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review 2018-09-30 18:21
Men at Arms
Men at Arms (Discworld, #15) - Terry Pratchett

The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money.

Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowance. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of okay for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.

But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that´d still be keeping his feet dry in ten years´ time, while a poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.

This was the Captain Samueln Vimes "Boots" theory of socio-economic unfairness.

 

I don´t know why I didn´t get along with Pratchett´s work up until now, because this is brilliant and the whole book was a whole lot of fun. I loved the new recruits in the night watch, Gaspode the dog and the whole setup of the story with its numerous visits at different guilds. Of course, Death has some epic moments as well. At this point, with only a few books under my belt, he could easily become one of my favorite characters in the series.

 

I have to say, though, that I didn´t like Vimes much in this book. He is moody, depressed and most of the time drunk, character traits I don´t particularly enjoy in the characters I read about (he is essentially the Harry Hole of the Discworld). But I´m hopeful that he has a change of heart after the events in this book.

 

I have reread this book for the "Shifter" square, since one character is a werewolf. And I changed my previous two star rating to a four star rating. I really loved reading this book.

 

 

 

 

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text 2018-09-24 09:41
Reading progress update: I've read 202 out of 356 pages.
Men at Arms (Discworld, #15) - Terry Pratchett

"VIA CLOACA"

[...]

"In Ankh-Morpork even the shit have a street to itself," said Detritus, awe and wonder in his voice. "Truly, this a land of oppertunity."

 

 

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text 2018-09-24 07:49
Reading progress update: I've read 130 out of 356 pages.
Men at Arms (Discworld, #15) - Terry Pratchett

Sergeant Colon is my spirit animal:

 

Sergeant Colon liked a quiet life. And the city could spare a clown or two. In his opinion, the loss of the whole boiling could only make the world a slightly happier place.

[...]

No clowns were funny. That was the whole purpose of a clown. People laughed at clowns, but only out of nervousness. The point of clowns was that, after watching them, anything else that happened seemed enjoyable. It was nice to know there was someone worse off than you. Someone had to be the butt of the world.

 

The whole scene at the fool´s guild is hilarious.

 

 

 

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text 2018-09-23 18:06
Reading progress update: I've read 105 out of 356 pages.
Men at Arms (Discworld, #15) - Terry Pratchett

"I don´t know if anyone´s noticed," said Lord Eorle, "but you certainly don´t see as many dogs about as you used to."

Vimes stared. It was true about the dogs. There didn´t seem to be quite so many mooching around these days, that was a fact. But he´d visited a few dwarf bars with Carrot, and knew that dwarfs would indeed eat dog, but only if they couldn´t get rat. And ten thousands dwarfs eating continously with knife, fork and shovel wouldn´t make a dent in Ankh-Morpork´s rat population. It was a major feature in letters back home: come on, everyone, and bring the ketchup.

 

Ankh-Morpork seems to have a serious rat problem!

 

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text 2018-09-23 11:52
Reading progress update: I've read 34 out of 356 pages.
Men at Arms (Discworld, #15) - Terry Pratchett

"All right, then," he said. "You´ve all, er, got to take the oath ... eh ... and Corporal Carrot will show you how. Did you take the, er, oath when you joined us, Carrot?"

"Oh, yes, sarge.Only no one asked me, so I gave it to myself, quiet like."

"Oh? Right. Carry on, then."

Carrot stood up and removed his helmet. He smoothed down his hair. Then he raised his right hand.

"Raise your right hands, too," he said. "Er... that´s the one nearest Lance-Constable Angua, Lance-Constable Detritus. And repeat after me..." He closed his eyes and his lips moved for a moment, as though he was reading something off the inside of his skull.

´"I comma square bracket recruit´s name square bracket comma" ...´,

He nodded at them. "You say it."

[...]

´"...do solemnly swear by square bracket recruit´s diety of choice square bracket ..."´

[...]

´"...to uphold the Laws and Ordinances of the city of Ankh-Morpork, serve the public trust comma and defend the Subjects of His stroke Her bracket delete whichever is inappropiate bracket Majesty bracket name of reigning monarch bracket ..."´

[...]

´"...without fear comma favour comma or thought of personal safety semi-colon to pursue evil-doers and protect the innocent comma laying down my life if necessary in the cause of said duty comma so help me bracket aforesaid deity bracket full stop God Save the King stroke Queen bracket delete whichever is inappropiate bracket full stop."´

 

Hahahahaha. This is brilliant!

 

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