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Discworld #2

The Light Fantastic

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As it moves towards a seemingly inevitable collision with a malevolent red star, the Discworld has only one possible saviour. Unfortunately, this happens to be the singularly inept and cowardly wizard called Rincewind, who was last seen falling off the edge of the world...

277 pages, Mass Market Paperback

First published January 1, 1986

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Terry Pratchett

659 books40.6k followers
Born Terence David John Pratchett, 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.

Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983. In 1987, he turned to writing full time.

There are over 40 books in the Discworld series, of which four are written for children. The first of these, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal.

A non-Discworld book, Good Omens, his 1990 collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller and was reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early 2006 (it is also available as a mass market paperback - Harper Torch, 2006 - and trade paperback - Harper Paperbacks, 2006).

In 2008, Harper Children's published Terry's standalone non-Discworld YA novel, Nation. Terry published Snuff in October 2011.

Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English-language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) “for services to literature” in 1998, and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Warwick in 1999, the University of Portsmouth in 2001, the University of Bath in 2003, the University of Bristol in 2004, Buckinghamshire New University in 2008, the University of Dublin in 2008, Bradford University in 2009, the University of Winchester in 2009, and The Open University in 2013 for his contribution to Public Service.

In Dec. of 2007, Pratchett disclosed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. On 18 Feb, 2009, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

He was awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2010.

Sir Terry Pratchett passed away on 12th March 2015.

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Profile Image for Mario the lone bookwolf.
795 reviews3,620 followers
May 17, 2020
Some timid, rare Sci-Fi buds spring in the, unofficially second half, of the tour de force introduction into the settings of the Discworld, including multi dimensions, human sacrifice, possession, lynch mobs, and the apocalypse.

I do tend to ask myself how it would have been if Pratchett would have dealt with more sci-fi concepts instead of focusing on fantasy and society, and the whole multi dimension idea gives a tiny glimpse at what could have been. I´ll keep waiting for an author who might combine the stellar writing with cosmic ideas to form galactic novels of universal dimensions, but, realist that I am, I fear it might not be in my lifetime, if ever. Pratchett was an ingenious, exceptional phenomenon and possibly groups of writers could collaboratively create something close to it with the help of the audience and proofreaders participating in the process, but one woman/man alone? Forget it.

There have been many variations of the unwilling, tentative, comedic hero, but someone like Rincewind has to be topped, as Pratchett is able to awake sympathy for a disagreeable, incompetent, and manipulative wanna be fringe pop wizard. One can´t get enough of seeing which terrible, earthshaking problem he might cause next without even recognizing.

Magic can go so many ways and Pratchett doesn´t just make fun of the stereotypes, he gives some new, fresh ideas to the mix I can´t mention without spoilering and I am too lazy to copy and paste the formatting template.

And here comes the DEATH. I don´t know how many personifications of evanescence might have been inspired by this skinny buddy, but hardly someone came closer to demonstrate the importance of carpe diem than this human studying manifestation of the not so grim reaper with time management issues.

World domination, ultimate power, and invincibility are as ridiculous as popular, but Pratchett gives the setting a new special taste by satirizing it with the allegedly mundane hurdles towards entity status that hide the key to the destruction of the maniac.

Rincewind gets a bit insane in the membrane, although it´s difficult to see the difference, very alternative physics change some parts of the fictional reality, and after finishing, the reader is ready to enter the Discworld with more or less profound knowledge about why what is happening when. Just joking, reading Pratchett is never done in one sitting, next to the mandatory rereading passages to relaugh, the ideas keep rotating in ones´ mind, characters and scenes coming to life without even asking, as hardly seen or felt before after finishing other reads.

It´s impressing how Pratchett managed to establish many of the settings and characters in the hero´s journey of his first two novels and the style of just showing some places, presenting the inhabitants, harvesting some laughs, planting McGuffins´and Chekhovs´for the further parts, and continuing the introduction trip without looking back is something modern fantasy is not used to anymore. Today there are more fast cuts between perspectives, always cliffhangery, well plotted, suspenseful, retrospectives,… in modern writing that is far less exhausting to read and difficult to follow than this classic series, one of the reasons some might find Pratchett hard to read.

I don´t know if there are many people who may be able to find all the innuendos, connotations, and subtilities hidden in the Discworld, as one would have to have immense knowledge about so many different fields to fully enjoy each treasure hidden by this literary prodigy.

