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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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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 |
Who thought that we needed LOTR comedy?

We do. Long live Mr. Pratchett. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Jun 2, 2014 |
I enjoyed this book much more than A Color of Magic. While I thought it was good, this one is much better. The humor was great and there was both subtle and not so subtle jabs at all kinds of things.

Rincewind had fallen off the edge of the world right at the end of the last book and was falling though space where he was quickly asphyxiating to death. When some great magic was wrought and he found himself in an enchanted wood where the trees talk and his charge Twoflower was once again at his side.

A terrible red star was approaching the Discworld and everyone across the little planet was beginning to panic. After a while it was believed the red star was the sign and the world would end with the star crashing into the planet. Against his better judgement Rincewind finds himself embroiled once again in the middle of a dangerous adventure, this one with the fate of the world resting on it's success. Maybe Rincewind will finally have a chance to become a great wizard, if only the world would survive long enough.

Great book very funny, plan to keep reading the series in order, only 38 more to go! ( )
  readafew | May 7, 2014 |
On the rare occasion when I watch a movie based on a book, I am not typically likely to hold the movie up to the book for comparison. They are separate works, and I judge them separately.

Such is not always the case.

With The Color of Magic, the movie version of [b:The Color of Magic|34497|The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1)|Terry Pratchett|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1390582240s/34497.jpg|194190] and [b:The Light Fantastic|34506|The Light Fantastic (Discworld, #2)|Terry Pratchett|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1389554927s/34506.jpg|592532], which I found one day on a library shelf shortly after finishing The Light Fantastic, I was unable to distinguish the two in my mind. The two novels are squished into one movie, starring, among others, Sean Astin, Tim Curry, and Christopher Lee (as the voice of Death), and watching the movie was, to be completely frank, a huge mistake.

The second novel in the Discworld series is as good, if not substantially better, than The Color of Magic. Picking up exactly where that book left off, the reader finds Rincewind flailing off of the edge of the world as Twoflower, the first tourist in Discworld's history, coasts in a metal vehicle aimed at determining the gender of the Great A'Tuin. But the spell stuck in Rincewind's head will not die, and the world moves to save them.

Like he's hitting his stride after warming up with The Color of Magic, Terry Pratchett is on his game, witty, incisive, sarcastic, and, always, entertaining.

And the movie totally butchers that. As funny as Pratchett is, his talent with language just doesn't translate to film, and while Christopher Lee provides a great voice for Mort, the casting fails to measure up to the depth of my imagination strung along on Pratchett's vocabulary and clever story.

No surprise here: The Light Fantastic IS fantastic, and it'll be the last time I look for a good replication of his magic in film. Pratchett's power is in language, not in film. ( )
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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.
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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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