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Monstrous Regiment

by Terry Pratchett
  • Four stars
    Put this on your must read list!
    Time Spent: Approx. 7 hours 8.510. Another checkmark on my quest to read every Disc World novel! I'm currently getting through the standalones while waiting for my library to have the next book in the 'Death' series available. Describing the plot of this book without getting into any spoilers, despite the spoilers themselves being the entire twist and focus of the point it's trying to make, is difficult. It follows a young woman named Polly, who disguises herself as a man and joins the army to find and bring home her older brother, Paul, who she's always taken care of due to his intellectual disability. It talks a lot about inherent sexism in the military, and it struck me a bit when Polly talked about how when people saw her as male, they treated her like just another person. To a much lesser extent, I experienced similar feelings to Polly when I would always use a male or gender-neutral avatar in online games, as people would often treat women differently. This novel was funny, excellently crafted, and, after I'd finally learned everyone's.. names complicated, for spoilery reasons, I found myself invested in the majority of their characters. Some, such as Shufti, were pretty underdeveloped, but, considering it is based on a regiment of soldiers, that's to be expected for some characters. Bookshelf worthy!
    Victoria H Grade 12