The Last Continent (Discworld #22)
It's hot. It's dry . . . very dry. There was this thing once called The Wet, which no one now 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 des...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
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...more
Ya, it is me, 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...more
I read this the nex...more
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
¿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...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
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
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 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...more
A weak start, but a pretty interesting finish. I take some issue with the blurb, which impl...more
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...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
From the offset the story promises entertainment, and doesn't fail to deliver it. It lays on a heavy handed approach to it's time-travelling th...more
This is Pratchett's spoof on Australia and, boy, do the jokes get old quick. Okay, we get it -- Australia is hot, has deserts, they like their beer there, they have unusual foods. BFD. Who cares? Even the Mad Max and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert spoofs seemed...more
Rincewind's been my favorite of the reoccurring characters. I'm very sad this is his last book. In my head, he's gone back to the Agatean Empire to live with his true love, Twoflower, forever and ever.
No, wait. My favourite is Monstrous Regiment, but this comes such a close second I think they might have equal standing.
Discworld books usually make me think, and the humour is the kind that makes me smile, not laugh out loud. The Last Continent made me laugh out loud. It's just a funny book, and its subject matter tickles my Australia obsession, I'll admit. Sarcastic kangaroos, wizards being wizards and a baby Librarian? Yes, I loved it. Mayb...more
Aún así, una gran aventura sobre naufragios,...more
Yes, it presented some interesting thoughts, and had some curious interactions, but other than that, it felt fairly empty of an actual story to tell.
Out of all the books I've read by Terry Pratchett, this has got to be the one I like the...more
However, I love the wizards. The wizards are the only reason this has 3-stars. Most of the book was so, I suppose, odd? And not in a charming...more