Terry Pratchett Book Review: Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett

February 10, 2015 Blog, Book Reviews 2

Terry Pratchett Book Review: Interesting Times by Terry PratchettInteresting Times by Terry Pratchett
Series: Discworld #17
Published by HarperCollins on 1998-03-04
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, General
Pages: 400
Source: Purchase

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...




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Now on book five of the Rincewind series!

Before I get on with my thoughts, one thing in mind about this book. Since this is actually Discworld #17 there are characters that you will not know if you read in this order. You CAN read all Rincewind books without reading any others, but in this case I do recommend reading Reaper Man, Discworld #11. In Interesting Times we see the Death of Rats and it will be okay if you don’t understand how The Death of Rats came about, but I think it adds so much to the story to actually know. Besides, Reaper Man is hilarious and one of my favs.


My ThoughtsInteresting Times is sadly not one of my favorites. There are the great characters that we have been introduced to in the past few books but it’s more about military and for some reason just did not resonate quite like some of Terry Pratchett’s other books, for me.

That being said, it is fun to see where Rincewind has gone. I have never read all of his books so this is a new series for me! And although not my FAV of the Discworld series, they are still hilarious. Of course in this one we find Rincewind yet again in trouble! The wizzard just cannot stay out of trouble, nor can he spell wizard correctly! That’s part of his appeal though. That and the fact that the luggage will not cease to stalk him! I seriously want a luggage of my own! 😀

We also see Twoflower again and find out so much more about him! That part of the story I did really enjoy. We were introduced to Twoflower in Rincewind’s first book but we are going backwards a bit and getting to know him more instead of just knowing that he is a man searching out adventure. You know, that thing that Rincewind flees from?

So, while not my favorite it still is a Pratchett. Full of satire and wit and fabulous dialogue. I love reading Pratchett even if this isn’t my fav.



The Author

About Terry Pratchett

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, and has not looked back since. To date there are a total of 39 books in the Discworld series, of which four (so far) 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's latest book, Snuff, was published 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 four honorary doctorates from the Universities of Warwick, Portsmouth, Bath, and Bristol. His acclaimed novels have sold more than 45 million copies (give or take a few) and have been translated into 33 languages.

In Dec. of 2007, Pratchett admitted to being 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.

2 Responses to “Terry Pratchett Book Review: Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett”

  1. Ichabod Temperance

    Hi Christina.

    I love sharing my love of Pratchett!

    I have to disagree with you, though…
    …this is one of my faves.
    If only for Cohen and his crew. I especially love the ‘rice flails’.