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Men at Arms ✯ [BOOKS] ⚣ Men at Arms By Terry Pratchett ✼ – '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 Wat 'What's so hard about pulling a sword out of a stone The real work's already been Men at PDF/EPUB ² 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 disualified 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.

10 thoughts on “Men at Arms

  1. Patrick Patrick says:

    “The reason that the rich were so rich Vimes reasoned was because they managed to spend less moneyTake 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 he was in Ankh Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobblesBut the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that'd still be keeping his feet dry in ten years' time while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feetThis was the Captain Samuel Vimes 'Boots' theory of socioeconomic unfairness” Things like this aren't the only reason I love Terry Pratchett but they're one of the main reasons

  2. Mario the lone bookwolf Mario the lone bookwolf says:

    uota policy by integrating minorities in the already chaotic and dysfunctional City Watch while a military arms race and intrigues are boilingPrejudices and racism are some of the main tropes behind the curtain and this often used elements come to ingenious culminations with the integration of alternative fighters from contrasting fantasy folks Using the different magic abilities weaknesses and natural hereditary enmities as metaphors the City Watch turns into a multicultural melting pot of ideas stereotypes and vendettas I am not sure how many dark fantasy comedy detective novels could be seen as heirs of this idea of investigating trolls werewolves vampires zombies whatevers but the potential of using the magic abilities for finding the nasty criminals has great potential as it unites plot character and ability and enables manifold expansion options As far as I know Butcher did it best with his close to legendary Dresden Files series and I am too lazy to remember and name similar authorsThese two elements open and hidden racism the different abilities secret superweapons another evil force in the background next to Vetinari and jay a wedding how romantic make it one of Pratchett's best works He is now at the peak of his craft took some books to really get started and become professional and will from the novels of this middle golden age period on be one of the best or even the best humoristic author Until he turns so dark that I still remember some of the extremely depressing and sad scenes he used in his later workCarrot is big in this his subtle Vetinari style cool badassness is urgently needed to handle the situation I didn´t look enough for the innuendos and connotations surrounding Carrot´s secret and how it plays with the philosophy of good leadership and responsibility I have to take a detailed glimpse at it in the big rereadI also don´t remember enough about the implications innuendos and gags regarding militarization and how new technology can be used abused and misused and how Pratchett instrumentalized one of the most defining elements of human history to satirize greed and misled patriotism Technologies and ideologies and their influence on or less primitive societies are an often seen element of his work something reality should possibly cut a slice off from because these two little critters are often underestimated or simply overseen harbingers of prosperity or doomTropes show how literature is conceptualized and created and which mixture of elements makes works and genres uniue one is added to all Pratchettian reviews The idea of the dissected motifs rocks highlighting the main real world inspirational elements of fiction and satire is something usually done with so called higher literature but a much interesting field in readable literature as it offers the joy of reading subtle criticism and feeling smart all together

  3. Patrick Patrick says:

    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 GuardsAll 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 ThudCarrot 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 SupermanGiven that comparison it's not surprising that Vimes keeps our attention Perfect characters just aren't compelling in the same wayPart 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

  4. Brandon Sanderson Brandon Sanderson says:

    This review is from 2006All right the short of it is I really liked the book The long of it is I’m very annoyed at TerryThose 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 RowlingWhat 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 bornTurns 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 goI 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 arcsHow 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 irresistibleGood 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 dramaSo 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

  5. Lyn Lyn says:

    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 mittenDiscworld 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 euality 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 pulpitWe also get to know The Patrician better and really a winning element of this book is Pratchett’s mature and ualitative characterization We knew these players before but in these pages Pratchett provides illuminating introductions – like getting to know acuaintances and becoming better friendsDiscworld 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

  6. Bradley Bradley says:

    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 novelVimes was great but who really stole the show was Carrot I'll love Vimes a lot in the future but for now Carrot is KINGOr 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 rightOther 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

  7. Adrian Adrian says:

    So what do I think ? Well when I started in Jan 19 rereading these Discworld novels in order it had been some years since I last read any of them I started remembering characters from my earlier reads I remember thinking oh Rincewind is just excellent then it was oh but the three witches are so funny and of course DEATH is the best character and then as you move through the books you come across the Night Watch and you suddenly realise that they are your new favouriteThis book was just so well written and the characters in the Night Watch including the new recruits are so well formed after even only a couple of ages The existing NW characters are of course like old friends Vimes Carrot and Nobby and they are also joined by Gaspode the talking dog and a couple of cameo appearances from CMOT DibblerA great story with a worthy end and truly deserving of the 5 stars

  8. Melki Melki says:

    Vimes smiled Someone was trying to kill him and that made him feel alive than he had done in daysAnd they were also slightly less intelligent than he was This is a uality you should always pray for in your would be murdererMurders 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 onThis 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 ShowThere's all thisPLUS the Librarian gets to attend yet another wedding Oook OookDid I enjoy this book? Does a dragon explode in the woods?

  9. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    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 whyTo 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

  10. ᴥ Irena ᴥ ᴥ Irena ᴥ says:

    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 whileI 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 itselfI loved itI 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 werewolvesAs if I needed another reason to love the Watch

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