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Men at Arms By Terry Pratchett Men at Arms A Young Dwarf s DreamCorporal Carrot has been promoted He s now in charge of the new recruits guarding Ankh Morpork Discworld s greatest city from Barbarian Tribes Miscellaneous Marauders unlicens

  • Title: Men at Arms
  • Author: Terry Pratchett
  • ISBN: 9780061092190
  • Page: 277
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Men at Arms By Terry Pratchett A Young Dwarf s DreamCorporal Carrot has been promoted He s now in charge of the new recruits guarding Ankh Morpork, Discworld s greatest city, from Barbarian Tribes, Miscellaneous Marauders, unlicensed Thieves, and such It s a big job, particularly for an adopted dwarf.But an even bigger job awaits An ancient document has just revealed that Ankh Morpork, ruled for decaA Young Dwarf s DreamCorporal Carrot has been promoted He s now in charge of the new recruits guarding Ankh Morpork, Discworld s greatest city, from Barbarian Tribes, Miscellaneous Marauders, unlicensed Thieves, and such It s a big job, particularly for an adopted dwarf.But an even bigger job awaits An ancient document has just revealed that Ankh Morpork, ruled for decades by Disorganized crime, has a secret sovereign And his name is CarrottAnd so begins the most awesome epic encounter of all time, or at least all afternoon, in which the fate of a city indeed of the universe itself depends on a young man s courage, an ancient sword s magic, and a three legged poodle s bladder.
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    1. Patrick on said:

      The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money.Take boots, for example He earned thirty eight dollars a month plus allowances A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where [...]

    2. Patrick on said:

      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.Car [...]

    3. Brandon Sanderson on said:

      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 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 plot [...]

    4. Lyn on said:

      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 t [...]

    5. Phrynne on said:

      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 [...]

    6. Melki on said:

      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.Thi [...]

    7. Steven Harbin on said:

      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 [...]

    8. Gauri on said:

      The characters in this novel were superb, the plot and its ending was wholesome but not idealistic, and the narration was hilarious I m not sentimental about the series yet, but I bet I ll get there eventually Man, Pratchett is something else I can t think of an author I ve read last that was able to comment on society, provide fleshed out characters and a good plot, and present it all neatly with great humor Maybe I just haven t been reading enough

    9. Richard on said:

      8.5 10I m going to say that to date this is the best Discworld novel I ve read The characters are well rounded with a blend of people from the last novel developing further and new additions adding to humour and conflict in equal measure The plot is well written with plenty of twists and turns and not until near the end did things tie up nicely making it a well driven read The layers to this novel were quite something, on the surface this is a murder plot but underneath it is littered with polit [...]

    10. Kaethe on said:

      2013 July 4Pratchett can write a novel about integration and politics and gun control that keeps one amused and engrossed and thoroughly engaged the whole time I enjoyed it so much that as soon as I was finished I purchased the next Discworld book I hadn t yet read, Interesting Times, to start immediately.And as many Pratchett books as I have read and loved at this point, I still find it hard to say why they re so great There is always plot, often than enough for several books In this case ther [...]

    11. YouKneeK on said:

      Men at Arms is the second book in the City Watch subseries of Discworld I liked this one better than the first book, Guards Guards The story held my interest much better, and I enjoyed the characters Of course, it had a lot of the same characters as the first book, but I thought this one focused on interesting characters I like Carrot quite a bit, and we see a lot of him in this book There are also two new members of the watch, Cuddy the Dwarf and Detritus don t salute the Troll, and I really [...]

    12. Pavle on said:

      Kad Pra et dobije etvorku, to ne zna i ni ta drugo do da sam ja baksuz I da me nervira Kerot Elem, Pra et je mudar, hrabar i ludo vozi, svesve I ovaj deo je, pored nepresu nog izvora dovitljivosti stvarno, kako kako toliko , karakteristi no pra etovski inteligentna i promi ljena meditacija na temu rasizma, nasilja, vlasti i ljudskosti Jednom re ju u svetu u kom je fraza re , roman je nepopravljivo human Ali premalo Vajmsa Previ e Kerota A ja baksuz 4

    13. David Sarkies on said:

      The Nightwatch Returns13 February 2014 Terry Pratchett is now taking aim at the detective fiction in his gonne sights in one of the most amusing Discworld books that I have read to date though that is a bit of an exaggeration, but this book does sit up there with the best of the series We now return to the antics of the nightwatch and discover that there have been some promotions though poor Noddy is not among the ones who have been promoted The Patrician has also decided to embrace the idea of [...]

    14. Tfitoby on said:

      Barely a year has passed since the last idiot in Ankh Morpork thought they could unleash an unholy hell to help them overthrow the great tyrant ruler of their city state only to find themselves meeting the grinning face of the feline loving Death of the Disc sooner than anticipated and somebody is at it again, only this time with the help of a gonne Vimes is off getting married and Carrot is inheriting a watch embracing equal opportunities, including the evolution of Detritus the troll in to ser [...]

    15. Sarah Sammis on said:

      Men at Arms is the second book I ve read for the Beach Blanket Bonanza My husband whom I originally introduced to Pratchett s books has been selecting the best of the Discworld books for me to read and I have been enjoying these reading assignments thoroughly.Men at Arms is the next in the Night Watch group of books Vimes is on the eve of his retirement from the watch and about to get married Meanwhile, bodies are showing up in Ankh Morpork and a new weapon has been stolen Carrot and a bunch of [...]

