21. June 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Tammy · Tags:

Jingo by Terry Pratchett, 464 pages, read by Tammy, on 06/15/2012

Vol. 21 of Discworld. 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 international pastime 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 side. Satire of war over a tiny bit of land and national pride. Also of the practice of training and arming the very same countries that become your enemy. If only this solution at the end could work in the real world

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