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Sourcery: (Discworld Novel 5) (Discworld Novels) Paperback – 1 Sep 2004

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (1 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552152625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552152624
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 551,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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The fifth Discworld novel.

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As a big Rincewind fan, I count Sourcery as one of my favorite Pratchett novels. This fifth novel of Discworld is the first to have a real epic quality to it. Seeing as how the plot is hinged around the "Apocralypse" (even though an inebriated Pestilence, War, and Famine cannot remember the proper term for it), it pretty much has to be an epic. Ipslore was a natural-born wizard, the eight son of an eighth son, who did the unthinkable (not to mention unwizardly) act of marrying and having an eighth son of his own--a sourcerer. By tricking Death, he enters his own wizard staff and later guides the ten-year-old boy Coin in assuming the Archchancellorship of Unseen University and trying to take over the world. A sourcerer has free rein over the use of magic, unlike modern-day wizards who talk about magic but rarely perform it. Sourcerers almost destroyed the Discworld in ancient times in the Mage Wars, and young Coin sets in motion a modern-day Mage War that can only end in disaster. Only one man can stop the sourcerer and save the world--most unfortunately, that one man is the inept wizard Rincewind. His only allies are the wise and good Librarian (who happens to be an orangutan), the beautiful yet deadly thief Conina (daughter of Cohen the Barbarian), and Nigel, the skinniest hero on the Discworld whose only heroic wisdom comes from a ghost-written book by Cohen the aforementioned Barbarian. The Luggage also plays a part, but he/she/it is not there at Rincewind's side.Read more ›
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A terrible thing has happened. Now it's become clear why wizards should remain celibate. One wilful wizard, Ipslore the Red, in defiance of tradition, marries and has children. Sons in fact. And his eighth son, Coin, is a sourcerer (the eighth son of an eighth son of an eighth son = a wizard squared = very powerful magic). But surely it's not that bad - it's not the end of the world, is it? Yes, it could be. The shade of Ipslore, through his sourcerer son, instigates wizard war. Hellish, apocalyptic events are set in motion. The four horsemen are abroad. The denizens of the dungeon dimension are struggling to rise. Ice giants are tearing across the plains. The gods are imprisoned. All that stands between the discworld and armageddon, is a spineless wizard, a barbarian (hairdresser wannabe), a grocer (barbarian wannabe) and a librarian ape. It doesn't look good. You shouldn't laugh ... but you will. And guess what. Rincewind, who is very well known for his complete lack of courage and over-developed instinct for self-preservation, does the most suicidally brave thing imaginable in an effort to save his beloved university library and the world.
It's another Pratchett gem. Doctors might consider prescribing these books instead of anti-depressants for some patients. They always work for me.
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I am reading the Discworld novels in published order, and, for me, this is probably the weakest so far. It is still very readable, with a clear narrative, lots of tangential musings, and some very funny lines. It just didn't grab me as much as the others I have read so far.
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.
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I cannot believe I've reached my 40s without ever having read any Terry Pratchet. I always loved Douglas Adams and it in a similar style. I reckon that with around 40 books to go at, there's a couple of years reading material here and I'm loving it.
'Sourcery' was probably my least favourite of the 5 books so far, but its still a great read.
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I'm not going to review the novel - it's been done many times before and enjoyed by millions. The latest edition of the hardback makes a smart display set - the paper's not that great but then who reads books these days - with everything available on tablet.... I may even sell off my first editions and just keep these
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This book is incredibly hilarious all the way through. It uses both wit and slapstick to conjure up a very addictive read. I would definitely say that this is not one of the greatest novel ever written but is an amusing and entertaining read. Terry Pratchett manages to produce a novel true to fantasy as it hasn't an ounce of the real world in the whole of the book, and many authors manage to forget the idea of fantasy not being real. The story is all about the unwitting, and cowardly hero, Rincewind the failed Wizard who finds himself in an awkward position of having to save the world again. He is joined by several well loved old friends and you also make the acquaintance of many new characters as well. Overall this is an extremely enjoyable book that will raise the spirits of even the most moody people. It is full of laughs all the way through. It is a great book if you are not really looking for a storyline as such but more of an all round fun time.
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