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

by Terry Pratchett

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Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett (1994)



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I finished this Discworld novel so many weeks ago that I can't remember if I was going to give it four stars or five! I think five, so that's what I'll do. I also can't remember enough to give it a decent review, and for that, I truly apologize. I've read too many books in between.

This book is another in the Rincewind the Wizzard series, and it's really very good. In it, he's chosen to go to the Agatean Empire on the mysterious Counterweight Continent -- a place that appears to be like ancient China, with a little Japanese thrown in for good measure. The emperor is dying and various factions are vying to take over upon his death. However, there's an ancient legend that at just such a time in centuries past, a great wizard rose up with his Red Army and won the war, enabling the "right" emperor to live on. Rincewind is supposed to be that wizard, reincarnated. Of course they don't know he's inept. But he's got his magical Luggage with him. And he runs into Twoflower again! Not only that, but he runs into Cohen the Barbarian, who with several other ancient barbarian heroes, have decided to ruthlessly take over the Agatean Empire and rule it themselves. It's seven and against an army of 700,000. They like their odds. The rebels Rincewind encounters are exceedingly polite. Their slogans are hilarious. And of course, as you knew would have to happen, Rincewind saves the day. I won't tell you how, though. You have to read it to find that out.

Interesting Times is an interesting book and Pratchett does a nice job of taking non-pc, yet playful, jabs at other cultures, while still taking a few at his own. I don't know if this is the last Rincewind book I'll read -- I suspect it is -- but the character couldn't have gone out on a higher note. Certainly recommended. ( )
  scottcholstad | Sep 16, 2014 |
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 |
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There is a curse.

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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.
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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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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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

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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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