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Review: The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

“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 I thought:

Why do I always have to struggle to review this series?? It’s not that I don’t take any notes, but it’s hard to do it justice. It’s mad, and there’s magic, and then it’s insane on top of mad, and the humour is rather delightful!

(…Can I go?)

I needed a feel-good read, and this was perfect!

It should be noted that the last time the two of them had seen the city it was burning quite fiercely, a fact which had a lot to do with Twoflower introducing the concept of fire insurance to a venial but ignorant populace. But devastating fires were a regular feature of Morporkian life and it had always been cheerfully and meticulously rebuilt, using the traditional local materials of tinder-dry wood and thatch water-proofed with tar.

The Light Fantastic made me smile on almost every page – I love love love the humour in these books! It’s exactly what I wanted, and I got through it in a matter of days. I know some of you read five books a week (it’s dark magic, right? RIGHT?) but my reading time is limited, so that I didn’t need one week for this one should tell you how quickly I got through it.

I did feel a little sad at the end when they parted ways. I knew that the same characters wouldn’t lead the entire series, but it still felt like something wonderful and truly magical had come to an end when Twoflower bought passage on that ship (or the ship itself, or the whole fleet, given how much he spent on it). I hope to see them pop up again here and there (there’s got to be room somewhere in 41 books, right?) but I’m also excited to see what else awaits in the Discworld <3

“Panic?” said Rincewind hopefully. He always held that panic was the best means of survival; back in the olden days, his theory went, people faced with hungry sabre-toothed tigers could be divided very simply into those who panicked and those who stood there saying ‘What a magnificent brute!’ and ‘Here, pussy.’

I’ll probably read Equal Rights when I’m back from my holiday. I’m a little behind on my goal to read ten Discworld novels this year (so far I’ve read one… *ahem*) so I’ve got to step it up a bit!


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    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      The first book is The Colour of Magic ๐Ÿ™‚ I know you can read them in a different order, too, but for the sake of keeping it simple I recommend starting there ๐Ÿ™‚

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