Hardcover, 288 pages

Published Nov. 6, 1997 by Gollancz.


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5 stars (3 reviews)

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 internationalpastime 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 own …

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reviewed Jingo by Terry Pratchett

Must stop quoting, Arrrggghhh

4 stars

There's also a very nice line about the thought of expanding the country border, but I must stop somewhere.

Jingo is comparatively more messy than the other books around this time; groups are split and regrouped more often than usual, making the narrative a bit hard to grasp, and the mirroring a bit hard to summarise. But it is somehow necessary, because every one of these characters represents an attitude towards foreigners. When Witches Abroad was only running a light commentary on arrogant attitude when going abroad, Jingo is full out on trying to show as many aspects of racism and xenophobia as the story could manage.

(especially as Jingo is the western culture representative versus the desert natives, this makes such a nice pause from Dune (sorry). I suppose it's because in Jingo, there are a lot of characters who actually do respect the other races, and are trying …

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