Sourcery (Discworld, #5)
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Sourcery (Discworld #5)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  36,986 ratings  ·  658 reviews
All this books and stuff, that isn’t what it should all be about. What we need is real wizardry.

There was an eighth son of an eighth son. He was, quite naturally, a wizard. And there it should have ended. However (for reasons we'd better not go into), he had seven sons. And then he had an eighth son... a wizard squared...a source of magic...a Sourcerer.

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Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published November 24th 2009 by Transworld Digital (first published 1988)
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Gary
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
Tfitoby
“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...more
Stephen
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
Simcha Wood
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...more
Theresa Abney
"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...more
Dawn
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
Chris
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...more
Laurie
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-...more
Raelyn
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
Olethros
-Magia, fin del mundo y humor.-

Género. Narrativa Fantástica.

Lo que nos cuenta. El octavo hijo de un octavo hijo de un octavo hijo es un rechicero, un caso muy poco común y de magia extremadamente poderosa. Uno de ellos, Coin, de diez años y acompañado del cayado en el que está encerrada el alma de su padre, trata de hacerse con el puesto de Archicanciller de la Universidad Invisible. Pero el sombrero del Archicanciller, otra entidad de magia pura, con la ayuda del mago Rincewind y de la hija de...more
Jackie
So far the Discworld books have been kooky, fun books and this one is no different. I can’t say that the Discworld books have been a must read for me, but so far I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read. I think it helps that they’re quick reads and contain humor, albeit some of the humor is rather cheesy sometimes.

As I said this one is as whimsical as the rest. This one seems to take place many years after the first two books. I liked that Rincewind and The Luggage are back because I did miss them, particu...more
Andy
I had in my head a notion that I didn't like Sourcery very much (or Sour Cery as the unusual kerning has it on the front cover). It's better than I remembered though and like all Discworld books was read in a fever.

I always loved Rincewind in the early days before moving onto other characters and this is a fun story which ultimately feels a bit too similar to Light Fantastic and Equal Rites. Barbarians, running around foreign lands, wizards causing mayhem and another end of the world disaster c...more
Fran
This probably would've got itself 3 stars if I hadn't got myself a little Pratchett saturated. I think I've read too much, too close together. It's started to get a little repetitive; the familiar structure of the elaborate similes, and reading about the light of the Discworld for (what feels like) the 50th time.

The plot didn't grab me as much as previous books either. But, again, maybe it's just because I'm a little Pratchett tired. Also, perhaps, because I read too much of this book while fal...more
David Sarkies
Jul 25, 2014 David Sarkies rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Malapata
Quinto libro de Mundodisco y para mí el primero que no mejora a los precedentes. En lo que llevo leído hasta ahora de Pratchett (estos cinco más "Nación") me parece distinguir dos caminos distintos. En un lado tenemos las novelas en las que el autor nos lleva en un viaje mágico lleno de humor, y luego hay otras en las que además crea unos personajes profundamente humanos y "queribles". Fui notando esa evolución en los tres primeros libros de Mundodisco hasta llegar al cuarto, "Mort", en que tant...more
Semma Am
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...more
V.paskov
They indeed get better with each one. Though if I have to be honest Rincewind is kinda too guffy for me to actually get. Though at this point I think I am back on track with getting the sense of humor of Terry. Simply great, and funny indeed, weird but funny nonetheless.
Ioan Nascu
Dec 16, 2009 Ioan Nascu rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people that talk to their wooden possesion, fans of Terry Pratchett
Recommended to Ioan by: myself
Shelves: belles-lettres
Oh, how I always tell others that being yourself is really the only thing one can do at a level of somewhat perfection (well, that and running away. Really, I have seen people that have created the Godly Level at that...) but yet again, I never managed to put it in a magi-war surrounding, with stuff flying all around and things warping into other things. Maybe that would have been more convincing.

