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The Light Fantastic: (Discworld Novel 2) (Discworld Novels) Paperback – 1 Sep 2004

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (1 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552152595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552152594
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 491,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Nov. 2002
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The Light Fantastic is the second book in Terry Pratchett's brilliantly funny Discworld series, continuing the tale related in the first book The Colour of Magic. The last we knew, Rincewind and Discworld's first tourist Twoflower had fallen off the rim of the world, which is an especially dangerous happenstance on a world that is totally flat and carried on the backs of four elephants who in turn stand atop the great cosmic turtle Great A'Tuin. While Rincewind is Discworld's most incompetent wizard and all-around unlucky fellow, he manages to evade the clutches of Death (although he does bump into him fairly often) time and again (27 times by Twoflower's count at the midpoint of this novel). Why this is so is, we discover, is because Rincewind carries one of the eight most powerful spells from the magical Octavo. Reality keeps having to reshape itself in order to keep rescuing the wizard. Although Rincewind, the eternally optimistic Twoflower, and the magical Luggage of sapient pearwood are once again on the disc, they face a number of obstacles in getting home to Ankh-Morpork. They are fortunate enough to join forces with Disworld's greatest hero Cohen the Barbarian; Cohen is an old man now, but he doesn't let that stop him from rescuing maidens, stealing treasures, and doing other heroic things. At this particular time, the Discworld itself is in danger, threatened with an imminent collision with a giant red star heading its way. The wizards of Unseen University believe that all eight powerful spells from the Octavo must be read in order to save the Discworld, so the missing Rincewind must be found in order to release the necessary eighth spell locked inside his brain.Read more ›
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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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Having introduced the Discworld to Roundworld readers with "The Colour of Magic", Terry Pratchett enhances our knowledge of it through this volume. New characters, previously unexplored regions of the Disc and deep questions about The Great A'Tuin almost garner answers. Rincewind, the failed wizard, is still acting as a guide to Discworld's first tourist, Twoflower. It's not always clear however, who's doing the leading and who the following. Twoflower, who is thrilled by everything and refuses to feel threatened by anything, absorbs all the novelty introduced to the reader. Through it all, Pratchett's delightful wit and innovative abilities keeps the reader's full attention. Only your laughter will interrupt the flow of narrative.

There's magic to this book, and no little magic in the story. Rincewind, having been catapulted over the Rim marking the edge of the Disc, inexplicably finds himself lodged in a pine tree. The entire universe has been rearranged to let him survive. Why should one timid outcast be so favoured? Twoflower, in a side gesture of cosmological justice, isn't far off. Rejoined, the pair struggle to find a way home to Ankh-Morpork. A sense of urgency over that return has appeared in the sky - and the Disc is likely to be destroyed soon.

Rincewind's role in changing the universe and coping with a "new star" that's appeared soon become apparent. As a student wizard, one of The Eight Great Spells entered his mind. Those spells are the glue holding the cosmos together. To survive, the Spell must keep Rincewind alive - not out of danger, but a survivor of many dire threats. Even Twoflower has noticed Rincewind's special role in life. The tourist has actually counted the number of Rincewind's near-death experiences.
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