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am 15. Oktober 1999
Simply stated, this is one of Pratchett's best. He brilliantly skewers politics, warmongering, racism, engineering, time management, navigational terms, police work, and foreign customs, for a start. He then manages to poke fun at (as opposed to ridiculing) humans, werewolves, dwarves, trolls, gnomes, Curious Squid, and the odd orangutang. His treatment of the temperature-sensitive intelligence of Corporal Detritus is well done, and the habit he gives of Commander Vimes returning to his old habits as a street copper even in the middle of ceremonial events had me rolling on the floor.
The demonic organizer and the temporal slip-up was a very nice touch... although the reeling off of the appointments in the alternative final defense (which I shall skip for those who haven't read this yet - I envy you people! <grin>) I found honestly to be as chilling as anything Stephen King ever wrote.
I don't believe I've ever read a bad book of his. Some may have been better than others, but not one of them have I put down and said, "My God, why did I read this?" Pratchett writes with a compassionate eye to his characters, keeping them comical without making them ridiculous.
These are books that I'll still be re-reading 20 years from now, and I'll wager I'll still find something new to laugh at each time.
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am 29. Oktober 2013
Habe bereits zahlreiche Discworldbücher gelesen, aber Jingo ist mein neuer Favourit!
Wem die Wächterreihe gefällt der wird es sowieso kaufen, allen anderen kann ich nur sagen: eine ausgezeichnete Mischung aus Humor, Tiefsinnigem und dem üblichen Scheibenweltcharme.
Sogar Feldwebel Colon regt hier zum Grübeln an, weshalb ich Jingo auch als einen der besten Wächterromane ansehe. Die Entwicklung vom humorvollen Guards! Guards! zu Jingo ist deutlich spürbar. Sowohl Handlung als auch Charaktere (Nie gab es einen schöneren Dialog zwischen Mumm und Vetinari...) sind noch ausgereifter und durch die Authenzität meiner Meinung nach noch witziger. Habe selten so viel Spaß beim Lesen gehabt.
Rundum empfehlenswert!
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am 8. Oktober 2012
Ich finde diese Buch eines der besten aus der Scheibenwelt-Reihe. Es beschreibt in herrlichem schwarzen Humor die politischen Schachzüge der "Großen" und die menschlichen Schwächen der "Kleinen", darüberhinaus wird mit viel Witz über die Vorurteile gegenüber Fremden erzählt. Ich mochte Sam Vimes in diesem Buch am liebsten, auch alle anderen Charaktere der Stadtwache sind sauwitzig beschrieben. Ich habe das Buch schon mindestens vier Mal gelesen und kichere jedes Mal wieder. Absolut empfehlenswert!!!Jingo: A Discworld novel (Discworld Novels)
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am 30. Januar 2000
There are very few writers who can make you laugh out loud just seconds after making your heart clench. In fact, Terry Pratchett is about the only one I've ever read who could do that. The basic plot is very simple. Two countries, who haven't warred in centuries, find an island, that may or may not have value, situated between them. And for various political reasons both sides begin to prepare for war. It's up to the lowly city guard to put a stop to it. Led by a reformed alcoholic and an oddly naive and carefree captain who sees only the best in people (odd mainly because he's still alive, it is Ankh-Morpork after all) the chances for success don't look too good. Especially when Vetinari, the Patrician, is relieved of his duties by the nobility in preperation for the war. And when the foreign ambassador is killed right under the city guard's collective nose? Well, not even a nice game of football is going to do any good. This was easily my favorite of all the discworld novels, the humor was just as good as in Interesting Times but I felt that the plot and the shading of the characters was slightly superior. The only negative thing that I could say about this book (and quite frankly all of the discworld novels) is that you had better be a fast reader. I read it in under six hours, you need that kind of speed, otherwise I believe that the constant off-subject footnotes would get in the way. Small problem, but one that can be annoying at times.
