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He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong and the wind in the leaves. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of no-man's-land gone? For that matter, where has Percy gone? Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive—some say mad, others allege dangerous—scientist who seems to have vanished.

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Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson find a curious gadget: It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way humankind views the world forever. The first novel in an exciting new collaboration between Discworld creator Terry Pratchett and the acclaimed SF writer Stephen Baxter, The Long Earth transports readers to the ends of the earth—and far beyond. All it takes is a single step. Snuff Terry Pratchett For nearly three decades, Terry Pratchett has enthralled millions of fans worldwide with his irreverent, wonderfully funny satires set in the fabulously imaginative Discworld, a universe remarkably similar to our own.

From sports to religion, politics to education, science to capitalism, and everything in between, Pratchett has skewered sacred cows with both laughter and wisdom, and exposed our warts, foibles, and eccentricities in a unique, entertaining, and ultimately serious way. At long last, Lady Sybil has lured her husband, Sam Vimes, on a well-deserved holiday away from the crime and grime of Ankh-Morpork. But for the commander of the City Watch, a vacation in the country is anything but relaxing.

The balls, the teas, the muck—not to mention all that fresh air and birdsong—are more than a bit taxing on a cynical city-born and -bred copper. As he sets off on the chase, though, he must remember to watch where he steps. This is the countryside, after all, and the streets most definitely are not paved with gold. In The Light Fantastic, only one individual can save the world from a disastrous collision. Unfortunately, the hero happens to be the singularly inept wizard Rincewind, who was last seen falling off the edge of the world.

Raising Steam Terry Pratchett The new Discworld novel, the 40th in the series, sees the Disc's first train come steaming into town. Change is afoot in Ankh-Morpork. Discworld's first steam engine has arrived, and once again Moist von Lipwig finds himself with a new and challenging job. Terry Pratchett Here there be dragons Long believed extinct, a superb specimen of draco nobilis "noble dragon" for those who don't understand italics has appeared in Discworld's greatest city.

Not only does this unwelcome visitor have a nasty habit of charbroiling everything in its path, in rather short order it is crowned King it is a noble dragon, after all A nightmarish danger threatens from the other side of reality. Armed with only a frying pan and her common sense, young witch-to-be Tiffany Aching must defend her home against the monsters of Fairyland.

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Luckily she has some very unusual help: Together they must face headless horsemen, ferocious grimhounds, terrifying dreams come true, and ultimately the sinister Queen of the Elves herself. Mort Terry Pratchett Terry Pratchett's profoundly irreverent novels are consistent number one bestseller in England, where they have catapulted him into the highest echelons of parody next to Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and Carl Hiaasen.

In this Discworld installment, Death comes to Mort with an offer he can't refuse -- especially since being, well, dead isn't compulsory. As Death's apprentice, he'll have free board and lodging, use of the company horse, and he won't need time off for family funerals. The position is everything Mort thought he'd ever wanted, until he discovers that this perfect job can be a killer on his love life.

As the witch of the Chalk, Tiffany Aching performs the distinctly unglamorous work of caring for the needy. But someone—or something—is inciting fear, generating dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches. I guess the reason I liked Men at Arms was that balance. It was funny—and not in a cheap way either. It was funny in a clever, scholarly, satire sort of way, with an occasional bad pun or lowbrow shot to keep you on your toes. But, somehow, Pratchett still managed to make me care a great deal about his characters.

How well Terry did this is still a little dumbfounding to me. All of his characters seemed pretty single-sided at the beginning. Yet, they became irresistible. Good tension in books is based, in my opinion, on making the reader care about the characters. Any book will feel fast paced if the characters are in danger.

And, Terry is obviously a very good craftsman, with excellent pacing beyond his character drama. If you, like me, have been living in a hole and ignoring Pratchett, then this is a good one with which to start. View all 14 comments. Here is another example of playful satire that thinly hides a stinging social and cultural admonishment. In his Discworld novel Men at Arms the 15th Discworld adventure and the second to feature Sam Vimes and his City Watch crew Sir Terry tackles such heavy subjects as racism, sexism, political correctness, class distinctions and the inhumanity of marshal technology but in a decidedly not-too-heavy format; impishly mocking what needs mocking a Was Terry Pratchett the English Kurt Vonnegut?

