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The Last Continent (original 1998; edition 2000)
The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett (1998)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0061059072, Mass Market Paperback)Terry Pratchett's 22nd Discworld novel, The Last Continent, is a lighthearted tour of the fantasy land of Fourecks, a very Australian sort of place, with brief courses in theoretical physics and evolution thrown in for good measure. Pratchett returns to his first Discworld protagonist, the inept and cowardly wizard Rincewind, who habitually runs into trouble as fast as he flees. Rincewind's arrival in Fourecks has distorted the space-time continuum, and he has to sort it out before the whole place dries up and blows away. The situation is complicated because the actual problem is located 30,000 years in the past--just where the Faculty of the Unseen University currently are. Pretty frightening, given "the true wizard's instinct to amble aimlessly into dangerous places," and then "stop and argue ... about exactly what kind of danger it [is]."
If you're baffled by all this, no worries, mate. You needn't have read Pratchett before--not even the five previous Discworld novels starring Rincewind (The Colour of Magic, The Light Fantastic, Sourcery, Eric, and Interesting Times)--to enjoy this latest romp. Nor to have visited Australia. When you finish, however, you'll likely want to rush out and do both. --Nona Vero
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:23 -0400)
When a professor at Unseen University disappears and the school's librarian turns into an ape, a search party travels to the far reaches of Discworld to uncover the mystery and to find Ricewind, who is currently stranded on the unfinished down-under continent of Fourecks.
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