Interesting Times (Discworld #17)
The oldest and most inscrutable empire on the Discworld is in turmoil, brought about by the revolutionary treatise What I did on My Holidays. Workers are uniting, with nothing to lose but their water buffaloes. Warlords are struggling for power. War (and Clancy) are spreading throug...more
That's one of the problems with life as we know it - we long for things t...more
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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,
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
So none of this has anything to do with the latest predicament that the incompetent wizard Rincewind finds himself in, in the midst of the strife between the rather inept Red Army and the bickering h...more
Rincewind looked longingly towards the door. It was no distance at all for the experienced coward. He could just trot out of here and they could…they could…...more
What could they do? They could just take his hat away and stop him ever coming back to the University. Now he came to think about it, they probably wouldn’t be bothered about the nailing bit if he was too much bother to find.
And that was the problem. He wouldn’t be dead, but then neither would he be a wizard. And, he thought, as the wizards s
Pratchett’s writing style is whimsical, with a lot of dry, deadpan humour, and it works very well in Interesting Times, a novel that...more
Let's make one thing clear: the Agatean Empire did 'not' send Lord Vetinari, ruler of the Ankh-Morpork, a message by means of a Pointless Albatross. The message did not read "Send Us Instanly The Great Wizzard". Nevertheless, the guys from Unseen University -the fact that they all wear frocks clearly is more than a fashion statement- decide to send their most promising pupil Rincewind to the Counterweight Continent, 6000 miles away. Only one problem: Rincewind is current...more
Twoflower: "All in all, I'm afraid our government does leave something to be desired."
Rincewind: "Like a new government." p.187
"Although it was against his general principles, it was perhaps time to stop and think." p.239
"The Four Horsemen whose Ride presages the end of the world are known to be Death, War, Famine, and Pestilence. But even less significant events have their own Horsemen. For example...more
My favourite quote from the book:
"The Four Horsemen whose Ride presages the end of the world are known to be Death, War, Famine and Pestilence. But even less significant events have their own Horsemen. For example, the Four Horsemen of the Common Cold are Sniffles, Chesty, Nostril and Lack of Tissues; the F...more
Right from the start, it is fairly clear that this is a bad idea, and Rincewind spends a lot of the book running away, while a band of elderly warriors led by Cohen the Barbarian storms the city, and it is fairly clear that a war will break out soon.
Most of the humour in the book co...more
That having been said, however, I enjoyed Interesting Times. Although dealing with bigger themes, Pratchett has kept the focus very much on the characters and unlike in - say - Jingo, I have a sense of the characters living through their adventures rather than being pushed into place to deliver their lines.
As well as being a rattling good yarn in itsel...more
For some reason, this is not one of the Discworld books I would return to all that often, but still has plenty of laugh ou...more
I can't remember whether this or Small Gods was the first Discworld book I ever read, but I still have an enormous soft spot for both. As with other books in the series, Interesting Times is largely stand-alone; sections with Cohen and his fellow barbarians are funnier if you've read The Color of Magic first, but most of the background is soon provided through context in any case.
In a nutshell, Rincewind is basically the anti-'80s epic fantasy hero. When a great prophecy arises.....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
A typical sign that the discworld book you are holding in your hands is about Rincewind is when it starts with the gods playing games, and when the Lady (who, from what I know, is Summer) is involved. I don't know why Rincewind is one of her pawns, but that he is I learned already.
This time, she sends him to the Counterweight Continent and against the plans of Fate (once again). Together with Twoflower...more
This is Rincewind thread, #5.
What a great satire! I've come to realize that, though the first several books were just rollicking fun, Mr Pratchett is now Poking Fun at modern societies! (Also, these later books are better formed, though the lack of chapters makes it hard to find convenient stopping places.)
A teacher reference was particularly funny.. "But... Well. Surely.. The privation, the terrible hazards, the daily risk of death...", we are thought refers to being a barbarian fighter... Th...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...more