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)
Again and again and again. I hear something different each time.
the fact that Pratchett shows up all the the silly prejudices about women in a humorous but powerful way.
His ability to change his accents an voice makes all the characters come alive.
The whole book told the story of a group of people thrown together and how they come to respect and care deeply for each other--all in preparation for a surprise ending.
It's funny, has good characters, and good action. You don't need to know about the other discworld books to understand this one. The narration is well paced and captures the humor well. The only trouble is that the narrator runs out of unique voices, and starts making them nasally.
Practically Pratchett-Perfect in every way. Time we met an Igorina, too. Satisfying to the socks;)
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