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"More Pratchett!" The Geeks at the Gates Episode 62 - We're still talking about Terry

OK, so, last week Hat and Regie were joined by old friends of the show Tina and Simon to chat about the late, great Sir Terry Pratchett. If you missed it then you missed hearing us talk about Tina's chosen book, the excellent Nation - and it would be a terrible shame to miss that, so if you did, why not go and listen to it HERE? Don't worry - we'll wait.

All caught up?


Well, this week you can hear Hat, Simon and Regie's choices. As ever, click on the image below to go to the download page, or just search for The Geeks at the Gates wherever you get your podcasts. Fair warning - there are spoilers in the notes below.

Having heard about Tina's choice, the excellent novel Nation last week we started this week with Hat's choice: Monstrous Regiment.

Published in 2003, Monstrous Regiment tells the story of Polly Perks, a young woman from a tiny little country that exists in a state of more or less constant war with its neighbouring tiny little country. Polly disguises herself as a boy in order to take her brother's place in the army, because she understands that her brother would not cope with life in the army.

She ends up in a platoon of people who all have their own secrets - much the same as Polly's, to be honest...

It's a brilliant satire on misogyny, religion and nationalism, and it's one of the few absolutely stand alone Discworld novels. Some of the "regulars" from the series, such as Sir Samuel Vies, Duke of Ankh and Commander of the Ankh Morpork City Watch and Sergeant Angua make an appearance but you really don't need to have read any of the other Discworld novels to follow this one.

Then we moved on to Simon's choice, 2002's Nightwatch.

This is part of the "Watch Series" of Discworld novels, and takes the much loved character of Sir Samuel Vimes, Duke of Ankh and Commander of the Ankh Morpork City Watch, better known to all by his preferred title of plain old Sam Vimes back in time.