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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, Palo Alto Library, Palo Alto Library (Living Room), Palo Alto Library (Wardrobe)
Tags:Literature, Fiction, Novel, Fantasy, English

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The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett (1986)


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This was the second book published in the Discworld series, and it concluded the story that began in The Color of Magic.

I enjoyed this book a little more than the first one. It’s hard for me to pinpoint why, because it wasn’t drastically different from the first book, but I laughed more at the humor and I usually cared a little bit more about what would happen next in the story. I’m probably getting accustomed to the writing style and consequently doing a better job of just appreciating it for what it is.

The characters continued to grow on me. Rincewind and Twoflower went from “amusing but somewhat annoying” to “amusing and somewhat likable”. I thought Rincewind in particular had some nice character growth, which I’ll discuss a little more in spoiler tags below. I look forward to meeting some of the characters again and seeing what they’re up to.

There are a few spoilers for both books 1 and 2 within the spoiler tags:

This is just a little more explanation about what I meant by my reference to Rincewind's character growth. In the first book, his sole goal was to look out for himself. He might occasionally have felt bad about leaving somebody in harm's way and saving himself, but he did it anyway. He only helped other people when he was forced into it, such as when he was threatened by the luggage or the magic sword. By the end of the second book, however, he was slowly starting to change. He still thought about himself first, but sometimes he did the right thing in spite of himself, even when nobody was forcing him into it, almost as if it was becoming a habit. I like seeing that kind of more subtle character growth. But I was mad at him for kicking the luggage and saying he didn’t want it after Twoflower gave it to him! That was just mean.

I look forward to seeing how/if he develops in future books. I bet he'll get himself into all kinds of new trouble now that he doesn't have the spell from the Octavo preventing him from learning new spells anymore.
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  YouKneeK | May 4, 2016 |
Rincewood, Twoflower, and the Luggage save Discworld from extinction. Terry Pratchett really makes me laugh. ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
The Discworld books are perhaps the only series that I've never felt the need to read in order... this one, I believe, is the second installment in the two-dozen-plus volume humorous series... I'm not usually much for reading 'humor,' but Pratchett (and Douglas Adams) are my exceptions. They really are very very funny.
In this one, the Discworld, atop its giant turtle cruising through space, is on a collision course with a giant star. The only way to avert disaster will be to have the eight spells of the tome known as the Octavo read simultaneously and at the right moment.... however, one of the spells has left the book and is lodged in the brain of the failed wizard Rincewind, who is in parts unknown with the archetypal Tourist, Twoflower, and his amazingly cute but quite possibly malevolent travelling Trunk, The Luggage. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
Sequel to 'The Colour of Magic', this is the second Discworld book. It features Rincewind, about to drop off the edge of the world, with an important spell lodged in his brain...

Fast-paced, with some humour including a few one-liners that made me laugh out loud. Best read after The Colour of Magic. Not as brilliant as some of Pratchett's later work, but still enjoyable. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
Amazing, of course. Rincewind's personality takes some interesting turns, largely due to the Spell's possession of him, but it will be interesting to see where he goes next, given what happens at the end of the book. I'm curious to see what he does next, if his predictions are true.

To be honest, I think Rincewind is a very great wizard indeed, because he is able to keep the Spell inside his head without going insane or losing his body to the dark forces at work. It's just that the Spell is so powerful too, it occupies all his magic power, leaving nothing left for him to actually work with. So maybe he could be a great wizard, if he hadn't taken that dare. Maybe... ( )
  jerenda | Jan 20, 2016 |
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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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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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