 'easier' Discworld novels I've read, too-- the perspective doesn't change as much, so it's not hard to keep track of what's going on. Overall, I love this book-- funny, makes you think, makes you root for the characters, and very heartwarming at times.
Once again Terry Pratchett takes us down a tale of human feeling frailty and fate. He does it so easily it is possible to miss his consummate skill as a writer
Terry Pratchett never fails to be on point. This is a fun loose parallel to recent changes in the US military regarding women in combat roles. Each character is very well defined and has his or her own reasons for joining the military. Briggs is brilliant as usual in bringing these characters to life. If only Sir Terry Pratchett had left us more gems such as Monstrous Regiment!
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