Published by HarperTorch on February 2nd 2000
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...
‘What shall we do?’ said Twoflower. ‘Panic?’ said Rincewind hopefully. He always held that panic was the best means of survival. When the very fabric of time and space are about to be put through the wringer – in this instance by the imminent arrival of a very large and determinedly oncoming meteorite – circumstances require a very particular type of hero. Sadly what the situation does not need is a singularly inept wizard, still recovering from the trauma of falling off the edge of the world. Equally it does not need one well-meaning tourist and his luggage which has a mind of its own. Which is a shame because that’s all there is… — House of Oojah
Terry Pratchett is one of my favorite authors. This book, sadly, is not one of my favorites of his. In fact, each year I try to re-read all of the Discworld novels and there are only a few I skip, and this is one of them. I probably need to go back and listen to this though because Rincewind is special. He’s one of those characters that I bet wish he could be unmade. His story is worth the read, which is why I will probably re-read this one soon. I do suggest the movie as well, it’s hilarious!
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.
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!