Jingo (Discworld Series #21)

Jingo (Discworld Series #21)

by Terry Pratchett

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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 side.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062280206
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/29/2014
Series: Discworld Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 64,058
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Sir Terry Pratchett was the internationally bestselling author of more than thirty books, including his phenomenally successful Discworld series. His young adult novel, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal, and Where's My Cow?, his Discworld book for “readers of all ages,” was a New York Times bestseller. His novels have sold more than seventy five million (give or take a few million) copies worldwide. Named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature,” Pratchett lived in England. He died in 2015 at the age of sixty-six.


Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

Date of Birth:

April 28, 1948

Place of Birth:

Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England


Four honorary degrees in literature from the universities of Portsmouth, Bristol, Bath and Warwick

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Jingo (Discworld Series) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 104 reviews.
Captain_SmokeblowerTW More than 1 year ago
Of course when that happens you may suddenly realize, "I'd be better off if I were some where else." Some times it's not about winning, it's about how you go about losing that counts, at least it is in "Jingo," and of course the New Testament Gospels -- not that I'm comparing "Jingo" to the Bible. I'm amazed how Terry Pratchett can translate current events (whether they've happened or not) into a Diskworld story, capturing the reality, stupidity, and ultimately salvation.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Great read years ago. Now I have vision prob and need it on audio book. I can't find it though. If you get it you will love it.
name99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Terry Prachett is one funny guy. I'm now motivated to seek out more of his stuff.
ravenwood0001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ankh-Morpork gets involved in a war with Klatch and the Discworld equivalent of Atlantis, Leshp, is about to rise. It is up to the Watch, Vimes, Colon, Carrot and all the rest to find a way to prevent it. In Jingo the Discworld looks into the dark heart of war, land disputes, assassination, science and weapons development, and prejudice. Of course, Terry Pratchett does it in his special way, sneaking it in here and there and occasionally hitting you head on with it. Of course, there is a lot more going on than just two nations setting out to wage war. Commander Vimes feels like he's out of touch and losing control of the Watch to Captain Carrot, who has been actively recruiting new guardsmen. Since Carrot joined the Watch, the number of guards has grown from three men to over forty men, or actually, creatures. Thanks to Carrot, the Watch now includes dwarfs, gargoyles, a golem, a troll, a gnome, a werewolf and a zombie. Carrot is, of course, totally oblivious to Vimes' concerns, as his only objective is to uphold the law and protect the citizens of Ankh-Morpork. He has the kind of charisma that lets him organize a football game between two armies poised at the brink of war, and make criminals beg to confess.
SandiLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When a new island pops up out of nowhere, the languishing lords of Ankh Morpork suddenly remember how jolly fun war is, depose the Patrician and prepare to battle Klatch for control of a useless hunk of rock that may as well sink back to the bottom of the sea at any minute. I mean, an island outpost of strategic importance. Vimes and his city watch head to Klatch where they meet up with Klatchian law enforcement while Vetinari, Sergeant Colon and Nobby Nobs investigate the island from inside Leonard of Quirm's latest invention, the "Going-Under-Water-Safely-Device," Discworld's first submarine. As usual, Vimes will discover the real truth by sheer force of will even if it means crossing continents, arresting the Patrician, and, horror of horrors, leading a parade in his traditional Duke regalia, fancy tights and all.
iamiam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A combination of JFK, Lawrence of Arabia, either of the Iraq invasions and the Falkland Islands war. Funny, as usual, with true to reality characters in 'another place and time'. A "Night Watch" book, it's good stuff.
rboyechko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Definitely one of my favorite [author: Terry Pratchett] books. I think especially now, when the United States is still in Iraq and Afghanistan, this book should be on a required reading list in schools. Full of humor and wit, the book also is rich in satire and simple down-to-earth adventure. It amazes me how Terry Pratchett manages to create such likable and three-dimensional characters in a ridiculously comical world.As a side note, I recently read one of the Judge Dee books by [author: Robert van Gulik], where a mention is made of an actual Beggars Guild in a Chinese city where the book is based.Another surprise came when watching Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares on BBC America, a mention was made of a restaurant called Sarancen's Head in England (can't recall where exactly). It seems too similar to Klatchian's Head to be purely coincidental.
5hrdrive on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story is secondary to the characters. Love Nobby, Carrot, Angua, Vimes and Vetinari and this book is loaded with all of them.
polarbear123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yes it's the watchmen and yes they are very good characters. It's nice to get out of Ankh-Morpork for a while too. ALl I am going to say is that at times in this book the jokes tended to get more of the spotlight tha the actual storyline did. That's why it gets three and a half. Not the best watchmen novel.
Jenevieve on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A number of other reviewers have mentioned this book as being not one of their favourite Discworld books. I can certainly see where they're coming from, but despite its relative mediocrity (it's still amazing, just like almost everything Pratchett writes) it's the Discworld book that I keep coming back to reread over and over again. I've probably read it at least a dozen times by now and have yet to get bored of it. And I consider a book's rereadability to be a very high selling point for it -- so kudos to Jingo!
love2laf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Watch book, but also a Leonard of Quirm book (think Da Vinci), which gave me great entertainment with the inventions & naming of them. As always, a funny & punny Discworld novel, but the satire skewering humans collectively, is fantastic, and reminds me a great deal of Kurt Vonnegut.
