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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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Solid Pratchett on the development of several ongoing characters, but too obvious in its "why war and jingoism is bad" discussions, not much payoff from the extended involvement of Patrician Vetinari in the plot, and there's one scene early on, with the punchline "You did what?!" that seemed important, but if it mattered later, I missed it. ( )
  ChrisRiesbeck | Mar 29, 2017 |
This is a humorous fantasy novel about how the Commander of the City Watch stops a war between two should-be-allies by arresting the high command of each army.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Jan 26, 2017 |
I don't know what it was exactly, but Jingo didn't work for me. Maybe it's been too long since I last read about Vimes and the City Watch, maybe it's that reading a satire about bigotries against foreigners and war and politics in November/December 2016 was a little too on-the-nose. Maybe it's just not the kind of Discworld book I like (I didn't care much for Interesting Times, either).

Mostly, the book was too long. I wanted it to hurry up and stop lingering, and to especially quit it with the Vetinari/Colon/Nobby storyline. The joking about Nobby's gender/sex/virginity status, which was a constant refrain throughout the book but also a central plot element to that story thread, was awful and cringeworthy. Maybe Pratchett got better about that kind of thing after 1997, but it was incredibly uncomfortable in a personal sort of way to keep encountering.

I honestly don't really know that the Vetinari thread adds much of anything to the overall satire or plot structure. There's something about weaponry and inventions via Leonard of Quirm (possibly alluding to the Manhattan Project scientists?), but I mostly found him irritating or boring, and wanted to skip those scenes.

Overall a very meh kind of book that didn't give me the delight of Discworld like others have done. It certainly doesn't make me eager to pick up the next in the series, whichever one it is. ( )
  keristars | Dec 24, 2016 |
Jingo is the fourth book in the City Watch subseries of Discworld. When I first started this subseries, I didn’t think I was going to like it very much. It’s grown on me, though, and I think it’s now my second favorite after the Witches subseries.

In this book, a disagreement between fishermen in the middle of the sea between Ankh-Morpork and Klatch triggers buried resentments and prejudices among citizens of both places until it appears that war is inevitable. As is common with this subseries, there was a little bit of a mystery involved, and that helped keep the story more interesting.

Pratchett often uses humor to impart some sort of a message, and I thought this book was one of the better examples of that. He used humor to point out the ridiculousness of how people tend to divide themselves into “us” and “them” and vilify the “them”, assuming the worst about their intentions and beliefs. There were a lot of very funny moments, and yet those ridiculously funny things weren’t so terribly far from the behavior of real people in our world. ( )
1 vote YouKneeK | Dec 17, 2016 |
an island pops up between Ahnk-Morpork and Klatch and things get unsettled. Vimes, Carrot, Vetinari and several Klatchians manipulate things to make everything work. And Vimes get Duke'd", much to his horror. Oh, and Nobby gets in touch with his feminine side and that is really the only funny part of the book." ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 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.
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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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