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.”