In his Discworld novel Men at Arms the 15th Discworld adventure and the second to feature Sam Vimes and his City Watch crew Sir Terry tackles such heavy subjects as racism, sexism, political correctness, class distinctions and the inhumanity of marshal technology but in a decidedly not-too-heavy format; impishly mocking what needs mocking and throwing down not the gauntlet but instead the soft mitten.

In Ankh-Morpork, a multi-cultural, pluralistic, metropolitan city if ever there was one, humans live together with trolls, dwarfs and any number of other kinds of folk and Pratchett waxes poetic about the strengths of diversity but at the barstool rather than the pulpit. We knew these players before, but in these pages, Pratchett provides more illuminating introductions — like getting to know acquaintances and becoming better friends. Discworld seems to be to Pratchett what Mars was to Bradbury: Mar 26, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: Discworld Re-Read project I remembered that there was one particular Watch novel that lunged the entire Watch novels out of the stratosphere in terms of how much I grew to LOVE them.

I had forgotten that THIS was that novel. Vimes was great, but who really stole the show was Carrot. That's a matter of perception and some small debate, all of which Carrot himself will probably have the right precedent and moral ou Discworld Re-Read project That's a matter of perception and some small debate, all of which Carrot himself will probably have the right precedent and moral outlook and word to set right. Other than that, this novel deals with racial prejudice in a big way. Trolls and Dwarves are at each other's throats. And then the Assassin's guild is deep in the muck thanks to a little theft and ideology.

And then there's Gaspode. I don't think there's any part of the novel I disliked. Wolves and dogs and romance and bringing back the old monarchy kinda reverberated with a previous novel, of course, but I didn't mind. This was a different kind of beast. This time there was rioting in the streets rather than dragons. View all 3 comments. This was a reread - the last time I read it was so long ago I don't remember: Such a good book!

This man only wrote good books and he is much missed. Men at Arms has to be a hit with me because it contains so many of my favourite characters. There is Corporal Carrot who was adopted as a child by dwarves but is probably the disinherited King of Ankh-Morpork. He has so much charisma he changes the world just by being in it. Captain Vimes is there too, about to get married and leave the Force and This was a reread - the last time I read it was so long ago I don't remember: Captain Vimes is there too, about to get married and leave the Force and not happy about it.

Veterinari plays a delightful role and even manages to make a mistake and get shot which is a first. And then of course there is Death, one of Pratchett's greatest ever characters. You have to read the books to appreciate why. To enjoy these books you have to like the type of humour. I love it and could easily read the whole series again. In fact I probably will!!!

I'm used to an awesome level of brilliance by Sir Terry but this novel might have outdone everything I've read about the Discworld so far! This also means that his retirement is at hand. For a career copper, you can imagine what that prospect means. Moreover, the Night Watch has increased its ranks slightly thanks to the Patrician's inclusion initiativ Holy Moreover, the Night Watch has increased its ranks slightly thanks to the Patrician's inclusion initiative so we have Detritus the troll, Cuddy the dwarf and Angua who is a human female most of the time reinforcing Sgts.

Colon, Nobby and Carrot. When there is a string of murders, the Patrician explicitly forbids Vimes from investigating, starting some awesome police work, wonderful etymological history lessons and character studies as dark as a moonless night please don't argue that moonless nights aren't all that dark thanks to the stars, Captain Vimes already had that discussion.

Oh, and the city needs to be prevented from tearing itself apart because you know what they say about Both new pairs Carrot and Angua as well as Detritus and Cuddy were a banter-filled delight. I actually liked the troll-dwarf combo more than even my beloved Gaspode who also features prominently here. If I had to name a favourite character, I honestly couldn't.

Most of all, many of these shine when they are thrown in together such as the Patrician with Carrot and I love them all dearly. Just like the city itself with all its guilds and rules. The humour is dark, the action breathtaking, the characters lively. I laughed and cried almost through the entire book and was once again astonished how on-point the author was about current events and human nature especially considering the novel's age. Moreover, this definitely served as the gateway to making The Watch into what it is and opening up greater possibilities, giving us readers the promise of many more slap-stick adventures.

