Interesting Times: The Play

Interesting Times: The Play

by Stephen Briggs

A new stage adaptation of one of Pratchett's best-selling novelsThe Discworld's most inept wizard has been sent from Unseen University in Ankh-Morpork to the oppressive Agatean Empire to help some well-intentioned rebels overthrow the Emperor.He's

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I read this book last year, and just finished listening to the Audiobook (Read by Nigel Planer) with my children. "Interesting Times" is the fifth book in the Rincewind series, in case you want to read them in order here they are: Book: The Color of Magic Book: The Light Fantastic Book: Sourcery Book: Eric Book: Interesting Times Book: The Last Continent To fully appreciate this book, I would suggest reading at least the first two of the series first since those are the ones that explain the luggage, develop the chaotic relationship between Rincewind and Twoflower, and introduce Cohen the Barbarian. The Wizards bumble through it all but eventually manage to get Rincewind teleported from his island of perfection into the Empire.

INTERESTING TIMES by Terry Pratchett has got to be one of the most fun I've had reading since someon gave me the first two books of THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TRILOGY in 1980. This is the first Discworld novel I have actually read, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to sit down with a good book and enjoy the fun. All I can say after reading INTERESTING TIMES is that it certainly delivers on its promise and has made me want to read all the other Discworld novels in a way those truly magical authors are wont to do to unsuspecting readers.

I love how that's not really a mistake with a Pratchett book - I kept laughing at jokes I'd missed the first time around.

I know I've read this book before, but I can't remember when. I like that most of Pratchett's books (at least with Discworld) often revolve around a theme. It's been a while since I read the first two Discworld books, so I don't remember exactly what adventures he, Twoflowers, and the Luggage had, but, in the brief recap, it definitely sounds interesting! I remembered that I felt sadder about his death the first time I read this. You so *want* them to get some kind of reward because they're so cool (I mean, okay, they *do* go around killing people, but it's almost like the other guys *deserved* it... It was good to see Twoflowers again (although like I said, I don't remember much of his earlier exploits with Rincewind, so to say it was good to see him "again" seems a bit disingenuous). I mean, it was, of course, fitting that Lord Hong should die, but it would have been *nice* for Twoflowers to get in a couple of swings at least and have it seem like everything is going against him... but that may also be the fact that I'd read this book before, I knew that Lord Hong was going to die and Twoflowers wasn't, so I was subconsciously unworried.

The friend who introduced me to the Diskworld books about a decade ago was a huge fan of the character, but I just don't really go for his sort of milquetoast, cowardly personality type. The only reason I have any particular fondness for seeing Rincewind is that, wherever he goes, the Luggage generally follows.

The Unseen University needs to send a wizard - make that 'wizzard' - to the Counterweight Continent. Rincewind, as anyone could have predicted, gets into trouble almost immediately. All Rincewind has had experience in is in avoiding trouble - and he can tell this movement is heading for A LOT of trouble. I loved Rincewind's efforts at helping the Horde win the war.

Stephen Briggs is a British writer of subsidiary works and merchandise surrounding Terry Pratchett's comic fantasy Discworld.