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So here we are, visiting a world that exists as a flat disc with water walling over the edges, carried by four giant elephants standing on an ancient turtle, covered in meteor holes and all sorts of space debris, swimming who knows where....In one of it's cities, Ankh-Morpork , a failed wizard by the name of Rincewind comes across Twoflower, a traveling little man with magical luggage, carved out of rare sapient pear tree that follows him everywhere on its tiny feet. Yes walking luggage, with teeth too, guarding his master and providing lots of entertainment through out the story. The two men are the only ones in the whole city who speak the same language and thus their zany adventures start. Hastily hired as a guide the magician, who sucks at magic but it awfully funny and likable, gets into all sorts of troubles with trolls, dragons, islands with lunatics chased by Death itself without trying to loose poor Twoflower who thinks the whole adventure as a great sight seeing trip, they escape all sorts of scenarios that take them form the murkiest depths of underwater caves into far away galaxies in deep space.
Seems like a lot and it is, but the novel takes all sorts of turns ad twists and one never knows what awaits our heroes on the next page. When Gods play magic dice and Fate and Death are in talks of getting them, our characters have a lot at stake and loosing such charming little fellows would certainly be horrible so the reader is constantly kept on a tight leash as the beauty of the story and its intricate pattern morphs into more fantastic scenarios. I can't even clearly say what this book is about other than being simply fantastic, albeit very complex. Folklore, mythology, fairy tales, comedy and drama, it's all here exquisitely woven for those who dare.
- Kasia S.
Might I have enjoyed this had I read it as a teenager? Maybe. But I'm not. It starts out only slightly dumb, but gets worse with every page. And the ending is just terrible.
Boring, unfunny, and utterly pointless. Seriously, seriously awful.
This, so I am told, is the first of the Disc World Series. Disc World is quite an unlikely place, yet if viewed through the eyes of the author, it is all around us. I suppose there are some basic requirements for reading and enjoying Pratchett. It would seem that you must possess a rather quirky outlook on life, have a vivid imagination and must scramble those two traits with a rather caustic sense of humor. I also feel that these books cannot be fully appreciated if the reader dose not have the ability to laugh at his or her self. After all, if you want to be very honest about it, most of the characters we meet have large portions of our own personalities and defects in them. I personally found, when I was dead honest with myself, a lot of shared characteristic with Twoflower, and indeed, even Luggage. I really don't feel these books are for everyone, but for those that like this sort of thing, it simply does not get any better. I do feel you have to have a large reading data or knowledge base to fully enjoy these books as the author does almost constantly make reference, in very sneaky ways at times, to other works of literature and fiction. If you do not know what he is poking fun at, you loose something in the humor department.
The writing style of this author and his imagination are beyond question as to quality and quantity. This is a very readable book and Pratchett is a naturally story teller.
Now I have to admit to having cheated a bit and have read a couple of the books from later in the Disc World Series. This book does set things up nicely for those books, in particular in introducing characters such as Death. There are concepts that the author throws around that I will not even pretend to understand, but that is part of the magic and delight of these books. This offering is no different!
All in all, this is a wonderful read and I cannot wait for more.
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