Men At Arms, Terry Pratchett

Reviewed By
Karen Chisholm

Book 15 of the Discworld series and my self-appointed challenge of listening to the entire series for start to end is proceeding apace. Granted part of that is because Covid-19 lockdown has meant I'm spending a lot more time driving around doing errands, hence my listening time has doubled, but mostly it's because I'm really loving this. Sure some of the books are slightly better than others (and I still love the Witches ones in particular), but even a poor Discworld novel is still a delight to listen to.

In this outing The Watch is pushed to it's very limits as Ankh-Morpork is descending into chaos. Whilst it might seem like a Watch made up of quite a few outsiders including a couple of dwarves, a troll, a werewolf and Corporal Nobbs (who, in the words of the blurb, has been disqualified from the human race for shoving), is an under-staffed, and put upon Watch, they've never seen Corporal Carrot when he's miffed, and Lance-Constable Angua when she's on the trail of something.

It should come as no surprise that there are plenty of crime fiction elements to The Watch outings of the Discworld series - even if sometimes you might find the analogy stretched to twanging point, but I don't mind if they aren't that obvious, or even if they aren't there at all. The Discworld audio series is proving highly entertaining, and for once, a challenge I'm not finding it hard to stay with at all.


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The town of Ankh-Morpork is in big trouble, and the City Watch is desperate for a few good men to protect it. But all they've got are the dwarves Corporal Carrot and Lance-constable Cuddy; the troll Lance-constable Detritus; Lance-constable Angua, who is believed to be a woman; and, worst of all, Corporal Nobbs, who has been disqualified from the human race for shoving! These underdogs need all the help they can get, for they've been given only 24 hours to clean up the war-torn town.

Review Men At Arms, Terry Pratchett
Karen Chisholm
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

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