Introducing Interesting Times

Interesting Times


First Published in 1994 • #17 in the series • #6 in the Wizards arc

SUMMARY:

The Patrician of Ankh-Morpork has received amessage: the Agatean Empire calls for the “Great Wizzard.” In response, the faculty of Unseen University teleport long-suffering Rincewind across the ocean, to a country laboring under the tyrannical rule of the calculating Lord Hong. As gods play with the fate of mortals, Rincewind is drawn into a game of intrigue and adventure involving several Great Houses, the revolutionary Red Army, and the Silver Horde, led by Cohen the Barbarian.

Intro Pic Interesting Times

DIVING IN:

Anne: I think I’m getting the hang of this Rincewind thing, and I’m looking forward to the book that follows Eric. I know that Twoflower makes a (triumphant?) return in Interesting Times, so I’m excited to see what Pratchett does with the reunion of these two characters after so many books. Let’s just say, it should be….INTERESTING?!?!??!??!?

Ryan: Yeah, I’m intrigued by what comes next for Rincey. I’m getting used to the travel/quest/new land aspect of his books, and the Agatean Empire seems promising. If it lives up to its promise of adventure narrative, back-room intrigue, and revolution, I’m in.

FAVORITE LINES:

Anne:

“Ornamental trees cast their shade as only they knew how–ornamentally.”

Ryan:

“The world had too many heroes and didn’t need another one.  Whereas the world had only one Rincewind and he owed it to the world to keep this one alive for as long as possible.”

SUPERLATIVES:

Anne: Most Colonialism per Page
Ryan: Not Enough Pointless Albatross

PRETENTIOUS ACADEMIC SUBTITLES:

Anne: Interesting Times: Pointed Critique or Disconcerting Stereotyping?
Ryan: Interesting Times: Vaguely Uncomfortable Portrayals of Culture and Race

Want to read along? Bring your local librarian a banana and ask him/her/it if Interesting Times is available in your library’s catalog.

Otherwise, go to your favorite Internet Search Machine, type in “INTERESTING TIMES + PLEASE HELP BUY” and go from there.


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