Interesting Times, Terry Pratchett
I'm going to have to take issue with some stuff in the blurb for this Discworld outing. I really don't know what's wrong with being 5 foot tall (ish), or what's wrong with surgical sandals... but Cohen the Barbarian is just the sort of hero you need. He's crazy brave, crazy about a fight, and well flat out a bit crazy really. And the idea that Rincewind is the world's dumbest wizard, when he's as quick on his toes in the other direction in the event of danger as you'd expect somebody with a hefty dose of smarts and a very deep down knowledge of their own weaknesses to be. But the butterfly is, indeed special.
As is the idea that Interesting Times come about as a result of a revolutationary treatise entitled "What I Did on My Holidays". What's that old saying about May You Live in Interesting Times being a curse? Certainly applies to real life 2020, as it does to imaginary Discworld in this outing. As I'm working my way through this series again, it's always interesting to see the scenario's being tackled in each book - in this case welcome to the Affairs of Wizards, and Dynasties and a lot of running.
Interesting Times, the seventeenth novel in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, finds the planet's oldest empire in the midst of bitter turmoil after the publication of the revolutionary treatise What I Did on My Holidays. Workers, with nothing to lose but their water buffaloes, are joining forces against old warlords, spreading violence throughout Discworld's ancient cities. All that stands in the way of total destruction are 3 decidedly non-heroic creatures: Rincewind, the world's dumbest wizard; Cohen the Barbarian, who stands 5 feet tall in his surgical sandals; and a very special butterfly.