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Sourcery (Discworld #5)

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All this books and stuff, that isn't what it should all be about. What we need is real wizardry.

All is not well within the Unseen University. The endemic politics of the place have ensured that it has finally got what it wished for: the most powerful wizard on the disc. Which could mean that the death of all wizardry is at hand. And the world is going to end, depending on
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Published October 8th 2004 by Corgi Audio (first published 1988)
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May 11, 2014 Gary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Maybe I am tiring of this series. Maybe this book really was slow. Whatever the case is, I had a difficult time getting into it. The humour was sometimes engaging and sometimes forced. It almost felt like the author was following the formula that had worked in previous books and reproducing it mechanically rather than spontaneously. It reminded me of a musical band that has had a couple of hit songs and decided that since they want to make money, they better reproduce the next song with the exac ...more
Sep 09, 2015 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sourcery is Sir Terry Pratchett’s fifth installment of his brilliantly funny and inventive Discworld series.

First published in 1988, this is another Rincewind novel and centers around the Discworld phenomena of the eighth son of an eighth son – of an eighth son!! is a Sourceror, meaning a source of magic and therefore much more powerful.

Pratchett populates this entry with many familiar characters such as The Librarian, Nijel the Destroyer and Conina the Hairdresser, daughter of Cohen the Barbari
Paul O'Neill
Oct 21, 2016 Paul O'Neill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best one so far!!
Mar 30, 2013 Tfitoby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastical, funny
“Not much call for a barbarian hairdresser, I expect,' said Rincewind. 'I mean, no-one wants a shampoo-and-beheading.”

For some reason this, the fifth instalment of the Discworld series, feels the most derivitive and the most puerile in terms of humour.

The premise, as much as you can call it that, is the story of an eighth son of an eighth son of an eighth son. He was, quite naturally, a wizard. A wizard squared...a source of magic...a Sourcerer. Sourcery died out on the Disc thousands of years

3.5 Me reí bastante con esta historia del Mundodisco, es hasta ahora la que mejor describe a Rincewind este "hechicero" que no hace magia, y que intenta huir de todos los peligros que se le presenten, que son insistentes en su vida, pero que en el fondo tiene un gran corazón, cada vez siento mas cariño por este personaje, me hace reír, con su manera, por ejemplo, de querer salvar al mundo del peligroso Rechicero (que posee mas poderes que los dioses) agitando una media con un ladrillo adentro ¿e
2.5 stars.

I hate rating this low, but I have to be honest. I spent more time counting off pages to completion than I did on reading it.

There were some really funny parts and snippets of awesome. But in the end, it just wasn't connecting with me. It took me a month to finish. Ugh...

Still, I certainly didn't dislike it. I'm just hoping to get more hooked on the series before too much longer....
An entertaining story and the typical, occasional very clever and funny observation about the world and things.^^
Why did I give this two stars the first time I read it? I have no idea.

The whole thing with the library made me cry. I need a banana.

Rincewind faces his most horrible situation yet.

A pretty woman and a magic hat.
Nov 24, 2011 Raelyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is common knowledge on Discworld that wizards aren’t to have sex, in fact it is part of the Lore, but until now it wasn’t explained why. In the 5th edition to this wonderful series, Pratchett tells the story of a wizard who went against the Lore and had seven sons, all wizards, and then an eighth son who was a sourcerer- being a source of magic. The Disc, however, is not a good place for all this magic, and so things start to fall apart–literally! We welcome back Rincewind to save the day, ag ...more
Simcha Wood
Feb 05, 2013 Simcha Wood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sourcery, the fifth book in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, marks his first real triumph. Like the previous book in the series, Mort, Sourcery builds on the humor of the first several books in the series and adds to it a depth of empathy and narrative prowess. The humor in particular is no longer derivative of Douglas Adams but has morphed into a style that is much more incisive and distinctive to Pratchett.

