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’s writing style is whimsical, with a lot of dry, deadpan humour, and it works very well in Interesting Times, a novel that...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
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
And who is really behind the revolution? Who is the the revolution really for. And what if the figure head starts to care?
That's the A plot, featuring the never-in-the-right-place-yet-right-where-he's-needed Rincewind and the return of the tourist Twoflower.
And while I enjoyed the A plot in all its wackiness, but my favorite part was the B plot, which involved Cohen the Barbarian (whose first n...more
But I really did like this one the best. One reason was that Rincewind the Wizzard was a main character, my favorite Discworld character. Rincewind is a wizard (much like most of the wizards in Discworld) with seemingly no...more
We do get to see a few other old friends and a host of new ones. The host being Cohen and his ancestor aged barbarians. Whut??? Can you tell I develop...more
Avec Cohen le barbare(1) et Rincevent(2), le quota de personnages fascinants est atteint sans problème, d’autant plus que le méchant de l’histoire a un je-ne-sais-quoi de tout-à-fait décap(it...more
The way Rincewind, Twoflower, and the barbarian horde interact with each other is just grand to behold. I can clearly see Tom Hanks as Rincewind and Elijah Wood as Twoflower (I know, Twoflower is supposed to be Chinese, but the innocent-as-a-puppy routine with occasional bursts of sadness that Twoflower has reminds m...more
I about busted my gut laughing at the Counterweight Continent equivalent of Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler, as well as at the pictogram writing version of an exclamation point.
For extra fun, throw in a geriatric band of barbarians led by Ghe...more
This book starts with Lord Vetinari not receiving a message, not carried by Albatross, definitely not from the Counterweight Continent, and certainly not asking him to send the "Great Wizzard" there immediately. The faculty of the Unseen University decide that Rincewind is the man for the job, since he is the only one to spell wizard with two Zs, and magically transport him to t...more
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 m...more
And as for the book itself? Classic Prachett: cynical yet still somehow optimistic, ridiculous yet still page-turning, and of course full of satire and laughter. This particular story...more