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by Terry Pratchett

Category: Contemporary
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Terry Pratchett
ISBN: 0061052523
ISBN13: 978-0061052521
Language: English
Publisher: Harper Prism (April 1, 1997)
Pages: 295
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Sir Terry Pratchett was the internationally bestselling author of more than thirty books, including his phenomenally successful Discworld series

Sir Terry Pratchett was the internationally bestselling author of more than thirty books, including his phenomenally successful Discworld series. His young adult novel, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal, and Where's My Cow?, his Discworld book for readers of all ages, was a New York Times bestseller. His novels have sold more than seventy five million (give or take a few million) copies worldwide.

The Discworld is the fictional setting of Terry Pratchett’s most iconic series. All the Discworld novels take place on a flat, circular world which sits on the back of four elephants, which stand on the back of a giant star turtle

The Discworld is the fictional setting of Terry Pratchett’s most iconic series. All the Discworld novels take place on a flat, circular world which sits on the back of four elephants, which stand on the back of a giant star turtle. Although this world may look and sound completely different to our own, the Discworld novels explore a multitude of very human issues.

Interesting Times book. Whenever I read a Discworld novel, it is like putting on my favourite piece of clothing

Interesting Times book. I really enjoyed this Pratchett, being one of the few people who actually think that Rincewind is a likable anti-hero, or rather, a good runner. But sometimes even good runners get caught in the affairs of Wizzards and revolution. Whenever I read a Discworld novel, it is like putting on my favourite piece of clothing.

Interesting Times, . Part of Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. They say: May You Live in Interesting Times This is where the gods play games with the lives of men, on a board which is at one and the same time a simple playing area and the whole world. And Fate always wins.

Interesting Times is a fantasy novel by British writer Terry Pratchett, the seventeenth book in the Discworld series, set in the Aurient (also known as Orient). The title refers to the common myth that there exists a Chinese curse "may you live in interesting times". Two gods, Fate and the Lady, oppose each other in a game over the outcome of the struggle for the throne of the Agatean Empire on the Counterweight Continent.

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Sir Terry Pratchett was the internationally bestselling author of more than thirty books, including his phenomenally successful Discworld series. Named an Officer of the British Empire for services to literature, Pratchett lived in England. He died in 2015 at the age of sixty-six

Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he was the author of over fifty bestselling books.

Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. He died in March 2015.

The news of Terry Pratchett’s passing may be the first sad thing associated with his name

The news of Terry Pratchett’s passing may be the first sad thing associated with his name. His life was spent spinning yarns as fantastical as they were funny. The Discworld books manage to satirize nearly every topic under the sun while also presenting a fully formed and innovative fantasy world a la Middle Earth or Westeros. There were always jokes, but Pratchett was an even better storyteller than he was a satirist. 10. The Color of Magic The first Discworld book may not be a shining example of everything great about the series but getting to see all the elements of genius starting to shimmer here is pretty, you guessed it, magical.

Sir Terence David John Pratchett, OBE (28 April 1948 - 12th March 2015) was a British fantasy, Science fiction, and children's author. He was best known for his popular and long-running Discworld series of comic fantasy novels. Pratchett's first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971, and since his first Discworld novel (The Colour of Magic) was published in 1983, he has written two books a year on average

Transported against his will to the Counterweight Continent, where a new emperor is about to be chosen, Rincewind the Wizzard is reunited with old friends in his mission to destroy the Forbidden City of Hunghung.
Comments to eBook Interesting Times: A Novel of Discworld
Narim
One of the best early/mid Discworld books, which introduces one of the best characters in the series, Susan Sto Helit, aka Susan DEATH. The overall plot asks the question of what would happen if 'music with rocks in' (i.e. Rock and Roll) came to Discworld.

