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Jingo by Terry Pratchett
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Mar 13, 2011

War - what is it good for?: 'Jingo' is Terry Prathett's 21st Discworld novel, and the 4th to feature Sam Vimes and the City Watch as lead characters. The 3 previous City Watch novels - 'Guards! Guards!', 'Men At Arms' and 'Feet Of Clay' ranked amongst the very best of the Discworld novels, but sadly 'Jingo' is a more middling Pratchett work. It's by no means a bad book as such, and contains plenty of good jokes along the way, but compared to the depth of 'Feet of Clay' in terms of plot construction, character building and underlying themes 'Jingo' this is very much a straight-forward romp. The central message of 'Jingo' that racism is bad is a very obvious one, and Pratchett handles it with all the subtlety of a brick, while the plot is basic and uninvolving. Pratchett also goes to great pains to invoke Lovecrafts' 'The Call of Cthulhu' with a story featuring an ancient island raised from the sea complete with weird angles and monstrous octopi murals, then oddly fails to follow through an actually deliver the monster. Read it for the jokes, and some business with Nobby going in drag, but despite it's nautical nature 'Jingo' is a very shallow novel, and something of a disappointment compared to previous delights.
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