So, getting back were we should be (or better said, as Pratchett would put it, we are already were w...more
Jamie
Ah, another parody of the fantasy genre by Terry Pratchett. This one returns to the Unseen University, home of powerful wizards and Rincewind, one of my favorite Diskworld protagonists. On the Disk, the 8th son of and 8th son becomes your ordinary wizard, but the 8th son of an 8th son of an 8th son (i.e., the 8th son of a wizard) is a sourcerer, a source of magic so powerful that he endangers, well, everything. Normally wizardly celibacy keeps sourcerers out of the picture, but not everybody pla...more
Ksenia Anske
What if you were born not a wizard, but a sorcerer, and what if sorcerers were more powerful than wizards, and what if you were ten years old and had a powerful staff and could do awesome things with just like that and had golden glowing eyes and this creepy manner of speaking, wouldn't it be cool? Oh, and what if your name was Coin? Sourcery is the 5th Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, and I am set out to read all forty (I think there are forty), because I can't have enough. Every single fant...more
Lee Broderick
Re-read 24/2/13:

After progressively experimenting a little more with each of the two previous Discworld volumes, this one sees Terry Pratchett return to the straightforward swords & sorcery genre satire of the first two volumes. Having done that very successfully in The Colour of Magic it's no surprise that each successive parody should feel a little weaker. It's an idea that has been executed many, many times before and since and it's a credit to Pratchett's writing that he has influenced...more
Luann
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...more
Anders
There was an eighth son of an eighth son. He was, quite naturally, a wizard. And there it should have ended. However (for reasons we'd better not go into), he had seven sons. And then he had an eighth son ... a wizard squared ... a source of magic ... a Sourcerer.

The humour of Terry Pratchett's Discworld often reminds me of Douglas Adams' Hitchikers Guide To The Galaxy, and the two series are equally brilliant. However, the humour is hit and miss in this particular novel. The basic idea behind t...more
Jeff
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Liza
An enjoyable read! I'm beginning to expect the same of all the Discworld novels. Will Rincewind return? Can't wait to find out!
Bethany
I love the way Terry Pratchett writes, his sense of humour matches mine very well. And I really enjoy his books.

The characters were fun and it's alway nice to see returning characters. It did get a bit lost a times when he changes scene without much warning and you suddenly realise your reading about somebody else, plus there were a lot of characters. Other thatn that I really enjoyed the story and how we got to delve more into the central characters. I have to say luggage is my favourite charac...more
Ана Хелс
Нима мислихте, че един от най-обещаващите източници за вдъхновение, копиране и шегички – а именно източните приказки на инсомниачката с логорея леля Шехерезада, ще остане подминат от дядо Тери и неговата дива команда от хухавели и шантавейки от света съществуващ напук на всички правила на Вселената – Диска? В иначе бляскавия нахилен пейзаж тук вече се усещат някои тъмни краски, с леко отчаяние и мрак между редовете, създаващ разбира се много комични ситуации в последствие, но сякаш с тъмното обл...more
Carol
This is another light-weight installment in the Discworld series. I enjoyed the new parts - learning how sourcerers come to be, learning why wizards shouldn't have sex, and learning what sourcerers can do that wizards can't. It isn't deep stuff, of course, but I didn't expect that. I'm still waiting for some of the author's usual brilliance to show up. He may save that more for the one-offs, like Dodger. Dunno.

Coin and Conina (sourcerer and female Barbarian warrior) are the new characters. Well,...more
Lee Broderick
Re-read 24/2/13: After progressively experimenting a little more with each of the two previous Discworld volumes, this one sees Terry Pratchett return to the straightforward swords & sorcery genre satire of the first two volumes. Having done that very successfully in The Colour of Magic it's no surprise that each successive parody should feel a little weaker. It's an idea that has been executed many, many times before and since and it's a credit to Pratchett's writing that he has influenced...more
Peter Goodman

“Sourcery,” by Terry Pratchett (Harper, 1988). Another early one, the fifth, I believe. More about magic, its limits and uses, featuring Rincewind and the Luggage, Death, Unseen University, with a cameo by the Patrician. Ankh Morpork plays a larger role, though it is not yet the seething mass of filth and disgust that it becomes. We meet Conina, daughter of Cohen the Barbarian; Creosote, the caliph of Al Khali, etc. This is still clearly about the Discworld. Wizard Ipslore the Red actually outfo...more
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