Book Review: The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett

February 17, 2015 Blog, Terry Pratchett 2

Book Review: The Last Continent by Terry PratchettThe Last Continent by Terry Pratchett
Series: Discworld #22
Published by HarperCollins on February 1st 2006
Narrator: Nigel Planar
Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
Pages: 416
Source: Purchase
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'Anything you do in the past changes the future.The tiniest little actions have huge consequences.You might tread on an ant now and it might entirely prevent someone from being born in the future.'

There's nothing like the issue of evolution to get under the skin of academics.Especially when those same academics are by chance or bad judgement deposited at a critical evolutionary turning point when one wrong move could have catastrophic results for the future. Unfortunately in the hands of such an inept and cussed group of individuals, the sensitive issue of causality is sadly only likely to receive the same scant respect that they show to one another...

My Thoughts

Ahh! Now this is another Rincewind favorite! Sadly I had not read this one so this is a first time for me and I loved it! I’ve never been to Australia, which Terry Pratchett says this book is nothing about by the way, but after reading this I think it would be fun to venture over there.

In this one Rincewind is at his best. He’s once again told that HE and only he can save the Discworld but he’s having none of it. Saving worlds puts you into a lot of danger! He’s tired of being in danger and just wants to get home! It’s funny because I do not think Rincewind would exactly call himself lucky, but there is a bit of luck on his side here. Just when he’s about to die of dehydration he trips, falls, and lands face first into a pond of water. Every time! Someone is looking out for him, even if it isn’t Rincewind himself!

The funny thing is, he has not learned that the harder you try to run away the faster you get to where you do not want to be. And I’m impressed with just how oblivious he is to the lives around him! Of course it does not really matter because he accepts everyone for who they are anyway, but it does add some hilarity into this one.

It’s not all about Rincewind though. The Librarian has a nasty case of a cold which keeps changing his shape into various things that blend in with his environment. Because of this the wizards from Unseen University want to help him but the only wizard that knows The Librarian enough to know his real name is Rincewind. He is also the wizard that Ponder Stibbons accidentally sent to XXXX. No way to cure The Librarian and no way to get to Rincewind? That is not going to stop a bunch of wizards! They find themselves on their own little adventure, way away from UU and have to deal with Gods that are creating evolution, sharks, and  a very good looking housekeeper!

It is a rare day when I do not laugh at a Terry Pratchett novel, but this one had my sides splitting! It was read wonderfully and I not only listened to it once but loved it so much that I wound up listening again! This is one that I’ll listen to every year.

If you are a Rincewind fan you will definitely not want to pass this one up. Terry Pratchett at his best!

Sadly, I am ending the Rincewind series with this one. Later I’m going to go back and read The Last Hero which is a graphic novel. I’m looking forward to another Rincewind story!

Favorite Quotes:

“Rincewind had always been happy to think of himself as a racist. The One Hundred Meters, the Mile, the Marathon — he’d run them all.”


“But we’re a university! We have to have a library!” said Ridcully. “It adds tone. What sort of people would we be if we didn’t go into the library?”

“Students,” said Senior Wrangler morosely.”


“Any true wizard, faced with a sign like ‘Do not open this door. Really. We mean it. We’re not kidding. Opening this door will mean the end of the universe,’ would automatically open the door in order to see what all the fuss is about. This made signs rather a waste of time, but at least it meant that when you handed what was left of the wizard to his grieving relatives you could say, as they grasped the jar, ‘We told him not to.”





Rincewind Novels in Order:

  1. The Colour of Magic
  2. The Light Fantastic
  3. Sourcery
  4. Eric
  5. Interesting Times
  6. The Last Continent
  7. The Last Hero
  8. The Science of Discworld
  9. The Science of Discworld II: Globe
  10. The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch


terry pratchett bannerThe order:


  • Ankh Morpork
  1. Pyramids
  2. Moving Pictures
  3. Small Gods
  4. The Truth
  5. Monstrous Regiment
  6. Going Postal
  7. Making Money
  8. Unseen Academicals
  9. Raising Steam
  • Death
  1. Mort
  2. Reaper Man
  3. Soul Music
  4. Hogfather
  • The Watch
  1. Guards! Guards!
  2. Men at Arms
  3. Feet of Clay
  4. Jingo
  5. The Fifth Elephant
  6. Night Watch
  7. Thud
  8. Snuff
  • The Witches
  1. Equal Rites
  2. Wyrd Sisters
  3. Witches Abroad
  4. Lords and Ladies
  5. Maskerade
  6. Carpe Jugulum
  • Tiffany Aching (who is also a witch)
  1. The Wee Free Men
  2. Hat Full of Sky
  3. Wintersmith
  4. I Shall Wear Midnight
  • Rincewind
  1. The Colour of Magic
  2. The Light Fantastic
  3. Sourcery
  4. Eric
  5. Interesting Times
  6. The Last Continent
  7. The Last Hero
  8. The Science of Discworld
  9. The Science of Discworld II: Globe
  10. The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch
  • Or read the Discworld in order
  1. The Colour of Magic
  2. The Light Fantastic
  3. Equal Rites
  4. Mort
  5. Sourcery
  6. Wyrd Sisters
  7. Pyramids
  8. Guards! Guards!
  9. Eric
  10. Moving Pictures
  11. Reaper Man
  12. Witches Abroad
  13. Small Gods
  14. Lords and Ladies
  15. Men at Arms
  16. Soul Music
  17. Interesting Times
  18. Maskerade
  19. Feet of Clay
  20. Hogfather
  21. Jingo
  22. The Last Continent
  23. Carpe Jugulum
  24. The Fifth Elephant
  25. The Truth
  26. Thief of Time
  27. The Last Hero
  28. The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents
  29. Night Watch
  30. The Wee Free Men
  31. Monstrous Regiment
  32. Hat Full of Sky
  33. Going Postal
  34. Thud!
  35. Wintersmith
  36. Making Money
  37. Unseen Academicals
  38. I Shall Wear Midnight
  39. Snuff
  40. Raising Steam

OR! Just pick a book up and start reading. Although I think starting with Guards! Guards! is the way to go but I am biased to Captain Vimes. I have a fictional crush on him.







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