'Neighbours... hah. 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.'
And 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. Of course, no-one would dream of starting a war without a perfectly good reason.such as 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 even if they don't have much in the way of actual weaponry. As two armies march, Commander Vimes of Ankh-Morpork City Watch faces unpleasant foes who are out to get him... and that's just the people on his side. The enemy might be even worse.
Discworld goes to war, with armies of sardines, warriors, fishermen, squid and at least one very camp follower....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