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The Light Fantastic (1986)

by Terry Pratchett

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Series: Discworld (2), Discworld: Rincewind (2)

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There is only one individual who can save the world from a disastrous collision. Unfortunately, he happens to be the singularly inept wizard Rincewind, who was last seen falling off the edge of the world.
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I think this was the first book I read by Terry Pratchett, and it was a delight to come back to it. The jokes are still funny, if no longer unexpected; the Luggage remains one of the greatest ever characters with no dialogue; and the overall plot of the world ending, or rather finding new birth, with the spell in Rincewind’s head key to the resolution, remains engaging. Perhaps now that I am 55 rather than a teenager, Cohen the Barbarian is not quite as funny a character.

The one joke that really made me laugh this time, and compelled me to read it out to my long-suffering spouse, was this:

He read that the Great Pyramid of Tsort, now long vanished, was made of one million, three thousand and ten limestone blocks. He read that ten thousand slaves had been worked to death in its building. He learned that it was a maze of secret passages, their walls reputedly decorated with the distilled wisdom of ancient Tsort. He read that its height plus its length divided by half its width equalled exactly 1.67563, or precisely 1,237.98712567 times the difference between the distance to the sun and the weight of a small orange. He learned that sixty years had been devoted entirely to its construction.

It all seemed, he thought, to be rather a lot of trouble to go to just to sharpen a razor blade. ( )
  nwhyte | Oct 23, 2022 |
Enjoyed this one more than the first. The plot was more straightforward and I really liked all the bits with the wizards at the Unseen University. Pratchett is an imaginative writer, and the humour is quite clever at times. I can't say I'm entirely sold on Discworld just yet but I definitely see a lot of potential. ( )
  serru | Oct 6, 2022 |
Much better than its predecessor. Pratchett is stronger when working with a complex plot, as opposed to the episodic nature of Color of Magic. There are fewer dull thuds among the many lobbed jokes. One might even say that the first novel can be skipped entirely, and a venture in Discworld begun here. ( )
  mkfs | Aug 13, 2022 |
Hilarious content. One of the more light-hearted and jaunty of the Discworld Series. Characters you can’t help but like. Great introduction into the wonderfully chaotic, ridiculous, and irrational realm of Discworld. Paradoxically, Discworld has its own special kind of logic that makes the real world seem like the less logical world by comparison. Will re-read many times. ( )
  Lunarsong | Jul 3, 2022 |
Léttgeggjað hugmyndaflug og fáránlega fyndinn húmor er megineinkenni Discworld sagna Pratchetts. Þetta er bók tvö í bókaflokknum er sjálfstætt framhald af því þar sem fyrsti og eini ferðamaður Diskaheimsins ásamt lélegasta galdramanninum höfðu hrapað fram af Diskinum, enda er heimurinn disklaga líkt og allir vita. Fínasta skemmtun. ( )
  SkuliSael | Apr 28, 2022 |
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Pratchett, Terryprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brandhorst, AndreasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Couton, PatrickTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kirby, JoshCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Planer, NigelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sahlin, OlleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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As it moves towards a seemingly inevitable collision with a malevolent red star, the Discworld has only one possible saviour. Unfortunately, this happens to be the singularly inept and cowardly wizard called Rincewind, who was last seen falling off the edge of the world.
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