The Last Hero (Discworld #27)
He can remember the good old days of high adventure, when being a Hero meant one didn't have to worry about aching backs and lawyers and civilization. But these days, he can't always remember just where he put his teeth...So now, with his ancient (yet still trusty) sword and new walking stick in hand, Cohen gather...more
He can remember when a hero didn't have to worry about fences and lawyers and civilisation, and when people didn't tell you off for killing dragons.
But he can't always remember, these days, where he put his teeth . . .
So now, with his ancient sword and his new walking stick and his old friends -- and they're very old friends -- Cohen the Barbarian is going on one final quest. He's going to climb the highest mountain in the Discworld and meet his gods.
Cohen the Barbarian.
He's been a legend in his own lifetime.
He can remember the good old days of high adventure, when being a Hero meant one didn't have to worry about aching backs and lawyers and civilization.
But these days, he can't always remember just where he put his teeth...
So now, with his ancient (yet still trusty) sword and new walking stick in hand, Cohen gathers a group of his old -- very old -- friends to embark on one final quest. He's going to climb the highest mountain of Disc
The story is short, and sweet. Cohen and the Silver hoard have decided to go out with a bang. There is nothing else to conquer and everything has gotten so complicated... there aren't even any good Dark Lords anymore. Sure there are evil nasty...more
Dans ce tome (jamais paru en poche) Cohen le barbare s'en va rendre visite aux dieux en leur demeure de Dumanifestine, juste pour le plaisir de semer le bazar. Un bazar de dimensions telles qu'à Ankh-Morpokh, le seigneur Vétérini décide de lancer une expédition visant à l'arrêter. Expédition qui enverra Carotte, Rincevent et Léonard de Quinn par-delà le bord du disque.
Bon, oui, j'ai un peu raconté le début de cette histoire qui renvoie tous les autres tomes au rang de simple histoire un pe...more
In the course of the last 26 books, Pratchett gave us a brilliant cast of characters. We've watched them appear, grow, evolve, and become a part of the Discworld Universe; Cohen was the only one who was who he was, in the beginning and till the end. That's what defined him, and that's what also, I thought, made him increasingly irrelevant in a Discworld with high-speed communications, reformed and societally-assimilated monsters, the rule of law & order and,...more
The Last Hero revolves around Cohen and the Silver Horde as they undertake one last quest to return fire to the gods (i.e. blow up the place). Racing against time to try and stop them is Ankh-...more
Even without the illustrations, I'd buy it anyway.
The Last Hero is technically a Rincewind book but it's mainly about Cohen & The Silver Horde and Leonard of Quirm, served with a side of Carrot. It also has a bunch of other people. It's glorious. I loved Vena/Mrs. McGarry - one of the reasons I love Pratchett is because he writes awesome women. I like that Vena doesn't do much in the realm of swashbuckling, even though w...more
For example, we all know that the world is flat. And round, like a disc. And that it's supported on the backs of four elephants.
And, yes, yes, we all know that those four elephants are standing on the back of a giant turtle swimming through space. I realize I'm just stating the obvious.
But have you ever wondered what the elephants and turtle really look like?
Well, thankfully there was an expedition to space, with 3 explorers: the inventor Leonard d...more
Having never read any of Pratchett’s work due to the pre-assumption that his work would not be my ‘cup of tea’, I felt that it was about time I tested this theory. I am pleased to say that despite taking the fantasy genre seriously I uncharacteristically felt compelled to discover his work, and was drawn to the bold cover of ‘The Last Hero: a Discworld fable’. I am still unsure of why Pratchett is q...more
The Last Hero is a great story, when long-standing characters are illustrated it often comes out wrong, but Kirby nailed it, especially with Rincewind and the Gods.
The basic story is in two arcs, focusing on the aging Silver Hoard (last seen in Interesting Tim...more
On the Rincewind track of recommended reading, this book is #7.
The Last Hero, in which we're given the length of the Turtle and the height of the Elephants, is an illustrated novel. There's also a mention of Death by Cucumber. All within the first page. Mr Pratchett certainly knows how to give answers to and intrigue his readers into reading more, right off the bat!
This illustrated novel was a lot of fun to read: you're given definite images to accompany the story, adds a lot of "meat" (hur hur...more
Cohen the Barbarian, ruler of the Agataean Empire, is po...more
As for the story of The Last Hero, I have nothing much to tell you. Characters from different story lines come together in the last adventure of the now elderly heroes or Cohen the...more
This short story by Terry Pratchett ticks all those boxes with the blurb on my edition reading:
"He's been a legend in his own lifetime.
He can remember the great days of high adventure.
He can remember when a hero didn't have to worry about fences and lawyers and civilisation.
He can remember when people didn't tell you off for killing dragons.
This time the sassy, wonderful, snide, silly, colorful, twisted thingamabobs associated with Sir Terry's wordsmithery are augmented by Paul Kidby's frantic illustrations. What a visual and verbal banquet. In my volume, page 130-131 is particularly enchanting.
It's hard to pick a favorite character in Sir Terry's pantheon, but damn, Lord Vetinari, the cultivated, calculating, well-m...more
It is, in fact, really only a novella. The actual story is pure Pratchett, of course, but he's shoe-horned most of the Discworld's recurring characters. Rincewind, the wizards, the Patrician, Carrot, Cohen and the Silver Horde can all lay claim to being main characters. So much s...more
This is about saving Discworld from destruction. The senior citizen Cohen d' Barbarian is on his way to return to the gods what was once stolen and also wi...more
I've always loved the Silver Horde. I love how they defy my expectations of what heroes ought to be, yet surpass them at the same time. When al other heroes have given up, they keep fighting 'cause it's all they've ever done.
I would definitely say this...more
I do enjoy Pratchett. In this book, they're really old heroes and they're sick of having nothing to do so they decide to give back to the gods...more
Feeling his age, Cohen the Barbarian seeks to return fire to the Gods - preferably by the most violent way possible. His plan could undo the entire worl...more
This has just about everything that a Discworld fan could have, including some of the best little snippets of Vetinari (who I love) that I have read so far.
Add the Librarian, Rincewind and Captain Carrot. Then stir in Cohen the Barbarian and his mates, the Silver Horde and the Discworld god...more
Illustrated by Paul Kidby
This is an oversize illustrated Discworld novel.
Cohen and his Silver Horde, tired of their heroic lives, decide to go out with a bang. Their plan? To return to the gods what the first hero stole, with interest. Unfortunately, doing this will destroy Discworld, so Rincewind, Captian Carrot, and Leonard of Quirm are drafted to save the world.
This is a fast paced read, somewhat melancholy, and epic in scope, ju...more
Страхотно е как Пратчет успява да завърти толкова много митология и идеология около един цветен и забавен свят. Закачките с религията, боговете, прикования Прометей, Александър Македо...more
A great story, fantastically enhanced by the illustrations, which are half the fun. After all, when it comes to elderly barbarians in long johns and S&M gea...more