Tropes show how literature is conceptualized and created and which mixture of elements makes works and genres unique:

This one is added to all Pratchettian reviews:
The idea of the dissected motifs rocks, highlighting the main real world inspirational elements of fiction and satire is something usually done with so called higher literature, but a much more interesting field in readable literature, as it offers the joy of reading, subtle criticism, and feeling smart all together.
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1,868 reviews16.5k followers
January 2, 2019
Reading Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series makes me smile. Because of his writing I invented the "Smile-O-meter" which measures smiles per book. Pratchett always scores high.

Three years after Terry Pratchett published The Color of Magic, the first Discworld book, he published the second, The Light Fantastic, having decided convincingly that this was a worthwhile project.

Though the action in The Light Fantastic takes over immediately following the events in the first book, Rincewind has fallen off of the edge of the world, this novel seems to gather momentum from a good but somewhat shaky start and proceed with a comic authority. While The Colour of Magic could have been a funny stand alone, Pratchett’s entry with The Light Fantastic seems to usher in a certainty that the Discworld as a multiverse, as a literary institution, has begun and with no end in sight.

Actually, I suppose he could have written a third, making the obligatory trilogy and then moving on to something else, but Pratchett wraps up his story tidily and leaves the fertile soil of Discworld as a fun idea from which more books can be written. (There are over 50 works in publication, and the series is a phenomenon with over 80 million novels sold and in 37 languages. Pratchett himself was knighted in 2009).

So what is all the fuss about? Our heroes Rincewind and Twoflower go on an adventure to save the world, or try to, or accidentally end up in all the right places, or something.

The real hero of the novel, and of the series, is Pratchett himself. It is his narration that amuses, cajoles, and encourages laughter and that keeps the reader’s attention. Playfully, and with wry English humor, Pratchett weaves a fun fantasy story with references to Biblical, classical, and mythical themes as well as modern subjects like Conan the Barbarian.

It is simply, a lot of fun. And produces smiles.

Profile Image for Matt's Fantasy Book Reviews.
235 reviews3,090 followers
April 18, 2022
3.5 stars. A step up from the first Discworld book, but doesn't deliver like books later in the series

Check out my new youtube channel where I show my instant reactions to reading fantasy books seconds after I finish the book.

This really does feel like the first Discworld book, because the first one seemed like a totally different thing given the episodic nature of it. This one follows a single arc like the rest of the books, and was overall a more enjoyable experience. The story is entertaining, and the characters feel fresh and unique for this genre.

I wouldn't recommend this book to someone however to start out the series given that there are much better Discworld books to be read, however this is a solid read if you are already hooked on the series.
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Author 2 books566 followers
February 26, 2021
“The sun rose slowly as if it wasn’t sure it was worth all the effort.”

If you follow my reviews, you already know that I’m a sucker for English humor. I adore the sarcasm, wit, innuendo, and self-depreciation that the English apply with such skill. And the very English Sir Terry Pratchett is inventive, irreverent, ingenious, and imaginative as indicated! Before I read my first Pratchett novel, I did a little research. The advice I found was to start with “Guards, Guards,” followed by “The Light Fantastic”, and then “Soul Music”. I now wish I had just started with “The Color of Magic” and then just continued in order. You don’t have to, the books work standalone, but I think you’ll miss out on some subtleties if you jump around. Anyway, although “Guards, Guards!” is often held to be the best of Discworld (and I did love it), I enjoyed “The Light Fantastic” even more.

“It looked like the sort of book described in library catalogues as 'slightly foxed', although it would be more honest to admit that it looked as though it had been badgered, wolved and possibly beared as well.”

This book follows an inept wizard, Rincewind and an array of traveling companions, Twoflower – a naïve tourist, the luggage – a loyal, murderous suitcase with a set of centipede-like legs, and an elderly and toothless Conan the Barbarian. Chased by wizards and then spurred on by a looming apocalypse, the story ambles though a series of odd and hilarious locations such as a gingerbread house, a stone computer, a trans dimensional store, and ultimately climaxing at the Unseen University in the fabled town of Ankh-Morpork. The tale is fun and unpredictable, but the real joy is the continuous onslaught of humor. Pratchett is relentless and packs in more jokes, puns, and anecdotes in a chapter, than most comedic authors cover in an entire novel.

