Published by HarperCollins on February 2nd 200
Narrator: Nigel Planar
Length: 7 hours
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
Reading Challenges: Author Love, British Books Challenge, Terry Pratchett - Discworld
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...
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!
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!
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!
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.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: