Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Jingo by Terry Pratchett

Today I finished reading Jingo by Terry Pratchett, the fourth book in the story arc of Samuel Vimes and the Ankh-Morpork City Watch.

Jingo was a delight. I rate it 8.5/10. The characterization, the humor, the pacing, and the characterization were brilliant.

A previously submerged island rises to the surface in the sea between Ankh-Morpork and Klatch. Tensions, nationalism, prejudice, and war-fever rise with the island as both nations claim it for their own.

Commander Vimes isn't a soldier, but he's swept into the chaos when angry Ankh-Morporkians vent their xenophobia against Klatchians living in the city. Death threats, mobs, assassination attempts on visiting dignitaries, and burning embassies ensue. Lord Rust, a war-hungry noble, wants to invade Klatch without further ado.

The Klatchians might wear funny towels on their heads, but their numbers and weaponry are far superior to Ankh-Morpork's. If Ankh-Morpork is to avert or survive war, it will need Vetinari's cunning, Leonard da Quirm's genius, and the loyal stupidity of Sergeant Colon and Nobby Nobbs.

And what's Vimes to do? He's a copper. He can't arrest an entire army for disturbing the peace...

...can he?

"It's time to teach Johnny Klatchian a lesson!"

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