Men At Arms
There's a murder to be solved so that the world-weary Captain Vimes can be married at noon and retire happily ever after.
Reviewed on 25th April 2020
My first readthrough of the Discworld series was in strict publication order. This time round it’s a bit more chaotic, leaping in wherever the mood takes me, and this time that’s the second Watch book, Men At Arms.
We find Vimes preparing for retirement and marriage, a slew of new recruits being trained up, and a mysterious death to investigate.
It’s classic Discworld - the humour is omnipresent, the tale exploring a number of real world concepts, turning them on their head, and following the standard speculative fiction approach of providing a mirror to our world while continuing to satirise fantasy stories.
The characters are richer than I remembered, the plot more intricate, and the world is possibly the only one in literature where even the smells are colourful. I really loved revisiting this novel and am totally inspired to keep picking more of the series back off my shelf.