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Poslední hrdina (Discworld #27)

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Ve svém čase byl legendou. Pamatuje si časy, kdy si hrdina nemusel lámat hlavu s ploty, soudci ani civilizací. Pamatoval si časy, kdy vás lidé nevyhnali za to, že jste zabili draka. Bohužel, už si občas nepamatoval, kam si založil zuby... Co se toho týká, příliš šťastný z toho není... Takže právě teď se Barbar Cohen se svým dobrým starodávným mečem, novou vycházkovou holí ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published 2003 by Talpress (first published 2001)
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Apr 02, 2017 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ankh-Morpork, we have an orangutan.

Only Terry Pratchett could parody “Houston, we have a problem” with that kind of brazen aplomb.

While The Last Hero, A Discworld Fable, is Pratchett’s 27th Discworld book, the real HERO here is his collaborator Paul Kidby who provides a book full of illustrations.

Is it me, or does Cohen look a little like Terry Pratchett?

Pratchett’s original Discworld illustrator Josh Kirby died in 2001, and Kidby has been drawing Rincewind and the Wizards ever since. I’m an au
Dec 02, 2015 Antonio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este es uno de los libros que me ha gustado del mundodisco, por varias razones, no solo tiene al cobarde de Rincewind salvando al mundo una vez mas, aunque el solo quisiera huir y/o esconderse; sino que tiene una cofradía de personajes de todo el disco, tenemos a todo El cuadro académico de la ilustre universidad invisible, al Patricio de Ankh-Morpork Lord Vetinari, al Capitán Zanahoria de la guardia de la ciudad, a La muerte (que no podría faltar) y lo mejor de todo a la Horda de plata

Este gru
May 09, 2014 Melki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'And the thing is...the big thing about Cohen is...he's contagious.'

'You mean he's a plague carrier?'

'It's like a mental illness, sir. Or magic. He's as crazy as a stoat, but...once they've been around him for a while, people start seeing the world the way he does. All big and simple and they want to be part of it.'

This must be how Cohen the Barbarian got his Silver Horde to follow him up the highest mountain in Discworld to return something that was stolen from the Gods. BUT - for reasons too c
Jan 26, 2010 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the the last book on Terry Pratchett re-read binge.

While not as substantial as some of the rest of his books (I'm pretty sure the wordcount is less than half of his usual) this book makes up for it by being beautifully illustrated by Paul Kidby. I've never seen an artist do such spot-on interpretations of an author's characters. Kidby's work is really amazing.
The Last Hero is the seventh book in the Rincewind subseries. It’s actually an illustrated novel, the first one I’ve read. It was only available as an illustrated version (unlike Eric which I read in a non-illustrated format), and I do think some of the illustrations were important to the story. If nothing else, the ending might not make much sense without the corresponding picture. The reader could probably guess what it showed if they’d been paying attention to the story, though.

The story itse
Jul 10, 2012 S.A. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this slim book tucked away behind other books. I think I hid it like a last bottle of really excellent wine.

This time the sassy, wonderful, snide, silly, colorful, twisted thingamabobs associated with Sir Terry's wordsmithery are augmented by Paul Kidby's frantic illustrations. What a visual and verbal banquet. In my volume, page 130-131 is particularly enchanting.

It's hard to pick a favorite character in Sir Terry's pantheon, but damn, Lord Vetinari, the cultivated, calculating, well-m
May 16, 2011 Tfitoby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastical
A small story, clearly germinated whilst working on the previous Disc instalment, covering the effects of time and ageing, the desire to live longer, see more, put a mark on the world you are about to leave behind. Perhaps a clear example of the authors knowledge that he was going to have his life cut short by Alzheimer's? And also using the story to kill off one of his earliest creations, leftover from the silly days when the Disc was basically a spoof of fantasy novels. Cohen the Barbarian is ...more
Bronislava Sencakova
Nov 27, 2016 Bronislava Sencakova rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2016_read
Mrakoplaš, Barbar Cohen, Leonardo da Vinci, Schrödingerova mačka, Prometeus a hlava XXII? Áno, stále správny pratchettovský mix, aj keď kratší :)

Goodreads výzva 2016:
116. dočítaná kniha
Oct 22, 2012 Ashish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humour
"So many worlds. So little time."
In the course of the last 26 books, Pratchett gave us a brilliant cast of characters. We've watched them appear, grow, evolve, and become a part of the Discworld Universe; Cohen was the only one who was who he was, in the beginning and till the end. That's what defined him, and that's what also, I thought, made him increasingly irrelevant in a Discworld with high-speed communications, reformed and societally-assimilated monsters, the rule of law & order and,
Dec 25, 2016 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humor, 2016-reads
The Gods are on notice as the greatest heroes of the Disc are headed for their heavenly abode on a quest to return the fire stolen by the first hero, except there’s a catch. The illustrated Discworld novella The Last Hero is the twenty-seventh in the humorous fantasy series written by Terry Pratchett and assisted by artist Paul Kirby. And once again Pratchett follows his first protagonist Rincewind racing to save the world.

