The Light Fantastic

The Light Fantastic

Book - 1990
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'Panic?' said Rincewind hopefully. He always held that panic was the best means of survival.

When the very fabric of time and space are about to be put through the wringer - in this instance by the imminent arrival of a very large and determinedly oncoming meteorite - circumstances require a very particular type of hero. Sadly what the situation does not need is a singularly inept wizard, still recovering from the trauma of falling off the edge of the world. Equally it does not need one well-meaning tourist and his luggage which has a mind of its own. Which is a shame because that's all there is...

Publisher: London : Corgi Books, 1990
ISBN: 9780552128483
0552128481
Branch Call Number: SCIFI PB Pra
Characteristics: 216 p

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evanbrow
Jan 17, 2020

I write this review over six months after I read this novel and I cannot recall a single thing that happened in it. I never came around to liking Rincewind as a character, but I did enjoy Twoflower and the Luggage. While the novel is undoubtedly funny, I never found the humour lent itself to establishing a strong, engaging, meaningful plot, and that is why this book dragged on and on for me. Doesn't help that the chapters were so long. A friend told me to skip the first two Discworld books and start somewhere in the middle and I have realized that that was sage advice (or should I say MAGE advice). Curse my completionist philosophy!

IndyPL_SteveB Oct 04, 2019

Discworld appears to be heading toward a red star, presumably to crash into it and be destroyed. There are riots and religious rebellions all over the world. Perhaps the Wizards of the Unseen University can save the world but one of their magic spells is missing. It is stuck in the head of the failed wizard Rincewind, who is wandering around Discworld with a tourist, Twoflower, and Twoflower’s magical luggage. Various things happen, sometimes funny..

Terry Pratchett was one of the world’s great writers – but not in this, his second book about Discworld. *The Light Fantastic* is inferior stuff, but for me it is a key to how he got better. Pratchett is clever with words, puns, and satire. But in this book the characters are not real enough to be funny. They are just Monopoly tokens being moved from square to squares so the author can make another joke. Once he figured that out (in his 3rd book), he began his real advance to classic status. The best of Pratchett is as good as anyone’s

IndyPL_JosephL Apr 17, 2019

A direct sequel to the story of Rincewind and Twoflower, a failed magician and the Disc's first tourist, seen in "The Colour of Magic." While still not his strongest story in the series, this sequel perfectly illustrates how quickly Pratchett's character and story writing grew over the series. Parodying everything from Conan to "Guys and Dolls," Pratchett's anachronistic Discworld series is a treasure to read.

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Xoxolatl
Aug 20, 2018

Terry Pratchett's second practice novel. His wonderful writing style is already evident, but characters and story-telling ability are still works in progress in this novel. I'm not crazy about Rincewind or most of the characters, although I did enjoy Twoflower. And of course I love the Luggage and the whole idea of Sapient Pearwood.

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daisylourobson
Jan 12, 2018

I wanted to start the Discworld series from the beginning, but couldn't get my hands on the first one (yet!). It didn't matter though - I still really enjoyed it and laughed out loud often. There are some lines of Pratchett's writing that are just BRILLIANT. Thoroughly entertained and looking forward to the next one...or the first one...!

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csrestall
Apr 02, 2017

This book was great! I am reading them in the publishing order so this was a great second step into the Discworld. I enjoyed the plot of the disc being in danger. The only reason why I am giving it a 4 and a half is because I did not enjoy the ending as much as I did with the first one it was more of a cliff hanger. Once again the luggage was my favourite character. I also really enjoyed Cohen, and how old he is. I am looking forward to book three, and some new characters in Equal Rites. I would recommend to anyone who is a fan of comedy, Hitchhikers Guide, or fantasy.

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storywizard
Dec 26, 2016

Just getting into the swing of reading Discworld, great reading so far, very entertaining and funny in all sorts of wonderfully strange English ways...so glad I started to read these...

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eecrites
Aug 01, 2016

We pick up the story of (sort of) Wizard Rincewind right where we left off at the end of The Color of Magic; as he falls over the edge of the Disc. It can only get better from there right?
This is another great installment of the Disc World series!

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balfourks
Jul 28, 2016

By far some of my favourite books ever.

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sfogs
Jul 12, 2014

Poor Rincewind! and poor little Luggage! Lol!!! ^-^

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meganwebb2003
Nov 27, 2019

"Rincewind stared, and knew that there were far worse things than Evil. All the demons in Hell would torture your very soul, but that was precisely because they valued souls very highly; evil would always try to steal the universe, but at least it considered the universe worth stealing. But the gray world behind those empty eyes would trample and destroy without even according its victims the dignity of hatred. It wouldn’t even notice them."

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meganwebb2003
Nov 27, 2019

"Silly to have imagined that the Things would have come marching out of a sort of rip in the sky, waving mandibles and tentacles. That was old-fashioned stuff, far too risky. Even nameless terrors learned to move with the times."

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meganwebb2003
Nov 27, 2019

"“I don’t blame you. It’sh hard to be a hero with no teethsh. It don’t matter what elsh you loosh, you can get by with one eye even, but you show ’em a mouth full of gumsh and no one hash any reshpect.”"

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meganwebb2003
Nov 27, 2019

"The wizards looked at one another, embarrassed. Eventually Wert said, “Yes. All right. Cards on the table. I can’t seem to locate him.”
“I’ve tried scrying,” said another. “Nothing.”
“I’ve sent familiars,” said a third. The others sat up. If confessing failure was the order of the day, then they were damn well going to make it clear that they had failed heroically."

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meganwebb2003
Nov 27, 2019

"“This is ridiculous,” he told Twoflower. “Rocks don’t fly. They’re noted for not doing it.”
“Maybe they would if they could,” said Twoflower. “Perhaps this one just found out how.”"

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Apr 02, 2017

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csrestall
Apr 02, 2017

The book begins where the first left off, with Rincewind, Twoflower and the Luggage plummeting from the side of the Disc. Rincewind discovers that the spell from the Octavo is keeping him alive. Soon after they recover from this ordeal they discover a red star on the horizon. The A'Tuin is headed right for it and all eight spells from the Octavo need to be read at once to save the disc. What results is a head over heels journey on the part of Rincewind and Twoflower to return to Ankh Morpork to unite the spells in the Octavo. The spells are said and the disc is saved. Great A'Tuin the space turtle is happy with the aquisition of eight new baby space turtles.

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