The cover art says it all-a small green island floats in a tranquil sea below the water line, and the little land mass looks like a bomb with a lighted fuse. When a new island, Leshp, pops up one day in the sea between Ankh-Morpork and Al-Khali after more than a century of peace, there is immediate scrambling for possession of the tiny scrap of newly risen earth. The rival cities are at war! Diplomacy fails, arguments proliferate, murder is rampant, to say nothing of arson and kidnapping. The stage is set for another riotous Discworld adventure. Sir Samuel Vimes, removed from his position as Commander of the Watch, becomes a knight and organizes his own military force; Captain Carrot is off to rescue his werewolf girlfriend, Angua; and the Patrician, Vetinari, saves the day by surrendering Leshp to Al-Khali just before the tiny island slips back under the ocean waves again, leaving the adversaries with nothing left to fight over. Brimming with a dizzying array of favorite characters and rowdy Pythonesque humor, Pratchett's current addition presents a capricious, lighthearted look at the inanity of war and the warped ethics of diplomatic procedure. It joins over twenty-five publications in the consistently hilarious Discworld series, including Feet of Clay (HarperPrism, 1996/VOYA February 1997), Maskerade (HarperPrism, 1997/VOYA April 1998), and Interesting Times (HarperPrism, 1997). VOYA Codes: 5Q 5P J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written, Every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
Pratchett's best-known creation is "Discworld," in particular the fantastic medieval urban city-state Ankh-Morporkh, populated by humans, dwarves, and trolls aligned in a firm social pecking order. A keen observer of human behavior, Pratchett portrays nearly every conceivable type of Earthly people, and they work through social issues as the "Discworld" stories unfold. Jingo takes on discrimination and xenophobia as the crusty Sam Vimes, leader of the city's policing Watch, heads off war with the neighboring land of Klatch. Hogfather is a bit less accessible, possibly because most characters are so abstract. Discworld's equivalent of Santa Claus, the Hogfather has a price on his head. Death plays a large part, and his diminutive rodent counterpart, the Death of Rats, also appears. Death's granddaughter Susan is the worldly heroine who saves the day in this adventure involving the city's Magicians. Similar to the "Discworld" novel Reaper Man, Hogfather is an optional purchase. Jingo is highly recommended, especially if your patrons appreciate British humor. Nigel Planer is a stunning narrator in these stories, delivering a wide range of voices and styles while remaining wonderfully energetic and consistent.--Douglas C. Lord, Hartford P.L., CT Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
YA-Jingo, the twentieth Discworld novel to be published in the United States, is a worthy addition to the series. It's a quiet night. Maybe too quiet. Solid Jackson and his son are fishing the waters between Ankh-Morpork and Al-Khali when their boat runs aground. To their amazement, an iron chicken rises out of the water, followed shortly by the island of Leshp. Solid Jackson immediately claims the island as Ankh-Morpork territory. There's only one problem. Greasy Arif and his son are also fishing for Curious Squid, and Arif swears that the island belongs to Al-Khali. Both cities are determined to annex it. By jingo, this means war. Ankh-Morpork is outgunned and out-manned but the city's nobles don't plan to let that stop them from carrying on the noble traditions of chivalry and showing those Klatchians what's what. This book is just as funny, clever, and unpredictable as the previous titles. Pratchett fans will not be disappointed, and new readers will not be confused. Jingo expands upon the lives of characters from titles in the series, but readers don't need to be familiar with them to enjoy this one. It's fast-paced, with lots of twists and turns, unexpected events, and football.-Susan Salpini, Kings Park Library, Burke, VA
“Pratchett’s writing is a constant delight. No one mixes the fantastical and mundane to better comic effect or offers sharper insights into the absurdities of human endeavour.”