Interesting Times (Discworld, #17)
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Interesting Times (Discworld #17)

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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 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
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 1st 1995 by Corgi (first published 1994)
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Zach
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
Lorelei
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.
Chris
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...more
Molly Westerman
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...more
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.
Richard Kirby
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...more
Remo

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

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Rebecca Huston
A bitterly funny, satirical look at Asia and its culture, viewed through the eye of Terry Pratchett. Plenty of earlier characters make a comeback, including Rincewind, The Luggage, and Cohen the Barbarian. There's another, but I won't give it away as it would ruin the plot. Let's just say that this was a lot of fun to read, with plenty of laughs, some serious thought, and plenty of twists. Five stars and very much recommended.

For the long review, please go here:
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Michael Clemens
"Discworld's Greatest Hits" might have been an alternate title for this book. Long-suffering Rincewind is pulled back in for the amusement of the gods (and the reader), and has the usual Rincewind-ish adventures: that is to say, fleeing danger whenever possible, and landing in it just as often. Surely fan service for the original two novels, secondary characters are broadly drawn but thinly developed, falling into one of Pratchett's favorite formulas of Terrible Villain Receives His Comeuppance....more
Duncan Mandel
SUMMARY: "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...more
Rachel
Once again Rincewind finds himself a pawn in the game of the gods. Even on the Counterweight Continent trouble befalls him, for no matter where he goes the people are the same, just in a different setting. In this highly structured society, the people are oppressed into obedience and politeness. Some have had enough, but how do you start a revolution in a country that doesn't know how to rise up? Rincewind's original adventure comes back to haunt him, when Twoflower's book on his "holiday" becom...more
Lance O.
"Mighty battles! Revolution! Death! War! (and his sons Terror and Panic, and daughter Clancy)." Interesting Times is a comedic fantasy novel written by the famed British author, Terry Pratchett. Set in the complex and magical land called the Discworld, Interesting Times can be read by teenagers and adults alike. Young children under ten might not be able to fully understand or grasp some of the themes and concepts in the book. I greatly enjoyed reading this novel. It had a lot of interesting ch...more
Stuart Langridge

SUMMARY:
Hilarious stage adaptation of a best-selling Pratchett novel.
SUMMARY:
Hilarious stage adaptation of a best-selling Pratchett novel.
SUMMARY:
"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

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Doreen
I love all the Terry Pratchett I've read so far, so I really wanted this to be better than it was. I've heard that the Rincewind books are the weakest of the Discworld novels, and the first few pages were certainly an oddly paced morass of characters coming towards a cohesive plot, but my real problem with the book was the way it excused casual racism, especially in Cohen the Barbarian (who was a pretty awesome character otherwise.) Contrary to Pratchett's assertion, charisma is no excuse for bi...more
Fabulantes
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"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
Michele
Other than Hat Full of Sky and the various Witches books in the Discworld series, this is my favorite strictly-in-the-Discworld-series book so far. The Agatean Empire with its enclosing wall, incredibly polite rebels, Red Army and terracotta soldiers is an obvious stand-in for China (and occasionally Japan, with "tsimo" wrestlers of great fatness, kimonos, and samurai). Rather than being or seeming racist or nationalistic, Pratchett is an equal opportunity gadfly regarding human foolishness and...more
Richard Stueber
Our old friend Rincewind, the very inept and very lucky wizard, is teleported (not exactly as on Star Trek) by the goofy wizards of the Unseen University to the Agatean Empire on the Counterweight Continent. They have asked for the Great Wizard and get something else.
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
Doug
I've been reading Discworld books here or there for twenty years or so now, but for the longest time the Rincewind-centric books never clicked with me. I think the would-be romantic in me just wanted to see him turn and fight, to win the girl, and do the sort of things that teenage boys read fantasy books to see done. Maybe five years or so ago, having read a number of the later Discworld novels, I decided to return to the start and picked up the initial Rincewind Trilogy (sort of a duology with...more
Jonathan Palfrey
This is the only Discworld book set mostly on the Counterweight Continent, occupied by the Agatean Empire, loosely based on the traditional societies of China and/or Japan prior to European influence.

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
Arthur Hall
It just gets better with every reading/listening. Nigel Planer is Rincewind.
Lukáš Lovas
It's been a while, since I truly enjoyed a discworld book. I've read some great ones, then I had a string of those, that I didn't quite like....and then I noticed, I can't read them all at once, because I'm not enjoying them anymore. So I didn't read Pratchett for a while...and now...finally, the good stuff is here, and I loved it :)
The book is a classic discworld novel....it has Rincewind, the God's play a game of something, and there's a lot of absurdity....what more could I ask for? Pure del...more
Linda
Rincewind is back and this time he's off the Counterweight continent which is apparently China with a bit of Japan thrown in.

Twoflower and the Luggage are back though both play minor parts. The big player is Cohen the Barbarian and his Silver Horde.

It's full of the typical Pratchett humor though Rincewind seems a bit grumpy in this installment. I'm less fond of the Rincewind stories but this introduces many new characters and new places. Hex looks like it is shaping up to get a novel of its own...more
Meghan
It is just not to be.

Although there are plenty of belly laughs in this book, and although the story is well crafted, I just do not like Rincewind. At times I find him annoying, and his role as 'a hero whether he likes it or not.. and without doing anything to earn it' goes against my sense of justice.

Personal preference- there are many Terry Pratchett books I love, so this review should not be misconstrued to mean TP is anything other than a master at his craft. This storyline is just not my fav...more
Scott Holstad
I finished this Discworld novel so many weeks ago that I can't remember if I was going to give it four stars or five! I think five, so that's what I'll do. I also can't remember enough to give it a decent review, and for that, I truly apologize. I've read too many books in between.

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
Lee Broderick
The Rincewind stories are, for me, the weakest of the Discworld novels (although I did enjoy them a lot as a child). That's probably largely to do with their simplicity - essentially they remain mired in fantasy quest parody even as the rest of the books in the series become ever more sophisticated. They're spared throw-away irrelevance only by Terry Pratchett's ability as a writer.

That said, this tale does attempt a little more than that - playing around the edges of European/Far Eastern (parti...more
Meran

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
Zorena
I had wondered when we'd see Rincewind and The Luggage again. While I find Rincewind a bit bland I can't say the same for his Luggage. Unfortunately we see little of our many legged sapient pear wood friend after he's done baiting sharks. It is kind of worth it though, when The Luggage makes an appearance close to the end that's full of surprises.

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
Michael R.
I thought I would take another stab at reading a Terry Pratchett novel. While I've never been enamoured with the few novels I've read in the DiscWorld series, I was told by a friend that this was one of the better ones. I've much preferred the Xanth fantasy series in the past.

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
Will
It must be understood that Ankh-Morpork and its Patrician do NOT have any communications with the Agatean Empire on the mysterious Counterweight Continent of the Discworld. So it follows that a message has NOT arrived by alabatross. And it definitely does NOT say "Send us at once the Great Wizzard."

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
Mara
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…

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
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