jnicholson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A new island rises from the sea and Ankh-Morpork goes to war with Klatch over who owns it. The Watch struggle to keep the peace, while the nobles of the city are determined to achieve glory. This is less a mystery than the other city watch novels, but there is some degree of puzzle involved.
Aldrea_Alien on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A story where Klatch and Ankh-Morepork fight over a there-again-gone-again island.Wasn¿t quite sure how it all tied in at first. I actually read the whole thing cover to cover, not once peeking at the back. Not an easy feat for me since there was the puzzling 71-hour Ahmed (I was most pleased on my assumption of him), the odd dis-organizer who gave predictions for Vimes (just not of his universe). And of course, I wanted to know who won, even if it is on penalties.Along with the usual characters that I thoroughly enjoy, I got a chance to like a few others I¿d misgivings about such as Poor, poor Nobby. Can¿t believe I actually feel sorry for the er ... alleged human. I couldn¿t get the image of him wearing harem pants outta my head for days. Hehe. ^_^And there was Angua ... the catalyst of sorts ... I¿ve a problem with fully immersing in her pov. But she¿s pretty decent in this book, the best she¿d been so far actually. Probably due to the lack of her thinking of fleeing. With that absent, I can finally enjoy all the Watchmen.Finally, there¿s the patrician. There¿s only one thing I can say about him ...Veni, Vici, Vetinari.^_^
souloftherose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Continuing my reread through Pratchett's City Watch series, this has always been my least favourite of the City Watch books; for some reason I don't think the satire in this one works quite as well as some of his other books. It's a book about war and jingoism; starring the City Watch and Sam Vimes, it also has to be about crime and good and evil. I think ultimately what Pratchett might be trying to say is that if killing someone is a crime, then starting a war must also be a crime and sometimes doing the right thing means not following orders. "But...history was full of the bones of good men who'd followed bad orders in the hope that they could soften the blow. Oh yes, there were worse things they could do, but most of them began right when they started following bad orders."When Sam Vimes takes these themes to their natural conclusion, this leads to a very improbable but rather wonderful ending. There are also some brilliant comic scenes from Colon and Nobbs and you get to see more of Lord Vetinari and Leonard da Quirm which is always a good thing.So still a very good read but perhaps Pratchett was just trying a little too hard to make his point with this book
391 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anhk-Morpork and Klatch are going to war over the mysterious island of Leshp, and the City Watch are determined to stop them. I really enjoyed this addition to the Discworld series, especially Vetinari's increased presence.
ironicqueery on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jingo is another great Pratchett novel, focusing on the City Watch, Commander Vimes, Lord Vetinari, and so forth. This time, Ankh-Morpork is involved in possible war over an island that has popped out of the sea. Pratchett takes a look at the issue of war, politics, boundaries, racism, and sexism, all wrapped up in a hilarious and entertaining package.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The appearance of a new island smack dab between Ankh-Morpork and neighboring Al-Kahli might be just a simple matter of geography for some, but an uneasy ocean wind is blowing over the streets of Ankh-Morkpork spreading patriotism and martial fervor. Sam Vimes knows something's up - he can smell it. But what's a simple officer of the city watch to do in the face of determined aristocratic insanity? A policeman's job, of course.With Pratchett, it's never a dull moment.
asciiphil on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There are so many different Discworld novels that it becomes difficult to write separately about each one, due to the similarities among them. I don't mean that in a bad way; the books are certainly distinct from each other, too. It's just that the things that keep me coming back to the series--the characters, the storytelling, the humor--are present in all of the books.Nevertheless, Jingo tells its own story. In this book, Pratchett has set his satirical sights on war, with the assistance of Ankh-Morpork's City Watch. As usual with a City Watch book, there's a crime to be dealt with (two crimes, if you count the war itself), specifically an assassination attempt. Chasing these crimes leads Vimes and his men out of Ankh-Morpork, past the newly-risen island of Leshp (gotta have something to fight over, after all), and into the wilds of Klatch, which is certainly not based on the Middle East. :)
Katya0133 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Funny yet poignant, as always.
lorelorn_2007 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another excellent tale of the Ankh-Morpork watch, this one involving the 'trousers of time' that pops up from time to time in Pratchett's novels.
benfulton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We learned early in the Discworld series about the four hippopotami that guard the city gates, and the legend that if the city is ever attacked, they will run away. So when this book first came out I was hoping that it would be a real Discworld war. I was disappointed, as the battlefield never made it all the way to Ankh due to the heroic efforts of the Watch. Some people say that Terry has something to say and doesn't worry about how it's said, but I disagree. If this book is based on Iraq and Afghanistan, others are based on Shakespeare plays, and still others fall into the general "Save the Disc from 21st Century pop culture". So I have no complaints on that score. But if you haven't read every Discworld book past Mort, you're missing out.
jgv6442 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Of all the facets of the Discworld series the books dealing with The Watch have been particular favorites of mine. This one is no different. Commander Vimes, Captian Carrot, even Fred and Nobby are such wonderful characters and here they really get to shine as they are thrust into an unfamiliar environment as they try to stop a war. It was a particularly interesting experience reading this story about impending war between Ankh-Morpork and their decidedly Arabian neighbor of Klatch given the real world situation in the Middle East. I'd almost think the book had been written as a satire of current events if not for the fact that it was first published in 1998. Jingo is yet another fantastic entry in the Discworld series.
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sam Vimes is such a great character, and just about every book he's in is fabulous. This one tackles war and colonialism in true Pratchett fashion.
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