I always wonder how Pratchett manages to become better with every bhook he writes. jingo is really one of the best novels i've ever read. Forget everything you know about Pratchett, forget the craziness of the first Discworld books, forget the fun, forget Discworld, cause this is serious stuff. Of course Pratchett is still funny, but that has become background. I wouldn't read Jingo because it's funny. Jingo (like Pratchett's other more mature novels) isn't only funny, but also much richer than the previous novels. The characters are now well-known and more developped, yet retaining the basic characteristics that define them. Vetinari, more obscure than ever, acts for the first time openly, instead of intriguing. Leonard da Quirm is the pèerfect counterbalance to Vetinari. The plot is a mix of crime novel (as all the Guard books, but this time even more misterious) and political satire. The island of Leshp actually refers to a small island that rose from the seas a few years ago in the Aegean sea, exactly between Greece and Turkey, and nearly drove those two countrys to war. Other examples are some small islands that China claims from Taiwan, or the Spratley islands in the South Chinese Sea, claimed by 7 countries or so. Pratchett never invents anything. He always takes from real life, mixes it up with Discworld logic, wraps it up in a clever story with characters more human than even humans (humans would never admit that they act like Discworld characters, but in fact they are even worse), puts a bit of philosophy into it, and voila your next masterpiece of the year. The book is so rich that everytime you read it, you find new elements in it. Pratchett is really the greatest english author since Shakespeare (really!).