Series: Discworld #17
Published by HarperCollins on 1998-03-04
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, General
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...
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.
Interesting 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.