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Terry Pratchett
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21 Jun 2012 Discworld Novels (Book 5)

All this books and stuff, that isn't what it should all be about. What we need is real wizardry.

There was an eighth son of an eighth son. He was, quite naturally, a wizard. And there it should have ended. However (for reasons we'd better not go into), he had seven sons. And then he had an eighth son... a wizard squared...a source of magic...a Sourcerer.

Unseen University has finally got what it wished for: the most powerful wizard on the disc. Which, unfortunately, could mean that the death of all wizardry is at hand. And that the world is going to end, depending on whom you listen to. Unless of course one inept wizard can take the University's most precious artefact, the very embodiment of magic itself, and deliver it halfway across the disc to safety...


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (21 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552166634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552166638
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

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"May well be considered his masterpiece... Humour such as his is an endangered species" (The Times)

"Pratchett is a comic genius" (Daily Express)

"One of the best and funniest English authors alive" (Independent)

"He would be amusing in any form and his spectacular inventiveness makes the Discworld series one of the perennial joys of modern fiction" (Mail on Sunday)

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The fifth Discworld novel, revamped for a new generation of readers...

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's up to Rincewind to save the world. Oook! 28 Nov 2002
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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As a big Rincewind fan, I count Sourcery as one of my favorite Pratchett novels. This fifth novel of Discworld is the first to have a real epic quality to it. Seeing as how the plot is hinged around the "Apocralypse" (even though an inebriated Pestilence, War, and Famine cannot remember the proper term for it), it pretty much has to be an epic. Ipslore was a natural-born wizard, the eight son of an eighth son, who did the unthinkable (not to mention unwizardly) act of marrying and having an eighth son of his own--a sourcerer. By tricking Death, he enters his own wizard staff and later guides the ten-year-old boy Coin in assuming the Archchancellorship of Unseen University and trying to take over the world. A sourcerer has free rein over the use of magic, unlike modern-day wizards who talk about magic but rarely perform it. Sourcerers almost destroyed the Discworld in ancient times in the Mage Wars, and young Coin sets in motion a modern-day Mage War that can only end in disaster. Only one man can stop the sourcerer and save the world--most unfortunately, that one man is the inept wizard Rincewind. His only allies are the wise and good Librarian (who happens to be an orangutan), the beautiful yet deadly thief Conina (daughter of Cohen the Barbarian), and Nigel, the skinniest hero on the Discworld whose only heroic wisdom comes from a ghost-written book by Cohen the aforementioned Barbarian. The Luggage also plays a part, but he/she/it is not there at Rincewind's side. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pratchett's writing skills continue to improve 25 July 2009
By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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There was an eighth son of an eighth son who was, naturally, a wizard. But, for reasons too complicated to get into now, he also had seven sons. And then another one: a source of magic, a sourcerer. The Discworld hasn't seen a sourcerer for thousands of years, since the Mage Wars almost destroyed the world and caused an awful racket which annoyed the gods. Soon enough the re-energised wizards of the Disc are engaged in all-out warfare and the Apocralypse draws nigh (provided the Four Horsemen can get out of the pub in time). It falls to a wizard who doesn't know any spells, a box with lots of little legs, a mighty barbarian warrior of three days' experience, a timeshare genie and a homicidal hairdresser to save the day.

Sourcery sees the return of Rincewind and the Luggage as the Disc faces its greatest threat so far. Whilst previous books seemed to have end-of-the-world plots tacked on, this one embraces the concept to the fullest and is probably as 'epic' as the series ever gets. Fortunately, Pratchett seemed to get the end-of-the-world-is-nigh story out of his system with this book and whilst dire consequences would still abound in later books, things would never quite get as huge as this again.

Still, Pratchett has fun with the concept. Deep in the heart of every fantasy author is the burning desire to unleash a story with magical duels, vast magical towers exploding, evil grand viziers twirling their moustaches and unreconstructed, mighty-thewed barbarian warriors smiting legions of disposable extras with a broadsword so huge that it had to be forged from a gantry. There's some nice typically Pratchett twists on the concept though, and the humour is well-constructed throughout, particularly involving the Librarian who gets one of his biggest starring roles in the series.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Panic! The end of the discworld is nigh! 17 Feb 2006
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A terrible thing has happened. Now it's become clear why wizards should remain celibate. One wilful wizard, Ipslore the Red, in defiance of tradition, marries and has children. Sons in fact. And his eighth son, Coin, is a sourcerer (the eighth son of an eighth son of an eighth son = a wizard squared = very powerful magic). But surely it's not that bad - it's not the end of the world, is it? Yes, it could be. The shade of Ipslore, through his sourcerer son, instigates wizard war. Hellish, apocalyptic events are set in motion. The four horsemen are abroad. The denizens of the dungeon dimension are struggling to rise. Ice giants are tearing across the plains. The gods are imprisoned. All that stands between the discworld and armageddon, is a spineless wizard, a barbarian (hairdresser wannabe), a grocer (barbarian wannabe) and a librarian ape. It doesn't look good. You shouldn't laugh ... but you will. And guess what. Rincewind, who is very well known for his complete lack of courage and over-developed instinct for self-preservation, does the most suicidally brave thing imaginable in an effort to save his beloved university library and the world.
It's another Pratchett gem. Doctors might consider prescribing these books instead of anti-depressants for some patients. They always work for me.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sourcery - a laugh on every page 2 Sep 2001
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This book is incredibly hilarious all the way through. It uses both wit and slapstick to conjure up a very addictive read. I would definitely say that this is not one of the greatest novel ever written but is an amusing and entertaining read. Terry Pratchett manages to produce a novel true to fantasy as it hasn't an ounce of the real world in the whole of the book, and many authors manage to forget the idea of fantasy not being real. The story is all about the unwitting, and cowardly hero, Rincewind the failed Wizard who finds himself in an awkward position of having to save the world again. He is joined by several well loved old friends and you also make the acquaintance of many new characters as well. Overall this is an extremely enjoyable book that will raise the spirits of even the most moody people. It is full of laughs all the way through. It is a great book if you are not really looking for a storyline as such but more of an all round fun time.
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Up to Terry Pratchett's normal witty, magical standard.
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A jolly good banter, what! Full of all sorts of witty capers and singular repartee. Recommended to all thinking gentlemen and ladies.
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. . . This book was just boring.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable romp.
A very good lighthearted read, made me laugh and think.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I have read all the other Discworld novels and loved every one but I...
I have read all the other Discworld novels and loved every one but I am finding this one hard going.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always a great read
If you believe in magic don't read this. If you believe in humour you won't put it down. Another triumph for the disc world
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One of the early ones with a darker side to it. A sourcerer turns up on the discworld and overturns the nice fat friendly hierarchy of wizardy straight in DefCon 5 and... Read more
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