If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.9 11 Jingo by Terry PratchettBack in the day, I randomly grabbed a copy of one of Pratchett s books as I bulked up my reading list for the next day when my vacation started I woke up to 9 11 and the news of the four hijacked planes Shocked and stressed, with the news playing in its continual loop in the background, I started reading Jingo having no idea what the book was about, only that I needed something to distract me I ce If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.9 11 Jingo by Terry PratchettBack in the day, I randomly grabbed a copy of one of Pratchett s books as I bulked up my reading list for the next day when my vacation started I woke up to 9 11 and the news of the four hijacked planes Shocked and stressed, with the news playing in its continual loop in the background, I started reading Jingo having no idea what the book was about, only that I needed something to distract me I certainly didn t distract as I immediately saw the paralells, instead it helped me get through that week a littlesanely, a big scoop of anger taken out of me I ll always be thankful to Pratchett for that War War never changes.Unless you re talking about Discworld And then history tends to change based on what you had to eat and whether or not a football is involved And then, you need to remember the importance of knowing your neighbor s names.You know this second time reading this was muchinteresting than the first I simply had a much better time going to war There s nothing like a bit of stabby stabby or running away from a certain man of the watch dressed up like a woman to get t War War never changes.Unless you re talking about Discworld And then history tends to change based on what you had to eat and whether or not a football is involved And then, you need to remember the importance of knowing your neighbor s names.You know this second time reading this was muchinteresting than the first I simply had a much better time going to war There s nothing like a bit of stabby stabby or running away from a certain man of the watch dressed up like a woman to get the blood moving.Still, I have to say poor Vimes A dukedom The poor man The Complete Discworld RereadI am a Granny Weatherwax guy 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 wasn t 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 The Complete Discworld RereadI am a Granny Weatherwax guy 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 wasn t 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 Guards , Feet of Clay, and Night Watch definitely Been too long since I read The Fifth Elephant, but I remember it being pretty good too So, let s give it the fifth spot and go from there 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 If you are looking for the in jokes they are always there, but there are plenty of big jokes to play around with even if you don t see them 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 But our good friends Colon and Nobby are watching the cities jingoistic sailors prepare for way, specifically a sign painter who has missed a letter e in the Pride of Ankh Morpork And while they wait for their minor schadenfreude Colon educates Nobby on the politics of the situation strait from the reliable sources of what some bloke told me in a pub Nobby sits and pokes holes in every amount of Colon s non PC argument by agreeing with in in a very telling way 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 Carrot is established at this point certainly not a king but a man people can t help but follow all the way to a foreign country if need be 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 bitabout love, and Vimes learns once again that he is bought and sold I had never before noticed that Vimes shows apparent growth in each book of his story arc, yet in each is in the exact same place by the end he just gets a new title or concession thrown his way after the Patrician is done pulling all the right strings well, wasn t the Patrician this time, but strings were still pulled.Not sure why I don t rate this one as high as some of the earlier ones Perhaps it is because all the watch is present but few have much to do The relative lack of Angua especially is missed It is very over the top in making its point this time around the Ankh Morporkians are so stupidly sure of themselves against their uncivilized neighbors it should be laughable if history didn t show people with that misplaced confidence time and again And of course the whole Vimes is in a rut thing is starting to show.But I liked it better than I remembered Humor Still top notch If you don t find a zombie catching rats and calling it a foreign disease hilarious you have no soul especially when you learn of the cure 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 enjoyed Vimes new rival, 71 Hour Ahmed, who has a very unique way of keeping people off guard 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.4 Stars War, huh, yeahWhat is it good forAbsolutely nothingWar, huh, yeahWhat is it good forAbsolutely nothingSay it again, why all Edwin Starr Gen rals gathered in their masses,Just like witches at black massesEvil minds that plot destruction,Sorcerer of death s constructionIn the fields the bodies burning,As the war