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Tiempos interesantes (Discworld #17)

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El imperio más antiguo y recóndito del Mundodisco anda algo revuelto. La culpa de todo ello la tiene, por ese orden: un panfleto revolucionario titulado "Lo que hice en mis vacaciones", el mago Rincewind y su fiel Equipaje, una horda de bárbaros capitaneados por un viejo héroe llamado Gengis Cohen y una mariposa muy especial.
¿Quizá por eso la peor de las maldiciones que se
Hardcover, El sorprendente mundo de Terry Pratchett, 362 pages
Published August 2008 by Altaya (first published 1994)
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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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.

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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
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

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 e

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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
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
Interesting Times is Terry Pratchett's take on China, which here he calls the Agatean Empire, with its capital at HungHung. At first I was taken aback because much of the action involved my least favorite Diskcworld characters, the undynamic Rincewind and Cohen the Barbarian. (I have always felt that Pratchett is more comfortable with the stews of Ankh-Morpork than in the outlying lands such as Klatch, Lancre, XXXX, Ephebe, and Howandaland.) But fortunately, the story picked up ... because Pratc ...more
Óli Sóleyjarson
Um Kína og Japan og byltingar og tölvur. Ein uppáhalds Rincewind bókin mín. Skemmtileg að mestu, smá predikandi. Aðallega fyndin.
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
Although Rincewind isn't my favourite discworld storyline, this book was brilliant and hilarious.
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
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
The most powerful wizard in ankh-morpork is requested by a
foreign country. What's more powerful than a wizard that keeps
surviving? When you've got a special talent for running the right
way during the most interesting of times, your name must be Rincewind.

Twisted within the plot is Cohen the barbarian and his buddies looking to retire. What do you do? Well, pull-off the one last big job, of course.
East meets west and in between a piece of loyal luggage with a multitude of legs.
The second time through was even better than the first.
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
Wei Lien Chin
This may very well be the last Rincewind book I am going to read. There is nothing wrong with Rincewind as a character, nor do I have a problem with this book. In fact, now that I've read four books from the Discworld, this may very well be my favourite thus far. It's just that, whenever Pratchett moves the story to Rincewind's perspective, everything slows down to a muddy crawl that somehow leads to a deus ex machina towards the end of the book. Long story short, Rincewind has been reduced to a ...more
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Lord Vetinari receives a message from the Counterweight Continent — which isn’t China — demanding that Ankh-Morpork send the “Great Wizzard” at once. Vetinari, hoping to avoid a conflict, summons Mustrum Ridcully, the Archchancellor of Unseen University, to a top-secret meeting. Who do they want? Ridcully figures the Dean is the biggest wizard at the university — could they just send him? Of course, longtime DISCWORLD readers already know that “Wizzard” means Rincewind, and, of course, that he i ...more
"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
Basic plot: Rincewind gets sent to the Counterweight Continent, who have requested a Great Wizzard. It seems the Emperor is ailing and there is to be a new leader chosen. Hi-jinks ensue.

Rincewind is not my favorite Discworld character. However, I do love him, and I also love the characters that tend to show up in his books. Cohen the Barbarian pops up in quite a few of the Rincewind books, and he has a pretty major role in this one. He has a Silver Horde of six aged barbarians, and they are plan
By happy coincidence, I just happened to pick this one up right after "Sourcery" (which made the first section more enjoyable to read with those events fresh in my mind, but it's hardly necessary.) The faculty at Unseen University are always highly entertaining, and so is watching Hex grow.

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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
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