So I compromised by reading Interesting Times, one of the Discworld Novels by Terry Pratchett.
(Expect reviews of the other two later.)
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. War (and Clancy) are spreading throughout the ancient cities.
It is a novel about Rincewind the Wizzard, Cohen the Barbarian, and a very special butterfly. The novel bears a strange resemblance to the Chinese Revolution, and it full of clever satire on history, as well as some great puns.
I got this book as part of BookCrossing, and am ready to release it. If you would like to get your hands on it, give me a call.