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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 54 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 12 July 2007
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ451E
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I love this light hearted fantasy novel, I am reading this series in Publication order, as I have noticed many people saying that they did not start with Publication Order and now are going back to the beginning, another benefit of starting at the beginning is that you will meet the characters again, in later years.
The majority of his characters were named after fans that he knew in RL. Each character with their individuality draws you in, makes you want to get to know them better and then makes it impossible for you to choose a favorite as you will love them all!
All I can say is "Welcome to Discworld!" An imaginary disc, propped up by large elephants swimming through space on the back of a giant turtle. Once you read a couple of pages you are hooked. You are compelled to read the vast amount of Discworld books and then read them again, and again, and again!
STP was taken by a form of dementia and passed away far too early and in his prime. It is certainly our loss but he lives through his wonderful Discworld characters - too many to mention and through his clever ingenious plots who I guarantee you will howl with laughter at.
God bless you STP ! You certainly brightened up my life through Discworld. I just wish I could have met you !
Enjoy reader! Enjoy!
We are introduced to the discworld's first tourist, the scyth wielding DEATH, the cowardly failed wizard Rincewind, and perhaps one of the greatest fantasy characters ever created - the luggage - a treasure chest on hundreds of tiny feet that follows its owner with faithful an dogged determination and sometimes homicidal persistence. On the whole this is a great and entertaining story with all the typical elements of Partchett humour and invention - we are introduced to the bifurcated city of Ankh-Morpork and it's denizens. The Patrician, various guild masters and the Unseen University. However I also felt that there were some slow bits - particularly the incidents around the Wyrmburg which perhaps could have been excised.
I have read almost all of the Discworld novels and rate Eric, Mort and the witches sagas amongst my favourites.
So in summary, early Pratchett. Perhaps not the greatest but nevertheless very funny, and miles better than the competition.
For the first 40 pages I had no idea who was who or what was what. And by the end, Im still not entirely sure.
One minute we're in a city, then inside a tree... a temple. Now we're flying on Dragons! No sorry, we're on an Airplane.
Conversations with DEATH? "Your not DEATH. Piss Off"
"... And Now For Something, COMPLETELY DIFFERENT"
~ John Cleese
This book really is a hoot. There is a major lack of solid story, which is why I compare it to Monty Python.
Throughout the entire book, I saw in my mind RINCEWIND, the Wizard as John Cleese.
Its not about reaching a goal, "We start an adventure ... Action ... we reach the end. THE END"
Its more about the adventure and the laughs and the total, mind boggling crazy crap that goes on throughout every single page of this absolutely bonkers novel.
Do I recommend this book?
Im not sure, it depends on what kind of person you are.
Though if you are a fan of that British charm that comes with TV Classics like, Fawlty Towers, Monty Python, Dads Army, Red Dwarf, Black Adder and such, then this is definitely a book worth a read.
And of course, the Librarian and his ooks! And again, what an amazing writer to be able to convey so many different meanings to "ook"?
And the Spells, the eight basic Spells, that have a mind and a purpose of their own!
And finally, we cannot leave out Cohen the Barbarian and the rest of the barbarian hordes that appear in this book! Or the Four Riders of the Apocalypse!
As with The Colour of Magic, and in fact with all of Sir Terry's books, there is not much you can say that has not already been said. The Light Fantastic is the second book on the Discworld series and the sequel to The Colour of Magic. We meet up with Rincewind and Twoflower after they fell from the end of the world (remember: Discworld is literally a disc!) and follow the journey, through many adventures, back home.
There is a lot going on in this book but I prefer it to the first, I think the story comes together beautifully here, there is excitement, laughter, Terry Pratchett's special kind of humour and intelligence. The style is closer to the first book, the two firsts are different to the rest.
After this, Terry Pratchett finds what to me is his distinct style.
On to the next!