Christin, August 15, 2012 (view all comments by Christin)
Brilliant! One of Pratchett's best. I'm making my way through the Discworld books all willynilly, but out of the ones I've read so far I think this is my favorite. It was hilarious and somehow managed to be pessimistic with an optimistic end note. I liked that it didn't go for the simplistic sort of "war is bad, therefore people who make war are bad," "the world would be better if it were run by women," and "this amazing feat of daring/crazy revelation about the top brass change everything for women from now on" kind of storylines you usually see in these kinds of books. I appreciated the attention to the nuances of each of these situations. Pratchett is great at writing female characters, mostly because I think he doesn't write female characters, he just writes characters, some of whom happen to be women, if you know what I mean.
My favorite few throw away bits were Maladict(a)'s Vietnam flashsideways and Vimes laughing at the Zlobenian soldiers when Polly told them to shove their offer up their jumpers. They just made me giggle!
Also, I've been loudly denouncing various things as Abominations Unto Nuggan for the last few days. It's more fun than it ought to be.
Alex George, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Alex George)
Although taking place in the Discworld series, this is another fine stand alone book. Like most Discworld books, you will meet some familiar characters along the way.
This particular story prompts one to consider such lofty subjects as racism and sexism. BUT it does it in such a humorous way that even if you yourself were guilty of such things, you might find a subtle change within yourself at the end of the book.
Even if the underlying subject matter isn't your particular cup of tea, the adventures and characters are so well done that by not reading this you would be doing yourself a disservice to yourself if you are a fan of humorous fantasy at all.
archivecats, January 31, 2010 (view all comments by archivecats)
I had stopped reading Terry Pratchett sometime in college because I thought his books were getting too preachy and weren't as funny anymore. A few years later, I picked up an advance reader's copy of this book - and I loved it. I realized that I now appreciated the fact that Pratchett wasn't just writing silliness for the sake of silliness, that his stories still had lots of humor, but also contained larger ideas about how the world should be. I used this book to turn my father and a friend into Pratchett fans, too. It's very difficult to select a "best book of the decade" - different books are great for different reasons. I am voting for this book because, in addition to being an enjoyable and thought-provoking read, it affected many of my later reading choices, and it helped to connect me with other readers.
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