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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 (201 customer reviews)
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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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All this books and stuff, that isn’t what it should all be about. What we need is real wizardry.

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…

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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.
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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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By the time TP gets to his fifth novel he's really hit his stride. This is excellent fun and includes some really creative ideas. It's ideal for a long plane flight as that's about how long it will last.
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I'm catching up on my Pratchett and what an enjoyable experience it is. This is funny but also like so many of his stories there is a lot of hidden education in it on how to run a country.
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Another marvellous Pratchett, what a loss!
Clever and funny - not an easy combination to pull off.
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Sometimes I am amazed by the subtle jokes and observations of life that are so cleverly put together, with many puns, affords and the vocational laugh out loud.
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Rincewind and the Librarian to the rescue. As the presence of a Sourcerer raises the magical abilities of all wizards. And Rincewind once again finds himself in the role of unlikely hero. Not as brilliant as some of his later work, perhaps. But really really good nonetheless.
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Not my favourite Diskworld book although does seem to have some interesting twists.
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