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Sourcellerie (Discworld #5)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  59,265 Ratings  ·  1,385 Reviews
A sourcerer is born in Discworld: a wizard so powerful that he makes all other magicians look like a bunch of fools in pointy hats. Now, suddenly, Discworld is brought to the brink of an all-out thaumaturgical war. The only hope for peace is Rincewind, the failed magician who has a risky plan to save the world. He enlists the help of several odd new characters, including C ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 7th 2000 by Pocket (first published 1988)
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Sep 05, 2015 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sourcery is Sir Terry Pratchett’s fifth installment of his brilliantly funny and inventive Discworld series.

First published in 1988, this is another Rincewind novel and centers around the Discworld phenomena of the eighth son of an eighth son – of an eighth son!! is a Sourceror, meaning a source of magic and therefore much more powerful.

Pratchett populates this entry with many familiar characters such as The Librarian, Nijel the Destroyer and Conina the Hairdresser, daughter of Cohen the Barbari
Paul O'Neill
Oct 21, 2016 Paul O'Neill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best one so far!!
May 07, 2014 Gary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Maybe I am tiring of this series. Maybe this book really was slow. Whatever the case is, I had a difficult time getting into it. The humour was sometimes engaging and sometimes forced. It almost felt like the author was following the formula that had worked in previous books and reproducing it mechanically rather than spontaneously. It reminded me of a musical band that has had a couple of hit songs and decided that since they want to make money, they better reproduce the next song with the exac ...more
May 16, 2011 Tfitoby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastical, funny
“Not much call for a barbarian hairdresser, I expect,' said Rincewind. 'I mean, no-one wants a shampoo-and-beheading.”

For some reason this, the fifth instalment of the Discworld series, feels the most derivitive and the most puerile in terms of humour.

The premise, as much as you can call it that, is the story of an eighth son of an eighth son of an eighth son. He was, quite naturally, a wizard. A wizard squared...a source of magic...a Sourcerer. Sourcery died out on the Disc thousands of years

3.5 Me reí bastante con esta historia del Mundodisco, es hasta ahora la que mejor describe a Rincewind este "hechicero" que no hace magia, y que intenta huir de todos los peligros que se le presenten, que son insistentes en su vida, pero que en el fondo tiene un gran corazón, cada vez siento mas cariño por este personaje, me hace reír, con su manera, por ejemplo, de querer salvar al mundo del peligroso Rechicero (que posee mas poderes que los dioses) agitando una media con un ladrillo adentro ¿e
Jan 16, 2017 Chloe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-and-owned
This is another entertaining instalment, not one of my most favourites, but these books cannot be less than great! I love the characters yet again, especially Conina, and it’s a great take on the wizard aspect of fantasy novels with a much broader view of the Discworld which was very interesting to learn more about! He is a genius, and Rincewind is a great hero!
2.5 stars.

I hate rating this low, but I have to be honest. I spent more time counting off pages to completion than I did on reading it.

There were some really funny parts and snippets of awesome. But in the end, it just wasn't connecting with me. It took me a month to finish. Ugh...

Still, I certainly didn't dislike it. I'm just hoping to get more hooked on the series before too much longer....
An entertaining story and the typical, occasional very clever and funny observation about the world and things.^^
Why did I give this two stars the first time I read it? I have no idea.

The whole thing with the library made me cry. I need a banana.

Rincewind faces his most horrible situation yet.

A pretty woman and a magic hat.
Simcha Wood
Feb 05, 2013 Simcha Wood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sourcery, the fifth book in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, marks his first real triumph. Like the previous book in the series, Mort, Sourcery builds on the humor of the first several books in the series and adds to it a depth of empathy and narrative prowess. The humor in particular is no longer derivative of Douglas Adams but has morphed into a style that is much more incisive and distinctive to Pratchett.

