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Der Zauberhut

(Discworld #5)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  67,285 ratings  ·  1,658 reviews
When last seen, the singularly inept wizard Rincewind had fallen off the edge of the world. Now magically, he's turned up again, and this time he's brought the Luggage.

But that's not all....

Once upon a time, there was an eighth son of an eighth son who was, of course, a wizard. As if that wasn't complicated enough, said wizard then had seven sons. And then he had an eighth
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Paperback, 364 pages
Published November 1995 by Wilhelm Heyne Verlag (first published 1988)
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Bradley
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is going to sound rather critical despite my rating, but I feel like I ought to be rather honest. The basic over-story is pretty good, as is the action and most of the humor, but there was still swaths of text that felt like it was trying too hard.

More funny, more witty, more like Color of Magic than Color of Magic. It wasn't just Rincewind, who I always loved. Rincewind reminds me of Schmendrick from Last Unicorn, only he really doesn't have any magic at all. Ever. And yet, his whose sense
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Lyn
Sep 05, 2015 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
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Paul O'Neill
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best one so far!!
Lindsay
Back to the Pratchett reread after skipping Mort. (I love Mort, but I can just about recite it at this point; I didn't need to reread it).

On the Discworld the eighth son of an eighth son is a wizard and that would normally be the end of that. But if that wizard also has sons then his eighth son is a sourcerer, a source of magic of Disc-shattering power. Our hero from the first two books in the Discworld series, Rincewind, returns with a young sourcerer arriving at Unseen University. Events after
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Gary
May 07, 2014 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
Chris
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....
Audrey
Here we have the third book featuring Rincewind (and the Luggage). The plot of this story is secondary to the quirkiness of the characters and the settings. There’s Sourcery vs. Magic and some spoofing off the Arabian Nights. I was getting a little tired of it by the end. But it was still funny, and I found some favorite bits to quote:

“I meant,” said Ipslore bitterly, “what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?”
Death thought about it.
CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE.

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Exitgirl05
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mislim da mi je do sada ovo ubedljivo najduhovitija Pračetova knjiga o Disksvetu. Fenomenalan i dalje oduševljava!
Toby
May 16, 2011 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
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Trish
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 5th Discworld book and the 3rd with Rincewind. He's not exactly a main character though, or at least not the only one.

You see, we already know from the 3rd novel that the eighth son of an eighth son is predestined to become a wizard, but here we discover what happens if that eighth son of an eighth son then goes on and has an eighth son as well - the boy becomes a wizard squared, a sourcerer.
There is a reason why wizards aren't allowed to have families/children. However, as you will
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Antonio


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
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somuchreading
Το 'Sourcery' σίγουρα δεν ανήκει στο πάνω ράφι των βιβλίων του Discworld και μοιάζει σαν πισογύρισμα του Pratchett μετά το εξαιρετικό 'Mort', αλλά αυτό δε σημαίνει πως είναι χωρίς θετικά στοιχεία. Στο πλαίσιο του αφιερώματος που κάνω στο PopCode, διαβάζοντας κάθε μήνα [περίπου] και 1 από τα 41 βιβλία του Discworld, ορίστε τι έγραψα για αυτό, το 5ο μυθιστόρημα του φανταστικού κόσμου του Terry Pratchett.

Sourcery: ★★★
Chris
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.
Mpauli
An entertaining story and the typical, occasional very clever and funny observation about the world and things.^^
Simcha Wood
Feb 05, 2013 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
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Raelyn
Nov 24, 2011 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
Mamen B.
Mar 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mundodisco, 2016
3,5/5

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
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Theresa Abney
Jul 23, 2007 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
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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
Belcebon
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No es de mis favoritos, pero tiene mucha sabiduría dentro. No dejéis de leerlo nunca.
Josh
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Rincewind books seem to get better and better throughout the discworld series. This one features some of the best side characters that Pratchett has created, Nijel and Coin among the stand outs, as well as some of the most relentless Tom foolery. The Luggage has some of its best moments, and really, isn’t it the best character in the whole series? Aren’t passages like this one what we come here for?

“The luggage stood in the dripping street, the knife still quivering in its lid, and stared at
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Kaitlin
This was a good fun read (as all the Discworld books are) but it wasn't my favourite in the series. I feel like Rincewind isn't my favourite character (although I love the Luggage) and so I knew this would only be around a 3*s, but I cannot fault Pratchett for humour and I will always enjoy reading these.

This story focuses on what happens when a Sourcerer is brought into the world to challenge the magicians at the University and all the inevitable chaos that ensues on the Discworld. It's a romp
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Pequete
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-livros
Another delightful Discworld/Rincewind book. A great mixture of fantasy, comedy, adventure and wit, all put together. I think I will read them all.
"Silence filled the University in the same way that air fills a hole. Night spread across the Disk like plum jam, or possibly blackberry preserve.
But there would be a morning. There would always be another morning."
Jess
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-books
A few weeks ago, I seriously injured myself. I spilled a crockpot full of boiling chicken broth on my arm and hand and sustained second degree burns. It was incredibly painful and awkward (not like I need my dominant hand for anything!), and I was on super-duper heavy pain meds for almost a week.

So what do you do when you can't concentrate, can't care about anything, just float about in a drug-induced haze of no-thinking, no-feeling oblivion?

You read Terry Pratchett, of course.

Sourcery was the
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Jan-Maat
In common with Equal Rites the resolution in this book focuses on the need for self-restraint, the best use of power is not to use it at all (view spoiler). This principle allows for the presence of the wizards as a whole in the Pratchett universe to be non-disruptive, but more broadly is a common theme in the Discworld novels and is true also of the Witches stories in which magical interven ...more
Rob
Executive Summary: This one might be a tie with The Color of Magic as my least favorite of Discworld thus far.

Full Review
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
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Emma Sam
Jun 26, 2014 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
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A. B. Neilly
The idea was fantastic. The Sourcerer is the eight son of and eight son... Of an eight son. But the story gets slow and a little boring as it goes on. There are some great laughs and I love the idea of a tower for every magician when they get wild. But still worthy of been read.
Ilija Ilić
Great of course :D Terry Pratchett still the best and forever in our hearts <3
Karen ⊰✿
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wheelathon3
As I slowly make my way through this series (mostly) in order it is nice to pick up a book, and be "oh, this is a Rincewind story". Having not seen him since book 2, it was also nice to have The Luggage back in the picture.
This book is centred around Coin (a dangerous sorcerer) and the Unseen University and makes a nice Interlude before book 6 which takes us back to the Witches.

Great fun, with Terry Pratchett's unique, albeit, often silly, humour :)
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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 (Death, #1; Discworld, #4)
  • 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)
“I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
Death thought about it.
CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE.”
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