This be a spolier. Be ye warned, and keep ye away who has not read the book. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Monstrous Regiment. It has it's redeeming qualities. It looked like a very good book, during the first third of it. It had good particulars, the little things that Pratchett is very good at. The main thing which turned me off Monstrous Regiment was the cheesy joke which ran along with the main plot, and I feel that it tarnished much of my appreciation of the book. After another member of the group was revealed to be a woman, I could already see that the entire group would be, in fact, women. My hopes with Maladict were unfortunately shattered. I don't know what was worse, really, Maladict, or a third of the high command. In any case, the plot began to deteriorate after the first third of the book. The little things were still there, but less so. The big picture was a mess. It was like being on a train, seeing it rushing to a point where the rails are broken, and hoping all along that they will magically mend themselves before you reach them. Anyone else feels this way? Would anyone like to defend the book?