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am 26. Februar 2000
This is by no means the best of the Watch novels ... but even an average Pratchett novel is a thing of beauty. By turns deadly serious and laugh-out-loud funny, the book has only three weaknesses (which other reviewers have touched upon).
First, most of the Watch characters get barely anything to do. Second, the Patrician is way out of character. And finally, the ending is pretty weak.
Nevertheless, this is a still a great and very entertaining read. I wouldn't recommend it as a starting point, though, as Guards! Guards! is a better introduction, Men at Arms is funnier, and Feet of Clay is a better mystery.
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am 28. Januar 2013
A new land arises, with all the problems that such an occasion can bring with it. Nobby and Colon dive right into action with the patrician on board, whilst Vimes is taking the law to another level.
Ah, and Carrot is showing everyone how to play ball! I'd say, a classy win for Pratchett.
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am 8. Dezember 1999
Jingo is one of the best of the Discworld series because it deals with a serious subject - the futility of war but still makes it funny. And if you know of the characters from previous books you'll find one bit of it unbearably moving - the hairs on the back of my neck rose as the Disorganizer read out the appointments of the characters within a few seconds of each other in the alternate universe - particularly for Captain Carrot. Of course, there are weaknesses in it. I still don't understand the plot, Vetenari would never get involved in direct action, there was too much of Colon and Nobby, and not enough of the other characters e.g. Cherrybottom, the OrangUtan, Detritus and the other Guards. Most of all, it's ridiculous to think that countries would go to war over a useless island (nobody mention the Falklands). But despite this I enjoyed it enormously and would recommend it as a good starting point in the series. By the way, the title "Jingo" refers to a song from the Victorian music halls which began "We don't want to fight you but by Jingo if we do: We've got the ships, we've got the men, we've got the money too." And from that we get the word "Jingoism". See, you learn something reading Pratchett!
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am 2. Januar 1999
Need I say more?
Perhaps I'll say that Terry Pratchett has finally shown how much a literary genius he can be. After the appalling "Hogfather" and "Soul Music", he has not only resurrected the once-dead Discworld series single-handedly, (or shall I say single-bookedly) but reached a standard no one could ever expect!
Everything - the characters, gags, storyline (he even gave us a few action scenes to polish it off) and that special Pratchett touch - is fantastic. While the quality of his masterpieces has always made every fantasy in a bookstore seem as outdated as dinosaurs, it can still outdo itself.
Just like Tolkien invented the genre back in the 1930s, Pratchett gave it a whole new dimension. He is the best and only reason I read books!
If you've been abducted by aliens over the past couple of years and don't know what Discworld is, then start your collection with "Jingo", and you'll NEVER go back to the old sword-and-sorcery Tolkien-esqe relics again!<
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am 5. Februar 1999
Before the publication of this book, channel four in Britain did an interview with Terry. He said this book was about "the pointlessness of war". For me, this beautifully somes up the book. It is amusing, in a subtle way, and occasionally warrants an out burst of laughter, but not often. That would be too vulgar. Just a smile is sufficient. It is also amazingly thought provoking . It makes me wonder, as with all Terry's books, whether it is secretly based on some unsuspecting war in the depths of history. I can imagine the author laughing at us for thinking he made it up. I think Terry Pratchett is one of the most readable authors in print today, even forever. He once said he "writes for anyone who can hold the books". I think this means anyone aged 10 to 100 can read them.
Ralph Evins, Age 14.
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am 9. Dezember 1999
I recently read Terry Pratchett for the first time through an advanced reader's copy of "The Fifth Element." I greatly enyoyed that book and immediately went out and purchased"Jingo." While to a large degree similar--though I felt the former to be better plotted and more tightly written--I found the similarities here beginning to wear thin midway through the book. It wasn't that I was bored, or found Pratchett's writing lacking in inventiveness, but that his use of plot devices were already becoming familiar. Not a good sign, if a reflection upon the other 23 Discworld titles. I think I'll give Pratchett a rest; perhaps after a few months the next title I read will appear fresher.
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