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Monstrous Regiment is a fantasy novel by British writer Terry Pratchett, the 31st novel in his Discworld series.

Monstrous Regiment is a fantasy novel by British writer Terry Pratchett, the 31st novel in his Discworld series. It takes its name from the anti-Catholic 16th century tract by John Knox, the full title of which is The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women. Monstrous Regiment was nominated for a Locus Award in 2004.

Monstrous Regiment (Discworld is a Fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett

Monstrous Regiment (Discworld is a Fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett. The bulk of Monstrous Regiment takes place in the small, bellicose country of Borogravia, a highly conservative country, whose people live according to the increasingly psychotic decrees of its favored deity, Nuggan. The main feature of his religion is the Abominations; a long, often-updated list of banned things.

The Discworld is the fictional setting of Terry Pratchett’s most iconic series. All the Discworld novels take place on a flat, circular world which sits on the back of four elephants, which stand on the back of a giant star turtle. Although this world may look and sound completely different to our own, the Discworld novels explore a multitude of very human issues.

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Also by Terry Pratchett. Polly cut off her hair in front of the mirror, feeling slightly guilty about not feeling very guilty about doing so. It was supposed to be her crowning glory, and everyone said it was beautiful, but she generally wore it in a net when she was working. Right, lad. The jolly old Cheesemongers. Finest regiment there is, in the finest army in the world. Keen to join, then, are yer?’ ‘Keen as mustard, sir!’ said Polly, aware of the corporal’s suspicious eyes on her.

Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he was the author of over fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. He died in March 2015.

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Monstrous Regiment book. Terry Pratchett’s 31st Discworld novel, first published in 2003, is somewhat of a departure from the other series. Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett deals with several of the seven deadly sins, namely pride, greed and wrath. We see Sam Vimes and some members of his watch and there are distant grumblings about Ankh-Morpork, but this is for the most part a stand alone about the small, proud truculent nation of Borogravia. Also "lesser" sins like stupidity, ignorance, misogyny and bigotry. It's a wonderful book!

Monstrous Regiment is the 31st novel in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series

Monstrous Regiment is the 31st novel in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. It takes its name from the 16th century tract by Protestant John Knox against the Catholic female sovereigns of the day, the full title of which is The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women. In it he argued that the Bible supported the position of men over women (Adam was born first) in governing the affairs of state

Polly Perks had to become a boy in a hurry. Cutting off her hair and wearing trousers was easy. Learning to fart and belch in public and walk like an ape took more time ...And now she's enlisted in the army, and searching for her lost brother. But there's a war on. There's always a war on. And Polly and her fellow recruits are suddenly in the thick of it, without any training, and the enemy is hunting them. All they have on their side is the most artful sergeant in the army and a vampire with a lust for coffee. Well ...they have the Secret. And as they take the war to the heart of the enemy, they have to use all the resources of ...the Monstrous Regiment. -It began as a sudden strange fancy ...Polly Perks had to become a boy in a hurry. Cutting off her hair and wearing trousers was easy. Learning to fart and belch in public and walk like an ape took more time ...And now she's enlisted in the army, and searching for her lost brother. But there's a war on. There's always a war on. And Polly and her fellow recruits are suddenly in the thick of it, without any training, and the enemy is hunting them. All they have on their side is the most artful sergeant in the army and a vampire with a lust for coffee. Well ...they have the Secret. And as they take the war to the heart of the enemy, they have to use all the resources of ...the Monstrous Regiment.

Comments: (7)

Goltizuru
SPOILER ALERT ! ! !
Read no further if you wish to be surprised.

You were warned.

A satire on the military in which the only effective soldiers turn out to be women (an abomination in the country). Pratchett takes many of the cliches of military fiction and turns them in to a funny story. Sir Terry was never a fan of war or the army. That is quite clear in this and some of his other stories.
The country fighting is one of random, persistent repression that has managed to declare war on all of its neighbors and some distant countries as well. The war is prompted by many statements from their god who hates everything from women in men's clothing to small stones.
A delightful ending.
Snake Rocking
Monstrous Regiment is one of my favorite Discworld novels, and I got a second copy for a friend. Polly wants to find/save her brother after he has gone off to fight in the Borogravian army, which is facing a large opposition from several nations, including Ankh-Morpork, But due to the backward religion/laws of her country, women cannot fight and so she must disguise herself as a boy to get into the army. This leads to some interesting developments/adaptations for Polly, calling herself Oliver, to act and appear as a boy as she manages to get into one of the smallest, poorest, ragtag regiments of her country's army, including some 'monsters' like a vampire, troll, and an Igor. But what Polly learns about her regiment, army life, and the real conditions of her country's war changes her perspective as well. And then things get strange, as they tend to do in Discworld.
anneli
Polly Perks, the tavernkeeper's daughter, disguises herself as a boy & runs off to join the army in search of her brother, who has gone missing in the war. Her little country (Borogravia), theoretically governed by a duchess whom no one has seen in decades & bound by a set of increasingly arbitrary Abominations forbidden by the god Nuggan (not just women in trousers, but also dwarfs, barking dogs, shirts with 6 buttons, cheese, chocolate and garlic, and the color blue) is fighting a losing battle with neighboring Zlobenia in a centuries-long border squabble (the river keeps moving its course so the boundaries keep changing). One by one, it turns out that her "fellow" enlistees are also young women - or, as is most often the case on Discworld, young females of various ethnic persuasions (trolls, for example). As always with Pratchett, courage & common sense carry the day, albeit only for the time being. (Pratchett loves a happy ending, but he's never foolish enough to let us think that there are truly "endings" among squabbling peoples.) Few writers satirize the idiocy of religion-based (or for that matter, any-other-based) wars as well as Pratchett. Unfortunately, the jokes about women in uniform, & women disguised as men disguised as women & vice versa, start to wear thin, & the surprise ending drags out & doesn't really play fair with the reader.
BeatHoWin
"Monstrous Regiment" shouldn't work. The mix of fantasy, humor, war novel, social commentary (especially regarding the place of women in society), tying it in to the larger overarching storylines that have developed in the Discworld novels and creating a new setting and mostly brand new cast should have been a mess.

