Interesting Times

Interesting Times
Author: Terry Pratchett
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 306
Release: 2008-12-05
ISBN: 1407034960
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Interesting Times Book Excerpt:

'There is a curse. They say: may you live in interesting times . . .' This is the worst thing you can wish on a citizen of Discworld. Especially for the magically challenged Rincewind, who has already had far too much excitement in his life. Unfortunately, the unlucky wizard always seems to end up in the middle of, well, absolutely everything. So when a request for a 'Great Wizzard' arrives from the faraway Counterweight Continent, it's obviously Rincewind who's sent. For one thing, he's the only one who spells wizard that way. Once again Rincewind is thrown headfirst into a dangerous adventure. For the oldest empire on the Disc is in turmoil and Chaos is building. And, for some reason, someone believes Rincewind will have a vital role in the coming war . . . 'Pratchett is a comic genius' Daily Express 'Funny, delightfully inventive, and refuses to lie down in its genre' Observer Interesting Times is the fifth book in the Wizards series, but you can read the Discworld novels in any order.

Interesting Times

Interesting Times
Author: Terry Pratchett
Publsiher: Gollancz
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2014-05-13
ISBN: 9781473200227
Category: Discworld (Imaginary place)
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Interesting Times Book Excerpt:

MIGHTY BATTLES! REVOLUTION! DEATH! WAR! (AND HIS SONS TERROR AND PANIC, AND DAUGHTER CLANCY). The oldest and most inscrutable empire on the Discworld is in turmoil, brought about by the revolutionary treatise What I did on My Holidays. Workers are uniting, with nothing to lose but their water buffaloes. Warlords are struggling for power. War (and Clancy) are spreading throughout the ancient cities. And all that stands in the way of terrible doom for everyone is: Rincewind the Wizard, who can't even spell the word 'wizard'... Cohen the barbarian hero, five foot tall in his surgical sandals, who has had a lifetime's experience of not dying... ...and a very special butterfly.

Interesting Times

Interesting Times
Author: Terry Pratchett
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 404
Release: 2009-10-13
ISBN: 0061807419
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Interesting Times Book Excerpt:

"May you live in interesting times" is the worst thing one can wish on a citizen of Discworld -- especially on the distinctly unmagical sorcerer Rincewind, who has had far too much perilous excitement in his life. But when a request for a "Great Wizzard" arrives in Ankh-Morpork via carrier albatross from the faraway Counterweight Continent, it's he who's sent as emissary. Chaos threatens to follow the impending demise of the Agatean Empire's current ruler. And, for some incomprehensible reason, someone believes Rincewind will have a mythic role in the war and wholesale bloodletting that will surely ensue. (Carnage is pretty much a given, since Cohen the Barbarian and his extremely elderly Silver Horde are busily formulating their own plan for looting, pillaging, and, er, looking wistfully at girls.) However, Rincewind firmly believes there are too many heroes already in the world, yet only one Rincewind. And he owes it to the world to keep that one alive for as long as possible.

Interesting Times

Interesting Times
Author: Terry Pratchett
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
Total Pages: 112
Release: 2002-07-04
ISBN: 9780413772190
Category: Drama
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Interesting Times Book Excerpt:

A new stage adaptation of one of Pratchett's best-selling novels The 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 assisted by toy-rabbit-wielding rebels, an army of terracotta warriors, a tax gatherer and a group of seven very elderly barbarian heroes lead by Cohen the Barbarian. Opposing him, though, is the evil and manipulative Lord Hong and his army of 750,000 men. Oh?Rincewind is also aided by Twoflower - Discworld's first tourist and the author of a subversive book, about his visit to Ankh-Morpork, which has inspired the rebels in their struggle for freedom. The book is called "What I Did On My Holidays".

Interesting Times

Interesting Times
Author: Terry Pratchett
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2008-05-09
ISBN: 9781435274648
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Interesting Times Book Excerpt:

Transported against his will to the Counterweight Continent, where a new emperor is about to be chosen, Rincewind the Wizard is reunited with old friends in his mission to destroy the Forbidden City of Hunghung

Discworld and Philosophy

Discworld and Philosophy
Author: Nicolas Michaud
Publsiher: Open Court
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2016-08-09
ISBN: 0812699238
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Discworld and Philosophy Book Excerpt:

