Interesting Times: A Novel of Discworld

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HarperPrism, 1994 - Fiction - 295 pages
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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...

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User Review  - readafew - LibraryThing

Another Great and entertaining book from Terry Pratchett. This one is harder for me to pick a 'main' thing that he is poking fun at other than 'government'. Had me laughing out loud several times. All have been great books and I have enjoyed them all. Read full review

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User Review  - atreic - LibraryThing

A reread, to cheer myself up while we live in these interesting times. It worked. Rincewind may be the world's worst wizzard, but if Luck is on your side, you can overthrown an entire Empire... Read full review

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About the author (1994)

Terry Pratchett was on born April 28, 1948 in Beaconsfield, United Kingdom. He left school at the age of 17 to work on his local paper, the Bucks Free Press. While with the Press, he took the National Council for the Training of Journalists proficiency class. He also worked for the Western Daily Press and the Bath Chronicle. He produced a series of cartoons for the monthly journal, Psychic Researcher, describing the goings-on at the government's fictional paranormal research establishment, Warlock Hall. In 1980, he was appointed publicity officer for the Central Electricity Generating Board with responsibility for three nuclear power stations. His first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971. His first Discworld novel, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. He became a full-time author in 1987. He wrote more than 70 books during his lifetime including The Dark Side of the Sun, Strata, The Light Fantastic, Equal Rites, Mort, Sourcery, Truckers, Diggers, Wings, Dodger, Raising Steam, Dragons at Crumbling Castle: And Other Tales, and The Shephard's Crown. He was diagnosis with early onset Alzheimer's disease in 2007. He was knighted for services to literature in 2009 and received the World Fantasy award for life achievement in 2010. He died on March 12, 2015 at the age of 66.

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