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
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 ...more
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 ...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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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
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
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
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.
In this one Rincewind is at his best. He's once again told that HE and only he can save the Discworld but he's having none of it. Saving worlds puts you into a lot of danger! He's tired of being in danger and just ...more
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
"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 this chapter of the Discworld Saga, the Librarian from Unseen University has fallen ill, and the wizards are attempting to find a way to restore him to health. However, they need to know his name to do that, and the only person who knows that is Rincewind, world's most incompetent wizard.Who happens to be currently roaming around Fourecks ...more
the Discworld's equivalent of the continent of Australia.
Unseen University is in chaos, and the faculty decides that the only
way to put things back to rights is to find Rincewind the Wizzard,
whom rumor has it is on the continent of Fourecks (which strongly
resembles Australia). However, due to a mishap involving a cleaning
lady, a number of the wizards find themselves stranded on a
paradise-like coast - thirty thousand years in the ...more
A weak start, but a pretty interesting finish. I take some issue with the blurb, which impl ...more
Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, ...more
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