“The Luggage said nothing, but louder this time.”

Five zany stars for this fantastic romp though the twisted imagination of Sir Terry Pratchett that made me smirk, giggle, snicker, and right larf out loud from Page 1 to ‘The End!"
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562 reviews197 followers
January 6, 2019
Review to follow tomorrow, but tell me why have I waited so long to re-read the Discworld books. 😢😳

And the honest answer is, well for a while I didn't have a copy of any Discworld novel, due to the fact that (as I think I've mentioned before (oh no am I getting so old I'm repeating myself ?) ) I lost so so so many books in one of my house moves, Discworld novels amongst them. And then somehow I forgot just how good the books were.

So The Light Fantastic picks up where The Colour of Magic left off and we find Rincwind, Twoflower and the Luggage in a precarious (as normal) situation. In my view this is better than Colour of Magic in that it is less a series of quite disjointed stories and more a whole novel. We meet various other characters that help/hinder/attack/welcome our intrepid trio as well as separating them and ultimately bringing it all back together for an amazing finale. A great book that showcases the amazing talent that Terry Pratchett had .
A more than solid 5 star read and already a favourite of 2019.
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Author 6 books3,972 followers
June 4, 2017
Re-read with buddies!

I'm still very much enjoying these early Pratchett books, especially in mind that I'll be seeing a *lot* more of these folks in the near future. And even if I'll mainly be focused on folks I haven't seen yet, anyway, I'm still enjoying what may as well be an overview primer of the whole Discworld universe.

That being said, I think Rincewind is given a bad rap in the series. I love the hell out of him. He's the ultimate bumbling idiot under the geas of a penultimate Eighth Spell, the casting of which will make or destroy the universe or something, and the making and breaking is ultimately left up only to him.

And he's a wizard with a hat that says "wizzard" on it. You know... to make sure people understand that he's actually one of their kind. :) I particularly loved the bits with the floating rocks and the computers of the universe and the dungeon universes and, of course, Cohen the Barbarian.

It's funny, it's BIG, and we even get to see the tourism industry take off in a really big way, even going so far as to have the very first tourist play a big part in a very special birth. Awwwww... So sweet! :)

Plotwise, I think it's well up to the standards of the rest of the series and while Rincewind falls away in people's favor, *cry* He'll always have a very special place in my heart.

And by the way, that sword is definitely smarter than him. Oh well!

Great fun! Even better the second time!
Profile Image for Helen 2.0.
286 reviews781 followers
May 17, 2017
I adore Terry Pratchett. I don't know how to elaborate on that so I'll just share some of my favorite moments in Light Fantastic.

Snarky social commentary:
She is there, down below the mines and sea ooze and fake fossil bones put there by a Creator with nothing better to do than upset archaeologists and give them silly ideas.
Not for the first time she reflected that there were many drawbacks to being a swordswoman, not the least of which was that men didn't take you seriously until you'd actually killed them, by which time it didn't really matter anyway. (...) But she was too big to be a thief, too honest to be an assassin, too intelligent to be a wife, and too proud to enter the only other female profession generally available.

General humor:
Someone who spent his life living rough under the sky knew the value of a good thick book, which ought to outlast at least a season of cooking fires if you were careful how you tore the pages out.
Magic! So that's what it felt like! No wonder wizards didn't have much truck with sex!
"She's not bad," said Twoflower. "She's going to marry a friend of ours."
"Does he know?"
Most people on the Disc were currently in a state of mind normally achievable only by a lifetime of dedicated meditation or about thirty seconds of illegal herbage.

The lamest pun ever:
"Rincewind, all the shops have been smashed open, there was a whole bunch of people across the street helping themselves to musical instruments, can you believe that?"
"Yeah," said Rincewind. "Luters, I expect."

The Luggage remains my favorite:
The Luggage said nothing.
"Look he's not my responsibility," said Rincewind. "Let's be absolutely clear about that."
The Luggage said nothing, but louder this time.
"Um," said Twoflower. "Yes. That's about enough, I think. Put him down, please."
The Luggage gave a creak of betrayal at the sound of its master's voice.

I might briefly have shipped Rincewind and Twoflower in this moment:
(Rincewind, about Twoflower) He just looks at things, but nothing he looks at is ever the same again. Including me, I expect.

