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Interesting Times (Discworld #17)

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'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 between two informed partners, determined by an elaborate set of elegant and unwritten rules. There are others who maintain that it's merely a matter of who carries the biggest stick. Like when a large, heavily fortified and armoured empire makes
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Corgi (first published 1994)
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Antonio
Jul 25, 2015 Antonio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hay una maldición.
Dice:
Ojalá vivas en tiempos interesantes.


La quinta es la vencida, hasta ahora esta es la historia más sólida que leo del mundodisco sin dejar de ser graciosa, teniendo como protagonista a Rincewind el mago más cobarde que ha existido y que no importa que tanto trate de huir de todas las situaciones que se le presentan, los dioses o el destino, al parecer, siempre lo eligen como candidato para salvar al mundo.

Los personajes del libro me encantaron especialmente la Horda de p
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Zach
Aug 06, 2011 Zach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I'm going to just say right off the bat that the Rincewind novels are not my favorite. I realize that it is Discworld blasphemy, but hear me out. Out of the entire Discworld main character cast, Rincewind makes the fewest decisions and has no desires other than to flee from trouble. As sort of a Forrest Gump/Scooby Doo hybrid (Forrest Doo? Scooby Gump?), his misadventures consist of finding himself in trouble, trying to escape, and then lucking out in some grand fashion. While it makes for good ...more
Algernon
Jan 02, 2017 Algernon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017

[7/10]


"May you live in interesting times!" is a long established curse on the Counterweight Continent of the Discworld. The Agatean Empire is just heading this way as its aging, demented Emperor is about to die and five noble families who have fought one another for centuries: The Hongs, the Sungs, the Tangs, the McSweeneys ( very old established family) and the Fangs gather their armies around the capital city of HungHung in preparation of the war of succession. High above them in the clouds
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Ashley
One of the worst curses you can fling at a Discworld character is “May you live in interesting times,” hence the title of the book.

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
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David Sarkies
Aug 15, 2015 David Sarkies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love Pratchett (and those who don't)
Recommended to David by: Stewart Wymer
Shelves: comedy
Rincewind in China
22 August 2015

When my friend leant me this book he simply said 'Rincewind' at which I rolled my eyes. I must say that Rincewind is certainly not my favourite Discworld character, even though some of the books in which he has starred have been quite good. However I wasn't really expecting anything all that much to come from this book, even though it is one of the Discworld novels and I am slowly making my way through each of them (and it was also a bit of a time out from some o
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Sonia
Jan 13, 2017 Sonia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Todo lo que vaya a decir a partir de ahora está influenciado por el hecho de que sigo leyendo la saga de los magos de MundoDisco sin que acabe de gustarme, simplemente por terminarla, para luego empezar otra a la espera de que quizás esta acabe siendo de mi agrado.
Reconozco la maestría del autor para la ironía, su imaginación desbordante y su capacidad de parodia, capaz de abarcar a toda una sociedad o la idea tan limitada que podamos tener de ella pero estas historias no pasan para mí de entret
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Stefanie
The problem with Rincewind books is that I really like Rincewind, and Rincewind books tend to have more problematic elements than the other Discworld books, and also the most recycled. This is the worst culprit of Pratchett's rather casual racism (and also the overuse (see: any use at all) of rape jokes--what was with that?).

So I really struggled with whether to give this two or three stars. I felt if I gave it two stars, it would indicate that I didn't like this book at all. Which isn't true!
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Crispitina30
Oct 18, 2016 Crispitina30 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este libro me ha emocionado, destrozado y hecho reír a partes iguales.

Considero al señor Pratchett un maestro no sólo por su ingenioso sentido del humor y su amplia imaginación, sino por su capacidad de narrar historias que, además de sacarte varias carcajadas, te hacen reflexionar sobre la vida.

En esta novela del Mundodisco (la quinta de la Saga de los Magos o Saga Rincewind), nuestro querido Rincewind se ve envuelto en esta ocasión en una aventura desarrollada en el Imperio Ágata. Al parecer,
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Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
3.5 stars.

