Interesting Times

Interesting Times For use in schools and libraries only 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 m

For use in schools and libraries only 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.

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  1. Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second hand typewriter His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983 In 1987, he turned to writing full time There are over 40 books in the Discworld series, of which four are written for children The first of these, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal A non Discworld book, Good Omens, his 1990 collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller and was reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early 2006 it is also available as a mass market paperback Harper Torch, 2006 and trade paperback Harper Paperbacks, 2006 In 2008, Harper Children s published Terry s standalone non Discworld YA novel, Nation Terry published Snuff in October 2011 Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire for services to literature in 1998, and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Warwick in 1999, the University of Portsmouth in 2001, the University of Bath in 2003, the University of Bristol in 2004, Buckinghamshire New University in 2008, the University of Dublin in 2008, Bradford University in 2009, the University of Winchester in 2009, and The Open University in 2013 for his contribution to Public Service.In Dec of 2007, Pratchett disclosed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer s disease On 18 Feb, 2009, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.He was awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2010.Sir Terry Pratchett passed away on 12th March 2015.

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  1. Hay una maldici n.Dice Ojal vivas en tiempos interesantes.La quinta es la vencida, hasta ahora esta es la historia m s s lida que leo del mundodisco sin dejar de ser graciosa, teniendo como protagonista a Rincewind el mago m s cobarde que ha existido y que no importa que tanto trate de huir de todas las situaciones que se le presentan, los dioses o el destino, al parecer, siempre lo eligen como candidato para salvar al mundo Los personajes del libro me encantaron especialmente la Horda de plata, [...]


  2. 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 enterta [...]


  3. 7 10 May you live in interesting times is a long established curse on the Counterweight Continent of the Discworld The Agatean Empire is just heading this way as its aging, demented Emperor is about to die andfive noble families who have fought one another for centuries The Hongs, the Sungs, the Tangs, the McSweeneys very old established family and the Fangsgather their armies around the capital city of HungHung in preparation of the war of succession High above them in the clouds around Hub, th [...]


  4. Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Bruce Lee, Yun Fat Chow, David Carradine and Michelle Yeoh sit in an Italian pizza place in Queens and discuss Terry Pratchett s 17th Discworld novel Interesting Times.Bruce Lee Ok, first of all, David, why are you even here, you re not Chinese.Carradine Come on, you all know why, I played Kwai Chang Caine on King Fu in the 70s, don t act like you don tMichelle Anyhoo Pratchett, pays homage to Asian culture through his counter continent Roman eclef, The Agatean Empire, which [...]


  5. 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, although i [...]


  6. Rincewind in China22 August 2015 When my friend leant me this book he simply said Rincewind at which I rolled my eyes I must say that Rincewind is certainly not my favourite Discworld character, even though some of the books in which he has starred have been quite good However I wasn t really expecting anything all that much to come from this book, even though it is one of the Discworld novels and I am slowly making my way through each of them and it was also a bit of a time out from some of the [...]


  7. The problem with Rincewind books is that I really like Rincewind, and Rincewind books tend to have problematic elements than the other Discworld books, and also the most recycled This is the worst culprit of Pratchett s rather casual racism and also the overuse see any use at all of rape jokes what was with that So I really struggled with whether to give this two or three stars I felt if I gave it two stars, it would indicate that I didn t like this book at all Which isn t true There were lots [...]


  8. Todo lo que vaya a decir a partir de ahora est influenciado por el hecho de que sigo leyendo la saga de los magos de MundoDisco sin que acabe de gustarme, simplemente por terminarla, para luego empezar otra a la espera de que quiz s esta acabe siendo de mi agrado.Reconozco la maestr a del autor para la iron a, su imaginaci n desbordante y su capacidad de parodia, capaz de abarcar a toda una sociedad o la idea tan limitada que podamos tener de ella pero estas historias no pasan para m de entreten [...]


  9. 3.5 stars On the whole, the Rincewind books are probably my least favourite subset of the Discworld series with the exception of The Lost Continent, obviously And it s been years since I d read this one So I was pleasantly surprised to find that while Rincewind still annoys me as a character and there were some uhhh, that s a tiny bit racist moments in it because it s now 20 odd years old, on the whole this one was fairly enjoyable It features Rincewind going to the Counterweight Continent, wher [...]


  10. I was hooked on these books in the late 1990 s and I had to have every book that came out without fail Unfortunately during the mists of time all the books have merged into one, but I still remember Death and Rincewind to this day and the over top adventures they had But I have to admit my favourite novels were the ones that contain the city watch and the adventures of Sam Vimes, these novels still to this day stick out as the best of the series, but I never really got on with the books that fea [...]


  11. 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 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 to be interest [...]


