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on December 8, 1999
Jingo is one of the best of the Discworld series because it deals with a serious subject - the futility of war but still makes it funny. And if you know of the characters from previous books you'll find one bit of it unbearably moving - the hairs on the back of my neck rose as the Disorganizer read out the appointments of the characters within a few seconds of each other in the alternate universe - particularly for Captain Carrot. Of course, there are weaknesses in it. I still don't understand the plot, Vetenari would never get involved in direct action, there was too much of Colon and Nobby, and not enough of the other characters e.g. Cherrybottom, the OrangUtan, Detritus and the other Guards. Most of all, it's ridiculous to think that countries would go to war over a useless island (nobody mention the Falklands). But despite this I enjoyed it enormously and would recommend it as a good starting point in the series. By the way, the title "Jingo" refers to a song from the Victorian music halls which began "We don't want to fight you but by Jingo if we do: We've got the ships, we've got the men, we've got the money too." And from that we get the word "Jingoism". See, you learn something reading Pratchett!
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on February 25, 2000
This is by no means the best of the Watch novels ... but even an average Pratchett novel is a thing of beauty. By turns deadly serious and laugh-out-loud funny, the book has only three weaknesses (which other reviewers have touched upon).
First, most of the Watch characters get barely anything to do. Second, the Patrician is way out of character. And finally, the ending is pretty weak.
Nevertheless, this is a still a great and very entertaining read. I wouldn't recommend it as a starting point, though, as Guards! Guards! is a better introduction, Men at Arms is funnier, and Feet of Clay is a better mystery.
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on April 20, 2001
Although this book is a good book in its own right - interesting characters and plot, gripping pace, humorous dialogue and a meaningful theme, it's not my favourite of the Guards novels. Feet Of Clay and The Fifth Elephant have more interesting mysteries and Men At Arms and Guards! Guards! have more interesting character development. I don't know, maybe it's all the sand, but Jingo has always seemed a little unsatisfying. But I reckon that that's because I am comparing it to the other Guards books - there's still a lot of good moments and it's worth a read.
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on March 9, 1999
Jingo was a good laugh, and fun and easy to read. As usual with a Pratchett novel, the laughs come fast and furious, although I found this novel to be a little lighter on story than most of his others. However I would recommend it, especially if you have never read a Discworld novel before. Bravo!
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on March 5, 2001
I found the book to be one of the most humourous distillations of the real world that I have read for some time. Words spoken by dwarf or troll, could just as easily have been spoken by any current earth nation representative. This was my first DiscWorld and will certainly not be my last.
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on April 8, 1999
Excellent book. It's bursting at the seams with laughter, but the puns don't jump up and try to snare you, you find them yourself. If you like the discworld novels, you might try Piers Anthony's Xanth novels. The two are similar and yet totally different
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