Men at Arms

Men at Arms

Book - 1994 | Corgi edition.
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'Funny, wise and mock heroic . . . The funniest and best crafted book I have read all year' Sunday Express

The Discworld is very much like our own - if our own were to consist of a flat planet balanced on the back of four elephants which stand on the back of a giant turtle, that is . . .
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'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 shoving).

And 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 . . .
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The Discworld novels can be read in any order but Men At Arms is the second book in the City Watch series.

Publisher: London [England] : Corgi, 1994.
Edition: Corgi edition.
ISBN: 9780552167536
0552167533
Branch Call Number: PRA
Characteristics: 427 pages ;,20 cm.

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neko Aug 24, 2009

The mystery of murder will never be read the same way again. A delight to read.


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GuyN
Nov 05, 2018

I reread this on a Pratchett binge and found I didn't remember some of it. I must have read it only once. It is vintage Pratchett and well worth multiple readings.

JCLRachelC Jun 22, 2017

One of my all-time favorite Discworld novels. The power of truth, the importance of law, and why power should never go unchecked. Also side-splittingly hilarious.

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ilovesfpl8392
Jul 15, 2015

Great book, recommend this to anybody who likes funny fantasy.

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augsburgerin
Jul 13, 2015

Terry Pratchett at his best: Something has gone missing from the Assassins Guild, affirmative action has added trolls, dwarfs and werewolves to the city guard, Corporal Vimes is getting married and a descendant of the last king of Ankh-Morpork may be walking the streets of the city.

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Eosos
Jul 03, 2014

Much as I love Discworld, I don't often give its books 5 stars. I save that extra star for the really awesome ones and I rather think this is one of them.
The characters on the Watch are a particular kind of special, their inane antics are fun, their thought processes bizarre and the trouble they get in is all kinds of amusing.

neko Aug 24, 2009

The mystery of murder will never be read the same way again. A delight to read.

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