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The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

The Light Fantastic (original 1986; edition 2000)

by Terry Pratchett

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Title:The Light Fantastic
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:HarperTorch (2000), Mass Market Paperback, 241 pages
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The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett (1986)

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Just as good the second time around. Rincewind, Twoflower, Cohen the Barbarian, and The Luggage. With such great characters, you can't go wrong. ( )
  JanetNoRules | Sep 17, 2018 |
I cannot express how much I adore and love Terry Pratchett's writing. His sarcastic tone and the voice and language of the characters just resonate with me in a way I never would have expected. One should not be discouraged by the fantasy genre, this is funny, clever writing with an amazing plot to boot, as well as quite a bit of sometimes subtle and sometimes not so much, social commentary. I can't wait to start the next one! ( )
  marie2830 | Sep 2, 2018 |
Every time I read these books I discover something new and funny. They NEVER get old. ( )
  Emmie217 | Jun 27, 2018 |
[book: The Light Fantastic] is a significantly better book than [book: The Color of Magic]. Yes, it eases back on some of the more anthropological jokes of the first book, but in its stead it brings the puns. And the greater ridiculousness of wizard culture in general. There was also a good bit of foreshadowing the contents of [book: Equal Rites] which is never a bad thing in my book. In short, it's perfectly fine to start reading Discworld from this book rather than [book: The Color of Magic] if you're finding the former difficult to read.

Fate has no intention of leaving Rincewind and the Spell in his mind alone. [book: The Light Fantastic] picks up where [book: The Color of Magic] left off, and immediately launches into the general strangeness that makes Discworld great. One moment Rincewind is plunging to his death, the next he's conversing with a tree and inadvertently starting a tree religion. Something doesn't want the Spell to be released before its time, and frankly DEATH is too fed up with Rincewind to keep up the pursuit. Here begins [book: The Light Fantastic], , complete with an ominous star about to overtake the world.

[author: Terry Pratchett], outside of Discworld is likely best known for his collaboration with [author: Neil Gaiman] in the book [book: Good Omens]. There are shades of that here, although nowhere near as fully formed as they would be. It's fun seeing Discworld just beginning to find its legs and let its freak flag fly. This is nowhere near as good as the books can be, but man, it's a hell of a start down that road. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
I keep wanting to rate some of the earlier Discworld novels lower to make room for some of the later ones, but I just can't do it. ( )
  natcontrary | May 21, 2018 |
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Pratchett, Terryprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brandhorst, AndreasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Couton, PatrickTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kirby, JoshCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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