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The Light Fantastic: A Discworld Novel (original 1986; edition 2005)

by Terry Pratchett

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Title:The Light Fantastic: A Discworld Novel
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:Harper Paperbacks (2005), Paperback, 272 pages
Collections:From the Library
Rating:****
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The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett (1986)

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Originally posted at FanLit.

The Light Fantastic is a direct sequel to Terry Pratchettâ??s first DISCWORLD novel, The Color of Magic, in which we met the failed and cowardly wizard Rincewind, his traveling companion Twoflower (a rich and naively brave tourist), and Twoflower├é┬â??s animated sentient Luggage. I believe that The Light Fantastic is the only DISCWORLD novel that├é┬â??s a direct sequel of a previous novel.

The reason Rincewind is such a poor wizard is that he├é┬â??s got a dark powerful spell (├é┬â??the eighth spell├é┬â?├é┬Ł) lodged in his brain and it won├é┬â??t let him memorize any other spells. Nobody knows what the eight spell is for, but Rincewind is pretty sure that nobody wants to find out. At the end of The Color of Magic, Rincewind, Twoflower and the Luggage had tumbled off the edge of the Discworld which is a flat disc held up by four elephants standing on the back... Read More: http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/the-light-fantastic/ ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
What else can one day about this other than it's a ball to read! ( )
  newnoz | Mar 3, 2014 |
The Light Fantastic concludes the two-part story that begins with The Colour of Magic. Again, it's not Pratchett's best work, but keep in mind we're talking about the genesis of Discworld here, it's still a fantastic read, a lot of fun, and contains quite a bit more humour than his later work, which got a bit more subtle over time. ( )
  Bunnymazonas | Dec 27, 2013 |
pure enjoyment from start to finish. happiness in book form. I would be sad I finished it but seeing as how there's over thirty discworld books to go through, I think I'll be ok. maybe. ( )
  davadog13 | Nov 21, 2013 |
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As it moves towards a seemingly inevitable collision with a malevolent red star, the Discworld has only one possible saviour. Unfortunately, this happens to be the singularly inept and cowardly wizard called Rincewind, who was last seen falling off the edge of the world.
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Terry Pratchett's profoundly irreverent novels are consistent number one bestsellers in England, where they have garnered him a revered position in the halls of parody next to Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and Carl Hiaasen.

In The Light Fantastic only one individual can save the world from a disastrous collision. Unfortunately, the hero happens to be the singularly inept wizard Rincewind, who was last seen falling off the edge of the world...

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The one individual who can save the world from a disastrous collision is "the singularly inept wizard Rincewind, who was last seen falling off the edge of the world."--Cover.

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