In Discworld, unlike our own frustrating Roundworld, everything makes sense. The world is held up by elephants standing on the back of a swimming turtle who knows where he’s going, the sun goes round the world every day, so it doesn’t have to be very hot, and things always happen because someone intends them to happen. Millions of fans are addicted to Pratchett’s Discworld, and the interest has only intensified since Pratchett’s recent death and the release of his final Discworld novel, The Shepherd’s Crown, in September 2015. The philosophical riches of Discworld are inexhaustible, yet the brave explorers of Discworld and Philosophy cover a lot of ground. From discussion of Moist von Lipwig’s con artistry showing the essential con of the financial system, to the examination of everyone’s favorite Discworld character, the murderous luggage, to the lawless Mac Nac Feegles and what they tell us about civil government, to the character Death as he appears in several Discworld novels, Discworld and Philosophy gives us an in-depth treatment of Pratchett’s magical universe. Other chapters look at the power of Discworld’s witches, the moral viewpoint of the golems, how William de Worde’s newspaper illuminates the issue of censorship, how fate and luck interact to shape our lives, and why the more simple and straightforward Discworld characters are so much better at seeing the truth than those with enormous intellects but little common sense.

Discworld and the Disciplines

Discworld and the Disciplines
Author: Anne Hiebert Alton,William C. Spruiell,Donald E. Palumbo
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 244
Release: 2014-04-09
ISBN: 0786474645
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Discworld and the Disciplines Book Excerpt:

This collection of new essays applies a wide range of critical frameworks to the analysis of prolific fantasy author Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books. Essays focus on topics such as Pratchett’s treatment of noise and silence and their political implications; art as an anodyne for racial conflict; humor and cognitive debugging; visual semiotics; linguistic stylistics and readers’ perspectives of word choice; and Derrida and the “monstrous Regiment of Women.” The volume also includes an annotated bibliography of critical sources. The essays provide fresh perspectives on Pratchett’s work, which has stealthily redefined both fantasy and humor for modern audiences.

Beginning Python

Beginning Python
Author: Peter C. Norton,Alex Samuel,Dave Aitel,Eric Foster-Johnson,Leonard Richardson,Jason Diamond,Aleatha Parker,Michael Roberts
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 649
Release: 2005-07-08
ISBN: 0471760315
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Beginning Python Book Excerpt:

This tutorial offers readers a thorough introduction to programming in Python 2.4, the portable, interpreted, object-oriented programming language that combines power with clear syntax Beginning programmers will quickly learn to develop robust, reliable, and reusable Python applications for Web development, scientific applications, and system tasks for users or administrators Discusses the basics of installing Python as well as the new features of Python release 2.4, which make it easier for users to create scientific and Web applications Features examples of various operating systems throughout the book, including Linux, Mac OS X/BSD, and Windows XP

The Wit And Wisdom Of Discworld

The Wit And Wisdom Of Discworld
Author: Stephen Briggs,Terry Pratchett
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2008-11-06
ISBN: 1407035509
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Wit And Wisdom Of Discworld Book Excerpt:

'A marriage is always made up of two people who are prepared to swear that only the other one snores.' From, THE FIFTH ELEPHANT 'Inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened.' From, MOVING PICTURES The Wit and Wisdom of Discworld is a collection of the wittiest, pithiest and wisest quotations from this extraordinary universe, dealing one-by-one with each book in the canon. Guaranteed to transport you back to your favourite or forgotten Discworld moments it is the perfect book for die-hard Pratchett fans, as well as anyone coming to the Discworld for the first time.

Terry Pratchett s Interesting Times

Terry Pratchett s Interesting Times
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 102
Release: 2002
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Discworld (Imaginary place)
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Terry Pratchett s Interesting Times Book Excerpt:

Adapted from Terry Pratchett's best-selling novel, 'Interesting Times' premiered in Abingdon in 2001. It is a Discworld story about barbarians, revolutionaries, assassinations, desperate battles and a travel memoir. Rincewind, Discworld's most inept wizard, has been sent from Unseen University in Ankh-Morpork to the oppressive Agatean Empire, to help some well-intentioned revolutionaries overthrow the Emperor. He's assisted by toy-rabbit-wielding rebels, an army of terracotta warriors, a tax gatherer and a group of seven very elderly barbarian heroes lead by Cohen the Barbarian. Opposing him is the evil and manipulative Lord Hong and his army of 750,000 men. Rincewind is also aided by Twoflower - Discworld's first tourist and the author of a subversive book called 'What I Did On My Holidays' about his visit to Ankh-Morpork, which has inspired the rebels in their struggle for freedom.