The story is similar in many ways to both The Light Fantastic and Equal Rites, but un
Nov 24, 2011 Raelyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is common knowledge on Discworld that wizards aren’t to have sex, in fact it is part of the Lore, but until now it wasn’t explained why. In the 5th edition to this wonderful series, Pratchett tells the story of a wizard who went against the Lore and had seven sons, all wizards, and then an eighth son who was a sourcerer- being a source of magic. The Disc, however, is not a good place for all this magic, and so things start to fall apart–literally! We welcome back Rincewind to save the day, ag ...more
Mamen B.
Mar 12, 2016 Mamen B. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, mundodisco

Me ha gustado un montón, pese a que mucha gente dice que es de los malillos de Mundodisco. Todas las referencias al Apocalipsis y cómo Pratchett ha mezclado mitos de diferentes religiones, me han encantado. Otra de las cosas que me gustan de la saga de los magos, es Rincewind, porque es un protagonista genial en su torpeza, junto con el Equipaje y sus aventuras, que nos suelen sacar de Ankh-Morpork para recorrer zonas del Disco. En esta ocasión hemos conocido Klatch, concretamente la ciudad
In common with Equal Rites the resolution in this book focuses on the need for self-restraint, the best use of power is not to use it at all (view spoiler). This principle allows for the presence of the wizards as a whole in the Pratchett universe to be non-disruptive, but more broadly is a common theme in the Discworld novels and is true also of the Witches stories in which magical interven ...more
Theresa Abney
Jul 23, 2007 Theresa Abney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
"Despite rumor, Death isn't cruel- merely terribly, terribly good at his job." p.2

"It wasn't that he was unaware of the despair and nobility of the human condition. It was just that as far as he was concerned you could stuff it." p.10

"Psst," it said.
"Not very," said Rincewind, who was in a state of mind where he couldn't resist it, "but I'm working on it." p.37

"He examined his conscience.
It said: I'm out of options. Please yourself." p.204

PERISTALSIS: successive waves of involuntary contraction
Mar 06, 2016 Belcebon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No es de mis favoritos, pero tiene mucha sabiduría dentro. No dejéis de leerlo nunca.
This was a good fun read (as all the Discworld books are) but it wasn't my favourite in the series. I feel like Rincewind isn't my favourite character (although I love the Luggage) and so I knew this would only be around a 3*s, but I cannot fault Pratchett for humour and I will always enjoy reading these.

This story focuses on what happens when a Sourcerer is brought into the world to challenge the magicians at the University and all the inevitable chaos that ensues on the Discworld. It's a romp
Semma Am
Jun 26, 2014 Semma Am rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've loved almost all the Pratchett books I've read in the past, but coming back to this one was unsatisfying. Partly because I started to notice the repetition in descriptions (yes the air feels 'greasy' when magic's being used, and yes a surprising number of things feel like a sock or a glove full of something else); but even more so by some of the characters and the ending itself which just seemed to... fizzle out.

Conina - introduced as thief among thieves, most deadly fighter, most beautiful
3.5 stars. Pratchett's Discworld books are always entertaining and cleverly written. As such, I enjoyed this one and particularly like the character of Rincewind who is the central figure of this story. That siad, I thought the first two books of this series were so good that I have been a little disappointed that the next 3 books have not, for me at least, been quite as good. I will continue to read them as they are still worth reading, I just hope that I can come across another installment of ...more
I really enjoyed this book, and the humor was once again outstanding (I love Terry Pratchett's writing!), but something about this one is keeping me from giving it a full five stars.

One of the main reasons for my only enjoying it, instead of absolutely loving it, has to do with the Luggage. I LOVED the Luggage when it was introduced, but ever since it left Twoflower to belong to Rincewind it just hasn't felt the same to me. (It also hasn't eaten anyone lately, which could also be a reason for m
Feb 15, 2011 Laurie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No, that title isn’t a misspelling. It’s one of Pratchett’s plays on words that he’s so fond of. Because in this book – which was the fifth Discworld novel- sourcery is when magic goes beyond wizardry and taps into the very source of magic- raw power that ordinary wizards can’t touch.

‘Sourcery’ takes on sword and sorcery fantasies, taking satirical swipes at pretty much all the big ones- Lord of the Rings, Narnia, Fantasia, The Tempest, Conan the Barbarian, 1001 Nights, Fafhrd and Grey Mouser-
Executive Summary: This one might be a tie with The Color of Magic as my least favorite of Discworld thus far.

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After how much I enjoyed The Light Fantastic I was looking forward to another Rincewind book. I just never got into this one as much. There are once again some great jokes, but many of them felt in one or two parts of the book and then longer stretches where I didn't even chuckle.

