Interesting Times

Interesting Times

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Baker & Taylor
Transported against his will to the Counterweight Continent, where a new emperor is about to be chosen, Rincewind the Wizard is reunited with old friends in his mission to destroy the Forbidden City of Hunghung

Blackwell North Amer
Rincewind the Wizzard [sic] never wanted an interesting life. Boredom suits him just fine!
But when a carrier albatross arrives from the Counterweight Continent with an Urgent Request for a "Great Wizard," Rincewind is called upon to "volunteer."
And so Rincewind finds himself transported to the endangered Empire of Hong, Sung, Fang, Tang, and McSweeney, where a new Emperor - and a Great Wizard! - are about to be chosen. In the Empire, swords are outlawed and only outlaws have swords. Luckily, one of the outlaws is Rincewind's oldest (literally) friend, Cohen the Barbarian, the 95-year-old master of the oath-uttering and heroic butchery. Rincewind and Ghenghiz (Cohen's first name) have other allies as well: an ant farm-powered computer named Hex; a fractal weather-making butterfly with mandelbrot wings; the dreaded Four Horsemen of the Common Cold (Sniffles, Chesty, Nostril, and Lack of Tissues); and a ferocious, if slow-moving army of six old men, the Silver Horde.
Their mission is to either defend or destroy the Forbidden City of Hunghung. The instructions are not entirely clear...

Baker
& Taylor

Transported against his will to the Counterweight Continent, where a new emperor is about to be chosen, Rincewind the Wizzard is reunited with old friends in his mission to destroy the Forbidden City of Hunghung.

Publisher: [New York] : HarperPrism, 1997
Copyright Date: ©1994
ISBN: 9780061052521
0061052523
Branch Call Number: SF Prachett, T 100.17 1997
Characteristics: 295 pages ; 25 cm
Audience: Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.1 14.0 40473

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PimaLib_ChristineR Apr 12, 2017

As a Douglas Adams lover, I have often been told to read Terry Pratchett. I've made a couple of false starts with other of his novels and nothing grabbed me. Finally, finally, I have found a Pratchett novel that lives up to the hype. Cynical, hysterical and with word play at every turn, I've become a Rincewind convert.

Here's a short excerpt as Rincewind discusses an uprising with the Red Army.
"'I had this sudden feeling' he went on, 'that there won't be all that many water buffalo string holders on the People's Committee. In fact... I get this kind of... voice telling me that a lot of the People's Committee, correct me if I'm wrong, are standing in front of me right now?'
'Initially, of course,' said Butterfly. 'The peasants can't even read and write.'
'I expect they don't even know how to farm properly,' said Rincewind, gloomily. 'Not after doing it for only three or four thousand years.'
'We certainly believe that there are many improvements that could be made, yes,' said Butterfly. 'If we act collectively.'
'I bet they'll be really glad when you show them,' said Rincewind."

And this doesn't even get into the word play. A fast and fun tale that will have you giggling long into the night.

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CraigRuane
Jul 29, 2015

Another ripping yarn by Terry Pratchett. his clever use of language, and his cynical parallels with modern politics and the ways of the world never fails to delight

forbesrachel Jul 02, 2014

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" becomes the manual for the Red Army. Due to votes, negotiations, commands, threats, and a heaping pile of pure coincidence, Rincewind gets pushed ever deeper into the role of the "Great Wizzard"....no matter how fast he runs away. Aside from Twoflower, we also see the return of the Luggage, and Cohen, who struggles with the concepts of a "civilized" people. Just like the rest of the Discworld, the Agatean Empire is based off a real-world culture, in this case Asian ethnicity, with a particular emphasis on its written form,and government. Pratchett's quirky dialogue works perfectly in the context of politics, which tend to obfuscate the truth. Rincewind himself is quite amusing; his cowardice means he always overreacts, however this is most striking because his assessment of the situation is always spot on. Luck is on his side, but he always bares the brunt of unlucky events. Between the match of Fate and Luck, and Butterflies, he truly lives in interesting times.

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dani2285
Aug 21, 2012

Really funny, and very easy to read. This is my favorite book with rincewind that I've read so far.

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shardknight
Mar 10, 2011

I absolutely loved this book! Rincewind FTW!

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Spillie
Sep 22, 2010

Rincewind continues to be an "interesting" hero :)

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