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The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett

The Last Continent (1998)

by Terry Pratchett

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Series: Discworld (22), Discworld: Rincewind (6)

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    barpurple: Similar tinkering at the creation of the universe theme. Both very funny.

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The wizards of the Unseen University sort of, accidentally, discover (and also sort of help create?) Australia, essentially.
Meh. Not my favorite of the Discworld books so far. The plot was muddier than usual and it sometimes took mental energy I didn't have to spar to keep up. *shrug* ( )
  electrascaife | Dec 26, 2018 |
My least favorite of the Rincewind books so far... ( )
  leslie.98 | Aug 23, 2018 |
Rincewind goes to Australia.

1/4 (Bad).

I think Pratchett tried to write this one in his sleep. It barely makes sense. I was usually able to tell what was happening, but often had no idea why it was happening. ( )
1 vote comfypants | Jun 6, 2018 |
4.5 stars ( )
  natcontrary | May 21, 2018 |
This was a fun one- evolution and Australia, Discworld style. ( )
  JBarringer | Dec 30, 2017 |
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Suffice it to say that while this may not be Pratchett's best Discworld novel, it's still an enjoyable one. What, one wonders, will he tackle next? Among other things, he's spoofed religion (Small Gods), feminism (Equal Rites), Hollywood (Moving Pictures), death (in an entire series of books), opera (Maskerade), racism (Jingo), Christmas (Hogfather), ancient Egypt (Pyramids), and most of the hoary, shop-worn devices of fantasy. Still, no worries; there are plenty of themes left.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Terry Pratchettprimary authorall editionscalculated
Brandhorst, AndreasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ittekot, VenugopalanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kirby, JoshCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Perrini, BenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Planer, NigelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Solé, AlbertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Discworld is a world and a mirror of worlds
This is not a book about Australia. No, it's about somewhere entirely different which just happens to be, here and there, a bit . . . australian.
Still . . . no worries, right?
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Against the stars a turtle passes, carrying four elephants on its shell.
People don't live on the Disc any more than, in less hand-crafted parts of the multiverse, they live on balls. Oh, planets may be the place where their body eats its tea, but they live elsewhere, in worlds of their own which orbit very handily around the centre of their heads.
All tribal myths are true, for a given value of 'true'.
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Who is this hero striding across the red desert? Sheep shearer, beer drinker, bush ranger, and someone who’ll even eat a Meat Pie Floater when he’s sober.

A man in a hat whose luggage follows him on little legs. Yes, it’s Rincewind, the inept wizard who can’t even spell wizard. He’s the only hero left.

Still…no worries, eh?
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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)

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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.… (more)

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