When the neighbours in question are the proud empires of Klatch and Ankh-Morpork, those are going to be some pretty large garden tools indeed. The enemy might be even worse. The Discworld novels can be read in any order but Jingo is the fourth book in the City Watch series. A weathercock has risen from the sea of the Discworld, and suddenly you can tell which way the wind is blowing. A new land has surfaced, and so have old feuds.
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Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Jingo by Terry Pratchett. Jingo Discworld 21 by Terry Pratchett. People'd live for ages side by side, nodding at one another amicably on their way to work, and then some trivial thing would happen and someone would be having a garden fork removed from their ear.
Never more so if it is over a 'strategic' piece of old rock in the middle of 'Neighbours Never more so if it is over a 'strategic' piece of old rock in the middle of nowhere. It is after all every citizen's right to bear arms to defend what they consider to be their own. Even if it isn't. And in such pressing circumstances, you really shouldn't let small details like the absence of an army or indeed the money to finance one get in the way of a righteous fight with all the attendant benefits of out-and-out nationalism Get A Copy.
Paperback , pages. Published February 12th by Corgi Books first published November 11th More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Jingo , please sign up. To me, the humor in these novels is as therapeutic as Mozart. So please, Friends. Which San Vimes books. Deborah Thanks, Kate! My husband has every single Terry Pratchett novel ever written. Now I know which titles to grab off his shelves!
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Jingo Discworld, 21; City Watch, 4. Religious differences. They ran out of weapons last century.
Apparently it's over a word in their holy book, sir. The Elharibians say it translates as "god" and the Smalies say it's "man". And some people reckon it's only a bit of fly dirt in any case. In any case, you have Lizzy Bennet and the adoration of the rest of the world to console you and yes, we can still be friends. But it is wishful thinking as well as longing for more Vetinaris and Sam Vimeses in the world. In "Jingo" Terry Pratchett is actually waging a bitter and deeply sad one-man war against nationalism, racism, religious fundamentalism, territorialism and all kinds of nasty-ISMS invented by men and he does it the way he knows best: by making you laugh out loud and think!
And there is no better way to do it, in my book anyway. View all 3 comments. If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.
Shocked and stressed, with the news playing in its continual loop in the background, I started reading "Jingo" - having no idea what the book was about, only that I needed something to distract me.
I ce If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. I certainly didn't distract as I immediately saw the paralells, instead it helped me get through that week a little more sanely, a big scoop of anger taken out of me. I'll always be thankful to Pratchett for that. Oct 29, Nathan rated it really liked it Shelves: author-male , read , ratedstar , read , read-before-goodreads , high-fantasy , humor.
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. 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 long shot.
Even against the other city watch books it probably sits in, well, bottom half for sure. Behind Guards! So the fourth or fifth best book in my second favorite subplot of a large series and I still flew through and gobbled up every damn word. A small, tactically worthless island appears out of nowhere between Ankh-Morpork and Klatch.
Of course both sides claim it and suddenly peaceful relations turn sour. A diplomatic mission from Klatch goes sour and soon enough war appears to be the only result. But it should be over quickly right, just as soon as those foreign dogs get a taste of cold steel they will run to the hills, right? Not the most subtle of book, but Pratchett is known to hide a single piccolo in a brass band. This time we are dealing with national politics, war, racism and immigration, and of course, national jingoism.
There is an early scene in this book that sums up everything I love about Pratchett, and it is only a few pages long. It is a conversation that could be held in any bar across the country and it is damn near perfect. All tied together at the end by the two sharing a minor victory as the man painting his ship finds the mistake they have been watching for.
At this point the City Watch as grown so large that only a few members get any actual development in the book, most just stick to their old roles or give a bit of comic relief. Sadly Angua may as well be invisible; this is a rare Pratchett outing that forgets to give the female characters anything to do at all. Nobbs learns a bit more about love, and Vimes learns once again that he is bought and sold. Perhaps it is because all the watch is present but few have much to do.
The relative lack of Angua especially is missed. And of course the whole Vimes is in a rut thing is starting to show. But I liked it better than I remembered.
Still top notch. And who can forget rival street gangs putting their thumbs in their ears and chanting together a silly little nonsense. Good stuff. And I have always wondered where you find lowerglyphics, what it means when seaweed is wet, and why someone would carry around a life sized inflatable donkey.
I was also fairly impressed about the eventual conclusion to the early stories crime the war itself came later. Everyone suspects everyone, even themselves, and both sides wanted to claim the criminal as their own is a different type of thing.
Not the best, but a solid entry. View 1 comment. Great warrior. Wars not make one great. Seems a lost and forgotten island bubbles up from the depths in waters contested between Klatch and Anhk-Morpork and both sides are quick to let the fans of discord blow them to extremes. More than just a parody of war, Pratchett examines the unhealthy but apparently primal urges of some to lean that way despite all sense otherwise.
I also very much enjoyed the Lovecraft references. For Discworld fans and for Pratchett fans everywhere. View 2 comments. Mar 26, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , shelf , humor.
Jingo, by Terry Pratchett
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Perhaps you might be interested in the rest of my ongoing Complete Discworld Reread project? So, Jingo. Probably my most hated Discworld book. There are two main issues here:. Well, the form may be poor, but a lot of the material is excellent. As a result, as well as being very funny, this may be the best view we ever get of the Watch as people, and in particular of the relationships between them.
A weathercock has risen from the sea of Discworld. Suddenly you can tell which way the wind is blowing. A new land has surfaced, and so have old feuds. And as two armies march, Commander Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch has got just a few hours to deal with a crime so big that there's no law against it. It's called "war.
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