“I am supposed to keep the peace, I am! If I kill people to do it, I’m reading the wrong manual.” -Capt. Vimes

It seems very fitting that in the light of the events that occurred last week in America, I would read a novel about the City Watch. This tale of an island that appears and causes a war is perhaps one of my favourite Discworld stories to-date. (I have only read three Discworld books thus far, so take that with a grain of salt.) What is there not to enjoy about a book about a war that doesn’t take itself seriously? That looks at the ridiculousness of war and prejudice with a scathing smattering of sarcasm and wit that makes you laugh but also realise how ridiculous it really is.

The political satire is, as always, entertaining and en pointe – as we say in ballet. There are so very many comments and one-liners that make you stop reading to say, “EXACTLY! Everyone should read this and hear this bit!” Then, when you try to share them, you realise that context is needed and difficult to give someone not acquainted with Discworld. (No, he is a zombie but that is not the point. The skeleton… no, the skeleton is not the zombie. Oh! Nevermind.) 

I enjoyed this book, immensely.

-A Bookish Girl


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