The Light Fantastic–Terry Pratchett

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As you may have heard, Terry Pratchett died recently. This is a sadness to fantasy readers everywhere because he was a versatile and prolific writer who brought countless hours of enjoyment to the world.

In respect to that, I think it might be time to start working on the reviews of the Discworld books. I haven’t finished this series (it’s a LONG series) but I have read some.

The Light Fantastic is the second of the Discworld books and it features Rincewind and the Luggage, both of whom we met in the first book. At the end of the first book they were being hurled off the edge of the world but they’re saved and brought back for this book.

This time the world is headed for a collision with a massive star that would theoretically kill everything, and only by reciting the 8 most powerful spells can the world be saved. Of course, as we learned last time, Rincewind has one of those spells in his head following some unpleasantness when he was at wizard school. He’s being hunted by people who want the spell out of his head.

These books are characterized by their fast pace and utter absurdity. They are clever and sharp-witted. I always recommend them although in the interests of total honesty I have to admit that the Rincewind books are not my favorites. I think I’m a minority opinion on that front, though, so don’t let that stop you.

It’s worth noting that the Discworld books are not really a cohesive series. They have several storylines that are treated separately in different book arcs over the course of the series. In other worlds, you can skip books and read books in a specific storyline without causing yourself any issues. I have found a site that will help you if that’s what you’re planning to do. Here you go.

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