Sourcery

Sourcery
Author: Terry Pratchett
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 252
Release: 2009-11-24
ISBN: 1407034545
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sourcery Book Excerpt:

'It's vital to remember who you really are . . . it isn't a good idea to rely on other people or things to do it for you, you see. They always get it wrong.' An eighth son of an eighth son is born, a wizard squared, a source of magic. A sourcerer. Unseen University, the Discworld's most magical establishment, has finally got its wish: the emergence of a wizard more powerful than ever before. You'd think they would have been a little more careful what they wished for . . . As the sourcerer takes over the University and sets his sights on the rest of the world, only one wizard manages to escape his influence. Unfortunately for everyone, it's Rincewind. Once again the cowardly wizard must embark on a quest: to deliver a precious artefact - the very embodiment of magic itself - halfway across the Disc to safety. If he doesn't make it, the death of all wizardry is at hand. And the end of the world, depending on who you listen to. 'One of our greatest fantasists, and beyond a doubt the funniest' George R.R. Martin 'May well be considered his masterpiece . . . Humour such as his is an endangered species' The Times Sourcery is the third book in the Wizards series, but you can read the Discworld novels in any order.

Interesting Times

Interesting Times
Author: Terry Pratchett
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 112
Release: 2014-02-03
ISBN: 1472537092
Category: Drama
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Interesting Times Book Excerpt:

A new stage adaptation of one of Pratchett's best-selling novels The 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 assisted by toy-rabbit-wielding rebels, an army of terracotta warriors, a tax gatherer and a group of seven very elderly barbarian heroes lead by Cohen the Barbarian. Opposing him, though, is the evil and manipulative Lord Hong and his army of 750,000 men. Oh...Rincewind is also aided by Twoflower - Discworld's first tourist and the author of a subversive book, about his visit to Ankh-Morpork, which has inspired the rebels in their struggle for freedom. The book is called "What I Did On My Holidays"."One of the funniest authors alive" Independent

The Turtle Moves

The Turtle Moves
Author: Lawrence Watt-Evans
Publsiher: BenBella Books
Total Pages: 299
Release: 2008-07-11
ISBN: 1933771461
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Turtle Moves Book Excerpt:

After growing from humble beginnings as a Sword & Sorcery parody to more than 30 volumes of wit, wisdom, and whimsy, the Discworld series has become a phenomenon unlike any other. Now, in The Turtle Moves!, Lawrence Watt-Evans presents a story-by-story history of Discworld's evolution as well as essays on Pratchett's place in literary canon, the nature of the Disc itself, and the causes and results of the Discworld phenomenon, all refreshingly free of literary jargon littered with informative footnotes. Part breezy reference guide, part droll commentary, The Turtle Moves! will enlighten and entertain every Pratchett reader, from the casual browser to the most devout of Discworld's fans.

Thief Of Time

Thief Of Time
Author: Terry Pratchett
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 434
Release: 2008-10-09
ISBN: 1407035282
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Thief Of Time Book Excerpt:

'This is the best Pratchett I've read' Sunday Telegraph The Discworld is very much like our own - if our own were to consist of a flat planet balanced on the back of four elephants which stand on the back of a giant turtle, that is . . . Time is a resource. Everyone knows it has to be managed. You mess with it at your peril. You can let it move fast or slowly but what you mustn't do is allow it to stop. The Monks of History have the glamorous job of time management in the Discworld. They store it and pump it from the places where it's wasted (like the underwater - how much time does a codfish need?) to places like cities, where there's never enough time. But with the construction of the world's first truly accurate clock starts a race against, well, time begins for History monk for Lu Tze and his suspiciously talented apprentice Lobsang Ludd. Because a truly accurate clock will stop time. And when time stands still, everything in human existence stops with it. Then, there really is no future. _________________ The Discworld novels can be read in any order but Thief of Time is the fifth book in the Death series.

Lords And Ladies

Lords And Ladies
Author: Terry Pratchett
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2008-12-16
ISBN: 1407034871
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lords And Ladies Book Excerpt:

'People didn't seem to be able to remember what it was like with the elves around. Life was certainly more interesting then, but usually because it was shorter. And it was more colourful, if you liked the colour of blood . . .' On Midsummer Night, dreams are especially powerful. So powerful, in fact, that they can cause the walls between realities to come crashing down. And some things you really don't want to break through. The witches Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick return home to discover that elves have invaded Lancre. And even in a world of wizards, trolls, dwarfs, Morris dancers - and the odd orangutan - they're spectacularly nasty creatures. The fairies are back - and this time they don't just want your teeth . . . 'His spectacular inventiveness makes the Discworld series one of the perennial joys of modern fiction' Mail on Sunday 'Cracking dialogue, compelling illogic and unchained whimsy' The Sunday Times Lords and Ladies is the fourth book in the Witches series, but you can read the Discworld novels in any order.

