Interesting Times (Discworld #17)
'A foot on the neck is nine points of the law'
There are many who say that the art of diplomacy is an intricate and complex dance. There are others who maintain that it's merely a matter of who carries the biggest stick. The oldest and most inscrutable (not to mention heavily fortified) empire on the Discworld is in turmoil, brought about by the revolutionary treatise W
But aside from it’s promising title, the 17th Discworld book was a bit of a letdown after the fitting soulful musings of Soul Music, but it almost made up for it in sheer volume of jokes and witticisms alone. I wanted to quote something practically every other page. The perfect Discworld book is funny, biting, and deep-hitting. This one was mostly just amusing, altho ...more
This is a really funny book. It's Pratchett, after all, and it's got Ridcully and Ponder Stibbons and Rincewind's talent for surviving (aka running away while screaming ohshitohshitohshit I'm going to die) and Conan and some other extremely elderly barbarian ...more
That's one of the problems with life as we know it - we long for things t ...more
There are some great lines, but by and large it's just too dull and despite its good qualities it outstays its welcome (50 pages of long, dra ...more
More by accident than design, Rincewind foils Lord Hong and helps his frien ...more
Where he disrupts the testing of a "Barking Dog" -- cannon --- and finds that Cohen the Barbarian is there, with a few other elderly barbarian heroes to form the Silver Horde. Also there is a R ...more
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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 ...more
Nueva entrega de las aventuras del Mundodisco, con Rincewind como protagonista. En esta ocasión, Terry Pratchett [TP] manda a Rincewind a China (bueno, al equivalente de China en el Mundodisco, situada en el Continente Contrapeso). Rincewind deberá ayudar a que tenga lugar una Revolución muy educada, al tiempo que se hace amigo de la Horda, formada por Genghis Cohen y seis ancianos más. Al mismo tiempo, todo se ve trastocado por la Mariposa Del Clima. Sí, hombre, esa mariposa que bate las alas e...more
Pratchett has hit a stride in the Discworld series by now. ‘Interesting Times’ is yet another book where Rincewind runs away from everything he can, the wizards back in the university are hilariously barely competent, we are reminded that the only way to be an old barbarian warrior is to be a very good barbarian warrior.
Not a hard hitting satire of anything specific; rather we are treated to a light romp through a revolution in the making, with some of the worst revoluti ...more
foreign country. What's more powerful than a wizard that keeps
surviving? When you've got a special talent for running the right
way during the most interesting of times, your name must be Rincewind.
Twisted within the plot is Cohen the barbarian and his buddies looking to retire. What do you do? Well, pull-off the one last big job, of course.
East meets west and in between a piece of loyal luggage with a multitude of legs.
"Además de ser una parodia de las convenciones más manidas del género, Mundodisco es una vía para abordar algo mucho más parodiable: nuestro propio mundo. En Tiempos Interesantes, el pragmatismo de Rincewind es el contrapunto humorístico al idealismo de unos revolucionarios que, como todos los revolucionarios, se toman demasiado en serio a sí mismos. Se intuye además en esta novela cierto escepticismo hacia las Grandes Causas y su capacidad para me ...more
Over in the Empire we find some familar charcters: the Luggage, Twoflower and Cohen the Barbarian. Cohen and the Silver Horde, seven extremely ancient warriors decide to attack the Agatean Empire which has hundreds of thousands of w ...more
It also shares some of the failings, the seams if you will other long series such as the witches novels in which characters like Cohen the barbarian or Rincewind, in which the story doesn't really challenge itself.
It does do a lot of things cleverly, and the putting ...more
In the story, the Agatean Empire is subject to some upheaval due to the simultaneous but separate arrivals of Rincewind the failed magician and Cohen the Barbarian (accompanied by his small Horde of elderly heroes).
Frankly, I'm not keen on the character of Rincewind. He's fairly inoffensive, but a r ...more
Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, ...more