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

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