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Jingo

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Jingo (1997) Terry Pratchett (Discworld)

JingoAn island has arisen from the sea–and island that is claimed by both Klatch and Ankh-Morpork.

As every student of exploration knows, the prize goes not to the explorer who first sets foot upon the virgin soil but to the one who gets that foot home first. If it is still attached to his leg, this is a bonus.

As always, one of the best things about these stories is the snide commentary on society.

“Why are our people going out there?” said Mr. Boggis of the Thieves’ Guild.

“Because they are showing a brisk pioneering spirit and seeking wealth and  .  .  . additional wealth in a new land,” said Lord Vetinari.

“What’s in it for the Klatchians?” said Lord Downey.

“Oh, they’ve gone out there because they are a bunch of unprincipled opportunists always ready to grab something for nothing,” said Lord Vetinari.

“And so into this land of sand-colored dust and sand-colored rocks and sand-colored sand you, Willikins, will march with your expertise in cutlery and your red and white uniform?”

“With the gold frogging, sir.” Willikins thrust out his jaw. “Yes, sir. If the need arises.”

“You don’t see anything wrong with this picture?”

“Sir?”

“Oh, never mind.” Vimes yawned. “Well, we shall miss you, Willikins.” Others may not, he thought. Especially if they have time for a second shot.

This story was fine, but didn’t have enough Librarian.

Publisher: HarperCollins
Rating: 7.5/10

Categories: 7.5/10, Fantasy, Re-Read     Comments (0)    



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