The plot wasn't terribly engaging. It had potential. The Eighth son of the Eighth son is destine
David Sarkies
Sep 08, 2012 David Sarkies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like Pratchett
Recommended to David by: My Mate
Shelves: comedy
Why wizard's don't have children
16 September 2012

While the forth book in Pratchett's Discworld series is still amusing, and very colourful, I found it to be a little duller than the others that I have so far read. Some have suggested that it is because we have Rincewind and the Luggage but no Twoflower, however I didn't really miss Twoflower so I would have to disagree with that assessment. I don't actually want to say that it is boring, and I don't think dry is an appropriate word since it is
It's kinda fun seeing the real reason behind the wizards' enforced celibacy, of which most of them have forgotten the true origin of the prohibition on sex & marrying -- because if a wizard has eight sons, the eighth will be born a sourcerer, and crack the very foundations of the world. It's an interesting plot with very high stakes, and more detailed appearances by the Librarian and the Patrician (which are two of my favourite characters!).

But also, eurgh. These early Rincewind books are se
Mary Catelli
One of the lesser lights in the Discworld series. (He attributes a fair number of changes to the world to events in it, not always plausibly.)

It opens with a wizard having a talk with DEATH about his eighth son -- who must be a sourcerer, on that account. He gives his son his staff and a destiny to ruin the Unseen University.

A few years later, the Unseen University is in a panic. Or rather, the creatures are -- rats abandoning it like a sinking ship, bedbugs fleeing (and taking the bed), gargoyl
This book is so slow it is a miracle I managed to finish it. I think it may be because I am not a fan of wizard stories but whatever it is I could not enjoy this book
Feb 17, 2015 Celise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
“This book does not contain a map. Please feel free to draw your own.”

I couldn’t have found a better quote to describe what I’ve read of the Discworld series thus far. Rules that seem to be established don’t seem to hold up from one book to another, character traits and appearances seem to inexplicably change and there isn’t much of a structure to speak of. One shouldn’t expect anything different from Pratchett. If you think too hard about how and why things happen in his stories, you’ll giv
Jun 11, 2016 Crispitina30 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buena continuación de las aventuras de Rincewind. Entretenida, divertida, con mucha locura y también momentos para reflexionar. Me han gustado mucho los nuevos personajes (especialmente Conina), el desarrollo interno del Equipaje con sus propios problemas, y también las nuevas inquietudes emocionales a las que nuestro querido Rincewind ha tenido que enfrentarse.

Como me suele ocurrir en las novelas del Mundodisco, las últimas páginas son un caos tremendo. Pero es Mundodisco, es Terry Pratchett, y
Dr Pogo
Tiene todos los puntos fuertes marca de la casa. Un humor fino e inteligente, personajes carismáticos y mucha ironía. Pero también sufre los defectos que enconté en el 2o libro de la saga, también protagonizado por Rincewind. Al principio se plantea un arranque de historia potente, que promete... pero a partir de ahí la trama se basa en Rincewind encontrándose con diferentes personajes y metiéndose en problemas hasta que parece que por volumen de páginas la cosa tiene que acabar y se plantea y s ...more
Oct 04, 2010 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2012
Eh... I liked it, or at least didn't dislike it... But damn. I keep expecting, hoping, to get hooked into Discworld. I figured if I just kept picking them up and reading them, eventually I'd start to love them. So far, that hasn't worked. They aren't bad, they are quick and easy to read.. But I'm just not getting into them very much. The only reason I'm still reading them is because they are so quick. If they were any longer, I would have given up a few books ago. I don't know.. I think maybe I' ...more
Oct 10, 2012 Roviragrao rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: relecturas
(Relectura Mundodisco #5)

En Rechicero Pratchett recupera a Rincewind y su equipaje, y como en las dos primeras novelas el ritmo es trepidante y un tanto caótico. Hay momentos muy divertidos y Pratchett derrocha genialidad en sus descripciones y reflexiones. Un ejemplo:
"Había poca clientela en el Tambor Remendado. El troll encadenado al poste junto a la puerta estaba sentado, y se sacaba a alguien de entre los dientes con gesto meditabundo".
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Discworld (1 - 10 of 41 books)
  • The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind #1)
  • The Light Fantastic (Discworld, #2; Rincewind #2)
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