This one is a pretty good Discworld starter book. (Discworld is an awesome series where you probably shouldn't start with the first books. The series has various connected subseries, such as the Guard books, the Wizard/Rincewind books, the Witches books, and the Death books. This is the third DEATH book, but it is also the start of the Susan Death arc within the Death books.
WinDImmortaL
Soul music is another discworld novel where Terry Pratchett explores and pokes fun at a broad theme. In this case it's rock music and let's face it rock music is a valid target. It tells the story of Imp y Celyn who's a bard. He meets a troll and a dwarf and forms a band. They play "music with rocks in it" thanks to the help of a not entirely benign mythical guitar. On the way Death goes missing and his granddaughter Susan has to take over. What could possibly go wrong. Well if CMOT Dibbler is involved then you can bet that everything goes wrong with hilarious consequences. Half of the fun of this book is spotting obscure references to bands and songs. How about the felonious monk and the surreptitious fabric? Some of them are quite hard to spot. If you like Terry Pratchett then this is a great book anyway and since it's before he settled into principal character mode has a sense of fun and novelty that is missing in some of the more establishment Ankh-Morpork books. Rock music had it coming and Pratchett delivers agin in spades of laughter and irony. A great read.
Ximinon
The book itself is fantastic. However, there's serious formatting and typography problems. There's a whole section in the middle where the pages are out of order, and this book (and A LOT of other Kindle books) is FULL of typos apparently caused by no one checking the text recognition software when they scanned the book to digital. I bought this book years ago and I'm still waiting on a corrected update.
Maveri
Terry Pratchett, engaging as always. I love these earlier books. This one in particular had me anxious to get back into that wonderful world as soon as I had to put it down. And when I got to the end, I was sad it was finished. There are such a number of Terry Pratchett books that have held this effect for me. Especially the ones where we get Pratchett's unique views on time and relativity. The only other author that I have read that has come onto this plane (so to speak) is Daniel Pinkwater. Both seem to share the same views and theories and present them in such delightful ways that they really do make sense. Read all the Discworld books and you will be submerged in lovely fantasy that will keep you entertained forever, that is, forever, depending on how you look at it...
Alsantrius
NOTE: While the remainder of the review focuses on the content of the book itself, it is worth noting that as of this posting, the Kindle edition of this book suffers from a large number of typos that appear to be the result of poor OCR conversion. Hopefully, HarperCollins will fix this sooner than later.

While it is still a very enjoyable book, Soul Music, the 16th entry in the Discworld series, is a bit of a letdown following the string of strong entries that began with the 12th book of the series, Witches Abroad, and continued through to the 15th, Men at Arms.

Soul Music does for rock-and-roll (or, Music With Rocks In, as it is called in the Discworld) what Moving Pictures did for Hollywood. And, structurally, the plot is similar to that of Reaper Man, including, as it does, a storyline concerning the fallout that arises from Death taking some time off from his work (though in the current volume, he does so willingly). Like those two previous entries, Soul Music serves up some delightful characters and some great laughs, put the resulting whole lacks some of the heft and emotional punch of books like Small Gods or Men at Arms.

It is certainly pleasurable to watch Pratchett riff on rock culture (across all eras, but with a focus on early formative rock-n-roll - the protagonist is essentially a Discworld mash-up of Elvis - "he looks a bit elvish to me" - and Buddy Holly). And Pratchett's storytelling skills remain impeccable. While the book does share much in terms of plot and structure with Reaper Man and Moving Pictures, it easily bests both those entries with its tight pacing and its thoroughly satisfying and convincing resolution. At the same time, one can't help but miss the satire and weightier observational humor that has marked the previous four entries in the Discworld series.

Soul Music is, however, also a book in which Death plays a significant role. And, as he has in past books, Death, for all his inability to grasp some of the basic elements of what it means to be mortal, becomes the perfect vehicle to capture the seeming absurdity of human existence.

While some Discworld fans may find this book to be not quite as strong as some previous Discworld novels, it is still, at the very least, a well-written book with a generous serving of laughs.
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