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Adventures in the Aurient,
This review is from: Interesting Times: A Discworld Novel: 17 (Paperback)
This 17th Discworld novel is a rather nostalgic addition to the range that will perhaps best be enjoyed by fans of the earliest two novels, as not only does Interesting Times feature the return of Rincewind but also Twoflower and Cohen the Barbarian. The novel is most obviously a reversal of initial Discworld book The Colour Of Magic, as where once Rincewind guided tourist Twoflower into various misadventures in his homeland, now Rincewind finds himself in Twoflowers realm of the Counterweight Continent, caught up in a civil war instigated by Twoflowers accounts of their adventures together. As is typical of the later novels in the series, the Discworld is used more to satirize the real world than the fantasy genre itself, so the Counterweight Continent becomes a rather blantant oriental pastiche. Filled with good jokes, strong characters, and plenty of great action set-pieces, (and it's nice to see the Luggage get a little 'action' of a different kind!) the only slight downside to the novel is that the midsection becomes rather over-reliant on endless capture-escape-capture-escape routines, though having said that Rincewind's defining characteristic is his readiness to run away from anything at the drop of a hat, so fair enough.