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The Last Continent (1998)

by Terry Pratchett

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

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Something is amiss at Unseen Unversity, Ankh-Morpork's most prestigious (i.e., only) institution of higher learning. A professor is missing—but a search party is on the way! A bevy of senior wizards will follow the trail wherever it leads—even to the other side of Discworld, where the Last Continent, Fourecks, is under construction. Imagine a magical land where rain is but a myth and the ordinary is strange and the past and present run side by side. experience the terror as you encounter a Mad Dwarf, the Peach Butt, and the dreaded Meat Pie Floater. Feel the passion as the denizens of the Last Continent learn what happens when rain falls and the rivers fill with water (it spoils regattas, for one thing). Thrill to the promise of next year's regatta, in remote, rustic Didjabringabeeralong. It'll be asolutely gujeroo (no worries).… (more)
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    barpurple: Similar tinkering at the creation of the universe theme. Both very funny.
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When last we saw Rincewind he was leaving the Counterweight Continent by force of magic. But the spell went wrong and this is where he went.
Terra Incognita. Ecks Ecks Ecks Ecks. The land of koalas and drop bears and Didjabringabeeralong. Where it never rains and Rincewind meets a shady kangaroo.
Meanwhile the faculty of Unseen University find a window propped open that leads to a sunny beach. It seems like the ideal idyll until the window shuts and there's no way home.
My favorite part is making beetles, but my second favorite part is Letitia, Darleen, and Nielette and their new acquisition Trunkie.
Very fun, highly funny, only recommended if you have a taste for Rincewind. ( )
  elorin | Apr 13, 2024 |
Only the first or second book in the Discworld series that isn't a blinder, this is a gentle take on Australia and its perceived cultural output. There's no hidden wisdom in this book, just jokes about chunder. It's not bad, Pratchett is too clever (at this point of his career), but it's completely unessential. I was pleased to find that my copy is signed and that I'd forgotten that this was the point when I discovered that Pratchett was actually popular by going to a signing in London and there being hundreds of people there... ( )
  elahrairah | Jan 7, 2024 |
This is just punning good fun, mainly at the expense of the British stereotype of Australia, but good clean fun.
Another of Rincewind’s adventures, this time in Ecks, Ecks, Ecks, Ecks with Wizards from Unseen University also travelling down under, but travelling into the past. So there are two stories with familiar Discworld characters that you know are going to converge at some time, before the puns are exhausted.

And there’s plenty of beer. ( )
  CarltonC | Dec 17, 2023 |
The Librarian has the flu and keeps changing shape, Rincewind is lost and somehow ends up in XXXX and in search of him the faculty of Unseen University land in an XXXX that is only just being created. Much strangeness results.
  ritaer | Oct 11, 2023 |
My least favorite Rincewind book so far... ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 27, 2023 |
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Dennoch hinterläßt "Heiße Hüpfer" ein etwas schales Gefühl. Dies liegt vor allem daran, daß man gegen Ende den Eindruck gewinnt, daß Pratchett die Geschichte aus den Fingern geschlüpft ist und er auf Biegen und Brechen versucht, die beiden Haupterzählstränge zu verbinden und ein Ende herbeizuführen. Daß er das bei weitem besser kann, hat Pratchett schon oft genug gezeigt. Angesichts der vielen köstlichen Szenen, Beschreibungen und Dialoge, die dem glücklicherweise vorangehen, kann man über den recht uninspirierten Schluß zwar hinwegsehen, aber etwas enttäuscht ist man schon. Wer Pratchett schon kennt und mag, der sollte sich dennoch nicht von den "Heißen Hüpfern" abhalten lassen. Wer aber noch nichts von ihm gelesen hat, der ist mit "Der Zauberhut", "Gevatter Tod" oder "Alles Sense" eindeutig besser beraten
 
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
Matthews, RobinPhotographersecondary 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.
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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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Something is amiss at Unseen Unversity, Ankh-Morpork's most prestigious (i.e., only) institution of higher learning. A professor is missing—but a search party is on the way! A bevy of senior wizards will follow the trail wherever it leads—even to the other side of Discworld, where the Last Continent, Fourecks, is under construction. Imagine a magical land where rain is but a myth and the ordinary is strange and the past and present run side by side. experience the terror as you encounter a Mad Dwarf, the Peach Butt, and the dreaded Meat Pie Floater. Feel the passion as the denizens of the Last Continent learn what happens when rain falls and the rivers fill with water (it spoils regattas, for one thing). Thrill to the promise of next year's regatta, in remote, rustic Didjabringabeeralong. It'll be asolutely gujeroo (no worries).

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IT’S THE DISCWORLD’S LAST CONTINENT AND IT’S GOING TO DIE IN A FEW DAYS, EXCEPT…

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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