Book Review: Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

January 12, 2018 Blog, Terry Pratchett 2

Book Review: Light Fantastic by Terry PratchettThe Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
Published by HarperCollins on February 2nd 200
Narrator: Nigel Planar
Length: 7 hours
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
Pages: 241
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Terry Pratchett's profoundly irreverent, bestselling novels have garnered him a revered position in the halls of parody next to the likes of Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and Carl Hiaasen.

In The Light Fantastic only one individual can save the world from a disastrous collision. Unfortunately, the hero happens to be the singularly inept wizard Rincewind, who was last seen falling off the edge of the world...

Reading Challenges: Author Love, British Books Challenge, Terry Pratchett - Discworld

This year I finally decided to go back and listen to this one and while it isn’t one of my favorites, it is easy to see why so many people love Terry Pratchett and his fabulous Discworld.

If you haven’t read book one, The Color of Magic, there will be some spoilers as to what happens to Rincewind! Be warned!

What’s happening:

Rincewind and Twoflower are back after their journey over the edge of the Discworld in The Color of Magic. They are saved and no one knows how but it is expected that the spell that has lodged itself into Rincewind’s mind is not going to allow itself to die, and therefore will not allow Rincewind, through all of his travels with the tourist, Twoflower, to die. Once again they are on a journey to save the world, is there anything else Rincewind can do? He again wants to cower under his covers instead of facing the horrors of the Discworld but he, Twoflower and the Luggage are the only things that can stop the world from ending. This time for good!

My thoughts:

Being a Terry Pratchett fanatic I try to do these reviews without bias. But it’s difficult. As you read his books you see little things that just make you LAUGH OUT LOUD, quite literally. A few times I have even, or dreadfully my husband has caught me, snorting at the deeds these three go through to save the world. The spell makes life hard for Rincewind, and it’s not even like Rincewind had an easy life. The guy can find trouble in a pack of newborn puppies!

Funniest of all, Rincewind puts himself in these predicaments as he’s trying to run away. And in the second Discworld novel what’s even better than the first is we get to meet more of the Discworld characters and get a real feel for those that we met already. Absolutely fantastic job as usual. Easy to read, funny as hell. My one and only criticism, I wish there were more Rincewind novels. But then again, I say that about every character!


Favorite Quotes:

Not for the first time she reflected that there were many drawbacks to being a swordswoman, not the least of which was that men didn’t take you seriously until you’d actually killed them, by which time it didn’t really matter anyway. (…) But she was too big to be a thief, too honest to be an assassin, too intelligent to be a wife, and too proud to enter the only other female profession generally available.


About Terry Pratchett

Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe. Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983. In 1987 he turned to writing full time, and has not looked back since. To date there are a total of 39 books in the Discworld series, of which four (so far) are written for children. The first of these, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal. A non-Discworld book, Good Omens, his 1990 collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller, and was reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early 2006 (it is also available as a mass market paperback (Harper Torch, 2006) and trade paperback (Harper Paperbacks, 2006). In 2008, Harper Children's published Terry's standalone non-Discworld YA novel, Nation. Terry's latest book, Snuff, was published in October 2011.

Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English-language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature” in 1998, and has received four honorary doctorates from the Universities of Warwick, Portsmouth, Bath, and Bristol. His acclaimed novels have sold more than 45 million copies (give or take a few) and have been translated into 33 languages.

In Dec. of 2007, Pratchett admitted to being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. On 18 Feb, 2009, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

He was awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2010.

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