- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (1 Mar. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552146145
- ISBN-13: 978-0552146142
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.6 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sir Terry Pratchett died on 12th March 2015
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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
"'A cross between Tolkien and a gentler, more benign Tom Sharpe'" (Charles Spencer Sunday Telegraph)
"'The humour sparkles as brightly as ever' The Times" (The Times)
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
present for a friend so can't really say anything except it is what they wanted and enjoyed reading itPublished 1 month ago by anick
Rincewind's antics became very stale in the lasat volume (Interesting Times) but mercifully here Pratchett puts him back on track. Read morePublished 2 months ago by F. M. Havicon
It's taken me almost 20 years to start reading Discworld, but now I've started, I can't stop.
Another excellent adventure, probably furthest from the canon than any other I... Read more
This is another great book in the famous Discworld series, in this book we are transported to the magical, mystical world that Terry Pratchett has created. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sophie
Like most of Sir Terry's output, rewards a second or third reading. Bought to prevent me taking my hardback copy down the pub.Published 3 months ago by Phil Headford