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The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett

The Last Continent (original 1998; edition 2014)

by Terry Pratchett (Author)

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This is the Discworld's last continent, a completely separate creation. Who is this hero striding across the red desert? Champion sheep shearer, horse rider, road warrior, beer drinker, & bush ranger, whose luggage follows him on little legs, who's about to change history by preventing a swagman stealing a jumbuc by a billabong? Yes...all this place has between itself & wind-blown doom is Rincewind, the inept wizard.… (more)
Title:The Last Continent
Authors:Terry Pratchett (Author)
Info:New York, NY : Harper, 2014.
Collections:VerDimen, Your library, Read Tracking List
Tags:Fantasy, Discworld, #22, Rincewind, #6, Novel, Australia, time travel

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The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett (1998)

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Another good book by Terry Pratchett, had a little more difficulty picking out his 'main' point he was going after other than old white guys seem to think they fix problems merely by showing up. He did have some fun stereotypes poking fun at Ausies. While I enjoyed the book I didn't like it as much as the last several. Still worth a read though. ( )
  readafew | Aug 5, 2022 |
Pratchett tekur Ástralíu á beinið í þessari sögu ásamt góðum skammti af þróunarsögunni og óreiðu. Ekki verra að blanda kolrugluðum galdramönnum frá Ank-Morphok ásamt lélegasta galdramanninum í sögu Diskheims, Rincewind. Þrátt fyrir skemmtilegt rugl sem ávallt er til staðar eru klisjurnar um Ástralíu í forgrunni og sagan er fínasta skemmtun. ( )
  SkuliSael | Apr 28, 2022 |
Much as I would like to love this, being a Discworld parody of my beloved country, I don't. There are lots of funny sections, and many many entertaining cultural references, but so much of the story falls flat. Or has not aged well. The references to racism, the really quite terrifying carnival that I presume was meant to be the Sydney Mardi Gras, the really poorly written (and almost non-existent) female characters, all had me wincing away from the page.

This is a re-read, roughly two decades after the first read. Very little of the story had stuck with me, although some of the narrative structure was obvious -- but this is Discworld, and the question is usually not 'where will the story end' but 'by what devious route will we get there'. I do wish past me had written down some thoughts, because it would be interesting to see where the changes in thought are.

Unless you are a specific fan of Rincewind, or a completist reader of the Discworld novels, give this one a miss. ( )
  fred_mouse | Apr 17, 2022 |
First posted on Forest Azuaron.

I've never liked Rincewind. He's got all the likability of a sea mine, and about as much directionless destructive ability. This is the point, I suppose, and while I don't necessarily need a likable lead to like a novel (certain Malazan books come to mind), there's a detestability about Rincewind that makes me want to obsessively wash my hands.

The wizards of Unseen University occupy a similar space in my brain, with the possible exception of Ponder Stibbons and the Bursar (but only by comparison to the other wizards).

"But was it funny?" I hear people ask in some dark corner of my brain desperate to anticipate the questions of others and answer them preemptively. Well, yes, it's still Pratchett, even if it's weakened by the wizzards. But it's popcorn-movie funny, in a way I won't remember two months from now. With the possible exception of the Mad Max bit, which was oddly fitting given that Fury Road comes out today.

3 armored unicycles out of a blasted wasteland full of poisonous spiders. ( )
  Azuaron | Mar 1, 2022 |
22nd in the Discworld series, although it really follows from 'Interesting Times', as it's a book featuring the wizards. Rincewind is struggling for survival on XXXX (loosely based on Australia) and the other wizards travel in both time and space to try to find him. They want the Librarian's name, and Rincewind is the only person likely to know it.

While all the Discworld books can stand alone, this one is best read after at least a few of the earlier ones. There's lots of satire, plenty of banter between the wizards, and some excellent new characters; I was particularly amused by the God of Evolution.

Not to everyone's taste - the author pokes fun at many Australian cultures, speech habits and animals - but definitely recommended to anyone who likes the sometimes farcical satire on human nature that the Discworld books provide.

Longer review here: https://suesbookreviews.blogspot.com/2021/09/the-last-continent-by-terry-pratche... ( )
  SueinCyprus | Sep 4, 2021 |
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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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Brandhorst, AndreasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This is the Discworld's last continent, a completely separate creation. Who is this hero striding across the red desert? Champion sheep shearer, horse rider, road warrior, beer drinker, & bush ranger, whose luggage follows him on little legs, who's about to change history by preventing a swagman stealing a jumbuc by a billabong? Yes...all this place has between itself & wind-blown doom is Rincewind, the inept wizard.

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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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