Sunday, June 21, 2015

Discworld - There is No East, but Go That Way

I remember when Interesting Times came out, how excited I was the not only was it a Rincewind book, but also that Twoflower was in it too.  And Cohen's presence was just an added bonus.

This is another fun book that reads quickly.  Just the smattering of Japanese and Chinese cultural history that I know makes this book hilarious.  And again, the bits that Pratchett drops in from our reality are incredible.  What do you do with the terracotta army of China in Discworld?  Well, certainly they must become a real army of golem-like terracotta soldiers.  There's a tribute the Seven Samurai.  And there's even a take on a certain little red book.


Recurring themes and characters in this book:

Adrian Turnipseed
Bergholt Stuttley "Bloody Stupid" Johnson
Betrobi, language of the people of the Brown Islands
Blind Io
Boy Willie
Caleb the Ripper
Cohen the Barbarian / Genghiz Cohen
Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler
Disembowel-Myself-Honorably Dibhala
Dried Frog Pills
Drumknott, Secretary
Events from Sourcery
Events of Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic
Events from Eric
Five exclamation points (or [urinating dog]s)
Havelock Vetinari, Patrician
Hrun the Barbarian
Mad Hamish
Mad Lord Snapcase, former Patrician
Modo the Dwarf, Gardener UU
Mr. Boggis, Thieves' Guild
Mustrum Ridcully, Archchancellor
Nine Turning Mirrors, former Grand Vizier
Offler, the Crocodile-Headed God
Old Vincent
Ponder Stibbons
Quantum Weather Butterfly
Silicon Anti-Defamation League
The Alchemists' Guild
The Assassins' Guild
The Battle of Koom Valley
The Bursar
The Chair
The Counterweight Continent
The Dean of Indefinite Studies
The Four Horsemen
The Lady
The Lecturer in Recent Runes
The Luggage
The McSweeneys
The Million-to-One Chance
The Pointless Albatross
The Ramtops
The Senior Wrangler
The Thieves' Guild
Truckle the Uncivil
Unseen University
XXXX, the Last Continent

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