Jingo (Discworld #21)
It isn't much of an island that rises up one moonless night from the depths of the Circle Sea -- just a few square miles of silt and some old ruins. Unfortunately, the historically disputed lump of land called Leshp is once again floating directly between Ankh-Morpork and the city of Al-Khali on the coast of Klatch -- which is spark enough to ignite that glorious internati...more
I am a Granny Weatherwax guy. With no hesitation. You ask me which Pratchett story arc is the best and I will yell to the world how awesome the witches of Lancre are. But I got a dirty secret; it wasn’t always this way to me. Granny is the other woman, the one I left my first love for. Before I fell in love with Granny, I was a city watch man through and through. Reading Jingo again has reminded me exactly why.
It is not the best book of the Discworld series, not by a...more
Sounds unpleasantly familiar, which is probably why I was drawn to reading this book.
This is one of the Watch books in the Discworld series, and like so many of those books deals with the intersection between law and politics. In this case, a mysterious island surfaces halfway between the g...more
Thing is, I often enjoy Terry Pratchett. Particularly the books featuring either the Watch, or the witches. I like the books better when they're set in a familiar location.
I really enjoyed the first half of this, with the watch sort of blundering around Ankh Morpok, with hilarious results. The Watch doing any kind of detective work is always fun!times. And I really enjoy Vimes and Sybil together.
I also really enjoyed the last sixty pages or so. Vimes' butler is p...more
It was a good choice. Of course it was. I've been recommended 'Jingo' several times, and it's perfectly obvious why: it's exactly my kind of thing. A lot of page time is spent on my favourite supporting cast (Vetinari, Carrot, Angua) and Lady Sybil gets a good few pages of bein...more
στο φανταστικό κόσμο του terry pratchett συναντάς όλα τα πλάσματα που ανήκουν στο χώρο του φανταστικού: μάγους, ξωτικά, τρολλ, νάνους, λυκάνθρωπους κλπ. όμως οι αναφορές στον πραγματικό κόσμο καταλαμβάνουν εξίσου μέρος στις ιστορίες του και έτσι προκύπτει ένα αρκετά απολαυστικό αποτέλεσμα.
στο συγκεκριμένο βι...more
Lord Vetinari, Carrot and Nobby are my heroes in this Discworld story.
Vetinari triumphs with his quiet thinking, planning and execution while everyone yells in panic, conviction, pain and scheming disarray.
I should copy Carrot more. Take a...more
What I mean by this is that he has a good understanding of the way the world works but he cannot translate that into excellent fiction. He is always much better when he is writing about humanity at the micro rather than the macro level.
The discipline of writing reviews reall...more
I totally called the Honor Among Police plot line, and I loved it. I also loved the underlying message of the novel and Vimes' view of people going to war over the little things.
Funny, anti-war, and well plotted. I highly recommend this book.
Terry manages to show just how ludicrous most of the reasons for going to war are. Drawing from current events also manages to drive his point home. I also loved the addition of women's rights and Corporal Nobbs statement I've only been a w...more
Also features fun with the split in the Trousers of Time, Vimes' first struggles with his wife's well-meant gift of a Dis-Organizer, and an enjoyable submarine ride with only Leonardo de Quirm, crazy genius, Vetinari, tyrant, Sgt Colin, complete moron, and Nobby Nobbs, possibly human, as passengers.
Also features Carrot, the unrecognized king of Ankh Morpork, acti...more
I did read ahead to the end, though, and I...more
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"And then [Vimes] realised he was wondering if the attack on Goriff's shop had been organised by the same people, and whether those same people had set fire to the embassy.
And then he realised why he was thinking like this.
It was because he wanted there to be conspirators. It was much better to imagine men in some smoky room somewhere, made mad and cynical by privilege and power, plotting over the brandy. You had to cling to this sort of imag...more
Such sentiments are on the rise in the famous Discworld city, as its denizens gird themselves for war. Shop owners and aristocrats, butlers and assassins march to the glorious war drums. The Klatchians, some of whom have lived in Ankh-Morpork for generations and don’t even speak their ‘native’ tongue, suddenly become enemies, barricading in their homes against the blood-thirsty mobs.
In Klatch, the battle trumpets are a...more
This was really, really well done. The introductory frame left me a little cold until I read the rest of the book and realized that was the point. Expert construction with plenty of subtle foreshadowing well disguised as regular scenery and very satisfying on completion. It's the only Terry Pratchett I remember reading that provoked real horror (and keep in mind that I just now read Hogfather and had my fi...more
Ankh Morpork goes to war with Klatch
Leonard of Quirm invents a multitude of things, including a submarine
the Patrician plays Scrabble
we explore issues of racism/xenophobia and war, and
Angua, Vimes, Vetinari, Carrot, etc. (most of all Carrot) continue to be awesome.
Tune in next time for another dose of humor and philosophy and a whole lot of fun!