On the whole, the Rincewind books are probably my least favourite subset of the Discworld series (with the exception of The Lost Continent, obviously). And it's been years since I'd read this one. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that while Rincewind still annoys me as a character and there were some "uhhh, that's a tiny bit racist" moments in it because it's now 20-odd years old, on the whole this one was fairly enjoyable.

It features Rincewind going to the Counterweight Contine
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Chris
Jan 31, 2008 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, fantasy, pratchett
There is a saying, often attributed to the Chinese - "May you live in interesting times." Usually when this is invoked, it's done so as a curse, the idea being that interesting times are more likely to cause you trouble than nice boring times, and perhaps that's true. The folks in Baghdad, for example, are certainly living in interesting times right now. The trouble is that not everybody is able to stay alive to enjoy them.

That's one of the problems with life as we know it - we long for things t
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Molly Westerman
Jun 18, 2013 Molly Westerman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
Hmm. Well. My husband read this one immediately before I did and said, handing me the book, "I'm interested to know whether you think this is racist, or somehow parodying stereotypes of Asian people?" Having finished it, I too feel uncertain.

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
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Lorelei
Sep 22, 2010 Lorelei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, humour
I rarely think of rereading this particular discworld book - not for any reason I can guess. My kids started reading this one aloud and sucked me right into it, and I am very glad. It is a truely delightful book, although we all tend to moan a bit about the awful things that Terry Pratchett came up with to keep doing to Rincewind.
Tfitoby
May 16, 2011 Tfitoby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastical, funny
Essentially this is silly, racist and obvious, a typical Rincewind book really. But to counter that you have a lot of fun with Cohen the Barbarian and to counter that you have and old man in a wheelchair whose sole purpose for being in the novel is to shout "What?!" to everything. Because he's deaf you see. Yeah it's that kind of Discworld book.
YouKneeK
Interesting Times is from the Rincewind subseries of Discworld. It’s been quite a few books since I’ve seen Rincewind, so it was fun to see him again. He always makes me laugh.

If you’ve read the earlier books, you may remember that Rincewind once had some adventures with Twoflower, a visitor from the Counterweight continent. In this book Rincewind finds himself, quite against his will of course, dropping in on the Counterweight continent and getting caught up in a revolution.

It was a lot of fu
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Jeraviz
Feb 17, 2017 Jeraviz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humor
Ojalá vivas en tiempos interesantes. Eso es algo que le ocurre continuamente a Rincewind, y no podría haber mayor amenaza que esa para alguien que lo único que quiere es estar en una isla desierta sin nadie que le moleste.
Pratchett hace en esta novela un ensayo sobre la civilización y la barbarie, sobre lo políticamente correcto y sobre el papel del héroe en la sociedad moderna.
Tal vez el envoltorio esté lleno de magos, baúles con patas y mundos a espaldas de tortugas, pero la esencia que cuent
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Roviragrao
Oct 10, 2012 Roviragrao rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: relecturas
(Relectura Mundodisco #17)

Rincewind sigue en su camino del anti-héroe, es decir, huyendo de cualquier aventura posible. El contraste lo proporciona la Horda Plateada, grupo de ancianos bárbaros liderado por Cohen, que hace que todos los tiempos sean interesantes. Juntos se enfrentan al Imperio Ágata, que gobierna de una forma que hace añorar las cadenas.

Estamos ante una divertidísima novela sobre la civilización y la barbarie. La Horda Plateada acapara mucho protagonismo y es todo un acierto. Co
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HomeInMyShoes
While Death only has a very small bit in this book, I still loved this one. Fate playing games with the others at the beginning is a great bit and there is lots to love in Cohen the Barbarian.

I am saddened that after having finished this one, I only have fourteen Discworld books that I have not read now.

Four stars.
Carol
Feb 21, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I'd read this one before but I loved it. Though it's hard not to love a story with Rincewind in it!
Katerina
I really enjoyed this book if Terry Pratchett. His humor is brilliant! I have read the colour of magic only, but at least I knew the basic characters. I love Rincewind and the Horde is amazing. I should read a bit more of the discworld for sure.
Gehayi
Mar 25, 2016 Gehayi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: do-not-read
SPOILERS BELOW. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.


