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The Last Continent (A Discworld Novel) [Hardcover]

Terry Pratchett
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1 May 1998

This is the Discworld’s last continent, a completely separate creation.

It’s hot. It’s dry . . . very dry. There was this thing once called The Wet, which no one now believes in. Practically everything that’s not poisonous is venomous. But it’s the best bloody place in the world, all right?

And it’ll die in a few days, except . . .

Who is this hero striding across the red desert? Champion sheep shearer, horse rider, road warrior, 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, who’s about to change history by preventing a swagman stealing a jumbuck by a billabong?

Yes . . . all this place has between itself and wind-blown doom is Rincewind, the inept wizard who can’t even spell wizard. He’s the only hero left.

Still... no worries, eh?

The Last Continent is the twenty-second in Terry Pratchett’s phenomenally successful

Discworld series.

Terry Pratchett would like it to be known that The Last Continent is not a book about

Australia. It’s just vaguely Australian.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; First edition (1 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385409893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385409896
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,178 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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Terry Pratchett's 22nd Discworld novel, The Last Continent, is a lighthearted tour of the fantasy land of Fourecks, a very Australian sort of place, with brief courses in theoretical physics and evolution thrown in for good measure. Pratchett returns to his first Discworld protagonist, the inept and cowardly wizard Rincewind, who habitually runs into trouble as fast as he flees. Rincewind's arrival in Fourecks has distorted the space-time continuum, and he has to sort it out before the whole place dries up and blows away. The situation is complicated because the actual problem is located 30,000 years in the past--just where the Faculty of the Unseen University currently are. Pretty frightening, given "the true wizard's instinct to amble aimlessly into dangerous places," and then "stop and argue ... about exactly what kind of danger it [is]."

If you're baffled by all this, no worries, mate. You needn't have read Pratchett before--not even the five previous Discworld novels starring Rincewind (The Colour of Magic, The Light Fantastic, Sourcery, Eric, and Interesting Times)--to enjoy this latest romp. Nor to have visited Australia. When you finish, however, you'll likely want to rush out and do both. --Nona Vero --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


"'Pratchett's humour takes logic past the point of absurdity and round again, but it is his unexpected insights into the human morality that make the Discworld series stand out'" (Times Literary Supplement)

"' Pratchett is a comic genius'" (Daily Express)

"The perfect read" (Evening Standard)

"Delightful...glassful and downright mischevious. The pleasures on the page are so quirkily seductive. Puts one in mind of one of the greatest comic writers of them all PG Wodehouse'" (Sunday Telegraph)

