For those of you that know me, it is not a surprise that I really like Terry Pratchett work. So before the holidays I placed a huge order to amazon comprising all his book I haven’t yet read.”Jingo!” is the first popped out from the reading queue. I though this summer I would have read a bit more, but traveling throughout USA, trekking in parks and keeping an attentive eye on a teen nephew it’s time consuming as it sounds.
Back to the book. This time an island is rising from the ocean about halfway from Ankh-Morpork and Klatch. The island is discovered at the same time by two fishermen from the two towns. Everyone claims his country rights on the new land, and this leads to political frictions between countries.
As if this would not be enough, someone try to assassinate the brother of the Klatchian sovereign visiting Ankh-Morpork.
As the international struggle escalates both Vimes with his Watch and the Patrician with his political skills attempt to settle the question avoiding what seems to be a inevitable war.
As in every other book by Pratchett the witty humor is always paired with deep insights in the human mind, in community habits and legacies and plots are never obvious or sacrificed to the funny side of his writings.
I read this book as a strong position against wars, against the blindness of generals and war commanders, the arrogance and stupidity of racism and discrimination.