Monday, June 29, 2015

Discworld - Watching the War

As I mentioned previously, I received Jingo as a thank you gift for VCR-sitting.  Now, there'd been things going on around Iran and Iraq for a while, and Pratchett had had things as a background to Desert Storm in Only You Can Save Mankind, he had also alluded to the situation in Klatch when Death joined the Klatchian Foreign Legion in Soul Music.  The subtle part was when Albert notes the actual dotted line that marked the territorial boundary that existed in reality passing through the desert.  But in Jingo, Pratchett gets down to what has really been going on.  It's also his twist on Lawrence of Arabia".

I think this book is a prime example of Pratchett's skill in writing.  As usual, he doesn't use paragraphs, breaking scenes using only white space, but the book just flows along smoothly from each stage of the story.

I'll admit that the first time I read it, I was a bit confused on what had actually happened in a few spots.  The second time I read it, everything fell into place with a big, "Ohhhh, now I get it."  I think I wasn't expecting the depth that he put into it.

I find myself wanting to say that each book is my favorite, but that's the thing with this series.  Almost every book is your favorite once you read it.  And the next one is only that much better.

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Recurring characters and themes in this book:

“Personal is not the same as important.”
Al-jibla (Klatchian Dibbler)
Angua, Corporal
Ankh-Morpork
Berghodlt Stuttley “Bloody Stupid” Johnson
Blind Hugh
Bows and Ammo
Buggy Swires, Constable
Burleigh & Stronginthearm
Cabbage
Carrot Ironfounderson, Captain
Cecil W. St. J “Nobby” Nobbs, Corporal
Chalky the Troll
Cheri LIttlebottom, Corporal
Cumbling Michael
Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler
Death
Detritus, Sergeant
Djelibeybi
Done-It Duncan
Dorfl, Constable
Downspout, Constable
D'regs
Drumknott, Secretary
Duck Man
Elm Street
Foul Ole Ron
Fred Colon, Sergeant
Genua
Havelock Vetinari, Patrician
Ironcrust's Dwarf Bread
Klatch
Leonard of Quirm
Leshp
Lord and Lady Selachii
Lord Downey, Assassin’s Guild
Lord Ronald “Ronnie” Rust
Lord Venturi
Mad Lord Snapcase, Patrician
Mr Hong, and the Three Jolly Luck Take-Away fish bar on Dagon street, site of old fish-God temple, opening on the night of the full moon
Mr. Boggis, Thieves’ Guild
Mr. Slant, Lawyers’ Guild
Mrs. Cake
Muntab
Mustrum Ridcully, Archchancellor UU
Old Stoneface Vimes
Pediment, Constable
Reg Shoe, Constable
Samuel Vimes, Commander/Duke/Knight
St. Ungulant ('s Fire)
Sybil Ramkin Vimes, Lady/Duchess
Tacticus, General
The Agony Aunts
The Alchemists’ Guild
The Assassin’s Guild
The Beggars’ Guild
The Bunch of Grapes
The Bursar
The Butchers’ Guild
The Dean
The Dis-Organizer
The Guild of Engravers
The Librarian
The Mended Drum
The Opera House
The Seamstresses' Guild
The Shades
The Thieves’ Guild
The Trousers of Time
Unseen University
Verity Pushpram
Visit-the-Non-Believer-with-Explanatory-Pamphlets “Washpot”, Constable
Wilkins, Butler

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