This thread is for discussing Interesting Times
in some depth. If you haven’t read the book then read on at your own risk – or, better still, go and read the book and join in the fun.
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Please feel free to make comparisons to other Discworld books, making sure you identify the book and the passage you are referring to. Others may not be as familiar with the book you are referencing, so think before you post.
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Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett
Originally published 1994
“May you live in interesting times” goes the Oriental curse and the ‘times’ that Rincewind, the incompetent wizard, experiences in this book are certainly ‘interesting’!
When we last met Rincewind he was escaping from Hell along with Eric. What happened to him? Well he ended up on a desert island enjoying the peace and boredom. If only there had been potatoes his life would have been perfect. What happened to Eric is uncertain - maybe the Luggage ate him.
But after the Patrician 'doesn't' receive a message from the Agatean Empire demanding that Ankh-Morpork ‘doesn’t’ send them “The Great Wizzard”, Rincewind's peace is soon shattered. He is hurtled to the Empire magically where he is supposed to help start (or maybe stop) the revolution of the Red Army.
Meantime a certain elderly barbarian hero and his cronies are trying to steal something – The Empire!!!
Add to this mixture the meddlesome gods and quantum weather butterflies and you have a recipe for fun.
Well Eric was a bit of a damp squib as far as discussions go. That was understandable as there’s not a lot of substance to it. Interesting Times continues the Rincewind story and see him reunited with Twoflower and Cohen.
We see Rincewind at his cynical best in this one I think. I would say that this is possibly my favourite Rincewind book, because we get to see the glorious revolution through those cynical eyes. This book does for the Orient what The Last Continent did for Australia. The book is a series of Oriental references, whether they be Chinese, Japanese or even Mongolian.
But what did you think?
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