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"Mate gender politics with geopolitics and you get either a PC nightmare or something very funny. Fortunately, in "Monstrous Regiment," it's the ... Show synopsis

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Indi

A nice suprise

by Indi on Apr 9, 2008

Pratchett is one of my favorite current literary authors. In this book he revisits gender issues first addressed in Equal Rights, but with less fantastic characters and more of a real-world feel. Monstrous Regiment combines fun, lighthearted comedy with slightly sinister undertones in the cultural commentary. What happens when a young woman enters the army in a chauvinistic, male dominated country? Read this book and Pratchett with tell you. With motley crew characters reminiscent of something between Goonies, MASH, and the Buttercreamer Gang, it tugs at the adolescent memory of several generations. Borogravian history centers around an imperialist background also present in European countries. However, this story appeals to a much broader base than is present in its own cultural setting. Pratchett?s writing style flows well and is extremely quotable. Overall Monsterous Regiment is a relatively easy read and the plot can be predictable, but that won?t keep you from relating to the characters or enjoying the journey Pratchett takes you on!

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BookPirate

Delightful Satire Off the Port Bow

by BookPirate on Nov 15, 2007

Satire at its best. I make no secret that Terry Pratchett is one of my favorite authors, with a diabolical gift for fantasy and acid wit. A woman joins the ranks of fighting boys, only to discover it?s not so much "this man?s army" anymore. Of particular note were the vampire character and my favorite Pratchett regular, Captain Samual Vimes. The story was more enjoyable than I thought it would be, especially since I tend to shy away from anything that has to do with the military. For those new to Pratchett, there is a difference between Pratchett?s older and newer works. The older books are chock full of characters, since he needed time to establish the Discworld and the way it wobbles, and they tend to lean heavier on the side of fantasy. The newer novels focus more on current social trends(like computers and popular books (Da Vinci Code spoof, anyone?) as the bulk of the plot, since most of the supporting characters have already been gently prodded or shoved, in some cases, into their place in the Discworld. It's alwasy wonderful to read someone who is having way to much fun writing his books. Cheers!

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