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The Last Continent (Discworld #22)

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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 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
Dec 23, 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
David Sarkies
Oct 28, 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
Mar 14, 2016 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
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
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
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
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
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
Tim Hicks
Nov 21, 2015 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
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
Mary Catelli
May 26, 2015 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
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
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
Sep 19, 2014 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
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.
Apr 11, 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.
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
Feb 16, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 26, 2012 Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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
Jan 13, 2011 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 07, 2013 Al rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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

Oct 04, 2015 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, owned
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
Jul 23, 2011 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Althea Ann
The 22nd Discworld novel. In this volume, Pratchett introduces us to
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
Nov 26, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of Terry Pratchett and his Discworld series. I truly did enjoy this book, but compared to others in the series, it felt a little uneven for me, especially in pacing and in the clarity of the plot; I had a hard time keeping my focus on the storyline. Rincewind and the wizards of the Unseen University were as entertaining as ever, but somehow the whole book didn't come together for me in as satisfying a way as I have come to expect from a Pratchett book. It felt like the plot was a ...more
Aug 31, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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  • The Light Fantastic (Discworld, #2; Rincewind #2)
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  • Mort (Discworld, #4; Death, #1)
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“But we're a university! We have to have a library!" said Ridcully. "It adds tone. What sort of people would we be if we didn't go into the library?"

"Students," said Senior Wrangler morosely.”
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