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Interesting times : a novel of Discworld (original 1994; edition 1994)

by Terry Pratchett

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"May you live in interesting times" is the worst thing one can wish on a citizen of Discworld -- especially on the distinctly unmagical sorcerer Rincewind, who has had far too much perilous excitement in his life. But when a request for a "Great Wizzard" arrives in Ankh-Morpork via carrier albatross from the faraway Counterweight Continent, it's he who's sent as emissary. Chaos threatens to follow the impending demise of the Agatean Empire's current ruler. And, for some incomprehensible reason, someone believes Rincewind will have a mythic role in the war and wholesale bloodletting that will surely ensue. (Carnage is pretty much a given, since Cohen the Barbarian and his extremely elderly Silver Horde are busily formulating their own plan for looting, pillaging, and, er, looking wistfully at girls.) However, Rincewind firmly believes there are too many heroes already in the world, yet only one Rincewind. And he owes it to the world to keep that one alive for as long as possible.… (more)
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Title:Interesting times : a novel of Discworld
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:New York, N.Y. : HarperPrism, c1994,
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The Disc World takes on the inscrutable east (mainly China) as Rincewind the Wizard is sent to the Counterweight Continent to save the situation. Two Flower, Cohen the Barbarian, Disembowel-Myself-Honorably Dibblah and the Luggage make an appearance as Pratchett makes many an awful pun.

"Interesting Times" isn't the best Disc World book but it's by no means the worst either. ( )
  MiaCulpa | Feb 14, 2020 |
Back when I first read Interesting Times, in the spring of 1998 when I was thirteen, I remember deciding that its title was misleading: this was the least interesting of all the books I’d read so far! In retrospect that was a little harsh, but it’s true that Interesting Times feels like a retrograde step after the sheer glory of Soul Music. After many books’ absence, we re-encounter the hapless Rincewind (last seen in Eric), who is snatched away from a life of desert-island contentment when Unseen University is confronted by a crisis that only he can solve. (Well, that’s the official line. The reality, as Rincewind knows only too well, is that they don’t want to risk any proper wizards.) A request has come from the mighty and secretive Counterweight Continent for ‘the Great Wizzard’ and, before you can say ‘travel insurance’, Rincewind finds himself up to the ears in a great clash of noble houses, revolution, insurrection, and some alarmingly familiar faces…

For the full review, please see my blog:
https://theidlewoman.net/2019/03/15/interesting-times-terry-pratchett/ ( )
  TheIdleWoman | Mar 24, 2019 |
This was the first Discworld book I ever read, and even though it is not, on revisiting, the best of the series, it will always hold that special place in my heart. ( )
  wirehead | Sep 3, 2018 |
Pratchett gives us the Discworld version of chaos theory and the Terracotta Army. Silly and fun. ( )
  electrascaife | May 22, 2018 |
I'm not a big Rincewind fan, but this is my favorite Rincewind book so far. Much fun. The Horde is a hoot. Good to see Twoflower again, too. 5/5 ( )
  MFenn | Apr 22, 2018 |
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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.
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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!
Fate always wins...
At least, when people stick to the rules.
According to the philosopher Ly Tin Wheedle, chaos is found in greatest abundance whenever order is being sought. It always defeats order, because it is better organized.
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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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