Sourcery: (Discworld Novel 5) (Discworld Novels) Paperback – 1 Jul 1989
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"'May well be considered his masterpiece... Humour such as his is an endangered species'" (The Times)
"'Pratchett is a comic genius'" (Daily Express)
"'One of the best and funniest English authors alive'" (Independent)
"'He would be amusing in any form and his spectacular inventiveness makes the Discworld series one of the perennial joys of modern fiction'" (Mail on Sunday)
There was an eighth son of an eighth son. He was, quite naturally, a wizard. And there it should have ended. However (for reasons we'd better not go into), he had seven sons. And then he had an eighth son...a wizard squared...a source of magic...a Sourcerer. "Sourcery" sees the return of Rincewind and the luggage as the Discworld faces its greatest - and funniest - challenge yet.See all Product description
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BUT, BUY THE BOOK! I bought the kindle version instead and it’s got quite a few typos, which I’ve not experienced at all in the paperbacks. It’s obviously not been properly proofread.
The author’s trademark footnote asides are also almost inaccessible on a kindle paperwhite and the difficulty in reading them (on a separate screen) spoils the timing and the moment.
Kindle is fine for some stuff, but not Pratchett.
There was an eighth son of an eighth son. He was, quite naturally, a wizard. And there it should have ended. However (for reasons we’d better not go into), he had seven sons. And then he had an eighth son… a wizard squared…a source of magic…a Sourcerer.
Unseen University has finally got what it wished for: the most powerful wizard on the disc. Which, unfortunately, could mean that the death of all wizardry is at hand. And that the world is going to end, depending on whom you listen to. Unless of course one inept wizard can take the University’s most precious artefact, the very embodiment of magic itself, and deliver it halfway across the disc to safety…
Before I start this review just let me point out that it’s not a misspelling in the title of this book but merely Terry’s play on words.
This is the fifth book of the discworld series and a Rincewind book, the book takes many sartirical swipes at some of the biggest known fantasy books for example Lord of the Rings, Narnia, The Tempest and many more. Unlike many satires this one also has a fantastic story of its own.
The story starts with a wizard and his son who is an eighth son of an eighth son of an eighth son. Coins father cheats death by making himself part of his staff that’s he gave to Coin as an infant. When Coin reaches ten his father uses his wizardry to try and destroy the Unseen University and the world.
However, he didn’t count on Rincewind, his sidekick Luggage, the orangutan librarian, a wizards hat, Corina the daughter of Cohen the barbarian, an adventurer whose learning adventuring from a book and a genie who doesn’t follow the normal genie pattern.
What ensues is a journey to save the Unseen University and maybe the world too.
Pratchetts humour comes through more strongly here and the fifth book of the discworld starts to show some of what was was come in his later books.
The start of the book says ” This book does not contain a map. Please feel free to draw your own”. I couldn’t have found a better quote to describe the discworld series so far. Rules that are established in one book don’t follow through into another. Character traits and appearances change and there isn’t much structure! However I never expected anything else from Terry and this is what makes his books uniquely funny.
Once again I gave 5 stars to this book and swiftly moved onto the next book in the series
The story centres on the appearance of a sourcerer at the Unseen University, and the consequences, with Rincewind - an old friend - seemingly the only one who can save Discworld. He picks up a couple of fellow travellers along the way, before the final denouement. The story moves along at the author's usual rapid pace, but once or twice, particularly at the end, characters inexplicably change just to make the story work, which I found rather spoilt it for me.
Or you can just enjoy his sense of the absurd in a very readable, very amusing book with rounded characters (even Death has personality) and a gripping story line.
What’s not to like? Enjoy it.
DiscWorld has always had wizards from the lowest student to the 8th (highest) level, and usually they led quiet unassuming lives, avoiding contact with most of the citizens of DiscWorld. Generally speaking there is a rule that states that wizards should not have children, but one of them ignored this. He was the eighth son of an eighth son and so, naturally, was born a wizard. However, this wizard went on to have 8 children of his own, the eighth being a boy; the eighth son of an eighth son of an eighth son. His son, however, was not born a wizard, he was born a Sourcerer. They have not been seen since the beginning of magical time on Discworld, which was a good thing, as they were extremely powerful beings, making an eighth level wizard, including the most powerful of them, the Archancellor, nothing but a baby in comparison. The Sourceror is so powerful that he threatens the existence of DiscWorld itself - and he's only 10-years-old!! Can our inept, not even level 1 wizard, Rincewind stop him?
A vary excellent installment to the DiscWorld series.
A note on the Kindle version: Flawless! Not one typo, misprint or mis-represented letter. Neat formatting too.