  12. Este libro me ha emocionado, destrozado y hecho re r a partes iguales.Considero al se or Pratchett un maestro no s lo por su ingenioso sentido del humor y su amplia imaginaci n, sino por su capacidad de narrar historias que, adem s de sacarte varias carcajadas, te hacen reflexionar sobre la vida.En esta novela del Mundodisco la quinta de la Saga de los Magos o Saga Rincewind , nuestro querido Rincewind se ve envuelto en esta ocasi n en una aventura desarrollada en el Imperio gata Al parecer, un [...]


  13. Essentially this is silly, racist and obvious, a typical Rincewind book really But to counter that you have a lot of fun with Cohen the Barbarian and to counter that you have and old man in a wheelchair whose sole purpose for being in the novel is to shout What to everything Because he s deaf you see Yeah it s that kind of Discworld book.


  14. 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 heroes, [...]


  15. 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.


  16. Interesting Times is from the Rincewind subseries of Discworld It s been quite a few books since I ve seen Rincewind, so it was fun to see him again He always makes me laugh If you ve read the earlier books, you may remember that Rincewind once had some adventures with Twoflower, a visitor from the Counterweight continent In this book Rincewind finds himself, quite against his will of course, dropping in on the Counterweight continent and getting caught up in a revolution It was a lot of fun see [...]


  17. SPOILERS BELOW YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.Okay I m going to have to say something controversial here This book is downright horrible.I realize that s practically blasphemy, since it was written by Terry Pratchett whose work I generally love I know that Pratchett was a satirist I am aware that it was spoofing books like James Clavell s Asian Saga Shogun, Noble House, King Rat, etc , in which a white guy handles Asia better than the Asians and ends up in charge I remember Clavell s books and the miniser [...]


  18. Ojal vivas en tiempos interesantes Eso es algo que le ocurre continuamente a Rincewind, y no podr a haber mayor amenaza que esa para alguien que lo nico que quiere es estar en una isla desierta sin nadie que le moleste Pratchett hace en esta novela un ensayo sobre la civilizaci n y la barbarie, sobre lo pol ticamente correcto y sobre el papel del h roe en la sociedad moderna.Tal vez el envoltorio est lleno de magos, ba les con patas y mundos a espaldas de tortugas, pero la esencia que cuenta el [...]


  19. Relectura Mundodisco 17 Rincewind sigue en su camino del anti h roe, es decir, huyendo de cualquier aventura posible El contraste lo proporciona la Horda Plateada, grupo de ancianos b rbaros liderado por Cohen, que hace que todos los tiempos sean interesantes Juntos se enfrentan al Imperio gata, que gobierna de una forma que hace a orar las cadenas.Estamos ante una divertid sima novela sobre la civilizaci n y la barbarie La Horda Plateada acapara mucho protagonismo y es todo un acierto Cohen ya [...]


  20. While Death only has a very small bit in this book, I still loved this one Fate playing games with the others at the beginning is a great bit and there is lots to love in Cohen the Barbarian I am saddened that after having finished this one, I only have fourteen Discworld books that I have not read now Four stars.




  21. I really enjoyed this book if Terry Pratchett His humor is brilliant I have read the colour of magic only, but at least I knew the basic characters I love Rincewind and the Horde is amazing I should read a bit of the discworld for sure.


  22. There s a sense here that Pratchett is struggling to fit Rincewind s default live to run another day ethos into his developed mode of story telling It worked for a given value of worked for picaresque adventures like The Colour of Magic or the Light Fantastic, where the point was getting from one piss take of fantasy cliches to another as quickly as possible By this point though the Discworld books had become vehicles for Pratchett to explore moral or political questions from a cock eyed perspe [...]


  23. Discworld s Counterweight Continent is explored for the first time in the series as author Terry Pratchett sends the inept wizard Rincewind to the walled off landmass where he meets up with some old friends in a reunion of the series first two books.The Discworld s version of China Japan is the Agatean Empire, a mysterious place which only the rest of the Discworld can speculate about, sends a message to Ankh Morpork for the Great Wizzard After several uses of magical quantum mechanics transport [...]


  24. I suppose I m just not much of a Rincewind fan, as the Discworld books in which he features are not among my favorites in the series Interesting Times is one of the better Rincewind books second only to Sourcery, but it doesn t quite keep up with the strong run of books that began with Witches Abroad.Pratchett s storytelling skills and his sense of humor are both considerably sharper now than when he wrote the early Rincewind books, and even some of his sense of satire makes it in to Interesting [...]


  25. 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, drawn ou [...]


  26. 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.


  27. Tak spr vne rozhasen pr beh s Mrakopla om prv polovica mi liezla na nervy, druh som hltala Pozn mka Heh, 99 do tan kniha v mojej v zve na rok 2016



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