The story is similar in many ways to both The Light Fantastic and Equal Rites, but un
Mamen B.
Jun 19, 2016 Mamen B. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, mundodisco

Me ha gustado un montón, pese a que mucha gente dice que es de los malillos de Mundodisco. Todas las referencias al Apocalipsis y cómo Pratchett ha mezclado mitos de diferentes religiones, me han encantado. Otra de las cosas que me gustan de la saga de los magos, es Rincewind, porque es un protagonista genial en su torpeza, junto con el Equipaje y sus aventuras, que nos suelen sacar de Ankh-Morpork para recorrer zonas del Disco. En esta ocasión hemos conocido Klatch, concretamente la ciudad
Mar 10, 2016 Belcebon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No es de mis favoritos, pero tiene mucha sabiduría dentro. No dejéis de leerlo nunca.
Theresa Abney
Sep 17, 2013 Theresa Abney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
"Despite rumor, Death isn't cruel- merely terribly, terribly good at his job." p.2

"It wasn't that he was unaware of the despair and nobility of the human condition. It was just that as far as he was concerned you could stuff it." p.10

"Psst," it said.
"Not very," said Rincewind, who was in a state of mind where he couldn't resist it, "but I'm working on it." p.37

"He examined his conscience.
It said: I'm out of options. Please yourself." p.204

PERISTALSIS: successive waves of involuntary contraction
Semma Am
Jun 26, 2014 Semma Am rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've loved almost all the Pratchett books I've read in the past, but coming back to this one was unsatisfying. Partly because I started to notice the repetition in descriptions (yes the air feels 'greasy' when magic's being used, and yes a surprising number of things feel like a sock or a glove full of something else); but even more so by some of the characters and the ending itself which just seemed to... fizzle out.

Conina - introduced as thief among thieves, most deadly fighter, most beautiful
3.5 stars. Pratchett's Discworld books are always entertaining and cleverly written. As such, I enjoyed this one and particularly like the character of Rincewind who is the central figure of this story. That siad, I thought the first two books of this series were so good that I have been a little disappointed that the next 3 books have not, for me at least, been quite as good. I will continue to read them as they are still worth reading, I just hope that I can come across another installment of ...more
Feb 15, 2011 Laurie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No, that title isn’t a misspelling. It’s one of Pratchett’s plays on words that he’s so fond of. Because in this book – which was the fifth Discworld novel- sourcery is when magic goes beyond wizardry and taps into the very source of magic- raw power that ordinary wizards can’t touch.

‘Sourcery’ takes on sword and sorcery fantasies, taking satirical swipes at pretty much all the big ones- Lord of the Rings, Narnia, Fantasia, The Tempest, Conan the Barbarian, 1001 Nights, Fafhrd and Grey Mouser-
Executive Summary: This one might be a tie with The Color of Magic as my least favorite of Discworld thus far.

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After how much I enjoyed The Light Fantastic I was looking forward to another Rincewind book. I just never got into this one as much. There are once again some great jokes, but many of them felt in one or two parts of the book and then longer stretches where I didn't even chuckle.

The plot wasn't terribly engaging. It had potential. The Eighth son of the Eighth son is destine
I really enjoyed this book, and the humor was once again outstanding (I love Terry Pratchett's writing!), but something about this one is keeping me from giving it a full five stars.

One of the main reasons for my only enjoying it, instead of absolutely loving it, has to do with the Luggage. I LOVED the Luggage when it was introduced, but ever since it left Twoflower to belong to Rincewind it just hasn't felt the same to me. (It also hasn't eaten anyone lately, which could also be a reason for m
David Sarkies
Jul 25, 2014 David Sarkies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like Pratchett
Recommended to David by: My Mate
Shelves: comedy
Why wizard's don't have children
16 September 2012

While the forth book in Pratchett's Discworld series is still amusing, and very colourful, I found it to be a little duller than the others that I have so far read. Some have suggested that it is because we have Rincewind and the Luggage but no Twoflower, however I didn't really miss Twoflower so I would have to disagree with that assessment. I don't actually want to say that it is boring, and I don't think dry is an appropriate word since it is
This book is so slow it is a miracle I managed to finish it. I think it may be because I am not a fan of wizard stories but whatever it is I could not enjoy this book
Jun 17, 2016 Crispitina30 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buena continuación de las aventuras de Rincewind. Entretenida, divertida, con mucha locura y también momentos para reflexionar. Me han gustado mucho los nuevos personajes (especialmente Conina), el desarrollo interno del Equipaje con sus propios problemas, y también las nuevas inquietudes emocionales a las que nuestro querido Rincewind ha tenido que enfrentarse.

