Reading Men at Arms and reconnecting with Cpl. Carrot, Cpt. Vimes and the guys felt like coming home. I thoroughly enjoyed  Guards Guards! and coming back to the Night Watch was an awesome experience, like slipping back into a comfortable pair of slacks.

Story

The main storyline is a murder mystery, wrapped into the regular Discworld crazyness. This time the not-so-subtle undercurrent is a social critique on ethnic diversity, and as usual, it’s handled with aplomb and buckets of absurdities.

World-Building

Men at Arms focuses on the different species and Guilds that populate Ankh Morpork and weaves those very closely into the main story narrative.

Characters

Apart from the warm welcome with the returning Nightwatch cast, we meet some new recruits. Detritus the Troll, Cuddy the dwarf and Angua the… ehm… Wo…, ehm.. man. 1st rule of the Watch, in the Watch, everyone is a man of the Watch. All of these characters have their own little arc and reading their adventures and interactions was a ton of fun.

Writing

Well, it’s a Pratchett novel… As usual I have a whole list of passages that I’ve highlighted, so here’s some of my favorites:

“We’re Watchmen,” said Cuddy. “Our job is to keep the peace.”
“Good,” said Stronginthearm. “Go and keep it safe somewhere until we need it.”
What do you think, Quirke?” “I don’t think, Vimes.” “Good man. You’re just the type the city needs.”
The moon was high now, in a sky as black as a cup of coffee that wasn’t very black at all.

Conclusion

Men at Arms is hillarious and smart and I loved every minute of it.

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