October 07, 2011

The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

After having read the first book (and not really enjoying it) I decided to keep plodding through as there had to be a reason so many people like Pratchett. While I was still less than impressed with this book, I did enjoy it more than I did the first. As much as I hate to suggest it, if you haven't read the Colour of Magic before this book, you should to get the background on the characters.

When we last left them Rincewind (the failed wizard) and Twoflower (tourist to the area) had been escaping danger, falling a lot, and fighting off evil creatures; finally they are dropping off the end of the world when the book ends. One should note, Discworld is precisely that, a disc that is sitting on the backs of four elephants which in turn are standing on a giant turtle. So it is possible to fall off the edge.

So now they are suddenly restored to an upright position on the disc and safe. They don't know where they are, and the trees are talking, there's gnomes, and an edible house in which to shelter is right there for the eating. Rincewind is having trouble with the spell locked in his head, and that same spell has become interesting to the rest of the wizards in the world when a big star is headed straight for them. So now Rincewind has to help protect Twoflower from crazy star people, rogue bandits, trolls, and other dangers. All the while, he's in trouble himself.

The characters in this were a little better devloped than in the others. Rincewind is lets face it, a kind of boring character depite the fact that he's the main character in these books. Twoflower is little better and somewhat annoying at times. The luggage, of course, being an animate object that doesn't talk is as interesting as it can get (at least it eats people). It was the minor characters that really stood out in this novel. Cohen the Barbarian, was well, awesome. Despite being old and barely able to talk, he was the man. The trolls and gnomes also had a lot of pizazz as well.

Pratchett's writing is very jumpy. He has a million things to say and tries to express them all in one not very long book. He has a ton of books and I think that he could have just made more to include all the things he wanted to put out there. He uses a lot of humour, and while most of its cheesy, he did have a few moments that made me chuckle.

I'll keep reading the series, and hopefully like with this one, they'll keep getting better.

The Light Fantastic
Copyright 1986
241 pages

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