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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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Fabulous job of narration by Nigel Planer enhances this story of the continuing adventures of Rincewind. He even encounters talking trees! ( )
  BooksOn23rd | Nov 25, 2015 |
I much enjoyed this second Discworld book but wish there had been chapter divisions. I like the combination of Rincewind and Twoflower - Twoflower on his own might be a bit much with his relentless optimism. As Pratchett puts it:

"Twoflower didn't just look at the world through rose-tinted spectacles, Rincewind knew -- he looked at it through a rose-tinted brain, too, and heard it through rose-tinted ears."

I marked this passage because it struck me as so insightful:

"Rincewind stared, and knew that there were far worse things than Evil. All the demons in Hell would torture your very soul, but that was precisely because they valued souls very highly; evil would always try to steal the universe, but at least it considered the universe worth stealing. But the gray world behind those empty eyes would trample and destroy without even according its victims the dignity of hatred. It wouldn't even notice them." ( )
  leslie.98 | Oct 31, 2015 |
These books rush along at such a terrible speed, in such arbitrary directions, that you're never quite sure what happened or is happening. It is unfortunate that the book lacks chapter headings. OTOH, it is still quite funny. ( )
  themulhern | Oct 15, 2015 |
What a disappointment after Colour of Magic: this one has something resembling a plot!

The satiric focus is much wider here. There's one short passage where he takes the mick out of computer programmers, likening them to the people who built Stonehenge. He might have set an entire plot of one of his later books entirely around this idea which just goes to show the breadth of Pratchett's imagination.

Great stuff! ( )
  Lukerik | Oct 1, 2015 |
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 |
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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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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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