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The Last Continent (Discworld #22)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  29,903 ratings  ·  551 reviews
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 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
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 1st 1998 by Doubleday (first published 1998)
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Apr 27, 2013 Manny rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
"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
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
Complete Discworld Reread


Hello, Terry?

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
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
Bonnie Jeanne
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
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
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
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
Mary Catelli
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
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.
4 1/2 stars. I honestly think the only way I could have loved this book more is if I was actually Australian, because I would have gotten all the in-jokes.

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
Christina  Torretta
Ahh! Now this is another Rincewind favorite! Sadly I had not read this one so this is a first time for me and I loved it! I've never been to Australia, which Terry Pratchett says this book is nothing about by the way, but after reading this I think it would be fun to venture over there.

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
When I first started the Discworld books, I wasn't really that big a fan of Rincewind, and the Unseen University crowd were a little bit dull. Once Pratchett introduced Mustrum Ridcully as Archchancellor, and let him stay Archchancellor, giving the faculty a little stability, things started looking up for these books. This one, The Last Continent, is well into the UU/Rincewind series, and the characters are developed and settled into themselves, which makes it much more enjoyable than the earlie ...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in March 2000.

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
Time travel. Bleh. At least at some point, Mustrum Ridcully, the UU's pragmatic Archchancellor, sets us all straight, at last:
"I can't help thinking, thought, that we may have...tinkered with the past, Archchancellor," said teh Senior Wrangler.
"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
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

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

Terrific! Pratchett has all the strengths of the Discworld series working at full in this 22nd book. The Last Continent (called EcksEcksEcksEcks) is not Australia, but it is a bit...Australian. The lovable inept Rincewind arrives via magic. At the same time, the wizards enter through a magic window to the same place seeking Rincewind's help in curing his co-worker, the ailing orangutan librarian...only they are several thousand years early. These events have stirred up time and space into a soup ...more
At first, I was worried about this one. The theme books aren't always great (see "Holy Wood"), except for the witches, so a theme book focused on Rincewind and the Wizards gave me a sense of forboding. But, actually, it worked out quite well. Pratchett clearly has a good deal of affection for Australia, and I particularly enjoyed Rincewind's culinary invention involving boiled bear, vegetables, and salt...

A weak start, but a pretty interesting finish. I take some issue with the blurb, which impl
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
K.F. Breene
Laughed my arse off. Makes fun of Australia in a Brittish humor. Love Terry Pratchett!
My first Terry Pratchett. It appeared on my bookshelf a few years back, and I'm still not sure how it ever got there, because I certainly don't remember buying it, and have no recollection of ever borrowing it. Given the subject matter of the book, it seems fitting that this is how the book came to be mine.

Being a Pratchett virgin I went into this book with a certain expectation; essentially, I figured it would be a fantasy version of what Douglas Adams and Grant Naylor did for sci-fi.

I think I
The story starts with a slightly under the weather Librarian whose nursing has been left in the charge of the Unseen University's academics. It then jumps to the other side of the Disc where a misplaced, in both time and space, Rincewind and Luggage are unsure of which way is up, or where the other is. This novel picks up where Interesting Times left off.

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
Since I went to Australia a few months ago, I though I should re-read this one to see if it colored my thoughts. However, many of the Australian references were too broad and steeped in the popular conception of Australia - the jokes are enjoyable even if you've never been to the country. Pratchett is marvelous as always, but I find this book to be one of the least compelling of the Discworld novels.
Scott Holstad
How can I put this gently? This book was EXCRUCIATING to get through! It made me miserable. If it had been any author but Pratchett, I would have put it down after 50 or 60 pages. However, I kept plugging away, hoping it would get better.

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
10th Discworld book read with my husband, and probably my favorite since we've started.

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.
Duncan Mandel
EDITORIAL REVIEW: Something is amiss at Unseen Unversity, Ankh-Morpork's most prestigious (i.e., only) institution of higher learning. **A professor is missing--but a search party is on the way!** A bevy of senior wizards will follow the trail wherever it leads--even to the other side of Discworld, where the Last Continent, Fourecks, is under construction. **Imagine a magical land** where rain is but a myth and the ordinary is strange and the past and present run side by side. **experience the t ...more
Candy Wood
Combine the wizards of Unseen University, Rincewind and the Luggage, and the Discworld version of Australia, known as EksEksEksEks, and we get to explore just about every national stereotype, from kangaroos and boomerangs to the Sydney Opera House. Silliness abounds: Mrs. Whitlow, the fearsome housekeeper, is the only female transported away from Ankh-Morpork with the wizards, and some kind of morphing virus makes the Librarian turn into a different shape (but still red and hairy) every time he ...more
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.
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Discworld (1 - 10 of 41 books)
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  • The Light Fantastic (Discworld, #2; Rincewind #2)
  • Equal Rites (Discworld, #3; Witches #1)
  • Mort (Discworld, #4; Death, #1)
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  • Wyrd Sisters (Discworld, #6; Witches #2)
  • Pyramids (Discworld, #7)
  • Guards! Guards! (Discworld, #8; City Watch #1)
  • Eric (Discworld, #9; Rincewind #4)
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"Students," said Senior Wrangler morosely.”
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