The Last Continent (Discworld #22)
There's nothing like the issue of evolution to get under the skin of academics.Especially when those same academics are by chance or bad judgement deposited at a critical evoluti...more
This is the Discworld's last continent, a completely separate creation.
It's hot. It's dry...very dry. There was this thing once called The Wet, which no one believes in. Practically everything that's not poisonous is venomous. But it's the best bloody place in the world, all right?
And it'll die in a few days, except...Who is this hero striding across the red desert? Champion sheep shearer, horse rider, road warrior, beer drinker, bush ranger and someone who'll even eat a Meat Pie Floater when
In a note at the beginning of The Last Continent, Terry Pratchett says that it is not about Australia, just about somewhere "which happens to be, here and there, a bit ... Australian". In fact, the novel is set in a place which is an exaggerated stereotype of Australianness, with references to films such as Mad Max, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Crocodile Dundee as well as lager drinking, hats with corks, dangerous spiders, aboriginal art, S...more
Time travel: pretty meh. Pratchett writes a better closed-loop (though in this case it's more of a Trousers of Time thing) story when he comes up with Night Watch. Still, Ponder and the Archch...more
En el libro hay varios episodios gloriosos. Rincewind se enc...more
However, the other characters who appear in Rincewind books can often be quite entertaining. While The Last Continent doesn't have Cohen the Barbarian (one of my favorite Discworld characters), it does have the staff of Unseen University, and Ponder St...more
"I can't help thinking, thought, that we may have...tinkered with the past, Archchancellor," said teh Senior Wrangler....more
"I don't see how," said Ridcully. "After all, the past happened before we got here."
"Ye [sic], but now we're here, we've changed it."
"Then we changed it before."
And that, they felt, pretty well summed it up. It is very easy to get ridiculously confused abo
I reckon if you live in Australia, you probably know quite a lot. If you've known someone from Australia or perhaps have visited there, you might know a few things. If your experience is limited to a few "Crocodile Dundee" movies and the Crocodile Hunter, then you could probably stand to know a little more. No matter what your level of Australiana is, though, you probably know at least enough to get a lot of enjoyment out of this book, Terry Pratchett's h...more
I read this the nex...more
Eh ben dites donc, le temps passe vite.
Hélas, avec le temps viennent les habitudes, et c’est peut-être ce qui a fait que, même si j’ai beaucoup souri, je n’ai pas ri tant que ça. Parce qu’après tout, l’humour de Pratchett, je commence à bien connaître. Et même si j’apprécie toujours autant, on peut penser que je commence à y être salement habitué, et du coup ses blagues diverses et variées me...more
"Ook?" said the Librarian in an uncertain tone. The Archancellor glared at him. "Come on, come on, shouldn't be difficult! We need to reset parameters. Push the envelope. Think out of the box."
"What box?" asked the Dean timidly. The Archancellor gave him a withering look.
"For those who somehow missed yesterday's briefing session," he continued, enunciating e...more
Pratchett's trade-mark humor is very much in evidence, though there are a few anachronistic references that are jarring in the book and which his later books lack. Rincewind is one of my least favorite characte...more
What I do know is that I absolutely love the Librarian. Even when he's a deckchair.
In this book you not only get quite a lot of Rincewind, and a shape-changing Librarian, you also get a lot more than usual of the senior staff of Unseen University,...more
But this book is fun and...more
Not big fan of mags advantures on Mono Island but Rincewind parts made my day. The storyline sometimes gets chaotic and seems to be not so well thought. However, this book has some special feel to it. You can really tell that he wrote it under impression of Australia. And it made me want to visit this interesting country too.
The language is perfect, as always, and the gags are hilarious as usu...more
"Any seasoned traveller soon learns to avoid anything wished on them as a 'regional speciality', because all the term means is that the dish is so unpleasant the people living everywhere else will bite off their own legs rather than eat it. But hosts still press it upon distant guests anyway: 'Go on...more
"Historians have pointed out that it is in times of plenty that people feel like going to war. In times of famine they're simply trying to find enough to eat.... when a banquet is spread before them, it's time to argue over the place settings."
"... perspective is a lie. If I know a pond is round, then why should I draw it oval? I will dra...more
No worries, this is Pratchett fully geared up and a joy to read, but you do need to understand his off centre view of things to truly appreciate what he is telling here.
Rincewind the wizard (well he thinks he is)is stuck in EcksEcksEcksEcks (get it)?, with talking kangeroo's, clever sheep and the whole of the Unseen University of wizards in their own little side line story.
It's set in the equivalent of Australia, and features Rincewind the Wizzard (who is such a bad wizard that he can't even spell it correctly!)
There are plenty of references from popular culture, including Priscilla Queen of the Dessert, veggie-mite, and Crocodile Dundee. The librarian (who is an orang-utan, obviously!) is in this quite a lot, which is an extra added bonus!
Terry Pratchett never fails to amaze...more