Ulrika Isacsson miri at
Tue Nov 18 14:00:23 EST 2003

Otter Perry wrote:

> Melissa Proffitt wrote:
>> On Tue, 18 Nov 2003 09:57:47 -0700, Robyn Starkey wrote:
>>> I just finished The Monstrous Regiment. A bit of a one-joke book, 
>>> but the joke is such a good one. It's really hard to discuss without 
>>> spoilers, so before I say anything, has anyone else read it?
>> Yes.
>> I knew what the joke was from the start, having read the full version 
>> of the
>> title quote (I never get to be in on these things; I felt all smug and
>> happy), but I had no idea it was going to go so *far*. We are in the 
>> middle
>> of watching the Sharpe movies starring Sean Bean and the last one we 
>> saw,
>> "Sharpe's Regiment," kept bringing the Pratchett book to mind. 
>> Especially
>> the recruitment scene.
>> Anyone know if this is a permanent change for Pratchett, away from 
>> the light
>> humor toward a more serious story enlivened by humorous moments? _Night
>> Watch_ was in the same vein, so I wonder....
> I think he's been doing that for quite a while.
> The vast opportunities of the Discworld let him write
> any book he wants, and his devoted fans [like me!] are
> perfectly willing to read any book he wants to write.
> I've been rereading some of the earlier books and it's
> almost impossible to believe how many allusions/jokes
> he can work into a small space when he's of a mind to.
> But I like his other stuff, too. The first book I read
> after 9/11 was _Jingo_ [which I had read many times before.
> The first movie I watched was _The Negotiator_, which was
> one of the most rented videos in NYC just then. I'd seen
> it before, but it just seemed to be what I needed to watch.].
> Being a devotee of certain periods of English history, I
> was familiar with the quote, too. Good old John Knox.
> What a right bastard _he_ was.
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OK, you made me Google for the quote ... now I guess I'll just have to 
read the book as well! As if I don't have enough books in my to-read 
pile (grumble) (mutter) (hmph)!

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