Cohen the Barbarian and his Silver Horde have left their imperial possess
An installment that it's very easy to overlook: it's only a very short illustrated novel, after all. More a lengthy short story than a novel, to be honest. And when you think about the plot, the characters and so on, it's all very simple, very small, nothing all that impressive.

But the flip side of that is that there's no room for most of Pratchett's vices. Combine that tight focus with an author at the peak of his powers, and the result is near-perfect execution. The comic bits are very funny,
Mar 02, 2009 Elise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't really like my first couple of experiences with Terry Pratchett. The first book I tried from Discworld was "The Color of Magic." I figured I start with it because it was the first book, but I was really disappointed with it and found it unfunny. I still wanted to give Discworld another chance though because I really wanted to like Terry Pratchett. So, I read around and found out that most people found his funniest book was "Guards! Guards!" So, I decided to buy it. I found it slightly b ...more
Jan 18, 2017 Michaela rated it it was amazing
Kniha bola tajný darček pre manžela. Zháňala som ju ROKY! A pod haluz roku 2016 ju aj dostal... jasné, že som neodolala a aspoň listovala v nej, ale na svoju obhajobu môžem povedať, že som ju nečítala. Až dnes, lebo muž ju dorazil pred pár dňami. :) Barbar Cohen a jeho partia vyzerajú ako inventár domova dôchodcov, ale len vyzerajú. Vedia prekvapiť. V takomto veľkom formáte vyniknú ilustrácie, kriedové strany, proste lahôdka. Oproti zvyšku, čo vyšiel v brožovanej väzbe (1. čes. vydanie), je to r ...more
Mar 14, 2017 Aimee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audiobooks
From time to time, you just need some Pratchett. This is a small dose (one of his shorter books) and just the medicine I needed. It's not quite up there with my favourite Discworld novels, although it does have Carrot Ironfoundersson in it, but it was funny, over the top, and full of references and in-jokes - in short, everything a Discworld novel should be.
Cohen and the Horde are on the quest that's going to end all quests - if Rincewind, Carrot, Librarian, and Leonard da Quirm don't stop them, that is.

The good: Oh, so many good jokes are crammed in this short book! I was giggling constantly! The pacing is awesome - there is almost no boring moments.

The bad: Hmm... Well, to fully appreciate this book you really have to know all the characters, it's not as standalone as others.

The ugly: Nada.
May 13, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I NEED TO OWN THIS BOOK ASAP. It has pictures! Of old men! And dragons!
Even without the illustrations, I'd buy it anyway.

The Last Hero is technically a Rincewind book but it's mainly about Cohen & The Silver Horde and Leonard of Quirm, served with a side of Carrot. It also has a bunch of other people. It's glorious. I loved Vena/Mrs. McGarry - one of the reasons I love Pratchett is because he writes awesome women. I like that Vena doesn't do much in the realm of swashbuckling, even though w
Cynthia Egbert
Jan 09, 2009 Cynthia Egbert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun "fable" indeed. My kids love this one for the amazing illustrations. Not all of which I appreciate as much as they do. But the story is still a delight. I think it to be a perfect ending to Cohen the Barbarian. Pure Pratchett. Some favorite quotes:

"The messages were in code, of course. If you have news about the end of the world, you don't want EVERYONE to know."

"No, not craftsmen, my lord," he said. "I have no use for people who have learned the limits of the possible." (One of my
Aug 09, 2010 Myles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humor, the-end, c20th
Due to the large format of this book - which after reading I would never dream of having scaled down - it is not carried in many places; As I was too impatient to wait for it to come in on order, I instead had read it at the local library.

The Last Hero is a great story, when long-standing characters are illustrated it often comes out wrong, but Kirby nailed it, especially with Rincewind and the Gods.

The basic story is in two arcs, focusing on the aging Silver Hoard (last seen in Interesting Tim
Mary Catelli
Jun 19, 2013 Mary Catelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy, humor
An illustrated tale, somewhat shorter than usual, of the Discworld. Involving Cohen the Barbarian, Rincewind, and Carrot.

Cohen and his Silver Horde set out, kidnapping a minstrel, to return fire to the gods. The Counterweight Continent sent word by albatross to Ankh-Morpork, where, they figure, they can do something about it.