View all 6 comments. Someone was trying to kill him, and that made him feel more alive than he had done in days. And they were also slightly less intelligent than he was. This is a quality you should always pray for in your would-be murderer. Murders are rare in Ankh-Morpork. This is a most excellent entry in the Discworld series. In addition to the thrilling mystery, we get to: PLUS, the Librarian gets to attend yet another wedding! Did I enjoy this book? Does a dragon explode in the woods? I'll keep this short. If I had to describe what I think about this story in one sentence it would be as if I need more reasons to love the Watch.

There are so many highlighted parts that I gave up after a while. I didn't read the blurb before, and now I see it has a spoiler in it. At least, I enjoyed finding out that particular thing in the book itself. I rarely listen to audiobooks, but Men at Arms has an excellent narrator Nigel Planer, but I checked the other one too and he too is p I'll keep this short. I rarely listen to audiobooks, but Men at Arms has an excellent narrator Nigel Planer, but I checked the other one too and he too is pretty good.

Everyone has a distinct voice - from trolls to werewolves. As if I needed another reason to love the Watch. I'm probably biased, but I'm come to love everything I've read so far by Terry Pratchett, so perhaps my 5 stars should be taken with the proverbial "grain of salt". Still, I enjoyed this one immensely. The Discworld books sometimes have series within the overall series that follow a group of characters. After the events of Guards! Affirmative action of a sort has come to the Watch, and the new hires include trolls, dwarves, and werewolves, among others. Sam Vimes is planning on retiring from the Watch after his upcoming wedding, and a series of mysterious murders is occuring with an apparently new type of weapon, which fires metal pellets through the air.

I recommend reading the book Guards, Guards first if you can, but like most all of the Disworld series that I've read, this one can stand alone or even be your first foray into the Discworld if this is the only book available at the moment. I definitely urge anyone who enjoys fantasy, adventure, humor, satire and a touch of hard boiled mystery to check this one out asap. The characters in this novel were superb, the plot and its ending was wholesome but not idealistic, and the narration was hilarious. I'm not sentimental about the series yet, but I bet I'll get there eventually.

Man, Pratchett is something else. I can't think of an author I've read last that was able to comment on society, provide fleshed-out characters and a good plot, and present it all neatly with great humor. Maybe I just haven't been reading enough? Jul 24, Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore added it Shelves: As usual, plenty is happening in Ankh-Morpork in this one.

The Night Watch has new recruits, a troll, a dwarf even though Carrot is one too: Carrot is now Corporal, in-charge, of them all. On the other side, Captain Vimes is preparing for his wedding to Lady Syb 17 of the Discworld Books and the second of the Citywatch ones. Vimes wants to get to the bottom of it, as does Carrot, but the Patrician seems to want them not to investigate, or does he? This was a very entertaining, action-packed, and really enjoyable instalment for me. Just remembered an Oscar Wilde one. One aspect that stood out to me in this one was the social side of things—the issues of diversity, representation, people refusing to simply understand other people, very much reflecting the world we inhabit today.

And in its fun way, it was able to deliver the message that if we really get to know each other, we might begin to understand and like each other, even, instead of simply being intent on destruction a small soppy element in the story though I could have done without. This took me a little while to get into my fault I think, reading when much too tired but once I did I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Four and a half stars. The characters are well rounded with a blend of people from the last novel developing further and new additions adding to humour and conflict in equal measure. The plot is well written with plenty of twists and turns and not until near the end did things tie up nicely making it a well driven read. The layers to this novel were quite something, on the surface this is a murder plot but underneath it is littered with po 8.

Saying all that, this is by no means a heavy novel. It's a Discworld novel so it flows really well and the style of writing is whimsical often littered with jokes and humorous interactions. It's truly a satirical novel, Pratchett is often at his best or so it seems when he is critiquing our world through the stupidity of the Discworld folk. If the sub-series of The Watch novels keeps on with this trend then I think I can firmly say that I will be hooked on the whole Discworld series and look to read them all.

Vimes and co are becoming a fine unit and well worth reading about, I look forward to their next adventure. If you like this try: View all 9 comments. So…a dwarf and a troll. He preferred both species to humans. For one thing, neither of them were great readers.

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The Librarian was, of course, very much in favor of reading in general, but readers in particular got on his nerves. There was something, well, sacrilegious about the way they kept taking books off the shelves and wearing out the words by reading them. Jul 08, Kaethe rated it it was amazing Shelves: I enjoyed it so much that as soon as I was finished I purchased the next Discworld book I hadn't yet read, Interesting Times , to start immediately.

