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Ostatni kontynent (Discworld #22)

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Coś zaginęło na Niewidocznym Uniwersytecie - najbardziej prestiżowej (tzn. jedynej) instytucji naukowej w Ankh-Morpork. Brakuje profesora - ale grupa poszukiwawcza jest w drodze! Zespół starszych magów podąży jego tropem, dokądkolwiek by prowadził, nawet na drugi koniec Dysku, gdzie Ostatni Kontynent, Czteriksy, wciąż jest w stadium budowy.
Wyobraźcie sobie magiczną krainę,
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 23rd 2006 by Prószyński i S-ka (first published 1998)
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Manny
Apr 25, 2013 Manny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People in search of bad jokes about Australia
Recommended to Manny by: The Wikipedia article on drop bears
"Are we all here?" said Archancellor Ridcully as he surveyed the assembled wizards. "Good. Now let's get our brainstorming session started."

"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
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Melki
Dec 18, 2013 Melki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"You call that a knife?" The giant unsheathed one that would be called a sword if it had been held in a normal-sized hand. "This is what I call a knife!"

Mad looked at it. Then he reached his hand around behind his back, and it came back holding something.

"Really? No worries. This," he said, "is what I call a crossbow."


I cringed when I saw that this entry in the series was about the wizards. Normally their haughty behavior (which reminds me SO MUCH of my mother-in-law's most annoying trait), mak
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David Sarkies
Oct 22, 2015 David Sarkies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Australians
Recommended to David by: Stewart Wymer
Shelves: comedy
Pratchett Goes to Australia
28 October 2015

I have to say that when I have read books, or seen TV episodes, by people from foreign parts where they try to satirise Australia I have generally been either unimpressed, or downright insulted (as was the case with the Simpsons Episode where the Simpsons come to Australia, act like a bunch of jerks, proceed to insult everybody, leave an infestation of cane toads, and then go home). As such I was approaching Pratchett's book with some trepidation due to
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YouKneeK
The Last Continent is the sixth book in the Rincewind subseries of Discworld. For me, this was one of the more average Discworld books. I don’t normally fall asleep while reading, but the cat and I took a few short naps while reading this book. :)

Rincewind has accidentally become stranded in a remote area of Austral… I mean, in Ecksecksecksecks. While Rincewind is innocently going about his business of trying not to die of starvation or get poisoned by giant spiders, a talking kangaroo tries to
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Tfitoby
May 16, 2011 Tfitoby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastical, funny
In which Rincewind gets sent to my adopted country and encounters every pop culture reference you could think of. Is this how Egyptians react when they read about Djellibeybi in Pyramids?

I remember when I first moved here, middle of Summer, endless days of 40c heat, not even remotely a hint of potential rainfall and then one morning it just hammered down with rain for a few minutes and the roads turned to rivers and everybody seemed to panic a bit. Pratchett nailed it.

The absurdly misplaced affe
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Chris
Jan 30, 2010 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, fantasy, pratchett
Quick - what do you know about Australia?

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
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Nathan
Complete Discworld Reread

*Ring*

Hello, Terry?

Ya, it is me, Nathan.

Nathan!

You know, the guy doing the full reread of your Discworld series?

No? Haven’t read one review? Not even…

Really? Wow, really thought some of those would have made it your way. But hey I got a few questions for you.

Huh? Well, it is surprisingly easy to get someone’s home number these days, the internet is a wonderful place. Anyway, I just finished The Last Continent and I am a bit confused.

Yes, I figured out that it was set in
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Crispitina30
Ha sido entretenido, pero no me ha llegado tanto como otros libros del Mundodisco.

La trama se me ha hecho algo pausada y en ocasiones me daba la sensación de que no estaba sucediendo nada, a parte de pequeñas cosas sin importancia e influencia en el argumento general. Además, hay momentos en que los diálogos se hacen muy confusos porque no sabes quién está diciendo quién (aunque a esto ya estoy bastante acostumbrada, pues forma parte del estilo de Pratchett).

Otra cosa negativa es que se han que
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Laura
Jun 05, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first Terry Pratchett book I ever read. Formerly, as I have described in my review of Good Omens, I believed that Gaiman was the funny one and all of the good bits in Good Omens came from him. Then I stopped in Fred Meyer one day to buy a few things before flying home for Thanksgiving, and I saw The Last Continent. What the hell, I figured. I picked it up, expecting to confirm my belief that all of the good bits in Good Omens came from Gaiman. And how wrong I was!

