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Monstrous Regiment: 02/24/16

Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett

Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett is the 31st Discworld book and the third of the "Industrial Revolution" sequence. It's one of the few that isn't set in Ankh Moorpork and only features the usual characters as minor characters near the end.

Polly Perks, an innkeeper's daughter in Borogravia cuts her hair, puts on a man's uniform and goes to war to rescue her brother. She figures a good swagger and a well placed pair of socks will be all she needs to pass.

Though written as an iron curtain parody, today it reads more like an examination of what's going on in North Korea. Borgravians have been convinced by the Empress (or her propaganda machine) that they are being invaded. In actuality, they are a closed border kingdom that has been trying unsuccessfully to expand its border through invasion. They are suffering famine, economic depression, and high mortality.

For Polly, though, her focus is on being a good enough soldier so that she can rescue her brother. What she doesn't realize at first is that she's not the only woman in the regiment.

I know that it's not really a secret that Polly's not the lone woman of the group but it's still fun to watch her make this discovery (over and over and over again). I have to admit that some of the discoveries surprised me too!

Five stars

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