And as many Pratchett books as I have read and loved at this point, I still find it hard to say why they're so great. There is always plot, often more than enough for several books. In this ca July 4 Pratchett can write a novel about integration and politics and gun control that keeps one amused and engrossed and thoroughly engaged the whole time. In this case there is a murder to solve and also the struggle of one man who's always been a cop and poorish to find a place for himself when he marries the wealthiest woman in town.

And although are both compelling stories, I don't suggest you read his books to find out what happens. Without being at all precious or lyrical, the important thing about a Pratchett book is that you are being told a story.

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In the way that some actors could bring drama to the a reading of the phone book, Pratchett brings humor and insight to everything he writes, probably including his grocery lists. It's the literary equivalent of screwball comedy with everyone running about and delivering lots of dialogue very quickly and the leading characters are all quite clever.


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The second City Watch story in the Discworld series sees an influx of new recruits to the Night Watch, which includes Cuddy a dwarf , Detritus a troll Trolls and Angua a women as part of a diversity drive. The interaction between all the characte The second City Watch story in the Discworld series sees an influx of new recruits to the Night Watch, which includes Cuddy a dwarf , Detritus a troll Trolls and Angua a women as part of a diversity drive.

The interaction between all the characters drive the story along and theirs plenty of surprises along the way! Sep 06, YouKneeK rated it really liked it Shelves: Men at Arms is the second book in the City Watch subseries of Discworld. I liked this one better than the first book, Guards! The story held my interest much better, and I enjoyed the characters more.

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Of course, it had a lot of the same characters as the first book, but I thought this one focused on more interesting characters. I like Carrot quite a bit, and we see a lot of him in this book. We saw less of Captain Vimes in this book, and that may actually be one of the reasons I enjoyed it more. Most of the Discworld characters are pretty over-the-top anyway, in one way or another, so he fits right in. I da me nervira Kerot. The Nightwatch Returns 13 February Terry Pratchett is now taking aim at the detective fiction in his gonne sights in one of the most amusing Discworld books that I have read to date though that is a bit of an exaggeration, but this book does sit up there with the best of the series.

We now return to the antics of the nightwatch and discover that there have been some promotions though poor Noddy is not among the ones who have been promoted. The Patrician has also decided to embrace the id The Nightwatch Returns 13 February Terry Pratchett is now taking aim at the detective fiction in his gonne sights in one of the most amusing Discworld books that I have read to date though that is a bit of an exaggeration, but this book does sit up there with the best of the series.

The Patrician has also decided to embrace the idea of affirmative action, so he encourages the watch to bring in some new recruits, including Detritus the Troll who is famous for being the bouncer at the Broken Drum , Cuddy the dwarf, and Angua, though we are not sure if it is because she is a woman view spoiler [or a werewolf hide spoiler ].

Alongside the antics of Detritus, Cuddy, and Angua, there is also a pretty impressive mystery which involves a gun, or more precisely, a gonne which has gone missing from the Assassins Guild, but let us first deal with Detritus and Cuddy. One thing that we learn about the Discworld in this book is that trolls and dwarves basically hate each other and wonder around in gangs beating each other up. However Detritus and Cuddy are forced to put aside their differences and work together which they end up doing quite successfully because they are no longer a dwarf and a troll but members of the watch.

As for the mystery, we are first introduced to a rather intriguing assassin known as Edward d'Earth I actually know of a person with such a last name , who was at one stage a member of a noble family but has fallen on hard times since the king was removed and the Patrician put in his place. However, due to some research, he uncovers the true heir to the throne and seeks to replace the Patrician with a new king, but this peters out pretty quickly because d'Eath ends up going missing pretty close to the beginning of the book.

However Vimes comes to learn of some mysterious deaths which he decides to investigate and we have his superior stepping in, as can be expected in your typical crime novel, and telling him to stop investigating, and then disbanding the watch because Vimes refuses to do so. It is interesting Pratchett's take on the gonne because he paints it in the same way that he paints other technological innovations such as film in Moving Pictures: The funny thing with Discworld is that society is actually resistant to change, so we have these inventions having an almost magical effect upon those who are exposed to it to try to force this change along, and this is change that is usually for the worse.

