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
5 April 2016
I have to admit that I'm quite surprised that I have now read 21 of the Discworld books. Okay, that actually isn't much of an effort where I'm concerned considering that for some inexplicable reason I ended ploughing through a large majority of the Xanth books, and also pretty much read every Forgotten Realms book (and a few Dragonlance books) as soon as they hit the shelves. Okay, after doing English Literature at university I must admit that my taste in boo ...more
This is the weakest Watch novel I’ve read to date, quite simply the bar has been set too high in the previous novels meaning that a small blip is quite a noticeable drop in quality. Whilst entertaining in parts it became a bit of a chore to finish this one with a very convoluted plot which started tangling itself up the further things progressed and I was losing the threads the longer I read.
The first 1/3 of the novel is the usual top notch quality writing with a mystery being looked into b ...more
About the title, from lspace Annotated Pratchett: "By jingo!" is an archaic, jocular oath, of obscure origin, used in Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries. The word -- with derived forms such as 'jingoism' and 'jingoistic' -- became associated with aggressive, militaristic nationalism as a result of a ...more
Pro: very funny. Surprisingly enjoyable. A chance to see the Watch characters in a slightly more normal situation and at a relaxed pace, at least in the first half of the book.
Summary: I always remembered the downsides and thought this was one of the worst Discworld nove ...more
An ancient island appears halfway between Klatch and Anhk-Porpork and a war is brewing. Vimes and the Watch; the Patrician, Leonardo, Nobbs and Colon; and various other characters are all trying to avert or encourage the war for their various purposes. I just love how Pratchett gets sharper in his satire, more pointed, while retaining the slapstick. In this case, it's an anti-war book that manages to acknowledge why people want to have wars, even while coming up with a clever solut ...more
Also features fun with the split in the Trousers of Time, Vimes' 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, acting hum ...more
It's not very often in the next few months that I'm going to get to read a whole book in a day, so I thought, in for a penny, in for a pound, took a Sunday off and settled down with Commander Vimes and a bar of Dairy Milk.
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. ...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
I loved seeing Carrot (now a captain) in action once again. And Leonard of Quirms made me chuckle to myself several times...
There is an attempt at a diplomatic solution, when Prince Khufurah visits Ankh Morpork to talk with the Patrician. Nevertheless, things end badly for bo ...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
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
Anyways, I've been thinking lately about how crazy dangerous runaway nationalism is, so this book definitely hit home. It's a cautionary tale about how easily people will get worked up against 'those ____ people', wrapped in Terry Pratchett's usual hilarious satire.
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
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So what starts out as an interesting meditation on war, racism, and immigration turns into something less when members of the Watch (and others) go to Klatch. It's ...more
Despojos de la puta calle, porque la gente normal no se metía a madero”
Una isla emerge en medio del mar, a medio camino de Ankh-Morpork y Klatch e inmediatamente surgen las primeras disputas sobre su soberanía y derechos, lo cual reabre las rencillas entre estos dos países, que hace demasiado que no van a la guerra el uno contra el otro. Otra puta maravilla de libro lleno de leña para repartir a la guerra, a la política, a los militares, a la est ...more
As in Men at Arms, Pratchett takes on racism and xenophobia - and doesn't do a good job. It's heavy on "isn't it funny how different cultures all think foreigners are weird", without any real attempt to deal with power (ie even acknowledging that white colonial racism is not equivalent to other peoples' prejudices). The use of actual real-world racial slurs was also deeply unpleasant, and not used to good effect. The book also still relied on a lot of stereotypes of Muslims and/or ...more
Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, ...more