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3,224 reviews2,053 followers
August 22, 2016
Put two of my favourite Discworld characters,the Luggage and Death, into the same book and I am obviously going to be happy! This was a reread of this book which I read the first time many years ago. Pratchett obviously improved his writing as the series progressed and his books became more sophisticated, but these early works are still a delight. I love the humour, the characters, the story and the sheer imagination of the man.
The world is poorer without him but thank goodness he left us so many books to enjoy.
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673 reviews602 followers
August 8, 2021
I’m glad I didn’t give up on this series, I thought book one was overrated but after reading book two, it’s safe to say that though this isn’t your regular fantasy book it is a great one.

“Inside every sane person there’s a madman struggling to get out,” said the shopkeeper. “That’s what I’ve always thought. No one goes mad quicker than a totally sane person.”

Book two still follows Rincewind and Two Flower, their adventure continues. I really enjoyed reading this, I think I finally get the world. I can’t wait to see what the author throws at us next.

The writing is sporadic but fun, It’s get it now, the POV shift is the worst but I get it now. Then there’s the humor, I love it so much.

Rincewind was the hero in this, I hope things gets better for him. Two Flower is still very optimistic, I like that about him. There was more information about the wizards in this, the plot is slowly expanding. However there are lots of random information that makes absolutely no sense to me. I hope it does in time.
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359 reviews425 followers
December 14, 2020
I'm late to the Discworld party but I'm not leaving. Pratchett's writing is stealthily brilliant, the world-building is already remarkable with over forty to go, and it's often quite funny. I've been in a reading slump; in different times I'd have devoured this. No matter, when I could disappear in its pages I was entertained, absorbed and happy. I finished and bought the next two; joy has been in short supply for many of us and when I can concentrate and not lose focus to the constant incoming on the news, this series makes me joyful.

And I'm in Character Love with the Luggage. which has tourist Twoflower's clothes and accessories and also many spindly legs on which it moves quickly and creepily. Like most of our luggage has at some time, the Luggage goes missing and shows back up...when it shows back up. It first appears in book one, The Color of Magic, and won my heart then, just that short quote in my review has me laughing as I type:

In The Light Fantastic, Luggage plays an important part, be still my heart: chomping on bad creatures, disappearing and reappearing, doing some great jump scares, solving problems, still pulling faces ahaha and generally doing things I'm, no pun intended, enchanted with.

Good Omens is one of my favorite books (and, fyi, also one of my favorite adaptations) and in The Light Fantastic it became obvious that certain parts of Good Omens were written by Pratchett, particularly one of my favorite parts: the dialogue of the Hell's Angels that ride with the Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse. The dialogue is so hilarious it wasn't in the miniseries because it wouldn't have worked. You have to have been there: in the book, bless his brilliant brain and friendship with Neil Gaiman.

The quality of Pratchett's writing is terrific. The intelligence and thought poured into every character and element of the book, the technical aspects Pratchett has nailed, aren't always obvious amid all that fun and cleverness. It's there though. And with over forty more Discworld books to go, it's great knowing the series holds as many riches as my dear Luggage does gold.
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3,882 reviews31.2k followers
May 17, 2020
Death made a great appearance in this story. Small, but spot on. This is absurdism at its best.

I enjoy The Color of Magic, but it was a slow read. It didn't hook me completely into the series, but I did know that I wanted more of this. I thought this story was fantastic. I know it's only the 2nd one, but this story was great. It's so funny and punny.

We see Rincewind hanging over the rim of the discworld. I mean this whole story is so great. Then we find out that the great turtle is heading toward a red star in space and it freaks the people of discworld right out.

Rincewind is chased all over the place. He has one of the great 8 spells lodged in his head and it's needed to deal with this red star threat. This book was what I had been wanting from this series and I get why it's so popular now. Pieces, like the retail shop that materializes here and there, remind me of the Hitchhiker's guide.

Terry is an amazing wit and author and now I can't wait to read more of this series. I thought the ending was simply beautiful. I also love the way Terry makes fun of the eggheads and the wise wizard archetypes, but yet, they are still important. This is stellar storytelling.

