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Sourcery (Discworld Series 5) (original 1988; edition 1989)

by Terry Pratchett

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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.… (more)
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Title:Sourcery (Discworld Series 5)
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:New American Library (1989), Edition: Book Club (BCE/BOMC), Hardcover
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One of the earlier books, Pratchett was really getting into his stride here if not quite at his peak. Rincewind and the luggage are back to save the day, unwillingly of course. ( )
  Griffin22 | Mar 9, 2019 |
I think I've given the Rincewind books as much of a chance as I can. This book was chock-full of descriptions of action that felt like inconsequential gobbledy gook. About halfway through, I'd decided I need to give Pratchett a break. He's a smart, funny writer... but the last few have fallen flat for me. I have to read later Discworld books when I'm ready to give them another try - the early ones aren't very good, in my opinion. ( )
  Ron18 | Feb 17, 2019 |
There are Pratchett books which are cleverly written and have something to say in an unusual and distinctive way that puts him up on a par with PG Wodehouse as a satirist (that's a compliment, by the way). There are others, especially amongs his earlier books, that fall well short of that standard. Sourcery is one of them. It's a bit of a turkey, really, something that reads like an early rejected manuscript being trotted out by the publisher to cash in on the success of the really rather good Mort.

Pratchett takes the one basic joke from two earlier books – a wizard who is cowardly and cringeworthily inept – and flogs it to death along with his habit (which sometimes works and often misfires) of taking a cliché and showily subverting it.

One star because I finished it, so not a hopeless case.
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  enitharmon | Jan 14, 2019 |
There are Pratchett books which are cleverly written and have something to say in an unusual and distinctive way that puts him up on a par with PG Wodehouse as a satirist (that's a compliment, by the way). There are others, especially amongs his earlier books, that fall well short of that standard. Sourcery is one of them. It's a bit of a turkey, really, something that reads like an early rejected manuscript being trotted out by the publisher to cash in on the success of the really rather good Mort.

Pratchett takes the one basic joke from two earlier books – a wizard who is cowardly and cringeworthily inept – and flogs it to death along with his habit (which sometimes works and often misfires) of taking a cliché and showily subverting it.

One star because I finished it, so not a hopeless case.
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  enitharmon | Jan 14, 2019 |
Loved it! So funny! ( )
  Emmie217 | Jun 27, 2018 |
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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.
There was a pause full of philosophy.
They convinced him that he wasn't mad because, if he was mad, that left no word at all to describe some of the people he met.
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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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The eighth of eight has an eighth son /
With revenge and fear he guides him /
A wizard fights this sourcerer. /
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