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Terry Pratchett
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1 Oct 2005 Discworld Novels (Book 17)

'A foot on the neck is nine points of the law'

There are many who say that the art of diplomacy is an intricate and complex dance between two informed partners, determined by an elaborate set of elegant and unwritten rules. There are others who maintain that it's merely a matter of who carries the biggest stick. Like when a large, heavily fortified and armoured empire makes a faintly menacing request of a much smaller, infinitely more cowardly neighbour. It would be churlish, if not extremely dangerous, not to comply - particularly if all they want is a wizard, and they don't specify whether competence is an issue...


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (1 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552153214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552153218
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 12.6 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 391,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marvellous Discworld, which revolves on the backs of four great elephants and a big turtle, spins into Interesting Times, the 17th outing in Terry Pratchett's rollicking fantasy series. The gods are playing games again, and this time the mysterious Lady opposes Fate in a match of "Destinies of Nations Hanging by a Thread". --Blaise Selby --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"This spinner of crazy science-fiction tales is a very sophisticated jester" (The Times)

"Cracking dialogue, compelling illogic and unchained whimsy... Pratchett has a subject and a style that is very much his own" (The Sunday Times)

"Imagine a collision between Jonathan Swift at his most scatalogically-minded and J.R.R Tolkein on speed... This total mess of - I suppose - a novel, is the joyous outcome" (Daily Telegraph)

"Funny, delightfully inventive, and refuses to lie down in its genre" (Observer)

"Like Dickens, much of Pratchett's appeal lies in his humanism, both in a sentimental regard for his characters' good fortune, and in that his writing is generous-spirited and inclusive" (Guardian)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
As the Discworld has grown in strength and Pratchett has added ore and more characters to his milieu, it's nice to read a book that harkens back to the series' origins. Rincewind, the inept wizard, is reluctantly dragged out of retirement to journey to the Counterweight Continent who are asking for The Great Wizzard. Once there, he finds himself dragged into a civil war, a revolution and a theft, led by another old familiar, Cohen the Barbarian...and at the back of all this, the once tourist of Discword, Twoflower. Some people say that this book uses stereotypes too much...but Pratchett has always used those stereotypes, not only because it's funny, but because it says something about the people we are. Rincewind is still as he should be (running away) and pulling back familiar characters into a terrific story is a sure-fire winner.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cohen's cohort 29 Oct 2005
By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME
Format:Paperback
With some minor magic, seasoned with a touch of quantum physics and a liberal dose of archeaology, Pratchett sends Rincewind the Wizzard across the Discworld. From Ankh Morpork, he arrives at the Agatean Empire on the Counterweight Continent, cushioned by a snowbank. Those studying Auriental history [knowing where the gold is] will recognize the failed wizzard is entering an alien environment. Luckily, familiar faces emerge. The first is the Discworld's most revered barbarian hero, Ghengiz Cohen - who is accompanied by some geriatric colleagues, the Silver Horde.
Rincewind isn't a tourist in the Agatean Empire, as Twoflower was in Ankh Morpork. He's been sent for in the midst of a political crisis. A dying emperor, five families contending for power, a revolutionary cadre and a mythical army must all be brought together to make this story work. Oh, yes, plus the Horde and Rincewind. Who else but Pratchett could seamlessly weave all these elements together? And keep you smiling with the turning of every page?
Yet, as usual, Pratchett does even more. He can maintain a balance between a reflection of ancient and modern China [sorry, Agatean Empire], bring forth a string of fascinating personalities and turn an impossible situation into reality without missing a beat. At the same time we are given a dose of chaos theory, familiar images of today's world politics and some philosophical images of the universality of human nature. For an added touch, something you won't see in any other "fantasy" novel, Pratchett's astute perception allows him to resurrect the 6 000 terra cotta warriors found in a tomb in China and have them march again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the funniest writer alive 17 Nov 1998
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Format:Hardcover
Quite possibly the funniest writer alive, Terry Pratchet stuns us again with this, the sixteenth book in the Discworld trilogy, Interesting Times. His brilliant wit and ability to stretch logic to it's limit and beyond, makes Interesting Times an "interesting" read to say the least.
Once again we find Rincewind battling (or rather trying to avoid and being caught up in) the forces of evil on the disc. We bump into the horde and go into the great city on the Counter Weight continent. We see a great battle and a rather intriguing butterfly.
Tossed and turned on life's great sea of adventure, Rincewind once again tries to live a normal and boring life, but no, he is cursed with that terrible curse that sounds something like... "May you live in interesting times".
A great book and a thoroughly good read. If you're a Pratchet fan you'll love it, if you're new to Pratchet, where've you been?!
Recommended to everyone!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
I am not at all surprised that every review on this page gives Interesting Times a maximum score. Many of the elements in this book have been seen in Pratchett before - as well as reprising several characters including Cohen the barbarian, he has another strange land and evil "power behind the throne" villain - but he really pulled out all the stops for this one. A horde of (really) ancient heroes, Twoflower the world's most dangerous tourist, and all manner of cameo appearances and special effects, all combine near-perfectly. The jokes and plot have been worked in especially well with the concepts he's exploring through the story (the butterflies, revolution, terracotta armies) and it just hits the spot. Possibly the best Rincewind story, and that's saying something. When you're waiting for the latest Pratchett to come out this should be on your shortlist of oldies to re-read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cohen's cohort 22 Oct 2005
By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME
Format:Paperback
With some minor magic, seasoned with a touch of quantum physics and a liberal dose of archeaology, Pratchett sends Rincewind the Wizzard across the Discworld. From Ankh Morpork, he arrives at the Agatean Empire on the Counterweight Continent, cushioned by a snowbank. Those studying Auriental history [knowing where the gold is] will recognize the failed wizzard is entering an alien environment. Luckily, familiar faces emerge. The first is the Discworld's most revered barbarian hero, Ghengiz Cohen - who is accompanied by some geriatric colleagues, the Silver Horde.
Rincewind isn't a tourist in the Agatean Empire, as Twoflower was in Ankh Morpork. He's been sent for in the midst of a political crisis. A dying emperor, five families contending for power, a revolutionary cadre and a mythical army must all be brought together to make this story work. Oh, yes, plus the Horde and Rincewind. Who else but Pratchett could seamlessly weave all these elements together? And keep you smiling with the turning of every page?
Yet, as usual, Pratchett does even more. He can maintain a balance between a reflection of ancient and modern China [sorry, Agatean Empire], bring forth a string of fascinating personalities and turn an impossible situation into reality without missing a beat. At the same time we are given a dose of chaos theory, familiar images of today's world politics and some philosophical images of the universality of human nature. For an added touch, something you won't see in any other "fantasy" novel, Pratchett's astute perception allows him to resurrect the 6 000 terra cotta warriors found in a tomb in China and have them march again.
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Wicked storyline. Susan sounds amaaaazing. Albert's a creep. Buddy, Cliff and Glod rock, but Buddy didn't make the landing. Shame.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All about the Silver Horde
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Fav Rincewind book. All the best characters back, Rincewind being another great cowardly hero with Cohen being the opposite. Great read.
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