"A minor masterpiece. I laughed so much I fell from my armchair'" (Time Out) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is undoubtedly one of the most hilarious and down right eccentric books in the Discworld series. This isn't the best place to start for newcomers to the series as it relies heavily on you liking books like The Colour of Magic, The Light Fantastic, Eric, Sourcery and any book that has the complexities of magic and Rincewind, and this book is an extreme. It asks about philosophical impossibilities and theories of time and matter fitting into itself!? It's definately a very plot filled book. It follows the adventures of the misplaced Rincewind(and the Luggage), the misplaced Unseen University seniors(who run into a deity who hasn't quite learnt about "the birds and the bees") who are looking for him, and the Librarian(who, god forbid, is sick). It's full of brand new and crazy characters, who all reside in Continentia Incognito, the Last Continent, which Rincewind has to save and is , as ever, running away from. If you thought some of the earlier Discworld books set around wizards were to eccentric this isn't for you, but give it a try anyway I'm usually wrong on peoples opinions.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evolution?? No worries! 5 Oct 2001
By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME
Terry Pratchett has finally taken us to the far side of Discworld. At the end of Interesting
Times, Rincewind found himself on a red-soiled beach, confronting four black-skinned blokes
who offered him a gift - a painted, strangely bent, stick. Disgusted with such a tainted
offering, the failed wizard threw it away . . .
We never find out if the boomerang actually returns to bash our hero, but he's obviously in a
land new to his experience. The Four Ecks continent could be described as the world upside-
down. Except that's impossible on the Discworld and hemisphere-centric on ours. The trees
shed their bark instead of their leaves and an amazing number of animals have pockets. The
place is dry, dry, dry. In fact, it's Rincewind's destiny to bring the current drought to an end.
He's informed of this by a animal with a face like a rabbit, but with legs that can disembowel
you. The kangaroo talks, but he's a hopping thesaurus of body language. Rincewind, of
course, flees. There are many places he can go, such as Dijabringabeeralong. The Last
Continent "isn't about Australia, it's just vaguely Australian."
Pratchett's knowledge of the model for Four Ecks is astonishing in its breadth. We share it
through his captivating prose and engaging wit. Our first encounter with Rincewind is while
he's seeking a meal. "Grubbing for grub" in "the Bush" can only mean one thing. Rincewind's
soliloquy dances around the identity of a major Outback protein source without ever actually
naming it. Later, Rincewind encounters the memory of Tinhead Ned, meets someone named
Clancy who's a wealth of Four Ecks homilies, and brews up a foodstuff known in the UK by
another name.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rolf Harris eat your heart out 25 July 2003
By Shey C.
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I found this book absolutely helarious and have read it about 3 times so far and still laugh.
Being an Aussie I guess I am a bit biased towards this book being one of the best of the whole series.
Of all the books, this one has quite a few more local references than most. It helps to have seen Rolf Harris' cartoon club, and Neighbours, but it is not essential. The story is very well done, and the local references just make it better.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get ready to annoy people with your giggling 8 Nov 2001
This is the Pratchett book that kept making me laugh out loud. At times I came close to having an accident. Aside from that there are even more plentiful giggling moments - enough to get things thrown at you in the office, or to get stern looks from fellow train passengers...
There is a pre-requisite to reading this book. You must know something of the culture (!)(?) and geography and wildlife of Oz. With this fulfilled, you are treated to the fullest pastiche of a nation.
Whats that at the back? Has it got a plot? Well, sort of. But you can safely ignore it and concentrate on the hilarious travelogue.
One thing I love about the Discworld novels is that you don't have to read them in the order they were published - I think The Last Continent was eiher no.3 or 4 or 5 for me, Sourcery being the first.
Don't give up the day job Terry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wit, not just funny haha 12 Feb 2002
By Mr. Dc Fowler VINE VOICE
The number of issues dealt with in this book with wit and a deft touch is amazing, from evolution to transsexuality to racism. Things are always seen from a new, unexpected angle - a different world from ours but strangely familiar. There are some very funny sequences in the book. My favourite is possibly the discovery of 'talking' by the native birds ('Who's a prettyboyden?') and the utter cheerfulness later of the guards as Rincewind (inevitably) faces death. This is one of my favourite discworld novels surpassed only by Hogfather. I hate to say it,Terry but later generations may just see some of your books as 'literature'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terry Pratchett does it again 30 Aug 2000
By A Customer
I only began reading the discworld novels a year ago and so far the best one from the series that i have read would have to be 'The Last Continent'. Jam packed of humour, witty remarks and of course those comical wizards, makes this the funniest book Terry Pratchett has ever written. I have read the book many times and yet still laugh at the same bits. One book that I would choose if i was to be stuck on a desert island with some mad wizards.
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great story
Published 29 days ago by roberth
4.0 out of 5 stars Ecksecksecksecks..........and then some!
Having not picked up a Discworld novel for some time (around twelve years),i have to say i really enjoyed this book. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent Pratchett/Robinson combo
Super story from the master - we particularly enjoyed the lost luggage - superbly read by Mr. Robinson. Clear, slow, expressive and a distinct voice that is easy to listen to.
Published 3 months ago by Simon Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest books ever written
When I first read this I was on a bus & burst out laughing, much to my embarrassment....I have copies in all formats now, to pull out or pop up on screen when I need cheering up. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pratchett in good form
I enjoyed this book and have always purchased his books on publication and also are always keen for the next one.
Published 7 months ago by Colonel (rtd) Don Blake
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is an excellent Terry Pratchett Discworld novel. It is witty, lively, funny but also very deep, clever and thought provoking. This is definitely a good read. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The last continent
The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett its very good, and if you like any stories of the Discworld novels we recommend that you
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Published 9 months ago by B Boxall
2.0 out of 5 stars Embarassing
Awful smug student humor which I guess I liked twenty years ago when I was an awful smug student but now it's just dire
Published 9 months ago by R. J. Gosling
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Continent
I can't review this book yet as I haven't read it yet. I bought four books together and I read them in order.
Published 10 months ago by DaveG
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the discworld anyway
This is a great book with the wit and wisdom of Terry Pratchett which had me laughing out loud. Poor Rincewind always saving the world and getting no thanks for it!
Published 12 months ago by Xena
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