I'm a huge fan.
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9,566 reviews56.6k followers
June 14, 2017
The Light Fantastic (Discworld #2), Terry Pratchett
The Light Fantastic is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, the second of the Discworld series.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ششم ماه می سال 2016 میلادی
عنوان: مجموعه جهان صفحه - کتاب 02 - نور حیرت انگیز؛ نویسنده: سر تری پرتچت (پراچت)؛ مترجم: آرزو احمی؛ تهران، ویدا، 1392؛ در 290 ص؛ شابک: 9789646807860؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 20 م
ادامه کتاب نخست است از سری جهان صفحه
این مجموعه بیش از چهل رمان است که در زمینهٔ خیالپردازی و طنز و هزل هستند؛ و تقریباً هر چیزی را زیر این آسمان و تابش خورشید، به‌ سخره گرفته‌ اند. دیسک‌ ورلد، صفحهٔ تختی است که روی شانهٔ چهار ��یل غول‌پیکر قرار گرفته، فیل‌هایی که خود بر روی پشت آتوئین کبیر، لاک‌ پشت عظیم‌ الجثه‌ ای قرار گرفته‌ اند، که در دنیای بیکران، شناکنان به سوی مقصد نامعلومی حرکت می‌کند. رمان‌های تری پرچت؛ تقریباً هرچه شخصیت خیالی و علمی-تخیلی ست، را شامل می‌شود، ایده‌ ها و حقه‌ها، شرکت فیلم‌سازی برگمن، استرالیا، انتشار روزنامه، موزیک راک اند رول، فرهنگ، فلسفه، تاریخ مصر باستان، مهاجرت قبایل اولیه، بی‌نظمی و سلطنت. و ... تا به امروز از این مجموعه رمانهای: نور حیرت انگیز؛ مورت؛ رنگ جادو؛ خواهران سرنوشت، جادوی مرجع؛ اهرام؛ آیینهای برابر در کشور ما نیز ترجمه و منتشر شده است. ا. شربیانی

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102 reviews
June 1, 2015
Decidí darle una segunda oportunidad al Mundodisco, porque los fans de Pratchett me han comentado que la saga lo merece, no porque tenga algún problema obsesivo compulsivo con dejar cosas sin terminar...

y ¡Wau! las diferencias entre El color de la magia y La luz fantástica son abismales, casi todos los problemas que tuve con el primer libro se resuelven acá, este si me pareció gracioso, si es concluyente y... resuelve una incógnita del primer libro que me molestaba bastante Rincewind, a pesar de ser un mago bastante simplón y no hacer magia, sobrevive a toda la serie de eventos desafortunados que se le ha presentado, pues hay una razón para ello.

En la luz fantástica continuaremos la historia de Rincewind y Dosflores (Two-flo-wers)

esta pareja dispareja que ha desarrollado una especie de amistad gracias a todas sus aventuras y cuya travesía por el Disco aun no termina, y que seria de ellos sin el fiel Equipaje el mejor de los artilugios mágicos de todos los tiempos, ademas, esta vez conoceremos a Cohen el bárbaro, el guerrero mas famoso del disco, que ya tiene 87 años y esta sufriendo problemas de espalda, lo que no le impide realizar proezas, solo las hace mas graciosas.

En fin, esta libro me gusto mucho, me saco varias risas y me dejo con ganas de leer mas del Mundodisco, me alegra haberle dado otra oportunidad a la saga, y creo que si habéis leído El color de la magia, debes leer este libro, quien sabe quizás quedes
sonriendo como un necrófilo en un depósito de cadáveres.

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Author 4 books164 followers
August 1, 2008
I'm pretty sure people have told me about Pratchett and his Diskworld series before, usually working in the phrase "He's the Douglas Adams of fantasy" into the description. But the problem was that I always felt that I had had enough of Adams after the third Hithiker's Guide to the Galaxy book, and whenever I scanned Pratchett's section in the bookstore I was immediately put off by not knowing where to start reading among the approximately five hundred thousand Diskworld books. I'm glad I finally took the time to find out that these two books, The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic, jointly comprise the first tale in the series, and that they were definitely worth reading.

The Diskworld books are essentially satire of the high fantasy genre, or at least that's the foundation upon which everything else is built. This pair of books follows the misadventures of Rincewind, a utterly inept and thoroughly cowardly wizard, and Twoflowers, a clueless traveler who happens to be in possession of both endless optimism and a magical suitcase that's always wandering off and messily devouring people who get in its way. Things go from bad to worse for the two as divine powers both deliver them into and yank them out of all kinds of fantastic perils.

