Jingo (Terry Pratchett)

Jingo is the fourth of the Discworld novels about the City Watch by Terry Pratchett [reviews of the others here].

An island suddenly appears right between Ankh-Morpork and Klatch and triggers territorial disputes. When an attack on the Klatchian Prince happens in Ankh-Morpork, people prepare for war. Sam Vimes gets somehow stuck in the middle of all this and then has to go to Klatch himself because Angua has been kidnapped.

I just wrote that I didn’t love Jingo as much as the other novels about the Watch. Then I though about everything I did like about it and I immediately got a bad conscience and had to delete what I had written. Maybe I didn’t like the overall story, but there was enough awesome in here to fill several books.



I loved the focus on the Patrician. One can never have enough of the Patrician. Especially in combination with Leonard of Quirm. I loved the whole thing with the Dis-Organiser. It made me laugh (“the trousers of time” *rofl*), but it also made me shudder (“To Do Today: Die”). I loved it everytime Pratchett speaks about the war machinery, the processes behind it. And I loved how Nobby discovers his more feminine side.

But I didn’t really care about the whole story line with 71-hour Ahmed and that took up a lot of time.

Well, other than that I don’t think I can say much more about the book that I haven’t said before about the other books, so I won’t. [You know that Pratchett is really hard to review?]

Let’s finish this again with some quotes:

‘Why are our people going out there?’ said Mr Boggis of the Thieves’ Guild.
‘Because they are showing a brisk pioneering spirit and seeking wealth and… additional wealth in a new land,’ said Lord Vetinari.
‘What’s in it for the Klatchians?’ said Lord Downey.
‘Oh, they’ve gone out there because they are a bunch of unprincipled opportunists always ready to grab something for nothing,’ said Lord Vetinari. […] The Patrician looked down again at his notes. ‘Oh, I do beg your pardon,’ he said. ‘I seem to have read those last two sentences in the wrong order.

“Give a man a fire and he’s warm for a day, but set fire to him and he’s warm for the rest of his life.”


  1. Ich werde nie mit Pratchett anfangen, dann kann mir das alle nicht passieren (wobei ich befürchte, dass auch ich ein gewisses Suchtpotential hätte.)

  2. I love this book! (No surprise there)

    I love the plot (all of it, even 71-hour Ahmed), the characters…and I love that the book gets better the deeper you dig into it, because of the details. Did you know that there was actually a Captain called Jenkins? He claimed that a Spanish raiding party looking for smuggled goods (with good reason) had chopped his ear off. So he went home with his ear in a jar and demanded a war (and got it, too, which is the really scary bit).

    [Here endeth the history lecture…sorry.]

    Anyway…I like muchly.

    • I think I’ve heard that story before. Maybe you told me already. :)

      I think it’s true for pretty much all the Pratchett books – they are really good candidates for re-reading because you keep discovering stuff. [Well, not that I actually know that since I never re-read any of them, but that’s how I imagine it.]

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