Part 17 of The Complete Discworld Reread
Pratchett has hit a stride in the Discworld series by now. ‘Interesting Times’ is yet another book where Rincewind runs away from everything he can, the wizards back in the university are hilariously barely competent, we are reminded that the only way to be an old barbarian warrior is to be a very good barbarian warrior.
Not a hard hitting satire of anything specific; rather we are treated to a light romp through a revolution in the making, with some of the worst revolutionaries in the history of anything. All you need to know about them is their hopes are pinned on Rincewind, the most inept wizard on the Disc.
And for once I have literally nothing to say about the book. This reread project is a hell of a lot of fun, but writing reviews for each book is getting harder. What is different from this outing and the last Rincewind book? The setting to a point (faux Asia, and rather crudely done by Pratchett standards), and there is still no shortage of jokes. And it is still fun, real fun. It is a book well worth reading for any fan of the series. But as I said just two short paragraphs ago; Rincewind runs away from everything he can, the wizards back in the university are hilariously barely competent, we are reminded that the only way to be an old barbarian warrior is to be a very good barbarian warrior.
So I will waste nobody’s time, let alone my own, and just post a few highlights, which will make zero since to anyone who hasn’t read the book. (Some may argue that posting these highlights is in fact a waste of time, and to them I say this. Nu uh).
-The ancient families of Hong, Tang, Fang, Sung, and McSweeney.
-Warfare by rumor. Reminding the army that the opponent absolutely does NOT have an army of angry ghosts at their side. Then when evil Lord Hong figures it out and tries to counter the same way, watching it backfire. Sometimes it’s nice to see an evil genius who doesn’t have an answer for everything.
-Hex is becoming a character, and no one is sure who or what keeps adding on to it.
-Learning just what it is Cohan and his Silver Hoard are looking to steal.
-Sending the Barking Dog contraption back EXACTLY as they found it. Oh, so good.
And some low-lights
-Multiple Luggages. I hated this the first time I read the book, still hate it. Takes away everything that makes Luggage unique. Before that he really was a one of a kind force of nature, perhaps the most powerful being in Discworld. Now, meh.
-Twoflower showing some spine. It didn’t really fit; he has always been the wide eyed man who sees the best in everything. Looking for revenge didn’t fit at all.
‘Interesting Times’ is a perfectly serviceable Discworld book. I just can’t think of anything else to say about it. So I gave up.