Okay. I'm going to have to say something controversial here. This book is downright horrible.

I realize that's practically blasphemy, since it was written by Terry Pratchett (whose work I generally love). I know that Pratchett was a satirist. I am aware that it was spoofing books like James Clavell's Asian Saga (Shogun, Noble House, King Rat, etc.), in which a white guy handles Asia better than the Asians and ends up in charge. I remember Clavell's books and t
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Wastrel
Short version? Pratchett tries to return to his earlier style with the lessons he's learnt along the way. This starts out promisingly. Unfortunately then he tries to combine that earlier, sillier style with multiple serious political discussions and several unrelated books, all in a setting that is, to put it mildly, culturally insensitive. It doesn't work.

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
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Jessica
Yay for seeing Twoflower again! And any story with Cohen tends to be funny. I wish Lord Hong had been less one-dimensional though: his whole character revolved around "I can do everything better than everyone else." That gets boring very quickly. I would have loved to see him interact with Vetinari, since he held him in such high regard.
Bronislava Sencakova
Taký správne rozhasený príbeh s Mrakoplašom: prvá polovica mi liezla na nervy, druhú som hltala :)

Poznámka:
Heh, 99. dočítaná kniha v mojej goodreads výzve na rok 2016 :)
jzthompson
There's a sense here that Pratchett is struggling to fit Rincewind's default 'live to run another day' ethos into his more developed mode of story telling. It worked (for a given value of 'worked') for picaresque adventures like The Colour of Magic or the Light Fantastic, where the point was getting from one piss-take of fantasy cliches to another as quickly as possible. By this point though the Discworld books had become vehicles for Pratchett to explore moral or political questions from a cock ...more
Matt
Dec 31, 2013 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humor, 2015-reads
Discworld’s Counterweight Continent is explored for the first time in the series as author Terry Pratchett sends the inept wizard Rincewind to the walled off landmass where he meets up with some old friends in a reunion of the series’ first two books.

The Discworld’s version of China & Japan is the Agatean Empire, a mysterious place which only the rest of the Discworld can speculate about, sends a message to Ankh-Morpork for the ‘Great Wizzard’. After several uses of magical quantum mechanics
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Simcha Wood
Aug 18, 2014 Simcha Wood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I suppose I'm just not much of a Rincewind fan, as the Discworld books in which he features are not among my favorites in the series. Interesting Times is one of the better Rincewind books (second only to Sourcery , but it doesn't quite keep up with the strong run of books that began with Witches Abroad .

Pratchett's storytelling skills and his sense of humor are both considerably sharper now than when he wrote the early Rincewind books, and even some of his sense of satire makes it in to Inter
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Richard Kirby
Jan 26, 2014 Richard Kirby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The seventeenth novel in Pratchett’s Discworld series, the title of this novel, referring to the Chinese curse ‘May you live in interesting times’, alludes to the setting as the fictional Agatean Empire, an amalgam of different aspects of Chinese and Japanese culture and history. The hapless hero Rincewind is sent there following a request from the Agatean Grand Vizier, the villainous Lord Hong, who aspires to be Emperor.
More by accident than design, Rincewind foils Lord Hong and helps his frien
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Mary Catelli
Off to China the Counterweight Continent. It lies knotted in politics as the emperor dies without an heir, and from it, Ankh-Morpork gets a message demanding "The Great Wizzard." Once they find the hat, they deduce Rincewind is meant, transport him to the University, and coerce him into getting sent there.

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
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Rachel
Apr 17, 2014 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Felipe Guerrero
Nov 21, 2015 Felipe Guerrero rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un libro genial, muy divertido y con algunas caras conocidas que, dicho sea de paso, ya extrañaba.

Lo que mas me a gustado de este libro a sido La Horda, esa pandilla de ancianos que vienen de tiempos mas brutales y que no saben como comportarse civilizadamente.

Si bien todo el libro es genial me han gustado mas las partes en que La Horda hace acto de presencia, se nota su nostalgia por tiempos mas simples, cada frase que pronuncian esta cargada de recuerdos de tiempos mas barbaros y mejores, y pa
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