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This is the second book in the City Watch storyline in the Discworld novels And I have to say, it s probably twice as good as Guards Guards.All the characters are fully realized and compelling What s , it s obvious to me reading now that Pratchett has multi book plans for the central characters Carrot, Vimes, and Angua Detrius also has a pretty strong secondary arc in this one, and we see the begining of some of Pratchett s Troll Vs Dwarf discussions that come to beautiful fruition in Thud.Carrot still a focal character here, and he s interesting, charming, all that But Vimes is consistently stealing the show He s the Batman to Carrot s Superman.Given that comparison, it s not surprising that Vimes keeps our attention Perfect characters just aren t compelling in the same way.Part of me wishes that Angua s character and plot was bigger But that s just fiddling and griping Not every book can have everything And this book has so much than most Excellent read, absolutely worth your time. Discworld Re Read project 15 I remembered that there was one particular Watch novel that lunged the entire Watch novels out of the stratosphere in terms of how much I grew to LOVE them I had forgotten that THIS was that novel.Vimes was great, but who really stole the show was Carrot I ll love Vimes a lot in the future, but for now, Carrot is KING.Or not That s a matter of perception and some small debate, all of which Carrot himself will probably have the right precedent and moral outlook and word to set right.Other than that, this novel deals with racial prejudice in a big way Trolls and Dwarves are at each other s throats And then the Assassin s guild is deep in the muck thanks to a little theft and ideology And then there s Gaspode I don t think there s any part of the novel I disliked At all Wolves and dogs and romance and bringing back the old monarchy kinda reverberated with a previous novel, of course, but I didn t mind This was a different kind of beast This time there was rioting in the streets rather than dragons Too cool. This review is from 2006 All right, the short of it is I really liked the book The long of it is, I m very annoyed at Terry.Those of you who have been following things here know that I just sold the Alcatraz books to Scholastic They re essentially humorous fantasy evil librarians running the world and all that I wrote them because I was a little frustrated at the market I could find funny books Snicket and I could find books with good worldbuilding Pullman and I could find books with clever pacing and plotting Rowling.What I couldn t find was a series that had both amusing text AND engaging characters They all seemed to sacrifice one for the other which is fine After all, Douglas Adams didn t give much of a hoot for compelling characters, and look where he went Still, I wanted something with both And, as it turns out, I happen to write books for a living Hence, the ALCATRAZ books were born.Turns out that Terry has been doing this for years At least, he has been if Men at Arms is a good example Note I realized all of my examples above were YA, and this is adult, but if you can t make a forced metaphor once in a while, then what s the good of having a literary license in the first place Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed the book perhaps as much as everyone told me that I would Now, my Pratchett experience is limited I tried The Color of Magic when I was younger I ve since learned that it is a poor representation of the series and have read Good Omens which was brilliant, and which ultimately led me to give Discworld another go I guess the reason I liked Men at Arms was that balance It was funny and not in a cheap way either It was funny in a clever, scholarly, satire sort of way, with an occasional bad pun or lowbrow shot to keep you on your toes But, somehow, Pratchett still managed to make me care a great deal about his characters Thereby stealing my great, wonderfully original idea for the ALCATRAZ books that of giving people character arcs How well Terry did this is still a little dumbfounding to me All of his characters seemed pretty single sided at the beginning And, they didn t really get that much deeper as the story progressed Yet, they became irresistible.Good tension in books is based, in my opinion, on making the reader care about the characters Any book will feel fast paced if the characters are in danger And, Terry is obviously a very good craftsman, with excellent pacing beyond his character drama.So, anyway, it s a fine book If you, like me, have been living in a hole and ignoring Pratchett, then this is a good one with which to start. Was Terry Pratchett the English Kurt Vonnegut Here is another example of playful satire that thinly hides a stinging social and cultural admonishment In his 1993 Discworld novel Men at Arms the 15th Discworld adventure and the second to feature Sam Vimes and his City Watch crew Sir Terry tackles such heavy subjects as racism, sexism, political correctness, class distinctions and the inhumanity of marshal technology but in a decidedly not too heavy format impishly mocking what needs mocking and throwing down not the gauntlet but instead the soft mitten.Discworld fans will love to see the return of the City Watch along with a deterministically diverse set of new recruits, demonstrating Ankh Morpork s commitment to employment equality In Ankh Morpork, a multi cultural, pluralistic, metropolitan city if ever there was one, humans live together with trolls, dwarfs and any number of other kinds of folk and Pratchett waxes poetic about the strengths of diversity but at the barstool rather than the pulpit.We also get to know The Patrician better and really a winning element of this book is Pratchett s mature and qualitative characterization We knew these players before, but in these pages, Pratchett provides illuminating introductions like getting to know acquaintances and becoming better friends.Discworld seems to be to Pratchett