Monstrous Regiment (Discworld #31)
September 30, 2003
Polly "Perks" blonde Borogravian barmaid cuts her braids, practices her belching and swaggering, and joins tobacco-chewer legendary Sergeant Jack Jackrum's little lads. Perks seeks her big slow-witted brother Paul, one of the many missing In-and-out troopers. "Shufti" Manickle seeks "Dear John". "Tonker" Halter keeps close to and restrains pyromaniac pal "Lofty" Tewt. Vampire Maladict is addicted to coffee instead of blood. Frail "Wazzer" Goom prays, more fervently than the average citizen, and even Listens to the Duchess, unseen for decades, but better than the god Nuggan who declares increasingly insane Abominations: the color blue, oysters, babies. Zombie Igor expertly sews on limbs, like all the Igor tribe. Huge troll Carborundum is slow, but rock hard. Their officer, Lieutenant Blouse, myopic desk jockey, creator of new filing system, is encouraged to keep his eye on the big picture and allow his commands to be anticipated. Meanwhile at enemy headquarters, we glimpse (from Discworld Snuff) Sam Vines, Ankh-Morpork (and allies) army chief seeking any means of truce, and spying hope in the small merry band of monsters. The final castle battle reveals astonishing secrets about the top military leaders. Humor wins us over to support female capability. "And the new day was a great big fish."