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Interesting Times: A Discworld Novel (original 1994; edition 1995)

by Terry Pratchett

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Title:Interesting Times: A Discworld Novel
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:Corgi (1995), Edition: New edition, Paperback, 352 pages
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Rincewind is not really a favorite of mine in the Discworld, because I hate stories where just NOTHING goes right for the hero (cf. [b:Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets|15881|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2)|J.K. Rowling|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51HXKV6R8DL._SL75_.jpg|6231171]), but I read this one while studying abroad, and the cultural commentary Pratchett makes through the tourist's view of a foreign country is just brilliant. ( )
  lexmccall | Sep 3, 2014 |
Rincewind returns in this instalment of Pratchett's Discworld, as do a cast of other heroic(?) characters. Good fun. Well written. No surprises, but giggles sprinkled liberally. ( )
  fiverivers | Dec 7, 2013 |
This one reunites Rincewind and Twoflower.

After Twoflower (the disc's first tourist) returned home, he wrote a small tract (which sounds remarkably like the first day back at school) entitled "What I did on my holidays". As usual where he's concerned it has taken a life of its own and a strange set of consequences results in a mild mannered revolution being set in motion. However, there's an emperor (who's about to die) and Grand Vizier (never trust a grand vizier) in the offing, along with a most unusual horde of barbarians. But who stands to gain from the revolution and who is the shadowy figure in the background?

Rincewind gets mixed up in this when the revolutionaries (with some prompting from the un named source) request that Ankh Morpork send the Great Wizzard by tea time.

A strange concatenation of circumstances mean that the earth rises up and he does, indeed, save the day... again! ( )
  Helenliz | Apr 1, 2013 |
The 17th book in the Discworld series (I am reading them sequentially) and the 5th book starring everyone's favorite inept "Wizzard", Rincewind. It's at this point, I think, that Rincewind is really starting to endear himself to me. He can always be counted on to get himself into the weirdest pickles, and somehow get out alive. In this episode, Lord Vetinari of Ankh-Morpork receives a mysterious message from the city of Hunghung in the far-off Counterweight Continent, requesting that he send a great wizard to their aid. Rincewind draws the short straw, of course, and winds up in Hunghung with a certain centenarian barbarian and his Silver Horde. They discover that a secret revolution is underway, spurred by the distribution of a banned essay entitled "What I Did on my Summer Vacation", which is eerily familiar to Rincewind . . . . and then Pratchett proceeds to make fun of ancient China.
This is usual Pratchett humorous fare. Solidly entertaining and funny, but not his best. ( )
  norabelle414 | Jan 14, 2013 |
After his adventures as a minor demon in Eric, Rincewind is back. This time he gets dragged into a civil war in Two Flower's homeland. This the story of the awakening of the Red Army, and the chronicles of Cohen, of butterflies' flatus and running away, especially running away. ( )
  IAmAndyPieters | Oct 18, 2012 |
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There is a curse.

They say:
May You Live in Interesting Times
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This is where the gods play games with the lives of men, on a board which is at one and the same time a simple playing area and the whole world.
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Natural selection saw to it that professional heroes who at a crucial moment tended to ask themselves questions like "What is my purpose in life?" very quickly lacked both.
I know about people who talk about suffering for the common good. It's never bloody them! When you hear a man shouting "Forward, brave comrades!" you'll see he's the one behind the bloody big rock and the one wearing the only really arrow-proof helmet!
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MIGHTY BATTLES! REVOLUTION! DEATH! WAR! (AND HIS SONS TERROR AND PANIC, AND DAUGHTER CLANCY)

The oldest and most inscrutable empire on the Discworld is in turmoil, brought on by the revolutionary treatise What I did on My Holidays. Workers are uniting, with nothing to lose but their water buffaloes. War (and Clancy) are spreading through the ancient cities.

And all that stands in the way of terrible doom for everyone is:

Rincewind the Wizard, who can't even spell the word 'wizard'...

Cohen the barbarian hero, five feet tall in his surgical sandals, who has had a lifetime's experience of not dying...

…and a very special butterfly.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0061056901, Mass Market Paperback)

Marvelous Discworld, which revolves on the backs of four great elephants and a big turtle, spins into Interesting Times, the 17th outing in Terry Pratchett's rollicking fantasy series. The gods are playing games again, and this time the mysterious Lady opposes Fate in a match of "Destinies of Nations Hanging by a Thread." --Blaise Selby

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:22:41 -0400)

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A fantasy featuring the wizard Rincewind on a mission to an empire undergoing a cultural revolution reminiscent of the one in China. The novel's title is a play on the Chinese curse, "May you live in interesting times." By the author of Men at Arms.

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