77. Men at Arms - Terry Pratchett

Saturday, August 09, 2008
"They call me MISTER Vimes."

Captain Vimes of the Night Watch is about to have the life most folks only dream of. In a few days, he's going to become a very rich man, set to marry one of the wealthiest women in Ankh-Morpork, retiring from a thankless job and will soon be living a life of luxury. Especially now that the Night Watch has been forced to begin a program of affirmative action when it comes to hiring new recruits and it's not focused on race. It's based on species. Suddenly the Watch is filled with Dwarves, Trolls and ... gulp ... women! Or what look like women, at least in the light of day. Thinks seem almost perfect.

On the eve of Vimes' wedding, however, all hell breaks out in the city: killer clowns, mysterious assassins, dead Dwarves, and a strange new weapon with a mind of its own. Yes, a perfect time for Captain Vimes to retire. Almost. Except that he doesn't really want to retire. This is the first real bit of police action he's encountered in his career and he doesn't want to have to watch from the sidelines. Unfortunately for Vimes, that might be just where he ends up if he doesn't keep his nose out of this nasty business. Throw in a talking dog with a crush on a werewolf and this could turn into one of the weirdest days ever in Ankh-Morpork.

The second volume in the City Guard stories from Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, Men at Arms is a hilarious take on the classic detective novel. Highly recommended.

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