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Jingo: (Discworld Novel 21) (Discworld Novels) (original 1997; edition 2006)

by Terry Pratchett

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Title:Jingo: (Discworld Novel 21) (Discworld Novels)
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:Corgi (2006), Edition: New edition, Paperback, 464 pages
Collections:Fiction, Discworld, Read but unowned

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Jingo by Terry Pratchett (1997)



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Another genius Discworld book starring again the City Watch of Ankh-Morpork. A good example of the fact that Pratchett was able to write a terribly funny and entertaining book about anything, let it such a horrible thing as war. ( )
  TheCrow2 | Nov 4, 2016 |
standard Terry Pratchett fare; storylines entertaining enough but very linear. The "humanist" viewpoint seems to come through stronger in later books, whereas the earlier ones in the series were more riotous bursts of Ankh-Morpokian colour... ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
When a city rises from the seabed halfway between Ankh-Morpork and Klatch, both lay claim to it. As they drift towards war, an assassination attempt is made against a Klatchian prince on a visit to Ankh-Morpork. Can Commander Vimes and the Watch solve the crime before war becomes unstoppable?

Another very, very funny Discworld novel where playing spot the reference is almost as much fun as the laugh-out-loud stomach-hurting comedy. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Jun 8, 2016 |
I get enough nonsense about war in real life, thank you. I'd kinda like to keep reading because I like Vimes, Carrot, and Angua, but I just couldn't focus on this and gave up after about p. 90.
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 5, 2016 |
Review: Jingo by Terry Pratchett.

I have to say I did like the book but I should have read more of his books to keep up with the characters. This is the fourth book into the series so I was confused a few times trying to put the plot together but read it anyway. I loved his humor in writing this book. It kept me chuckling all the way through.

The main hero of the novel is Commander Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. Two cities, Ankh-Morpork and Klatch, become involved in a dispute over ownership of an abandoned island that rose up one moonless night from the depths of the Circle Sea.

This island they called Leshp sparked enough juices to ignite the glorious international pastime called, “WAR”. Compelled into patriotic service, Commander Sam Vimes thinks he should be leading his loyal watchmen, female watch dwarf, and lady werewolf into battle against local malefactors rather than against uncomfortably well-armed strangers in the Klatchian desert. He feels he should seek out criminal masterminds wherever they may be hiding and lock them away. Even the ones on his side…..

It is a predicable story of countries spending large amounts of resources in a dispute over a somewhat worthless piece of land. The story jumps from character to character (that I have a hard time keeping up with) and from one sub-plot to another leaving the story fragmented and confusing for me. However, I did get the humor correct because it kept me laughing. A reader who already knows Terry Pratchett’s style and characters would probably find this a great book.

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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
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"Jingo" is obviously an anti-war novel, a critique of the way people and nations get caught up in xenophobia, misplaced ethnic pride and collective hysteria. But it never forgets to be very, very funny.

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It was a moonless night, which was good for the purposes of Solid Jackson.
But...history was full of the bones of good men who'd followed bad orders in the hope that they could soften the blow. Oh yes, there were worse things they could do, but most of them began right when they started following bad orders.
"Taxation, gentlemen, is very much like dairy farming. The task is to extract the maximum amount of milk with the minimum of moo. And I am afraid to say that these days all I get is moo."
It was so much easier to blame it on Them. It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone's fault. If it was us, what did that make Me? After all, I'm one of Us. I must be. I've certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We're always one of Us. It's Them that do the bad things.

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Discworld goes to war, with armies of sardines, warriors, fishermen, squid and at least one very camp follower.

As two armies march, Commander Vimes of Ankh-Morpork City Watch faces unpleasant foes who are out to get him…and that’s just the people on his side. The enemy might be even worse.

Jingo, the 21st in Terry Pratchett’s phenomenally successful Discworld series, makes the World Cup look like a friendly five-a-side.
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Terry Pratchett is a phenomenon unto himself. Never read a Discworld book? The closest comparison might be Monty Python and the Holy Grail, with its uniquely British sense of the absurd, and side-splitting, smart humor. Jingo is the 20th of Pratchett's Discworld novels, and the fourth to feature the City Guard of Ankh-Morpork. As Jingo begins, an island suddenly rises between Ankh-Morpork and Al-Khali, capital of Klatch. Both cities claim it. Lord Vetinari, the Patrician, has failed to convince the Ruling Council that force is a bad idea, despite reminding them that they have no army, and "I believe one of those is generally considered vital to the successful prosecution of a war." Samuel Vimes, Commander of the City Watch, has to find out who shot the Klatchian envoy, Prince Khufurah, and set fire to their embassy, before war breaks out.

Pratchett's characters are both sympathetic and outrageously entertaining, from Captain Carrot, who always finds the best in people and puts it to work playing football, to Sergeant Colon and his sidekick, Corporal Nobbs, who have "an ability to get out of their depth on a wet pavement." Then there is the mysterious D'reg, 71-hour Ahmed. What is his part in all this, and why 71 hours? Anyone who doesn't mind laughing themselves silly at the idiocy of people in general and governments in particular will enjoy Jingo. --Nona Vero

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Samuel Vimes, Commander of the City Watch, heads off war when Ankh-Morpork and Al-Khali, the capital of Klatch, both lay claim to an island that has suddenly risen between them.

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