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The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
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The Light Fantastic (original 1986; edition 1986)

by Terry Pratchett, Josh Kirby (Cover designer)

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Title:The Light Fantastic
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Other authors:Josh Kirby (Cover designer)
Info:Corgi (1986), Edition: paperback / softback, Paperback
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:British comedy fantasy, Discworld Series, English, humour, The Luggage, Pratchett, Rincewind, satire, Twoflower, wizards

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The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett (1986)

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Still reading my way through the Pratchett oeuvre, still loving every word. The luggage is now probably my favorite Pratchett character of all time. Though this is one of his books where, after I finish it, I realize there probably was something deeper than I managed to pull out of it. So I deducted one star to reflect my dumbness and wounded pride. ( )
  CherieDooryard | Jan 20, 2015 |
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  JosieRivers | Dec 28, 2014 |
Another funny book. Quick and entertaining if you like fantasy. ( )
  aarondesk | Dec 18, 2014 |
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 |
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Terry Pratchettprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kirby, JoshCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Planer, NigelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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?"
- "Hot water, good dentishtry and shoft lavatory paper."
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...

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:28:53 -0400)

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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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