Book Review: The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

January 20, 2015 Blog, Terry Pratchett 2

Book Review: The Light Fantastic by Terry PratchettThe Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
Series: Discworld #2
Published by HarperCollins on February 2nd 2000
Narrator: Nigel Planar
Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
Pages: 241
Source: Purchase
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My Thoughts

For some reason the first few books are just not my favorite. They have the wonderful Terry Pratchett appeal of course and fabulous characters but something just throws me off every time I read, or in this case, listen. 

In this book we are with Rincewind and Twoflower again which I did love. Rincewind is very special and he just has a way of finding the oddities in everything. He also does it by putting himself into mortal peril but gets out every single time! Thwarting Death (the personification of) is one of his main occupations in life!

Twoflower on the other hand, is hilarious curious. Always curious and he does not have a bone in his body that is scared of adventure, no matter how far off of the ground it takes him! He is just hilarious! He makes me want to view the world differently, with more of a curious mind instead of a been there done that type. He allows things to happen that most would shy away from (me included) but that is his appeal. He’s so naive but so curious and fun. I want to say he’s my favorite character in this but then there’s the luggage!

Yes! The luggage is back! To Rincewind’s horror! If ever a thing could have a personality and act like it is sentient but then just be a box that holds stuff, it is the luggage. I want one! I want many! The downside is that he eats people and will find you anywhere if you try to hide, the upside is that he (and your belongings) will never be lost or stolen! I don’t know how Terry Pratchett does it but I am seriously in love with this little guy.

This is the second in the Discworld series and it really feels like it. As I said above, I enjoy the characters but there is something about Terry Pratchett’s later writing that I fell in love with and that something is not here. Not wholly anyhow. I can feel it beginning and I think that is why I enjoy re-reading these. You have to see where a story, and an author, starts.

I also enjoy Rincewind’s story lines. This definitely picks up where the last ended. It moves around the Discworld again allowing us a view of the entire thing instead of just one city. It is a great second to a fabulous series and I definitely recommend!

Favorite Quotes:

“He’sh mad?”
“Sort of mad. But mad with lots of money.”
“Ah, then he can’t be mad. I’ve been around; if a man hash lotsh of money he’sh just ecshentric.”


“…the little man’s total obliviousness to all forms of danger somehow made danger so discouraged that it gave up and went away.”



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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2 Responses to “Book Review: The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett”

  1. Ichabod Temperance

    Thanks for the review, Christina.
    I intend to read every Terry Pratchett post!
    I agree in that I believe it takes a few books before Terry finds his stride in these adventures.

    • Christina

      It really did! Now I cannot get enough of him but those first few! Whew… I love that I’m doing this though because there are a few that I skipped.