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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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begint beter te worden. of ga ik de schrijver meer snappen. ( )
  EdwinKort | Mar 23, 2017 |
Such fun! The more I read the Rincewind books, the more I love the Luggage. ( )
  leslie.98 | Feb 10, 2017 |
To remember later: a wizard puts his soul into a staff to dominate his sourcerer-son, unleashing the Apocralypse on Discworld. In the process, Rincewind and other characters travel across the ocean to an Arabian Nights-ish land, and three of the Four Horsemen catch a walk-on role.

It's a strange experience to read well-crafted humor, to appreciate the precision and creativity with which it is written, and yet to find it at best droll rather than funny. A number of my friends find Pratchett's humor a rich vein. So, at least I have good taste in friends, even if the books are mostly lost on me. The mockery of Orientalist aesthetic attitudes is a nice touch in this one. ( )
  bezoar44 | Jan 11, 2017 |
As shown in Equal Rites, the eighth child of an eighth son is a wizard, regardless of its gender. We’ve also been told several times that wizards tend to be celibate, partly because they have enormous difficulty relating to women, but also because it’s the Lore. But why? Now we get to find out. For one rogue wizard, having fled Unseen University and settled down in domestic bliss, has already had seven sons. Now he has an eighth: the eighth son of an eighth son of an eighth son. And somewhere, a door is opened that allows a flood of raw magic into the world, for this makes the child more than just a wizard: he becomes a magical source, a sourcerer. He has the potential to shape and change the world as he sees fit and to challenge the rule of law and nature; he also has the ability to awaken the dozing lust for power of the Disc’s wizards. As the magical potential of the Discworld crystallises in the hand of one dangerous child, the world is about to find out why such stringent rules have been put in place to prevent such a thing ever happening again...

For the rest of the review, please see my blog:
https://theidlewoman.net/2017/01/05/sourcery-terry-pratchett/ ( )
  TheIdleWoman | Jan 5, 2017 |
the 8th son of an 8th son is a Sourcerer. This ten year old is taken over by his father [who has escaped Death, for the time being, by becoming part of his son's staff] and the End of the World is almost brought about. Rincewind the Wizzard manages to stave it off. I love the 4 Horsemen of the Apocrylipse, they crack me up! ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
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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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