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Sourcery (original 1988; edition 2001)

by Terry Pratchett

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Title:Sourcery
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:HarperTorch (2001), Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
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Sourcery by Terry Pratchett (1988)

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Solid, not my favorite of his books I've read (i think 6 or 7 to this point). ( )
  BooksForDinner | Jun 2, 2014 |
I imagine that all, or nearly all, Terry Pratchett's books will rank 4/5 stars. That's impressive. But I will continue to hunt for that 5/5 (collaborative works don't count). ( )
  konrad.katie | Apr 24, 2014 |
Una novela más de MundoDisco. Eso no es bueno, ni malo, sino que todo lo contrario. Como novela de la serie MundoDisco no destaca demasiado. No es la que tiene la historia más original ni los personajes más llamativos. Sin embargo, sigue siendo un buen libro, con muchos chistes que me han hecho soltar sonrisas y hasta pequeñas carcajadas. Los hay mejores si se quiere empezar a leer algo de la saga, pero sigue siendo recomendable. ( )
  pablosuau | Feb 26, 2014 |
The hopping between groups of characters was maddening. It was torture with cliffhangers. Other than that, great book. Only three stars because all of Terry Pratchett's books seem to be in a league of their own and i apparently apply higher standards...or maybe it's the sameness of plot/characters/setting. ( )
  ancameme | Feb 9, 2014 |
Rincewind is a wizard, not because he is any good at magic, but because he believes himself to be one in his very heart-of-hearts. When a sorcerer - who doesn't just use magic, but is a source for new magic - comes to Unseen University and changes what it means to be a wizard, this conviction (and coincidentally, the rest of the world) stands on shaky ground. While the end of the world is possibly much more important than Rincewind's sense of place in it, he must reconcile who he is with how everyone else sees him in order to help anyone. Either helping or hindering, Conina (a barbarian brawler's daughter but wanna-be hairdresser), Creosote (a rich drunk masquerading as a simple poet), and Nigel (a grocer's son attempting to become a hero) all accompany Rincewind and attempt to come to terms with their own lots in life.

An entertaining view, as ever, which examines the role of talent in determining who any one person is meant to be. While the ending was a bit abrupt, and possibly flat, I'm always a fan of Rincewind's bumbling and reluctant adventures. ( )
  Larkken | Jan 25, 2014 |
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Many years ago I saw, in Bath, a very large American lady towing a huge tartan suitcase very fast on little rattly wheels which caught in the pavement cracks and generally gave it a life of its own. At that moment the Luggage was born. Many thanks to that lady and everyone else in places like Power Cable, Neb., who don't get nearly enough encouragement.
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The subject of wizards and sex is a complicated one, but as has already been indicated it does, in essence, boil down to this: when it comes to wine, women and song, wizards are allowed to get drunk and croon as much as they like.
Two thousand years of peaceful magic had gone down with the drain, the towers were going up again, and with all this new raw magic floating around something was going to get very seriously hurt. Probably the universe.
Strangely enough, he wasn't particularly angry. Anger is an emotion, and for emotion you need glands, and Death didn't have much truck with glands and needed a good run at it to get angry. But he was mildly annoyed. He sighed again. People were always trying this sort of thing. On the other hand, it was quite interesting to watch, and at least this was a bit more original than the usual symbolic chess game, which Death always dreaded because he could never remember how the knight was supposed to move.
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There was an eighth son of an eighth son. He was, quite naturally a wizard. And there it should have ended. However (for reasons we had better not go into), he had seven sons. And then he had an eighth son...a wizard squared...a source of magic...a Sourcerer.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061020672, Mass Market Paperback)

When last seen, the singularly inept wizard Rincewind had fallen off the edge of the world. Now magically, he's turned up again, and this time he's brought the Luggage.

But that's not all....

Once upon a time, there was an eighth son of an eighth son who was, of course, a wizard. As if that wasn't complicated enough, said wizard then had seven sons. And then he had an eighth son -- a wizard squared (that's all the math, really). Who of course, was a source of magic -- a sorcerer.

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Rincewind, the world's most inept wizard, magically returns after falling off the edge of the world, this time carrying the Luggage, in a humorous fantasy of magic and mayhem.

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