Interesting Times

Interesting Times

eBook - 2008
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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 ...
Publisher: London : Transworld, 2008
ISBN: 9781407034966
1407034960
Characteristics: 1 online resource (432 pages)

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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

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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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