Interesting Times (Discworld #17)
That's one of the problems with life as we know it - we long for things t...more
More by accident than design, Rincewind foils Lord Hong and helps his frien...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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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,