Men At Arms Book Summary and Study Guide

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Captain Samuel Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch is planning on retiring from the watch for good, because he's going to mary Lady Sybil Ramkin and become a gentleman. Unfortunately, he must go back on duty, because an unlicensed assasin is traveling around with a dangerous new weapon, a device called a "gonne", and several people have been murdered by it
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Meanwhile, his fellow watchman Captain Carrot Ironfounderson falls in love with werewolf Constable Angua, both of whom are aiding Carrot in his search for the murderer, Gaspode the talking dog providing them with some clues.

It later turns out that the person behind the murderers isn't behind the murders at all. The gonne is in fact making him do all the horrible things he has done, and it is up to Samuel Vimes to destroy the weapon for good.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   humorous or laughable FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   finding a killer (criminal) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's


Terrain    -   Domed/Underground City A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society    -   humans in a contemporary society    -   neutral aliens Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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