machine keeps turningDeath and hatred to mankind,Poisoning their brainwashed mindsOh Lord yeah Ozzy Ohhh Great warrior Wars not make one great YodaWar on the Discworld.Sir Ter War, huh, yeahWhat is it good forAbsolutely nothingWar, huh, yeahWhat is it good forAbsolutely nothingSay it again, why all Edwin Starr Gen rals gathered in their masses,Just like witches at black massesEvil minds that plot destruction,Sorcerer of death s constructionIn the fields the bodies burning,As the war machine keeps turningDeath and hatred to mankind,Poisoning their brainwashed mindsOh Lord yeah Ozzy Ohhh Great warrior Wars not make one great YodaWar on the Discworld.Sir Terry Pratchhett s satire on war and all things warlike from the martial to the blindly jingoistic was a lot of fun Seems a lost and forgotten island bubbles up from the depths in waters contested between Klatch and Anhk Morpork and both sides are quick to let the fans of discord blow them to extremes.More than just a parody of war, Pratchett examines the unhealthy but apparently primal urges of some to lean that way despite all sense otherwise Pratchett s character Lord Rust sees to embody all that is nonsensical about the us versus them populist rhetoric We also get to meet 71 Hour Ahmed, one of Pratchett s most memorable Discworld players.I also very much enjoyed the Lovecraft references.For Discworld fans and for Pratchett fans everywhere Co nowego pojawi o si mi dzy staro ytnymi miastami Ankh Morpork i Al Khali Dos ownie To wyspa, wynurzaj ca si z dna Okr g ego Morza DyskuPoniewa jest niezamieszkana i oba miasta roszcz sobie do niej prawa, komendant Vimes ze swymi wiernymi stra nikami staje wobec zbrodni tak wielkiej, e adne prawa jej nie obejmuj Nazywa si wojnaAle nie l kajcie si Wszystko to dzieje si na dalekim wiecie Dysku, gdzie chciwo i ignorancja wp ywaj na dzia ania polityk w i gdzie ca kiem normalni ludzie zachowuj si czasem jak totalni idioci Kr tko m wi c, w wiecie zupe nie niepodobnym, przynajmniej na pierwszy rzut oka, do naszego It was so much easier to blame it on Them It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us If it was Them, then nothing was anyone s fault If it was us, what did that make Me After all, I m one of Us I must be I ve certainly never thought of myself as one of Them No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them We re always one of Us It s Them that do the bad thingsJingo is an anti war book in the guise of an absurdist farcical satire.I ve been working on getting though the DiscwoIt was so much easier to blame it on Them It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us If it was Them, then nothing was anyone s fault If it was us, what did that make Me After all, I m one of Us I must be I ve certainly never thought of myself as one of Them No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them We re always one of Us It s Them that do the bad thingsJingo is an anti war book in the guise of an absurdist farcical satire.I ve been working on getting though the Discworld books since I was sixteen, which is now exactly half my life ago Fitting that I am also now halfway through Terry Pratchett s most famous series of books, and just now really getting to the ones that start hitting harder Judging from this book, a Pratchett book will never be serious, but their silliness isandbeing undercut with a pathos that is riveting, an anger that drives the story That combo of laughter and rage is something I ve not found anywhere else but a Pratchett book And thethe series goes on, the bolder he gets.The inciting incident of Jingo is a long lost island floating up from the middle of the Circle sea, right smack dab in the middle of Ankh Morpork and Klatch, and both nations claim ownership of it This leads, of course, to war Both nations start plotting and scheming But this isn t a war book like normal war books This is a book that backs ass backwards into war, after first lighting everything on fire and then everyone plays footballBritish football, not American And I m being quite literal here.But really all of this is just an excuse for Captain Sam Vimes to get involved After all, if war is a crime, then who better to go after the criminals and stop it than a copper And he brings the whole Watch with him It s not just war that Pratchett sends up here He also takes jabs at racism, sexism, nationalism Lots of isms.I always have such a hard time writing about these books I don t know why Maybe it s just because they re so chock full of everything Characters, one liners, elaborately set up satirical gags Or maybe I just personally have a hard time writing about humor It s soineffable.The only thing here is that I wasn t super in the mood for this type of book when I picked it up I put it down several times to read other books, and had a hard time picking it back up but always really enjoyed myself while reading Next time I pick one of these books up next up is The Last Continent, a Rincewind book, so I ve got to be extra in the mood for that I m gonna make sure I m in the mood I only have so much Pratchett left Full review to come I loved this muchthe second time round A fine addition to the Night s Watch. Bingly bingly bingly beepIt was time for my monthly dose of Discworld Once upon a time, I would have sworn that NOTHING could ever surpass