05. March 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Tammy · Tags:

Men at Arms (Discworld # 15) by Terry Pratchett, 341 pages, read by Tammy, on 02/28/2012

Men at Arms (Discworld # 15)Affirmative action in fantasy land: Captain Vimes of the Night Watch (city police) is now in charge of new recruits including trolls, dwarves and female werewolves. It’s a big job–but an even bigger job awaits when an ancient document reveals that Ankh-Morpork has a secret sovereign.

This book also contains Vimes “Boots Theory of Socioeconomic Unfairness” and I think he’s correct and it could be applied to all sorts of items in our economy.  “The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money.

Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.

But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars has a pair of boots that’d still be keeping his feet dry in ten years’ time, while a poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.”(less)

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