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Jingo by Terry Pratchett

loont's review against another edition

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3.0

Starts out a tiny bit odd, but beyond the first few pages gets going as yet another hilarious and extremely solid addition to the Discworld series...

And then somewhere almost half way through kind of loses what it was about. It's about a war! Well... but then Vetinari is off looking at the ancient odd city, and Vimes is off chasing a character who has done... something we aren't explained for, and trying to rescue a character who, well Jingo kind of forgets that there was a character to rescue a bit. Or that there was a that was supposed to be a big war coming, and there was this main character that seemed really important and then, well Jingo kind of forgets about him for a while and by the time we come back hasn't bothered making him really important anymore.

The entire novel feels like an exercise in forgetting objectives and building up certain things, in exchange for just going about other things that aren't built up halfway through because Pratchett got lost himself while writing it.

pensham's review against another edition

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adventurous funny medium-paced

4.25

turidt's review against another edition

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adventurous funny lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

livbot's review against another edition

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adventurous funny lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

Super fun story with lots of political intrigue, military satire, and a fun mystery. 

ehstarsong's review against another edition

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adventurous funny lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.5

mjporterauthor's review against another edition

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5.0

I am loving the City Watch books as audiobooks. Nigel Planer is a great narrator.

The new versions with Jon Culshaw are also fabulous:)

tempscire's review against another edition

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adventurous funny lighthearted mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.5

hewlettelaine's review

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3.0

Not the strongest of the Night Watch series but a fun read

akela_star's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0

sillyduckies's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional funny mysterious slow-paced

3.5

It took me too long to get through this book. It might be a trend that the first 2/3 of the book are set up and then once everything comes full circle it gets interesting in the discworld novels, we will see.

Anyway, some fun quotes I'd like to share to try and get the atmosphere across:

"He felt like underdone beef"

"Glory awaits, gentlemen. In the words of General Tacticus, let us take history by the scrotum"

"He'd decided that it was because, imprisoned in the priceless, enquiring amber of Leonard's massive mind, underneath all that bright investigative genius was a kind of wilful innocence that might in lesser men be called stupidity. It was the seat and soul of that force which, down the millennia, had caused mankind to stick its fingers in the electric light socket of the Universe and play with the switch to see what happened - and then be surprised when it did."

"Sergeant Colon had had a broad education. He'd been to the School of My Dad Always Said, the College of It Stands to Reason, and was now a postgraduate at the University of What Some Bloke In The Pub Told Me."