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The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett

The Last Continent (1998)

by Terry Pratchett

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Series: Mundodisco : Los Magos, Discworld: Rincewind (6), Discworld (22)

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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?… (more)
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Despite the author's protestations that this isn't Australia in a thin disguise, I am back to confirm that this Last Continent is, indeed, Australia.

Even the God of Evolution basically came right out and said it. :)

Rincewind on another adventure, and this time it's in the outback, putting all his mad survival skills to the ultimate test, mate.

On a side note, the head staff of Unseen University seems to have misplaced themselves.

I can't quite tell whether I enjoyed Rincewind's ongoing adventures more than Ridcully's crew. Both were fun. But let's face it, this book is nothing but a bunch of Australian cliche jokes. Good enough for now and amusing for a moment, but I can't put this book on any "best of" Pratchett lists. I'd call this a placeholder Pratchett. Very good in general but nothing superior. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
After reading too many Terry Pratchett books, I was drawn to "The Last Continent" purely because I thought it would be interesting to see how Pratchett covers Australia. Sadly "The Last Continent" is a hodgepodge of attempts at using the broadest Australian stereotypes for humour. ( )
1 vote MiaCulpa | Oct 24, 2019 |
Something of a ramble to reference all things Australian. Not one of his best. ( )
  PhilOnTheHill | Sep 8, 2019 |
The Last Continent is the 22nd Discworld novel and the 6th in the Rincewind sub-series. As with other Rincewind books, the story is told as a string of parodies without much of a plot. Apparently Pratchett wanted to pay a homage to Australia, Discworld style.

The story is broken into two narratives. Rincewind doing what he does best - running away from danger and accidentally saving the day in the process - on the continent of Four Ecks. Meanwhile, the Faculty of Unseen University accidentally find themselves stuck millions of years in the past on a strange little island inhabited by the God of Evolution. Pratchett pays homage to so many things including: Mad Max, Vegemite, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the Sydney Opera House, just how deadly most everything on the continent is, Crocodile Dundee, sheep-shearing, kangaroos, beer, Australian slang and even some pitiful sexual innuendo. There's probably even more jokes that went right over my head as my knowledge of Australia isn't very deep.

While this is still a funny and entertaining book, it's all very surface level and doesn't seem to have the depth many other books in the series has. I also found it easy to set aside for other things. No worries, mate! ( )
1 vote Narilka | Jul 28, 2019 |
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 |
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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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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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