one of the witches novels in this series Today, I have to confess that might no longer be the case.This 21st novel, initially unbeknownst to me, is one of the novels featuring The Watch As such, we get Sgt Colon, Nobby, Angua, Captain Carrot, Detritus my favourite and Commander Lord Sir Vimes and the rest of their weird bunch as well as the entirety Bingly bingly bingly beepIt was time for my monthly dose of Discworld Once upon a time, I would have sworn that NOTHING could ever surpass one of the witches novels in this series Today, I have to confess that might no longer be the case.This 21st novel, initially unbeknownst to me, is one of the novels featuring The Watch As such, we get Sgt Colon, Nobby, Angua, Captain Carrot, Detritus my favourite and Commander Lord Sir Vimes and the rest of their weird bunch as well as the entirety of Ankh Morpork including Lord Vetinari.An island has risen out of the ocean, sporting all the buildings and stuff it originally sank with Soon after, the first two fishermen start fighting despite their sons best efforts to stop them about who the island belongs to Ankh Morpork or Klatch.Thus, a Klatchian delegation arrives in the city, there is to be a pompous ceremony, fights break out yes, nothing new in that city, but still entertaining , a diplomat is killed, a certain werewolf gets kidnapped , and some people with titles think they need to get the old dusted book of traditions out and start a war.You know those movies or even real life scenes where two neighbours are starting a war across their fence Yeah, like that With the difference that the dwarves are actual people in this one and the tools used include useful but tragically long named inventions Oh, and swords The kind that is so big it carries you, not the other way around.Never fear though, because no matter how reluctant he is, Vimes is not gonna let any crime go unpunished, no matter how many diplomats he needs to get rid of first.In this novel, eventhan in others I know so far, the author once again proves why he is known and loved around the world He is a word smith who weaves puns and images into sharp criticism about xenophobia, misogyny, duty He also nicely points out the difference between the military and police force and all I can say is that many people, then and now, should rather read this book than any modern rules and regulations Could get some sense between those thick ears Which proves that Pratchett was not only a fantastic writer but also a keen observant He actually saw the world, the politics, the diplomacy, crime and punishment, social affairs, human psychology hell, even the distinction over who is the leader of anything on paper and who REALLY knows what s going on and he knew that you best get them when you are making them laugh first He paints a scene, several scenes actually, and lets loose a host of characters you either already know and love or will fall in love with after 3 seconds And not just Carrot, who even gets the gutter rats to do as they are told I mean, I almost lost it when view spoiler that bloody dis organiser lost the correct timeline, was therefore spiralling, and was eventually no longer with Vimes but met Death hide spoiler Not to mention that I want someone like Vetinari ruling the city state I live in with someone like Vimes to make sure it s relatively safe lol The Watch was, again, hilarious Be it Colon and Nobby on their way with Vetinari and that inventor or Vetinari himself showing that rather unexpected and yet totally familiar side or the Arch Chancellor when trying to herd a procession or Vimes meeting his Klatchian counterpart or Vimes and Lady Sybil s butler in a whole new uniform But they also made you think like Colon when he reminisced about his days in the military Just look at those quotes The humour is just there to soften the blow while simultaneously driving the knife in even deeper.Veni, vici Vetinari You best believe me or I ll ask Nobby to show you his lady parts BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA English Espa ol m s abajo This is the Spanish edition of Jingo, I ll try to write a review soon I haven t had much time lately and I have an awful lot of pending reviewsIn short go read it, every single Terry Pratchett book is worth your money and time especially this one since it s one of the best books in the Discworld series Even though each novel can be read as a standalone book, It s highly recommended to read the previous books of the Guards series to get to know the background English Espa ol m s abajo This is the Spanish edition of Jingo, I ll try to write a review soon I haven t had much time lately and I have an awful lot of pending reviewsIn short go read it, every single Terry Pratchett book is worth your money and time especially this one since it s one of the best books in the Discworld series Even though each novel can be read as a standalone book, It s highly recommended to read the previous books of the Guards series to get to know the background of some characters Pod s encontrar esta y otras rese as en mi blog Voto a Br os Es el cuarto libro de la saga de los Guardias mi saga favorita dentro de la locura que es Mundodisco y en l se empieza a notar el progreso de la guardia de Ankh Morpork en comparaci n con el primer libro Ya no est compuesta