Sometimes, a book falls into your lap unsuspecting. This was definitely the case with Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett. Quite a few years ago, I was a member of the Book of the Month Club, a mail-order book club that sent monthly shipments of new releases automatically to subscribers, UNLESS you notified them not to send a particular shipment. Of course, being human, once in a while, I’d forget to send in the card and I’d be sent a book I didn’t particularly want to read. That’s what happened with Monstrous Regiment
It’s a science fiction/fantasy novel about a war taking place between the imaginary countries of Borogrovia and Ankh-Morpork. It’s been going on a very long time, and Borogrovia is losing badly (although they aren’t exactly honest with their citizens about that fact). Polly Perks is badly missing her brother, who joined up some time ago and hasn’t been heard from since. She decides to take matters into her own hands, cut off her hair and enlist, in an effort to find her brother Paul.
Not long after joining the Borogrovian army, Polly realizes there is something odd about this new group of recruits. Besides the fact that not all of them are actually human, they are also not actually males – they are females!
Pratchett succeeds in producing a highly readable and amusing novel that examines the human farce that is war. It was definitely not my usual genre, but I liked it and developed an appreciation for Terry Pratchett’s writing style.
3 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2003
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