I read this the nex
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Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 01/03/1999
Author: Terry Pratchett
Recommended for: fans of fantasy novels

This is another great book in the famous Discworld series, in this book we are transported to the magical, mystical world that Terry Pratchett has created. We meet characters such as: Rincewind, Luggage, The Libarian, DEATH and Mustrum Ridcully.
In the book we go on another great adventure with Rincewind (the wizard who can't quite spell wizard) and his faithful companion Luggage, this book can be read as a stand
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Phoenix2
Oct 14, 2011 Phoenix2 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers
Shelves: fantasy
I've kept reading this book but still, things didn't go better. The story is a mess, maybe I should have started from book one...
Радославъ Симѣонов
Уау! Просто уау! Това беше една от малкото непрочетени от мен книги на сър Тери Пратчет и останах за пореден път възхитен. Доскоро най-малко симпатичният ми герой - Ринсуинд, започна да се превръща в един от любимите ми. Започнах да гледам на историите за него по съвсем различен начин. Вече не го възприемам като досаден и непохватен мърморко, който дразни дори читателя с присъствието си, а като много добър персонаж, създаден именно с тази цел и играещ ролята си перфектно. Още един повод да се въ ...more
Bonnie Jeanne
Jan 25, 2009 Bonnie Jeanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh gosh, this Discworld has lots of academia jokes, which I love.[return][return]"I shall endeavor to make study of any primitive grass-skirted peoples hereabouts," added the Dean, with a lawnmower look in his eyes.[return][return]I've decided that Rincewind, the missing wizard, is another favorite character. He reminds me so much of Bill Bryson, author of In a Sunburned Country and many other wonderful books.[return][return]Ponder Stibbons, another of my favorite Discworld characters because he ...more
Matt
Dec 31, 2013 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humor, 2016-reads
Once again Rincewind is running for his life and saving the day as a byproduct, but this time he gets to be drunk so no worries. The Last Continent is Terry Pratchett’s 22nd installment of Discworld, the sixth to feature his first main character (Rincewind), is the location that most of the action in and around the flat world is centered but while the last built it happens to have the oldest land as well which has interesting effects on a wizard search party looking to find their lost colleague. ...more
Tim Hicks
Dec 07, 2009 Tim Hicks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I gave this a four the first time, and on rereading I've promoted it to five.
Perhaps I was in a hurry last time. It seemed that this time there was a greater density of pure Pratchettism than I remembered. It might be greater than in any of the books. He's really having fun with this one.

Others have noted that the satire of Australia is crude and simplistic. I am sure that was exactly the author's goal, to take the cheap shots and enjoy taking them and watching everyone KNOW they re cheap shot
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Maša
The wizards were civilized men of considerable education and culture. When faced with being inadvertently marooned on a desert island they understood immediately that the first thing to do was place the blame

Wizards, time-travel and Australia jokes.
I still find witches preferable to wizards in terms of likeability, humour and characterization. This book felt longer than it really is, due to randomness and mostly non-existent plot. I really dig Death, but even so, his appearance in this book jus
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Mary Catelli
Aug 20, 2013 Mary Catelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy, humor
At the end of Interesting Times, Rincewind landed in Australia XXXX. Which is hazardous to his health. Meanwhile, the Librarian started to change form randomly, and they realize that Rincewind might know his name, which they need. So we have the stories about their search, and Rincewind's adventures, mostly guided by a kangaroo. It involves some interesting temporal effects. Also a desire for good ballads, a drunken bet, the danger of talking about the weather, shipwreck, paintings on stone, and ...more
H.D. Lynn
Nov 24, 2016 H.D. Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the few Discworld books I hadn't read. It wasn't a favorite, but even okay Pratchett is like 10x better than most authors.
Juan Bosco
¿Alguna vez han intentado contar una historia sobre algo, pero al poco tiempo se dan cuenta de que no es tanto lo que tienen que contar y no quieren admitirlo porque ya tienen la atención de una audiencia? Eso es más o menos lo que pasa con este libro.

¿Australia de Discomundo? Suena como una mina de oro de comedia, ¿no es así? Excepto que realmente no lo es tanto. Australia tiene muchas cosas interesantes, pero no todas se prestan para el tipo de humor de Terry Pratchett, de modo que la mitad de
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Molly Billygoat
Aug 17, 2015 Molly Billygoat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of Terry Pratchett's books, this is one of the most pleasurable and humorous jaunts into an insane world, accompanied by a group of people who are wise and clueless in equal measure - the wizards.