nicamente por el capit n Vimes, Colon y Nobby, sino que ahora es una verdadera fuerza integrada por miembros de todas las variedades de seres que habitan la ciudad m s poblada de Mundodisco golems, trolls, enanos, hombres lobo, g rgolas, e incluso zombies Esta enorme variedad de personajes le sirve a Pratchett para hacer lo que se le da mejor y lo que m s disfruto de sus novelas criticar los aspectos m s rid culos de las diferentes culturas y religiones, creando estereotipos absurdos, pero a la vez sumamente entretenidos de leer No considero ofensivas estas burlas, sino que por el contrario me parecen una forma bastante inteligente de criticar nuestra realidad sirvi ndose de criaturas fant sticas ese aspecto es lo que hace que Mundodisco sea una saga nica, diferente a cualquier historia de fantas a que vas a encontrar Los guardias son mis personajes favoritos justamente porque reflejan la variedad de culturas y costumbres que existen en el mundo, y como, cuando se dejan estas diferencias de lado, los seres humanos y los no tan humanos son capaces de alcanzar grandes cosas Volviendo a lo que es la trama, la misma cobra una mayor dimensi n cuando se investiga un poco busqu todo en Google, tremenda investigaci n al respecto Para escribir esta novela Pratchett se bas en un incidente ocurrido en 1830, en el cual una isla emergi en el Mar Mediterr neo y desat un conflicto entre Gran Breta a y otros pa ses de la zona para ver qui n anexaba la isla a su territorio A partir de esta premisa, el autor escribe una graciosa historia que se burla de las est pidas razones por las cuales se producen las guerras, como en este caso, un pedazo de tierra in til en todo sentido En esta novela, Pratchett tambi n se burla del nacionalismo extremo El t tulo de la novela en ingl s es Jingo, el cual es una abreviaci n de jingo smo , una idea de imperialismo basada en la expansi n violenta sobre otras naciones que surgi en Inglaterra a finales de la era victoriana Es una filosof a extremadamente racista e intolerante que en la novela es plasmada de manera brillante, poniendo de un lado a Klatch que se asemeja a un pa s rabe con todas sus costumbres que a nosotros nos resultan aberrantes y por el otro a Ankh Morpork, que vendr a a representar la civilizaci n occidentalHace falta una excusa para ir a la guerra dijo Nobby O sea, para qui n No vale con que vayas y digas T tienes montones de dinero y tierras pero yo tengo una espada muy grande as que ya est s d ndome lo m o, chop chop Es lo que yo dir a dijo el cabo Nobbs, estratega militar Y ni siquiera lo dir a hasta despu s de atacar Ah, pero eso es porque no sabes nada de pol tica dijo ColonLo que me parece brillante de los libros de Mundodisco es que logra tocar todos estos temas sin hacerlo de forma aburrida y repartiendo para todos lados en los libros de Pratchett vas a encontrar cr ticas y burlas hacia absolutamente todos los aspectos de nuestra vida cotidiana a veces de forma bastante clara, como ocurre en esta novela, y otras veces de forma m s sutil, a trav s de peque as referencias y gui os a diferentes elementos de la cultura popular.En fin, como siempre me pasa al escribir acerca de un libro de Mundodisco, me resulta imposible calificarlo porque adoro esta saga Considero que son libros excelentes y muy recomendables para todo el mundo, sean o no fan ticos de las novelas de fantas a Por supuesto que hay algunos libros que no son tan graciosos como otros, e incluso hay algunos bastante flojos, pero es indudable que cada novela de Mundodisco es, como dice Neil Gaiman, un peque o milagro y rara vez la vas a pasar mal leyendo a Pratchett Voto a Br os es de los mejores libros que he le do hasta el momento dentro de esta enorme y divertid sima saga A pesar de que cada libro de Mundodisco se puede leer de manera independiente, en este caso recomiendo leer por lo menos los tres libros anteriores de la saga de los guardias para poder apreciar c mo evolucionan los personajes Para conocer los posibles rdenes de lectura de Mundodisco o cu les libros recomiendo leer para comenzar la saga, pod s consultar esta secci n del blog Con largely disposable within the context of Discworld and feels a little like an afterthought Highly patronising, with vague suggestions of some somewhat iffy political assumptions Inadequate plot partly I think on purpose.Pro very funny Surprisingly enjoyable A chance to see the Watch characters in a slightlynormal situation and at a relaxed pace, at least in the first half of the book.Summary I always remembered the downsides and thought this was one of the worst Discworld nove Con largely disposable within the context of Discworld and feels a little like an afterthought Highly patronising, with vague suggestions of some somewhat iffy political assumptions Inadequate plot partly I think on purpose.Pro very funny Surprisingly enjoyable A chance to see the Watch characters in a slightlynormal situation and at a relaxed pace, at least in the first half of the book.Summary I always remembered the downsides and thought this was one of the worst Discworld novels it s definitely in the bottom half or bottom third, but it s actually muchenjoyable that I thought it was Shouldn t be on many favourites lists, but you needn t actively avoid it when reading the Watch books.My review is over on my blog as usual