Science of Discworld III Darwin s Watch

Science of Discworld III  Darwin s Watch
Author: Ian Stewart,Jack Cohen,Terry Pratchett
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2011-06-30
ISBN: 1407022695
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Science of Discworld III Darwin s Watch Book Excerpt:

Roundworld is in trouble again, and this time it looks fatal. Having created it in the first place, the wizards of Unseen Univeristy feel vaguely responsible for its safety. They know the creatures who lived there escaped the impending Big Freeze by inventing the space elevator - they even intervened to rid the planet of a plague of elves, who attempted to divert humanity onto a different time track. But now it's all gone wrong - Victorian England has stagnated and the pace of progress would embarrass a limping snail. Unless something drastic is done, there won't be time for anyone to invent spaceflight and the human race will be turned into ice-pops. Why, though, did history come adrift? Was it Sir Arthur Nightingale's dismal book about natural selection? Or was it the devastating response by an obscure country vicar called Charles Darwin, whose bestselling Theology of Species made it impossible to refute the divine design of living creatures? Either way, it's no easy task to change history, as the wizards discover to their cost. Can the God of Evolution come to humanity's aid and ensure Darwin writes a very different book? And who stopped him writing it in the first place?

Scores

Scores
Author: John Clute
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2016-11-24
ISBN: 1473219809
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Scores Book Excerpt:

For more than 50 years John Clute has been reviewing science fiction and fantasy. As Scores demonstrates, his devotion to the task of understanding the central literatures of our era has not slackened. There are jokes in Scores, and curses, and tirades, and apologies, and riffs; but every word of every review, in the end, is about how we understand the stories we tell about the world. Following on from his two previous books of collected reviews (Strokes and Look at the Evidence) this book collects reviews from a wide variety of sources, but mostly from Interzone, the New York Review of Science Fiction, and Science Fiction Weekly. Where it has seemed possible to do so without distorting contemporary responses to books, these reviews have been revised, sometimes extensively. 125 review articles, over 200 books reviewed in more than 214,000 words.

An Unofficial Companion to the Novels of Terry Pratchett

An Unofficial Companion to the Novels of Terry Pratchett
Author: Andrew M. Butler
Publsiher: Praeger
Total Pages: 484
Release: 2007
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An Unofficial Companion to the Novels of Terry Pratchett Book Excerpt:

A hugely revealing critical encyclopedia of the whole Pratchett oeuvre, including non-Discworld novels, works for children and miscellania.

Hopeful Songs on Dismal Days

Hopeful Songs on Dismal Days
Author: Don Reis
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 568
Release: 2017-03-08
ISBN: 1326972049
Category: Humor
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hopeful Songs on Dismal Days Book Excerpt:

A semi-autobiographical novel started following an October 2010 heart attack. It follows the main character through quadruple bypass surgery at a Brisbane hospital and his interaction with the people he meets and the events of the time. He also looks back over the events of his life and in particular the strangeness of his country Queensland home town. It follows him through his recovery and finishes soon after the death of his elderly mother with whom he'd been living and caring for. The title comes from the Don McLean song, 'Winterwood' - 'The birds like leaves on Winterwood, sing hopeful songs on dismal days.

The Last Continent

The Last Continent
Author: Terry Pratchett
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 299
Release: 2008-11-21
ISBN: 1407035126
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Last Continent Book Excerpt:

'Anything you do in the past changes the future. The tiniest little actions have huge consequences. You might tread on an ant now and it might entirely prevent someone from being born in the future.' Rincewind, inept wizard and reluctant hero, has found himself magically stranded on the Discworld's last continent. It's hot. It's dry. There was this thing once called The Wet, which no one believes in any more. Practically everything that's not poisonous is venomous. But it's the best bloody place in the world, all right? And in a few days, it will die. The only thing standing between the last continent and wind-blown doom is Rincewind, and he can't even spell wizard. Still . . . no worries, eh? 'A minor masterpiece. I laughed so much I fell from my armchair' Time Out 'A master storyteller' A. S. Byatt The Last Continent is the sixth book in the Wizards series, but you can read the Discworld novels in any order.