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The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

The Light Fantastic (original 1986; edition 1986)

by Terry Pratchett

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Title:The Light Fantastic
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:Corgi (1989), Edition: paperback / softback, Paperback
Collections:Your library, Toronto Library, Toronto Library (Wardrobe)
Tags:Literature, Fiction, Novel, Fantasy, English

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The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett (1986)


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Started reading in the middle of this series about the imaginary DiscWorld. Each book can be read alone. Wonderful characters, lol situations. I have gone back to the beginning and reading as I find them so not in order.Wizards and tourists and magical suitcases abound. Fun for any age. ( )
  florabundi | Aug 6, 2015 |
I'm not your typical fan of Discworld. In fact, if it weren't for the first two books, I probably wouldn't be a fan at all. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
The light fantastic sees the return of Rincewind, Twoflower and the luggage and you can really start to see the development of the discworld novels in this book. Where the first book lacks in direction, this one has a much more robust plot with character motivation and things instead of just being a study of the world. Good book. Solid, charming and funny. ( )
  TPauSilver | Mar 22, 2015 |
Pratchett in great form in this one. Several wry/witty quotes I'd run across alone were finally put in context. =) ( )
  Chris_El | Mar 19, 2015 |
The Light Fantastic is part of the Discworld series, which is to say one of forty fantasy novels. Before you start panicking, the series can, for the most part, be read in any order. Generally, I recommend starting with Guards! Guards!, Going Postal, or maybe Small Gods. However, The Light Fantastic is one of those rare Discworld novels where you probably do need to have read a preceding book, in this case The Color of Magic.

The Color of Magic ends with an almost literal cliffhanger, and The Light Fantastic picks up directly where The Color of Magic left off and is a better book in several ways. For one thing, it has much more of a plot and drive. Near the beginning of The Light Fantastic a red star appears in the sky, and the Discworld is moving inevitably towards it. The narrative is focused around Rincewind and Twoflower, but there is a closely related subplot concerning the wizards of the Unseen University, who are trying to retrieve Rincewind (dead or alive) and the spell stuck inside his head.

The characterization of The Light Fantastic is also improved. Rincewind and Twoflower seem more vivid, and the Luggage even seems more alive than in the first book. There are also a number of memoriable secondary characters such as the (latter reappearing) Cohen and the Barbarian, who’s been heroing for a very long time.

I really do love the dynamic of Rincewind and Twoflower and how they are such friends, whatever Rincewind may say to the contrary. Their parting at the end of the book was a sad moment, and I look forward to reaching Interesting Times in my reread, in which the pair are reunited.

I feel like this book was also an improvement on female characters. While it may not have passed the Bechdale test, Bethan is around for much of the action, Ysabell makes an appearance, and the “professional heroine” Herrena gets this hilarious introduction:

“Now, there is a tendency at a point like this to look over one’s shoulder at the cover artist and start going on at length about leather, tight boots and naked blades.
Words like ‘full’, ‘round’ and even ‘pert’ creep into the narrative, until the writer has to go and have a cold shower and a lie down.
Which is all rather silly, because any woman setting out to make a living by the sword isn’t about to go around looking like something off the cover of the more advanced kind of lingerie catalog for the specialized buyer.
Oh well, all right. The point that must be made is that although Herrena the Henna-Haired Harridan would look quite stunning after a good bath, a heavy-duty manicure, and the pick of the leather racks in Woo Hun Ling’s Oriental Exotica and Martial Aids on Heroes Street, she was currently quite sensibly dressed in light chain mail, soft boots, and a short sword.
All right, maybe the boots were leather. But not black.”

As ever, the word play is excellent and frequently laugh out loud funny, as the above sample should show.

I’d recommend this one (and it’s predecessor) for people looking for a light, funny read, but if you’re looking to get into Discworld, please start with one of the books I mentioned in the first paragraph! While The Light Fantastic is fun, the successive books go far beyond it.

Originally posted on The Illustrated Page. ( )
  pwaites | Mar 16, 2015 |
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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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