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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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In Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett, the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork receives a letter from the Agatean Empire demanding that a great wizard be sent to them. He relays this message to the Arch-Chancellor of Unseen University. After conferring with the wizard staff of Unseen University, they come to the conclusion that none of them want to undertake the journey, so they decide that they should send the inept wizard Rincewind. They summon Rincewind through magical means, and then subsequently transport him to the Agatean Empire. Once there, Rincewind finds himself being forced to participate in a revolution quite against his will that it turns out was inadvertently started by an old friend of his. Rincewind wants no part in the revolution and seeks only to escape, but Fate has other plans for him.



This was a really fun and hilarious book. I really love the characters Rincewind and Twoflower, and I was delighted that the Luggage made a reappearance in this book. I highly recommend it to fans of Terry Pratchett and the Discworld series, or anyone that enjoys British humor. While it's probably not necessary to read all of the Discworld books that come before Interesting Times prior to reading it, I would recommend at least reading The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic first, and perhaps Sourcery and Eric as well. ( )
  Kythe42 | Mar 7, 2015 |
I'm a Discworld fan, but Rincewind is my least favourite character. He's just annoying really. ( )
  Hobbitlass | Jan 22, 2015 |
Cohen the Barbarian, and his silver horde go to Eastern Civilization and discover many things quit different than their backwards homeland. Never, since Marco Polo has the orient been so open to European Minds. Nor barbarians have felt so comfortable wearing silk. I loved the scene where the barbarians learned the steps to commercial success in a free capitalistic system in Pre-Commumnist-China.*

*(page 147) ( )
  Gregorio_Roth | Dec 5, 2014 |
Cohen the Barbarian, and his silver horde go to Eastern Civilization and discover many things quit different than their backwards homeland. Never, since Marco Polo has the orient been so open to European Minds. Nor barbarians have felt so comfortable wearing silk. I loved the scene where the barbarians learned the steps to commercial success in a free capitalistic system in Pre-Commumnist-China.*

*(page 147) ( )
  Gregorio_Roth | Dec 5, 2014 |
On the one hand, I love The Luggage, Twoflower, and Cohen the Barbarian. On the other hand... this is an uncomfortable read. There's "not-pc" that's still nuanced (e.g. Cohen), and then there's "not-pc" that reads as "accidentally racist". Lampooning a mishmash of feudal China/Japan (same same?) while fixating on bowing, politeness, tea, samurai swords, and demure women... surely we're past using stereotypes from the good ol' days of cultural fetishization? Good dialog, terrible idea. ( )
  pale_fire | Oct 26, 2014 |
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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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