being a Discworld fan, my phoenomena started here.
Rincewind, ever since this book, has beguiled me in certain ways. His sarcasm, his dry sense of humour, his psychological depression, and, as I later realized, his innocence and good nature, beneath that crusty exterior. In Sourcery, he actually saves the world with a half brick in a sock and I thought that was the bravest thing he has ever done, since, despite his reluctance.
In this book, he looks a bit like Wee Willie Winkie 20 years later, I reflected. But his character hadn't changed.
One problem with this book is that they took out one major character- Trymon. Trymon is a great adversary and he's so ambitious and high achieving, which led to his downfall.
All in all, a good book if you haven't read the series.