There is also something very seductive about the gun, sort of like the power that its possession gives the owner — the ability to be able to kill at great distances. The interesting thing about Ankh-Morpork is that it exists purely due to the status quo, though one does seem to get more of a sense of a fairy-tale world than a pure fantasy world that one tends to expect from most fantasy novels but then again Discworld is not like most fantasy worlds: Granted Discworld has its fare share of wizards, dragons, and a cornucopia of other caricatures, but there seems to an essence of modernism within this world, as if the thoughts and attitudes of the characters are more modern in scope than most fantasy novels.

Then again this is not surprising since what Pratchett is writing satire as opposed to pure fantasy, and in many cases it is much easier to criticise society, and some of society's sacred cows, by shifting the setting away from the modern world and placing it in a fictional setting, whether it be fantasy, as in the case of Pratchett, or science-fiction, as in the case of writers like Douglas Adams or Grant Naylor. That does not mean that the writings are going to be immune to criticism or outrage, as this tends to happen when writings start to demonstrate the absurdity of some of our sacred cows such as religion in Pyramids and Small Gods , and gun ownership in the case of Men at Arms.

Mind you, I have not heard anywhere near as much criticism being levelled against Pratchett as has been levelled against some other writers such as Scorsesee in regards to The Last Temptation of Christ. I suspect that Pratchett has become something of a sacred cow himself in the same way that Star Trek and Star Wars are also sacred cows in that if one even thinks of writing a bad review of one of his books you are going to get someone complaining about how you are being unfair, don't understand, or simply which is a huge assumption haven't read the book because, seriously, how could anybody even think of writing a bad review if they had actually read the book.

Barely a year has passed since the last idiot in Ankh-Morpork thought they could unleash an unholy hell to help them overthrow the great tyrant ruler of their city state only to find themselves meeting the grinning face of the feline loving Death of the Disc sooner than anticipated and somebody is at it again, only this time with the help of a 'gonne. It's a wonderful time as always when The Watch are out to play, it just feels like Pratchett knew how to write these stories better than most others, enabling him to play a bit more with genre conventions, characterisation and satire.

Of course the homage to The Third Man can't escape mention, you'll have the image of Orson Welles and that wonderful zither music in your head for days afterwards I'm sure. My husband whom I originally introduced to Pratchett's books has been selecting the best of the Discworld books for me to read and I have been enjoying these reading "assignments" thoroughly. Men at Arms is the next in the "Night Watch" group of books. Vimes is on the eve of his retirement from the watch and about to get married.

Meanwhile, bodies are showing up in Ankh-Morpork and a new weapon has been stolen. Carrot and a bunch of new recruits set out to solve the mystery and retrieve the weapon before all hell breaks loose. In Men at Arms, Pratchett sets aside the puns for the most part to work on world building and fleshing out his characters. Ankh-Morpork begins to feel like a believable working as well as it ever does city. Carrot grows as a character and is rapidly becoming one of my favorites but then everyone likes Carrot.

Best of all, there is an honest to goodness mystery and hence plot in Men at Arms. It was one of the best mysteries I've read this year with enough clues to get me close to solving it but still tricky enough for some surprises. Dec 19, Ms. When I have first encountered the members of the City Watch, I rather disliked them. They were always misunderstanding everything due to missing about half of the big picture, and thus causing additional problems for the hero. Oh I liked Angua: Thinking back on it, I'm guessing that I was also missing half of the big picture. Oh the irony of it all!

Even though I could logically understand the inner jokes, I never ended up caring about any of the characters or their motivation enough. Guards Guards did a good job in introducing some of the main players, but some of the jokes still flew right over my head. I didn't particularly like Vimes, though Carrot's antics were always funny.

Tall, strong, utterly naive, but struck by surprising insights at the right moment In Men at Arms though, we get to see a wholly new side of Carrot. He has finally got used to Ankh Morpork and is now managing to charm each and every one of its inhabitants. His natural charisma just baffles everyone. But it seems to work for him. One of them things. Although, I have to wonder why it took me two books.

Perhaps I was skimming Guards Guards too much.


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In any case, I can't wait to find out more about the Watch's resident weirdo. Another thing that I loved about this book, were the numerous one-liners. Not since Thief of Time did I feel the need to make a note of so many hilarious quotes.

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More often funny, than romantic, to be more specific. Buuuuuuut if you pay close attention, you can even read about view spoiler [them having sex. Just don't blink, or you'll miss it hide spoiler ].