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The Light Fantastic: (Discworld Novel 2) (Discworld Novels)

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The Light Fantastic is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, the second of the Discworld series. Good Omens is one of my favorite books (and, fyi, also one of my favorite adaptations) and in The Light Fantastic it became obvious that certain parts of Good Omens were written by Pratchett, particularly one of my favorite parts: the dialogue of the Hell's Angels that ride with the Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse. The dialogue is so hilarious it wasn't in the miniseries because it wouldn't have worked. You have to have been there: in the book, bless his brilliant brain and friendship with Neil Gaiman. Actually, magically appearing/disappearing shops were a regular feature of fantasy stories, particularly in the old Unknown magazine. They always sold the hero something he didn't -- at the time -- know he needed, or played some other vital part in the plot. And I think they even turned up on the early Twilight Zones too. You're referring to a Leiber story called Bazaar of the Bizarre or something similar, where a shop appears which seems to contain wonderful merchandise but in fact contains dangerous trash." Magic can go so many ways and Pratchett doesn´t just make fun of the stereotypes, he gives some new, fresh ideas to the mix I can´t mention without spoilering and I am too lazy to copy and paste the formatting template.

We see Rincewind hanging over the rim of the discworld. I mean this whole story is so great. Then we find out that the great turtle is heading toward a red star in space and it freaks the people of discworld right out. Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983. In 1987, he turned to writing full time. It’s just one of those days when nothing seems to go right—and a most inopportune time for the first tourist ever to set foot in Discworld—accompanied by the carnivorous Luggage—to extend his already eventful vacation, even if it’s not quite by choice. A monstrous red star is on a direct collision course with the Discworld and the future appears uncertain at best.

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And here comes the DEATH. I don´t know how many personifications of evanescence might have been inspired by this skinny buddy, but hardly someone came closer to demonstrate the importance of carpe diem than this human studying manifestation of the not so grim reaper with time management issues. Something else that has long worried the more imaginative philosophers on the Disc is the question of Great A’Tuin’s sex, and quite a lot of time and trouble has been spent in trying to establish it once and for all. There are over 40 books in the Discworld series, of which four are written for children. The first of these, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal. Discworld needs a hero to save it from total destruction. Unfortunately, it’s got the bumbling Rincewind, still recovering from the trauma of falling off the edge of the world. The alternative couldn’t be much worse. . . . This is a take off on the various popular theories involving such things as the relationship between the circumference and the height of Great Pyramid at Giza and the various 'cosmic truths' associated with it. People who espouse such ideas in relation to the Giza pyramids are referred to as pyramidiots and a comprehensive list and explanation of the various theories by these pseudo-scientists can be read at: https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Giza_pyramids

The events of the novel are a direct continuation of those in the preceding book, The Colour of Magic. The disc, being flat, has no real horizon. Any adventurous sailor who got funny ideas from staring at eggs and oranges for too long and set out for the antipodes soon learned that the reason why distant ships sometimes looked as though they were disappearing over the edge of the world was that they were disappearing over the edge of the world. We get to know more about that spell in particular and how it caused Rincewind to fail at being a wizard. Moreover, we get to see much more of the Unseen University and their machinations. The only way to prevent the apocalypse is to recite all 8 spells from a magic book called Octavo. However one last spell is missing. Where could it be?! It also didn't help Rincewind's situation and mood when he found out that there's a certain prophecy about him. I had just finished Terry Pratchett's The Color of Magic and wanted to listen to book two, so I got The Light Fantastic in anticipation of another rousing, funny, and satirical story read in the sardonic and fast-paced way as The Color of Magic had been by Nigel Planer.And the honest answer is, well for a while I didn't have a copy of any Discworld novel, due to the fact that (as I think I've mentioned before (oh no am I getting so old I'm repeating myself ?) ) I lost so so so many books in one of my house moves, Discworld novels amongst them. And then somehow I forgot just how good the books were. A Thaum is the basic unit of magical strength. It has been universally established as the amount of magic needed to create one small white pigeon or three normal-sized billiard balls.

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