Plot[ edit ] With the opening of the novel, the island of Leshp, which had been submerged under the Circle Sea for centuries, rises to the surface. Its position, exactly halfway between Ankh-Morpork and Al Khali the capital of Klatch , makes the island a powerful strategical point for whoever lays claim to it, which both cities do. At this point, Havelock Vetinari , Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, resigns—apparently of his own free will—and Lord Rust takes command of the city. Vimes, refusing to follow Rust, stands down as Commander of the Watch.
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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. But I got a dirty secret; it wasnt always this way to me. 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.
Jingo (Discworld) Audiobook by Terry Pratchett
Jingo is the twenty-first novel by Terry Pratchett , one of his Discworld series. It was published in The title can be related to the word jingoism , meaning an attitude of belligerent nationalism. Vimes, refusing to follow Rust, stands down as Commander of the Watch.
It occurs with publication number twenty, Hogfather, as well as proceeds right into the twenty very first book, and the 4th City Watch tale, Jingo. Ankh-Morpork is gone to by a Klatchian Royal prince as well as his bodyguard, Hour Ahmed his name is discussed in guide, and also deserves the delay! Nonetheless the ideas could indicate villains within the city, Vimes quickly finds himself on his method to Klatch in quest of the real bad guys. The city quickly is positioned up in arms with Klatch, and also placed under martial law under the command of Lord Corrosion. Vimes, in spite of the proceeding rise via the ranks of the Ankh-Morpork nobility, is still a daily man, and also a police officer at that.