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Sourcery (original 1988; edition 2001)

by Terry Pratchett

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Rincewind is one of my least favourite Discworld characters, so I wasn't as enthralled by this book as others in the Discworld series. However, I think I finally understand Rincewind and his keen sense of survival, not to mention his determination to carry on despite his many disadvantages. I actually care enough that I hope he finds his way out of the dungeon dimension into another discworld novel. The other characters are as interesting as ever. ( )
  LindaLiu | Oct 5, 2014 |
Once again the most inept wizard in reality must face the end of the world as Rincewind goes up against the first sourcerer on the Disc in millennia, who just happens to be 10 years old. Terry Pratchett takes Rincewind, along with the readers, on an epic quest to save the Disc and wizardry that will obviously have epic failures with hilarious results.

Along with Rincewind is Conina, daughter of Cohen the Barbarian, the greatest thief in on the Disc who wants to be a hairdresser and Nijel, an aspiring Barbarian hero. Along the way they encounter slave trading pirates, a villainous vizier, an aspiring poet emir, a magic carpet with lamp. For part of the journey Rincewind is accompanied by Luggage who gets annoyed and leaves to begin its own interesting journey in the desert of Khali before wanting to return to Rincewind's side. The situations and conversations that all the characters have are top notch hilarious throughout the book, save for the vignettes of the drunkenness of three of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse that dragged on a little too long.

Overall at the end of Sourcery, the reader has a smile on his face and can't wait to see how Pratchett hilariously gets Rincewind out of the predicament he's in and what Luggage will do next. ( )
  mattries37315 | Aug 28, 2014 |
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 |
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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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There was a man and he had eight sons.
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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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