Monstrous Regiment

Cover of Monstrous Regiment.

Monstrous Regiment is not one of the best Discworld books, I’d argue. It shows Pratchett’s personal politics more than other books, and its final character arc is so cheesy it’s downright embarassing.

That said, it stands among my five-star books because it was (and possibly is) tremendously important to me and I can’t get it out of my head. Also, props for accurate depiction of what eastern Europe is like.


The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they’ve found it.

It was for the other one, the little lesson that life sometimes rams home with a stick: you are not the only one watching the world, other people are also people, while you watch them they watch you, and they think about you while you think about them. The world isn’t just about you.

Bein’ a soldier is not hard! If it was, soldiers would not be able to do it!

It’s a folk song, it starts with ‘’twas,’ it takes place in May, QED, it’s about sex. Is a milkmaid involved? I bet she is.

That’s the trouble about the good guys and the bad guys: They’re all guys!

Revenge is not redress. Revenge is a wheel, and it turns backwards.

Revenge is a wheel, and it turns backwards.

The enemy wasn’t men, or women, or the old, or even the dead. It was just bleedin’ stupid people, who came in all varieties. And no one had the right to be stupid.

No one has the right to be stupid.