Monday, April 22, 2013

Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett

I continue to enjoy my read from start to finish through the (happily) very many Discworld novels. I am looking forward to the point where Stephen Briggs starts narrating them - he is my favorite. I particularly like the way each novel focuses on a particular area of the Discworld - sometimes it's witches, sometimes it's Death - and this time we return to the men of Ankh-Morpork's City Watch.

Something mysterious is going on in the city.  Something's been stolen, but no one wants to admit what it was, where it was, or even that it was, in fact, stolen.  And people are dying in a most violent way, a way that seems to be connected to the stolen object in question. A fun and entertaining hard-boiled fantasy crime-solving spree ensues, involving dragons, clowns, assassins, psychotic dogs, and some very interesting new recruits to the City Watch.

It's funny and full of action and adventure but, because it's Pratchett, it's also intelligent, thoughtful and full of heart. Highly recommended.

Books in the Discworld series:
1. The Color of Magic
2. The Light Fantastic
3. Equal Rites
4. Mort 
5. Sourcery
6. Wyrd Sisters
7. Pyramids 
8. Guards, Guards
9. Eric
10. Moving Pictures
11. Reaper Man
12. Witches Abroad
13. Small Gods
14. Lords and Ladies
15. Men at Arms
16. Soul Music
17. Interesting Times
18. Maskerade
19. Feet of Clay
20. Hogfather
21. Jingo
22. The Last Continent
23. Carpe Jugulum
24. The Fifth Elephant
25. The Truth
26. The Thief of Time
27. The Last Hero
28. The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents

29. Nightwatch
30. The Wee Free Men
31. Monstrous Regiment
32. A Hat Full of Sky
33. Going Postal

34. Thud
35. Wintersmith
36. Making Money

37. Unseen Academicals
38. I Shall Wear Midnight
39. Snuff

Men at Arms (#15 in the Discworld series) by Terry Pratchett; narrated by Nigel Planer (Random House Audiobooks, 2007)


  1. I am so. far. behind. Perhaps Small Gods will tempt me next...

  2. Kiirstin - Well, look at it this way: you have so many wonderful books waiting for you! You know you will love them all, some more than others, of course, but all good. I think that when I've worked my way through them all, a little at a time, I'll be ready to start at the top and have another go.

  3. Ah, I love the City Guards! They're my favorite Discworld subseries. You have so many wonderful ones with them still to go. Have fun!

    1. The guards are a lot of fun! I think I still prefer the witches, but they are all great. Usually I'm daunted by the length of a series, but I just feel comforted by the length of the Discworld series - it's great just knowing that they're there!


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