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Sourcery by Terry Pratchett

Sourcery (original 1988; edition 2001)

by Terry Pratchett

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



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Sourcery is the fifth Discworld book and stands alone from any of the others. However, it’s definitely not one I would suggest starting with. If you’re interested in Discworld, I would suggest trying Guards! Guards!, Going Postal, or Small Gods.

Sourcery is one of the weakest books, and is more reminiscent of The Light Fantastic than anything else. It follows Rincewind and the wizards of the Unseen University when a sorcerer shows up, ready to take over the world.

I guess I just don’t find the plot of this one compelling. It’s very loose and unstructured, even if it’s grand in scale. There’s also the issue of Rincewind being the only memorable character. All the other wizards up to Moving Pictures are completely forgettable and get changed every book. The odd assortment of people Rincewind ends up traveling with really aren’t that intriguing or anything more than one note characters. In fact, they don’t even really do anything.

The installment also does badly on the female character front – at the levels of the first two books in the series. Conina is the daughter of Cohen the Barbarian but actually wants to be a hairdresser. She’s a fearsome fighter due to her barbarian genes, but she’s more a joke and walking sex appeal than anything else. She’s also the only female character to speak, or even to be named, in the entire book.

Sourcery‘s saving graces? There’s a pretty good Rincewind scene near the end that serves as a very memorable moment for his character. Vetinari’s introduced. The Librarian gets a significant amount of page time. It’s also, being a Pratchett novel, reliably funny.

I’d recommend this one only to people who are already fans of the series.

Originally posted on The Illustrated Page. ( )
  pwaites | Mar 22, 2015 |
This is not my favorite Discworld. Kind of all over the place plotwise, too much Rincewind whining, and not enough Luggage. (There's never enough Luggage.) One the other hand, I now understand who the wizards and the Unseen University are supposed to represent and now I feel kind of "duh" about that. ( )
  CherieDooryard | Jan 20, 2015 |
Not as funny as previous entries in the Discworld series, but still a hilarious yarn. Enjoyed seeing Rincewind again, as incompetent as he may be. I wonder if Coin the sourcerer will make a return? ( )
  utbw42 | Dec 21, 2014 |
Kurz vor der Krönung des neuen Erzkanzlers der Scheibenwelt ereignen sich merkwürdige Ding: Sein Hut verschwindet ebenso wie der künftige Erzkanzler selbst. Statt dessen taucht Münze auf, ein kleiner Junge, der zu unglaublicher kreativer Magie fähig ist, die jedoch nicht nur beeindruckend sondern auch gefährlich ist. Münze beansprucht das Amt des Erzkanzlers, doch die Zaubererwelt ist gespalten. Bald bricht zwischen den Lagern ein Krieg aus und Rincewind, ein Meister im Weglaufen, ergreift die Flucht. Doch ehe er es sich versieht, liegt plötzlich die Verantwortung für die Weiterexistenz der Scheibenwelt in seinen Händen...
Rincewind, der erfolglose Zauberer, ist diesmal zwar ohne seinen anhänglichen Touristen Zweibluhm unterwegs, dafür gesellen sich aber Corinna, die verhinderte Friseuse und Nijel, ein Fast-Held, zu ihm. Auch in diesem Band mangelt es nicht unglaublichen Geschehnissen, wie beispielsweise das Besäufnis von Krieg, Hunger und Pestilenz. Oder dem Vorpreschen der Eisriesen auf gigantischen Gletscherkälbern oder -kühen. Ein haarsträubendes Fantasyabenteuer, das ausser Ernsthaftigkeit keine Wünsche offen lässt :-). ( )
  Xirxe | Dec 2, 2014 |
This is the 5th book in the Discworld series and so far I have managed to read them in order. In this one another wizard does what he can to cheat Death. But he does it after he's had 8 son's. His eighth being a sorcerer, not just a wizard. Rincewind has settled into his place in the Unseen University as the assistant Librarian, but it all is threatened when a real Sorcerer comes to town. Rincewind sees all the vermin abandoning ship, and decides they must know something he doesn't, and just goes with the flow. In town trying to erase his fears he is discovered by a heroine, and is forced into another adventure.

Great book, very funny, I plan to continue reading the series! I have the next two sitting on my TBR shelf right now! ( )
  readafew | Nov 13, 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.
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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