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 international pastime called "war." Pressed into patriotic service, Commander Sam Vimes thinks he should be leading his loyal watchmen, female watchdwarf, and lady werewolf into battle against local malefactors rather than against uncomfortably well-armed strangers in the Klatchian desert. But war is, after all, simply the greatest of all crimes -- and it's Sir Samuel's sworn duty to seek out criminal masterminds wherever they may be hiding ... and lock them away before they can do any real damage. Even the ones on his own side....Continua
This book is many things. First and foremost, obviously, is a book about war; it's also a book about the police; it's a book about "the Other"; it's a book about decisions that change the course of history; it's the first book when we begin to see Ankh-Morpork effect on Carrot; it's a book about Vimes doing what Vimes does, and accepting that predictability is not always a bad thing. It's a very interesting book; a good Discworld book; a mediocre Nightwatch group (but it gets better in the last third)....Continua
Another gem from Pratchett. Commander Vimes is a great character, and the rag-tag bunch of misfits and barely human - and indeed, non-human - oddities that make up his team of the City Watch make this a fun read.
As usual Pratchett satirizes the mundane reality of our everyday life and here there is added interest because the book is a barely disguised parody on the War on Terrorism or, as others know it, the war between the Christian West and Muslims everywhere.
The laughs come thick and fast while reading this one. It is laced with action, bound by tight plotting, and interwoven with pearls of humour: all-in-all a veritable fashion show for your brain. You need not have heard of Discworld or to have previously quaffed Pratchett's particuliar brand of Old Peculiar humour in order to fully enjoy Jingo....Continua