    16. Ms. Smartarse on said:

      When I have first encountered the members of the City Watch, I rather disliked them They were always misunderstanding everything due to missing about half of the big picture, and thus causing additional problems for the hero.Thud , the first novel that I ve read about them, didn t exactly endear the characters to me either Oh I liked Angua smart, pretty, with a mysterious monthly affliction AND all around dangerous aura basically the epitome of a kick ass heroine.Thinking back on it, I m guessin [...]

    17. Olga Godim on said:

      This novel was a joy to read The second in the Watch sub series, it is as much a fantasy as a mystery People often die in Ankh Morpork, mostly from suicide walking along some of the city streets after dark is definitely suicidal , but now a series of murders have been committed Sam Vimes, the Captain of the Night Watch, starts the investigation, and various complications spring in his way with predictable regularity The plot of this novel is just a pencil sketch, a colorless collection of events [...]

    18. Jamie on said:

      Men at Arms is Terry Pratchett s fifteenth woah, really This is the fifteenth Discwordld book And I m not even HALFWAY done with the series yet And he s still writing them That s AWESOME Anyway, in Men at Arms returns to the metropolis of Ank Morpork, specifically the Night Watch charged with preventing suicides, such as suicide by strolling through the wrong part of town or saying the wrong thing to any of its inhabitants Captain Samuel Vimes is relegated mostly a B story for most of the novel, [...]

    19. Wiebke (1book1review) on said:

      I love love love this book The way we get to learn about the characters in the watch and also the Patrician is amazing I feel like a broken record, but read these books

    20. Magrat Ajostiernos on said:

      3,5 5 Por qu no puede salir Vimes TODO EL TIEMPO Muy fan de Detritus

    21. Carly on said:

      Men at Arms, the first 1 book in Pratchett s City Watch subseries, makes for a wonderful introduction to the characters and world of Discworld Admittedly, it s comparitively weak in some respects like so many other series I ve encountered, it suffers from first book syndrome weaker characterization, predictable plot, and less elegant language However, once you read it, you can get into the good stuff with an almost complete background of the characters It can also be safely skipped in favour of [...]

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    23. Dimitris on said:

      So, does it take wiping tears off one s face to know if a book you ve just finished was worth the read And I m not talking tears of laughter, though Men at Arms is so wonderful at attacking one with a sense of humour oscillating from the brilliant puns and ingenious word play to the outright outrageous fun, often taking a traditional comedy gag and turning it on its back And then tickling it senseless Add to that, a brilliant humanistic in the broader sense of course, as This reader is very much [...]

    24. Patrick Grau on said:

      La saga de la Guardia de Sir Pratchett es de por s , un buen conjunto de NOVELAS NEGRAS por definici n, y esta en concreto no es buena Es MUY BUENA El asesino ronda por ah desde el principio Que por supuesto no os dir quien es No tiene el cl sico error de Agatha Christie de sacarse pistas de la manga, as como personajes, en la resoluci n del caso, no Los personajes El estreno de Angua, Detritus Cuando se le enfr a el cerebro Terry QUE MASTER DEL UNIVERSO NARRATIVO ERES, JODER , Vimes que se casa [...]

    25. K.M. Weiland on said:

      Sublimely hilarious, beautifully plotted Peopled with a delightful cast, most notably the charmingly heroic and lovable Carrot My favorite Pratchett book so far.

    26. Bram on said:

      Reading Men at Arms and reconnecting with Cpl Carrot, Cpt Vimes and the guys felt like coming home I thoroughly enjoyed Guards Guards and coming back to the Night Watch was an awesome experience, like slipping back into a comfortable pair of slacks.StoryThe main storyline is a murder mystery, wrapped into the regular Discworld crazyness This time the not so subtle undercurrent is a social critique on ethnic diversity, and as usual, it s handled with aplomb and buckets of absurdities.World Buildi [...]

    27. Nicole on said:

      I ll get my three complaints out of the way first 1 Why did Cuddy the dwarf Watchman have to die That was just cruel, even for a book series in which Death is a recurring character He was so funny and good, and he and Detritus the troll made such a cute pair of buddies The cooling helmet Cuddy made for Detritus to help him think was wonderful 2 Gaspode the talking dog has started to get on my nerves a little 3 I wish it had taken longer for Carrot and Angua to get together That development was a [...]

    28. Laleh on said:

      I love Pratchett s work, he always makes you laugh, and think about things you d never really thought about beforebut this oneis was the first Discworld book that made me cry.The whole fragility of the human mind s ability to become reliant dependent under the control of urges is a recurring concept in literature, one that always leaves me shuddering and fascinated.The One Ring, The Gonne, MorphineIf only someone could write an all encompassing book on how the human race could wind up living hap [...]

    29. Leslie on said:

      4 stars I have only read 2 other Discworld books so I hesitated to rate this as a 5 because maybe I will like some of the other books in the series even In the end, I decided I can always change my rating later if necessary.Pratchett writes a story that moves right along yet manages to slip in things for you to mull over along the way, such as the true purpose of police or the nature of power I love the footnotes, which I noticed in the first of his books I read, Hogfather Carrot, the simple ye [...]

    30. Megan Baxter on said:

      I ve said before that my enjoyment of Terry Pratchett books tends to wane in direct proportion to how I m feeling Oddly, when I m not feeling well, his books seem to hit a sweet spot the perfect amount of attention and diversion When I m feeling well, they don t tickle me quite so much.Note The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

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