The insane world to which I refer is, of course, Australia. Being Australian, it may be that I understood some of the parodies a little better than some, but I would still recommend it to all. From start to end, this is an accurate piss-take of Australian culture, making me wonder how much time Pratche
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Fantasy Literature
In The Last Continent, Terry Pratchett sends Rincewind and the Unseen University wizards to Xxxx (Fourecks), which, the narrator explains, is not Australia.

In Interesting Times, Unseen University wizards inadvertently sent Rincewind to the Counterweight Continent (China), and now they inadvertently travel into the past of Fourecks — the Last Continent being created on the Discworld — while trying to figure out the Librarian’s name. Ponder Stibbins is the first to realize that the wizards have tr
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Kingfan30
Oct 24, 2016 Kingfan30 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I've decided I should have been born Australian, I use no worries far too much, almost as much as this book!

Looking back over the rest of the discworld books, I've preffered the witches, the watch and death much more than the books featuring the Wizards. This one I really enjoyed this one though, maybe because it was in a different serpentine to usual. I think I missed some of the in jokes, but there was plenty to keep me amused, and certainly didn't miss the Crocodile Dundee reference.

On anoth
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Flora
May 09, 2009 Flora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: discworld
I really love the UU wizards being foolish and this book has some top notch wizard foolery - the first half (or maybe 1/3rd) had me roaring. I've given the book an extra star just for the relationship between the Archchancellor and the Dean alone.

The rest of the novel is not so great - a bunch of dated Australian stereotypes strung together in a vague plot involving talking kangaroos, beer, drag queens and meat pies. Oh and some quasi-mystical time/space shenanigans. Aborginal people are notable
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Wastrel
Short version: I found it hilarious, perhaps Pratchett's funniest book (although it does rest heavily on one particular style of comedy, so tastes may differ).

Unfortunately, aside from that it has really very little going for it, and overall it's one of the worst Discworld novels so far (albeit one that, thanks to the comedy, I'm fonder of than I ought to be).

Now I get to go read Carpe Jugulum... oh joy...

Longer version: over here on my blog.
Jessica
Feb 27, 2014 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As far as Discworld books go, I thought this one was pretty weak. It just didn't feel like there was much going on in terms of a compelling story. The various jabs at Australian culture were ok, I guess, but Rincewind never seemed pushed forward by plot, which is kind of his thing.
Samantha Dragon
I love the Wizards and Ricewind, it was cool to see them somewhere other them Ankh-Morpork.
Kay
Aug 01, 2007 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Washington Post "Book World" review from May 1999

You Call That a Knife?

British author Terry Pratchett is sometimes referred to as "prolific," a term used almost reproachfully. Not only is he prolific, but he also writes books which for lack of a better description are classed as fantasy. "Surely," the Serious Reader sniffs, "you're joking."

No, mate, I'm not. Welcome to the 22nd novel in Pratchett's Discworld series, The Last Continent. A disclaimer on the book's jacket says that the continent
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Elizabeth Nelson
Some good Australia references, and I really liked the bits about the god of evolution, and seeing the wizards out of their natural habitat, but overall it was way too meandering, and didn't make me think about Big Ideas as much as a bunch of Pratchett's other work
Teresa
Mar 03, 2017 Teresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: at-home, fantastical
There's nothing like a bit of the fantastical to put me in a good mood. Pratchett coordinates a series of impossible events with good humor and very little violence. It's all a bit of a cartoon for your mind. Since this is my first (thrift store find), I'm not sure how the series starts, but I can see that Rincewind is a colorful character. Here, his journey to EksEksEksEks has him meeting up with a drawn kangaroo and imprisoned for hanging while the faculty of Unseen University are marooned on ...more
Amanda
The Rincewind arc is my least favorite beat in Discworld, in spite of my burning love for the Luggage and the Librarian. It's cute, but more often than not the novels are like an overblown joke and it gets tiring. I don't get most of the Australian references anyway! :)) The drop-bears are precious, though.

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
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  • Mort (Discworld, #4; Death, #1)
  • Sourcery (Discworld, #5; Rincewind #3)
  • Wyrd Sisters (Discworld, #6; Witches #2)
  • Pyramids (Discworld, #7)
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