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The Light Fantastic: (Discworld Novel 2) (Discworld Novels) [Paperback]

Terry Pratchett
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1 Sep 2004 Discworld Novels (Book 2)

'What shall we do?' said Twoflower.

'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...

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (1 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552152595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552152594
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,315 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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"'He is a satirist of enormous talent..Incredibly funny, compulsively readable'" (The Times)

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

"'Pure fantastic delight'" (Time Out)

"'A true original among contemporary writers'" (The Times)

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The second Discworld novel.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By Francois The Armaldo VINE VOICE
Although a direct sequel to The Colour Of Magic, The Light Fantastic can stand on it's own-and it certainly does.
I read this book with no previous knowledge of the discworld series, and I loved it to bits.
What makes this story so incredibly funny is the motley crew of characters; Rincewind the wizard-a self proclaimed coward with a deadpan sense of humour who'd rather sit down and have a beer than save the world; Twoflower-the endearlingly stereotypical tourist who unintentionally annoys the living hell out of every person he meets; and finally the infamous Luggage; an adorable little carry case with legs (and a mind) of it's own.
These three may cause more trouble than they prevent, but now it's up to them to save the Discworld from collison with a Red Star.
Don't you just know it's all going to go horribly wrong?
This was a truly fun read, and I can't wait to buy more in the discworld series.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Come for a spin, it is a fun ride 23 Mar 2005
For those of you that are not familiar with Discworld, let me give you a very brief introduction to this magnificent world, which has the shape of a disc, and stands on top of four elephants, which in turn are supported by a giant turtle named A'Thuin. Philosophers have asked themselves two questions throughout history: a) what is the turtle's sex? b) where is the turtle going? Pratchett assures us that we are very close to finding the answer to the second question.
Now, I have to tell you, if you have not read "The Color of Magic", you should get it and start your journey there. This second book stands on its own, but it is considerably more enjoyable if you have the prior book as background. Besides, "The Light Fantastic" picks up the action exactly where "The Color of Magic" ended. Rincewind, the most inept magician in Discworld, and Twoflower, the extravagant tourist, are in a spaceship in the space surrounding the Disc. But soon enough Rincewind is expelled from the ship and starts to roam through the cosmos.
Meanwhile, in the cellars of the Unseen University, the Octavo, a book left behind by the Creator of the Universe, is showing a disturbing behavior. The Octavo contained the eight most important spells (eight is a crucial number in Discworld) in the world until Rincewind had one of them accidentally transferred to into his head. Now, the eight spells are needed by Hogswatch night or Discworld will be destroyed. This places Rincewind in a very important role, but one that may be extremely dangerous too.
Pratchett's humor is sublime; the author presents cleverly crafted situations that show dazzling parallelisms with our world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Discworld is approaching catastrophe 10 Nov 2005
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One minute Rincewind and Twoflower were dangling off the edge of the world and then, without warning and for no obvious reason, they found themselves somewhere else - somewhere safer. The luggage is also confused. The wizards of the Unseen University are having trouble with a restless book of spells. The Discworld's greatest hero is suffering something wicked with his piles and lumbago. And if all this were not challenge enough, the world seems to be hurtling inexorably towards a red star - or perhaps it's the star that's doing the hurtling. Whichever massive body is doing the actual hurtling, it looks the same viewed from the surface of the Disc. Either way, a collision looks inevitable. Or, then again, perhaps something magical is about to happen. It could go either way. Great A'Tuin is, in any case, determinedly carrying the Discworld towards some momentous event and it's all a bit worrying. There's a prophesy. The believers have expectations. A sharp wizard could turn a profit if he incants the eight spells at the right time, according the ancient prophesy. A bunch of end of the world fundamentalists are roaming the streets hunting down those who dabble or deal in magic. Wouldn't you just know that the outcome of all this apocalyptic potentiality hangs on the good sense of a failed wizard?
I'm just listening to it all again. Brilliant. Even though it's abridged. There are bound to be several absolute gems criminally omitted, in any *abridgement* of a Terry Pratchett book. There are 3 discs in the box and the running time is about 3 hours. Far too short. I have to give the reader, Tony Robinson, credit though. He reads it, complete with what seem to be just the right voices for all the characters, to perfection, or near enough.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Colour of Magic II 8 Feb 2001
If you were smart enough to read Colour of Magic (A riot) then you will be looking for more Rincewind, Luggage, and laughs. Light Fantastic is here to the Rescue answering all questions and concluding the story that started it all.
Once again Terry has collected an off-the-wall collection of humorous encounters for our heroes. Rincewind and friends must once again save the world. One of the world's eight most powerful spells is hiding in his head, and the wrong people want it. So he must call upon all his finely tuned abilities... of running away! Twoflower and the Luggage are there to help along with Diskworld's greatest warrior... who is now a ridiculously old man.
-Many people consider this one to be better than CoM... They are both awesome. End of story. However, they are both too short and should have come in one normal sized book.
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