what Mars was to Bradbury his vehicle for metaphor and allegory, the canvas for his brush, the macaroni to his cheese In Men at Arms, like so many of these enjoyable Discworld escapades, what goes on atop Great A Tuin is in periphery of what goes on in our minds, an idyllic statement about how things should be, or at least as they would be if fun. What S So Hard About Pulling A Sword Out Of A Stone The Real Work S Already Been Done You Ought To Make Yourself Useful And Find The Man Who Put The Sword In The Stone In The First Place The City Watch Needs MEN But What It S Got Includes Corporal Carrot Technically A Dwarf , Lance Constable Cuddy Really A Dwarf , Lance Constable Detritus A Troll , Lance Constable Angua A Woman Most Of The Time And Corporal Nobbs Disqualified From The Human Race For ShovingAnd They Need All The Help They Can Get, Because Someone In Ankh Morpork Has Been Getting Dangerous Ideas About Crowns And Legendary Swords, And Destiny And The Problem With Destiny Is, Of Course, That She Is Not Always Careful Where She Points Her Finger One Minute You Might Be Minding Your Own Business On A Normal If Not Spectacular Career Path, The Next You Might Be In The Frame For The Big Job, Like Saving The World Vimes smiled Someone was trying to kill him, and that made him feel alive than he had done in days.And they were also slightly less intelligent than he was This is a quality you should always pray for in your would be murderer.Murders are rare in Ankh Morpork Suicides and assassinationswell, they re a dime a dozen, but genuine murders are pretty darned rare But DEATH has been busier than usual lately, and it s up to Carrot and Vimes of the Night Watch to figure out what the heck is going on.This is a most excellent entry in the Discworld series In addition to the thrilling mystery, we get to Meet an adorable gargoyle Dine at a dwarf deli, where it seems impossible to order anything that doesn t come with Spam rat Attend the funniest clown funeral since Chuckles bit the dust on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.There s all thisPLUS, the Librarian gets to attend yet another wedding Oook Oook Did I enjoy this book Does a dragon explode in the woods This was a reread the last time I read it was so long ago I don t remember Such a good book This man only wrote good books and he is much missed Men at Arms has to be a hit with me because it contains so many of my favourite characters There is Corporal Carrot who was adopted as a child by dwarves but is probably the disinherited King of Ankh Morpork He has so much charisma he changes the world just by being in it Captain Vimes is there too, about to get married and leave the Force and not happy about it Veterinari plays a delightful role and even manages to make a mistake and get shot which is a first And then of course there is Death, one of Pratchett s greatest ever characters You have to read the books to appreciate why.To enjoy these books you have to like the type of humour I love it and could easily read the whole series again In fact I probably will I ll keep this short If I had to describe what I think about this story in one sentence it would be as if I need reasons to love the Watch There are so many highlighted parts that I gave up after a while.I didn t read the blurb before, and now I see it has a spoiler in it At least, I enjoyed finding out that particular thing in the book itself.I loved it.I rarely listen to audiobooks, but Men at Arms has an excellent narrator Nigel Planer, but I checked the other one too and he too is pretty good Everyone has a distinct voice from trolls to werewolves.As if I needed another reason to love the Watch. Holy this was blimey I m used to an awesome level of brilliance by Sir Terry but this novel might have outdone everything I ve read about the Discworld so far We re back in Ankh Morpork in this installment, in time for Sam Vimes wedding to Lady Sibyl she who breeds dragons This also means that his retirement is at hand For a career copper, you can imagine what that prospect means.Moreover, the Night Watch has increased its ranks slightly thanks to the Patrician s inclusion initiative so we have Detritus the troll, Cuddy the dwarf and Angua who is a human female most of the time reinforcing Sgts Colon, Nobby and Carrot.When there is a string of murders, the Patrician explicitly forbids Vimes from investigating, starting some awesome police work, wonderful etymological history lessons and character studies as dark as a moonless night please don t argue that moonless nights aren t all that dark thanks to the stars, Captain Vimes already had that discussion Oh, and the city needs to be prevented from tearing itself apart because you know what they say about Seriously, I was NOT prepared for view spoiler Cuddy actually dying hide spoiler I m probably biased, but I m come to love everything I ve read so far by Terry Pratchett, so perhaps my 5 stars should be taken with the proverbial grain of salt Still, I enjoyed this one immensely The Discworld books sometimes have series within the overall series that follow a group of characters This book is the 2nd in what I call the Guards series, following the Night Watch of Ankh Morpork which is led by Sam Vimes After the events of Guards Guards the Watch is being expanded, both in number and in ethnicity Affirmative action of a sort has come to the Watch, and the new hires include trolls, dwarves, and werewolves, among others Sam Vimes is planning on retiring from the Watch after his upcoming wedding, and a series of mysterious murders is occuring with an apparently new type of weapon, which fires metal pellets through the air I recommend reading the book Guards, Guards first if you can, but like most all of the Disworld series that I ve read, this one can stand alone or even be your first foray into the Discworld if this is the only book available at the moment I definitely urge anyone who enjoys fantasy, adventure, humor, satire and a touch of hard boiled mystery to check this one out asap.