It shouldn't have worked, but it did.

Borogravia is a small isolated backwater of a nation, with its only natural resources apparently being an infinitely deep well of hostility for its neighbors, flavored with the worship of a pugnacious (and increasingly strange) god and the cult of personality surrounding a ruler who has not been seen in decades and who never produced an heir.

And like all nations that can least afford a war, Borogravia is endlessly involved in them, typically as the aggressor. The nation is being steadily depopulated of men with all their limbs. Finally, Polly Perks has decided she's had enough -- her slow-witted brother has been taken off to war, and she has no idea whether he's alive or dead, and she's determined to find him and bring him back to the family inn. So Polly cuts her hair, disguises herself as a man (simple in a country where all women wear skirts or dresses, especially for a girl with a somewhat boyish figure) and joins the military.

Of course, it's never quite that simple. This is war, after all, and a war that Borogravia has not just lost, but is apparently about to lose decisively, once and for all. Fortunatelly, Borogravians are both ignorant and pugnacious, and fighting for their horrible little country, because it's THEIR horrible little country is what comes naturally. Despite overwhelming odds, including a massive coalition of foreign governments sick to the back teeth of the little country, Polly's unit -- which hides more secrets than just hers -- blunders its way into history, fame and the possibility of transforming Borogravia forever.

In addition to telling a gripping adventure story of Polly's unit roaming the wasteland that was once Borogravia, pursued by a very angry prince and his crack troops, and heading towards an impregnable castle that they have no chance to break into, let alone take, Pratchett is also making a very real examination of military life (one decidedly slanted in favor of the enlisted units, in Pratchett's typical populist style) and, more importantly, what it means to be a woman in society and in the military. This is a lot for a little novel to be packed with, and it doesn't always work -- the Vietnam movie jokes that are tossed in are only mildly cute and probably should have been cut -- and there's probably too many interesting characters in her unit -- as neat as trolls, Igors and the Discworld vampires are, we don't need them in this novel, and certainly not both of them.

But overall, the book works, and works well, as an adventure novel, a military novel and even a novel that, in its own way, is an examination of modern female roles. In a lot of ways, its ambition helps elevate it -- instead of just being a romp through the streets of Ankh-Morporkh (as fun as those may be), "Monstrous Regiment" is elevated to the level of "Small Gods" (with which it shares a bit of cosmology) and other "deeper" Discworld novels.

Strongly recommended for Discworld fans, and generally recommended for readers of military fantasy novels, including "The Black Company" and "A Song of Ice and Fire." It's surprising how much of a commentary "Monstrous Regiment" appears to be of those darker, more "adult" novels at times.
Ndlaitha
I think this book falls in the Light Fantasy genre. Though it does have some high fantasy elements.

Well written. And though the book covers topics that aren't really as much of a issue any more it covers them well and doesn't feel outdated.

Does have a little violence. Touches on sexual topics. Though there is no actual sex in the book. Gives me the sense that it is mostly a feel good read. Does contain messages of value and pertinent to current times.

Very much worth reading. Especially if you like the Disc-World series of books.
Moswyn
Terry Pratchett is a master storyteller. In Monstrous Regiment, he tells the poignant story of a woman enlisting in the army to find her brother, who is missing in action. He manages to skewer prejudice, war, politics, bravery/cowardice in one fell swoop. The book contains many outright laughs but is touching in parts to bring tears to your eyes.
Really one of the best Pratchett books I've read so far. (Alas, they fall like flies!) Not to be missed!
Monstrous Regiment (Discworld Novels) download epub
Genre Fiction
Author: Tony Robinson,Terry Pratchett
ISBN: 0552149403
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Corgi Audio; Abridged edition (September 30, 2003)