It's up island, rising out of Discworld's sea, uninhabited and claimed by both cities.
Under International Law this situation clearly falls under the ancient doctrine of Acquiris Quodcumque Rapis ("You Get What You Grab"). And everyone wants to grab. Besides, the Al-Khalians may have invented algebra, astronomy and alcohol, but hey don't have a word for lawyer, and how can you talk to people like that?
Since there's no basis for negotiation, it's down to the long-suffering Commander Vimes of the City Watch to deal with a crime as awful that there's no law against it.
It's called war.
Ankh-Morpork has been at peace for a century, and so has Al-Khali. But now there are people on both sides who think it's time to give was a chance, and will happily help it on its way with a few murders...
Modern war needs modern weapons. Unfortunately, Ankh-Morpork got rich making and selling them to Al-Khali. But it's just possible that salvation lies in the hands of the great inventive genius Leonard of Quirm, whose sketchbooks are filled with devices for killing people, flying through the air, and weighing cheese.
Maybe it's in his boat tat travels under water--Leonard calls it a "Going Under-The-Water-Safely Device", or "metal sinking fish thing" for short. (Just because he's an inventor doesn't mean he's good at naming stuff.) But this is carrying something else--a device that so powerful that it can finish any war.
But don't be alarmed. It's fantasy. It all happens on Discworld, where greed and ignorance influence human behavior, politicians pursue was for selfish ends, and perfectly ordinary people occasionally act like raving idiots.
A world, in short, totally unlike our own....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