One thing they can do is figure out that the heroes' plan would destroy the Discworld in minutes.

The resulting story involves rubies, Cohen and the Silver Horde applying the
Felipe Guerrero
May 13, 2016 Felipe Guerrero rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
El último héroe le devolverá a los dioses algo que el primer héroe les robó.

¡No podía ser mas épica la premisa!

Cohen el Barbaro, junto a su Horda de Plata, son mis personajes favoritos de esta saga de libros.

Me encantó este libro, ahora este es mi libro favorito del Mundodisco. Gracias señor Pratchett, gracias por escribir este magnifico libro.
Feb 18, 2012 Skip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humor
Cohen the Barbarian and his troupe set off to return fire to the Gods, when their real plan is to set-off a bomb. Meanwhile, the Patrician organizes a team to thwart them, anchored by Leonard of Quirm, Captain Carrot, and Rincewind, which involves rocketing undenearth Discworld. Nicely illustrated, and good to see the characters from a number of Pratchett novels.
Readathon Category #11: A funny book
Un libro di Terry Pratchett è sempre una garanzia ma ci sono volte che cominci con qualche riserva: The Last Hero è un libro illustrato di 176 pagine con, credo, un terzo delle parole che ci sono di solito.
Che sia brutto non te lo aspetti. Che sia meno... sì.
Ma Terry Pratchett è un genio e non dobbiamo mai, mai, dimenticarlo.

A volte non riesco a non pensare a come avrei voluto conoscere Terry Pratchett durante la mia infanzia, e come i miei eventuali figli lo conosceranno durante la loro (se si
Apr 24, 2017 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like my other reviews of this series recently, these books don't have the exciting punch that they did when first discovering the series, but that doesn't mean they aren't still very good and worth reading/listening. This one was more enjoyable to me than the last few. It ties together several of the characters from previous books in a fun way. That being said, this is NOT a book I would recommend to a person if they hadn't already read all the earlier books, or at least a good chunk of them. Th ...more
Jasmiina F
May 22, 2017 Jasmiina F rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A great story with some of my favorite characters, but what I loved the most was the art. I'm glad I bought this from England and this is definitely staying in my permanent shelf.
Matthew Lloyd
I had been thinking, following the death of Terry Pratchett and the release of The Shepherd's Crown this year, that I had but one Discworld book yet to read. But back in 2001, after the death of Josh Kirby, there was one Discworld book that I could not bring myself to read. Before I had even begun to read the Discworld books, I had come to associate the Disc with the art of Kirby's detailed fantasy settings, the billowing robes of long-bearded wizzards, the bumpy bodies of the human figures, t ...more
Jan 25, 2017 Sonia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Que no te deje engañar mi puntuación, creo que este es uno de los mejores libros de MundoDisco que he leído hasta ahora.
Los volúmenes ilustrados de la colección son especialmente bellos pese a que puedan cambiar la idea que nos hayamos hecho de algunos personajes (mi Rincewind no es como el que han pintado aquí). Si eres fan de esta saga, te recomiendo que inviertas el dinero necesario para tener una edición de papel de El último héroe merece la pena. Pero no sólo por esto afirmo que es uno de l
Feb 03, 2011 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of the two large format books from the Discworld - (the other being Eric), however it is far more lavishly illustrated - this time by Paul KIdby - as this was published at the time of John Kirbys death. The illustrations are of a totally different style and although Kirby's style will be forever connected to the early Pratchett works I think these are just as good and compliment the story perfectly.
As for the story its quiet short considering the number of illustrations through
Feb 12, 2011 Aoife rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
It is impossible to rate just the story, because of the really really beautiful Kidby-pictures on almost every page (well, every page, the few pages without colour-pictures have nice background-images). I mean there are swamp-dragons, moon-dragons, kitties (actually: Death with a kitty, and a kitty playing with the Tail of the Death of Rats), the wizzards, and of course the heroes, the 'silver horde'. They are all awesome, and incredibly detailed, I want all of them as poster for my room XD.

Jose Luis
Apr 21, 2015 Jose Luis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A diferencia de los libros que le preceden en la saga, Pratchett vuelve a sus orígenes en los que en lugar de analizar cómo un mundo fantástico se vuelve moderno, juega con lo que le queda de mágico.

El Último Héroe satiriza los tópicos de las fantasías clásicas, en los héroes que ganan las batallas simplemente por ser los buenos, y lo condensa en una historia breve maravillosamente ilustrada por el gran Paul Kidby.

Pese a lo simple de la historia, y lo metidos con calzador que están los personaj
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