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The Light Fantastic: A Novel of Discworld Kindle Edition
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The side-splitting sequel to The Color of Magic, The Light Fantastic by New York Times bestselling author Sir Terry Pratchett takes readers on another offbeat journey with bumbling wizard Rincewind and hapless tourist Twoflower—both last seen falling off the edge of Discworld.
The fate of Pratchett’s alternative fantasy macrocosm are in the bumbling duo’s hands as it hurtles its way toward a foreboding red star, threatening the fate of the entire universe.
Sharp, sardonic, and brilliantly funny, in this third installment in the bestselling Discworld series, Pratchett once again earns his master satirist reputation, with witty wordplay and irreverent storytelling that fans are sure to love.
-- San Francisco Chronicle--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Sir Terry Pratchett was the internationally bestselling author of more than thirty books, including his phenomenally successful Discworld series. His young adult novel, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal, and Where's My Cow?, his Discworld book for “readers of all ages,” was a New York Times bestseller. His novels have sold more than seventy five million (give or take a few million) copies worldwide. Named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature,” Pratchett lived in England. He died in 2015 at the age of sixty-six.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B000W914OU
- Publisher : HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (October 13, 2009)
- Publication date : October 13, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 2718 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 293 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #30,929 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In the first half of the adventure the story seemed random and ridiculous. As we start The Light Fantastic, we join the continuing journey of the unwilling wizard Rincewind and his travel companion and tourist, Twoflowers (along with his luggage) on a dizzying adventure with demonic possession, human sacrifice, lynch mobs, barbarian heros, trolls, world domination and the apocalypse.
If you strip away the puns, weird settings and the unlikely heros, Pratchett basically wrote a classic tale of heroes on a quest to save the world except it was anything but classic or traditional. I also appreciate that the magic and fantasy was not stereotypical. There is lively dialogue, interesting characters and a good story, and of course, very funny in a Dad joke kind of way.
Once you read a couple of pages you are hooked. It’s a great read and very original. I can’t wait to continue the magical craziness and reading Equal Rites.
One of the things that I appreciate most about Pratchett’s writing is that it’s rigorously streamlined. Like Chekhov, he avoids excessive detail, giving us just the important bits. So, if he shows you a gun (or a book or a piece of luggage) in the first act, you can bet that it’s going to play an important role before the story is through. The book is like a series of satisfying payoffs.
And despite Pratchett’s passion for puns and dad jokes, The Light Fantastic shows that he’s not afraid to set aside the yuks now and then to speak more directly—and pithily—to the reader. His satire offers plenty of commentary on contemporary civilization, but his straightforward critiques are just as on-point.
That said, the plot of The Light Fantastic—particularly in the first half of the book—felt a little random to me. That might be my fault, since I had to put this book aside a couple of times to focus on other things, but generally, I think that the jumps from one episode to the next were explained better in The Color of Magic.
Then again, it’s fantasy, and ridiculous fantasy at that. Maybe Pratchett doesn’t have to provide the characters with powerful motivations at every turn.
Whatever the case, the bottom line is: I loved reading the book, and I look forward to picking up the next 38 (!!!) in the series.
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The majority of his characters were named after fans that he knew in RL. Each character with their individuality draws you in, makes you want to get to know them better and then makes it impossible for you to choose a favorite as you will love them all!
All I can say is "Welcome to Discworld!" An imaginary disc, propped up by large elephants swimming through space on the back of a giant turtle. Once you read a couple of pages you are hooked. You are compelled to read the vast amount of Discworld books and then read them again, and again, and again!
STP was taken by a form of dementia and passed away far too early and in his prime. It is certainly our loss but he lives through his wonderful Discworld characters - too many to mention and through his clever ingenious plots who I guarantee you will howl with laughter at.
God bless you STP ! You certainly brightened up my life through Discworld. I just wish I could have met you !
Enjoy reader! Enjoy!
It isn’t a criticism, just my feelings about his development.
The only annoying part is I've been told to read them in order, so its annoying to have to wait for the right book to be on sale.
Great imagination though and we'll written.
As with almost all of the Discworld novels, a fantastic read. It's definitely recommended that you read this, and 'The Colour of Magic' first if you're reading the Discworld novels for the first time. The first two books are actually quite different from ones further down the line, but it's interesting to see where they started out, and how much they, and the Discoworld itself, evolved over time.