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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:****
Tags:series, discworld, listsofbests, made into a movie, 2010_75_regular, read in 2010, fantasy, humor, magic, wizard, group hysteria, legend, philosophy, anthropomorphism, adventure, multiple dimensions, nature of the universe, creation myths, love, friendship

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The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett (1986)

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Hilarious.......I was literally in tears laughing at some parts. Pratchett is a genius in my eyes. I hope Rincewind and Twoflower make future appearances in upcoming Discworld books. ( )
  utbw42 | Dec 8, 2014 |
Rincewind, so ziemlich der erfolgloseste Zauberer der Scheibenwelt, ist noch immer mit Zweiblum, dem ersten (und vermutlich auch letzten) Touristen dieser Welt unterwegs. Nachdem beide über den Rand der Scheibenwelt stürzten, schien alles verloren - doch oh Wunder, die Scheibe hat sie wieder. Aber unversehens droht neues Unheil: Ein roter Stern droht unaufhaltsam alles zu vernichten und Rincewind scheint der Einzige zu sein, der dies verhindern kann. Doch er will nicht so richtig...
Pratchett erzählt hier die klassische Geschichte über Ausgrenzung und Verfolgung von Minderheiten, wenn die Mehrheit für ihre Ängste und Sorgen einen Schuldigen sucht. Auch Bücherverbrennungen sind Thema, wenn auch in der Pratchett-typischen Manier: "Jemand, der sein Leben in der Wildnis verbrachte, unter freiem Himmel, wusste ein gutes dickes Buch zu schätzen, das mindestens eine Lagerfeuersaison hielt - vorausgesetzt, man ging mit den Blättern sparsam um." Das Ganze wird (wie üblich) ausgeschmückt mit überbordender Phantasie: essbare Hexenhäuschen, hoch komplexe Steincomputer auf fliegenden Felsen, bissige Koffer aus intelligentem Holz - der Ideenreichtum Pratchetts kennt keine Grenzen.
Ein herrlicher Spaß mit einer etwas ernsten Geschichte im Hintergrund. ( )
  Xirxe | Dec 2, 2014 |
Yes, it is confusing in a Douglas Adams way, but talk about funny! I laughed all the way through this and he didn't have to rely on the "hit in the crotch" jokes or swearing.
As an English teacher/librarian I adored the little tweeks about grammar and while as a Christian I found parts of it irreverent, there were also parts that just kind of said "Oh Yes--I know Christians like that!"
Delightful! ( )
  FaithLibrarian | Sep 7, 2014 |
The second installment in the Discworld series. I enjoyed The Light Fantastic more than the first book, The Color of Magic. Many funny parts and an easy read. Some interesting new characters as well. This novel seemed to be more polished than the last and it seems Prachett is getting a feel for the world he's created. I've heard that the novels continue to get even better further along so I will definitely continue to read the next novels in the series. ( )
  briandarvell | Jun 14, 2014 |
Returning to Discworld in "The Light Fantastic", Terry Pratchett drops the reader right into the action as well as Rincewind and Twoflower, though rather unceremoniously into an enchanted forest. The inept wizard and tourist head back to Ankh-Morpork in a roundabout fashion including a quick stop to talk with DEATH, while being chased by competent wizards, mercenaries, and religious fanatics sparked by the big red star the world turtle is heading towards.

The magic of Discworld is better understood as well as the society of wizardry. But the most outstanding part is the humor that Pratchett spreads throughout the book from the subtle to the outrageous. Given that the book was first printed almost 30, the humor still holds up as Pratchett twists tropes and situations that any fantasy reader knows. By the end of the book you just want to see what Pratchett will do next in Discworld. ( )
  mattries37315 | Jun 7, 2014 |
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The sun rose slowly, as if it wasn't sure it was worth all the effort.
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It looked like the sort of book described in library catalogues as "slightly foxed", although it would be more honest to admit that it looked as though it had been badgered, wolved and possibly beared as well.
"What is it that a man may call the greatest things in life?"
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You can talk about tramps. You can talk about garlic. You can talk about France. Go on. But if you haven't smelled Ankh-Morpork on a hot day you haven't smelled anything.
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061020702, Mass Market Paperback)

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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