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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
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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Rincewind continues his journey with Twoflower and the Luggage to it's inevitable end; hanging off into an abyss. Oops, spoiler there, but not much of one. We also meet Cohen the Barbarian and his never timid virgin bride. As Discworld moves closer to a red star with ominous overtones, our hero struggles to run away, but his feet will always betray him.

Characters are almost themselves in this the second book of the Discworld series. The puns are out in full force and the insight into humans and their behaviors are keen and sharp. Love it. ( )
  MrsLee | Jan 22, 2017 |
We left the hopeless wizard Rincewind in a situation where, quite frankly, things could only get better. To be precise, he was plunging off the edge of the world. As this new novel gets underway, he receives both good news and bad. The good news is that, quite improbably, he’s somehow managed to end up in a tree somewhere on the Disc and that he isn’t dead. Yet. The bad news is that the Discworld is in the path of a huge red star, which is approaching at alarming speed and is due to wipe out the entire world in two months’ time… and only Rincewind can save it. Under these circumstances, as you may imagine, it’s a toss-up whether Rincewind or the world at large is more worried about the prospect...

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1 vote TheIdleWoman | Dec 12, 2016 |
Rincewind, a young wizard, has 1 of the Great 8 spells in his head. His comical adventures about why he has it and how he saves Discworld. I laughed out loud at least 5 times reading this. Pratchett is just funny... ( )
1 vote BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Rincewind comes out of this story as a bumbling wizard, as before, but at least now he has a better understanding of why. The spell in his head, the one he never should have read, is waking up. And the world might be ending? Well, Rincewind is determined to find a safe place to hide and wait it out. Hopefully he's not really needed. But the wizards are out to find him, since without the spell in his head, whatever the great A'Tuin is space-swimming towards is likely to end life on the Disc as we know it. I was still not quite as impressed by Rincewind as I am by Vimes or Moist von Lipwig, but he's growing on me. ( )
  jlharmon | Nov 3, 2016 |
So, that's how Rincewind ended up with the Luggage! Right,.....

I have been wondering about this for years. Now I know.

There is no doubt that Terry Pratchett was a master at snarky humor and fantastic world building. No doubt at all. Yet, it takes me forever to get through some his books because his adventures often end up going off in tangents...and I'm not drawn into the Discworld universe enough to necessarily want to follow those side-stories that may or may not become relevant in a later book.
At the moment, all those tangents are just padding out the book for me - when mostly I just want to get on with the story.

So, why the Druids?

Anyhoo,....I do look forward to reading the next one, but may chose a graphic novel version. I hear they are great fun, and it would have been great to have seen the pictures of new worlds hatching. ( )
1 vote BrokenTune | Aug 21, 2016 |
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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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