Como me suele ocurrir en las novelas del Mundodisco, las últimas páginas son un caos tremendo. Pero es Mundodisco, es Terry Pratchett, y
Oct 10, 2012 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2012
Eh... I liked it, or at least didn't dislike it... But damn. I keep expecting, hoping, to get hooked into Discworld. I figured if I just kept picking them up and reading them, eventually I'd start to love them. So far, that hasn't worked. They aren't bad, they are quick and easy to read.. But I'm just not getting into them very much. The only reason I'm still reading them is because they are so quick. If they were any longer, I would have given up a few books ago. I don't know.. I think maybe I' ...more
Apr 16, 2015 Roviragrao rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: relecturas
(Relectura Mundodisco #5)

En Rechicero Pratchett recupera a Rincewind y su equipaje, y como en las dos primeras novelas el ritmo es trepidante y un tanto caótico. Hay momentos muy divertidos y Pratchett derrocha genialidad en sus descripciones y reflexiones. Un ejemplo:
"Había poca clientela en el Tambor Remendado. El troll encadenado al poste junto a la puerta estaba sentado, y se sacaba a alguien de entre los dientes con gesto meditabundo".
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
Definitely not one of my favorites of the series.

I've come to realize that at least 3 or the first 5 Discworld books seem very similar to me, what with them revolving around the wizards and all about a person or persons with special magic and inviting in the Dungeon Dimensions and whatnot.

It was interesting to see Rincewind become an actual hero, and of course the Luggage is always fun.

Other than that, though, this is kind of a forgettable installment.
Ilija Ilić
Great of course :D Terry Pratchett still the best and forever in our hearts <3
Kirsty Cabot
Great story, love Rincewind as a character.
Loved the first 2/3s but didn't enjoy it quite as much toward the end!
The Discworld, being a flat world that is carried through space on the backs of four elephants, who in turn are standing - rather patiently, I think - on the back of a great turtle, is, understandably, a world awash in magic. There are magical creatures on the Disc - trolls and dwarfs and elves - and people who know how to use the magic that infuses the world. People like wizards.

If you want to be a wizard, there are ways to get there. The best thing you can do is to be the eighth son of an eigh
Apr 01, 2016 Tilly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all I have to say that even a less good of Terry Pratchetts discworld novels is still a book that makes me smile, just because of Pratchetts humorous style of writing and his funny comments in many of the footnotes.
Regarding the plot and the character I can not really say that I disliked something. I liked the story in general and also Coin as the childish main "antagonist" of the story who is somehow forced to do the things he does. Furthermore I still enjoy Rincewinds ironically perso
Mary Catelli
One of the lesser lights in the Discworld series. (He attributes a fair number of changes to the world to events in it, not always plausibly.)

It opens with a wizard having a talk with DEATH about his eighth son -- who must be a sourcerer, on that account. He gives his son his staff and a destiny to ruin the Unseen University.

A few years later, the Unseen University is in a panic. Or rather, the creatures are -- rats abandoning it like a sinking ship, bedbugs fleeing (and taking the bed), gargoyl
May 31, 2010 Luann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adult, 2010, libraries
If I told you I had just finished a book that has a school for wizards that continually changes its floor plan, a wizard who talks to a snake, and a wizard's hat that talks, you would know exactly which book I had just read, right? Well, if you are a Terry Pratchett fan, you would know that I have just read his fifth Discworld book, Sourcery. I wonder if J.K. Rowling is a Terry Pratchett fan?

Rincewind the wizard is back, and once again he is called upon to save the world. He gets help from a "ba
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Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe.

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Other Books in the Series

Discworld (1 - 10 of 41 books)
  • The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind #1)
  • The Light Fantastic (Discworld, #2; Rincewind #2)
  • Equal Rites (Discworld, #3; Witches #1)
  • Mort (Discworld, #4; Death, #1)
  • Wyrd Sisters (Discworld, #6; Witches #2)
  • Pyramids (Discworld, #7)
  • Guards! Guards! (Discworld, #8; City Watch #1)
  • Eric (Discworld, #9; Rincewind #4)
  • Moving Pictures (Discworld, #10; Industrial Revolution, #1)
  • Reaper Man (Discworld, #11; Death, #2)

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