As someone who grew up reading plenty of this kind of thing and playing a lot of Dungeons& Dragons, I'm familiar enough with the genre and trappings that Pratchett lampoons. Yes, there's the Conan parody, there's the Dragonriders of Pern tribute, there's the in-joke about Leiber's Fafhrd and Gray Mouser. But that's easy. The thing that made me almost immediately fall in love with these books is the author's dry wit and his ability to derive humor not only from the absurdity of the story (and believe me, it gets plenty absurd) but also from just good old fashioned turns of phrase, wry commentary, and jokes. The guy just has an amazing ability to stuff five or six jokes into a single sentence, most of them making masterful use of that trusty standby of British humor, irony. It's really smart and really funny, and the fact that it builds on the inherent silliness of the high fantasy genre is just icing.

I should also note how imaginative Pratchett is, which is a useful quality given his subject matter. He bounces his heroes from one (generally horrible and dangerous) situation to another at a frantic pace, and his ability to come up with new material and new situations amazes me. And while many of them are obvious parodies of fantasy staples, just as many seem to be wholly new creations. As one small (and obligatory) example, the Diskworld itself is a flat coin of a world that rides atop four enormous elephants, who themselves ride on the back of a colossal turtle with two continent-sized flippers that it uses to swim slowly through the cold reaches of space.

But at the same time, if I have one complaint about these first two books, it's that they're almost maniacal in their plotting. While it's nice to see Pratchett's considerable imagination and humor on display as we go from situation to situation, the first book reads like an extended doodle with little plot and a whole "gods playing games with mortals" subtext that's entirely dropped in the next book. There's also one Conan the Barbarian parody that's abruptly dropped in favor of another Conan the Barbarian parody who Pratchett apparently liked better. It's not until the latter part of the second book does an overall plot come into play, but honestly I was enjoying myself so much I really didn't mind. Expect to see lots more Discworld books reviewed here in the future.
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229 reviews502 followers
September 14, 2015
"Inside every sane person, there's a madman struggling to get out. That's what I've always thought. No one goes mad quicker than a totally sane person."

The second installment in the Discworld series is a bigger, funnier delight. One heck of a Laugh Out Loud read.

Something I consider very special in Sir Terry Pratchett's works is that many authors can pull off a joke every once in a while in their stories but Mr Pratchett managed to keep the whole thing comical, while at the time satirical. Not once did I not grin or snort out loud.

In The Colour of Magic, Rincewind was last seen (read?) falling off the rim of the world. Well, he landed safely on his arse. Thank goodness or he couldn't be much use if he's dead.

Things are turning quite grim now. Great A'Tuin the turtle is wading its giant flippers toward a 'red star'. The closer it is (I feel very sorry for calling the World Turtle an 'it' but in my defense, 'it's' sex is still undetermined afterall!) to the star, the weaker and more unbalanced the magic is back in Discworld!

The only way to prevent the apocalypse is to recite all 8 spells from a magic book called Octavo. However one last spell is missing. Where could it be?! It also didn't help Rincewind's situation and mood when he found out that there's a certain prophecy about him.

I'm not a big reader when it comes to books with apocalypse in it looming just around the corner. Too bleak, I say. But this was a purely fun ride that follows with Rincewind's unfortunate adventures.

The worldbuilding is still just as bizarre as the last book. Except now it has a fairytale feel to it. There's even a scene where Rincewind and Twoflower took refuge in a gingerbread house! Sounds familiar? *cough* Hansel and Gretel! *cough*

Characterizations [humans, fantastical creatures and things alike]:

I have a very special place in my heart for nearly all the people and creatures in the book. Of course I have certain favourites myself but I couldn't resist liking nearly everything and everyone. It sounds so corny of me, I know. But damn it, I can't help myself not when they're all so fleshed out well. Definitely not when they each have their own unique quirky personality.

Rincewind shows even more of his cynicism and it didn't exactly help his ill bedside manners being partnered with the impossibly, insufferably optimistic Twoflower.

"I expect everything will turn out quite all right in the end," said Twoflower.

Rincewind looked at him. Remarks like that always threw him off.

"Do you really believe that? I mean," he said. "Really?"

"Well, things generally do work out satisfactorily, when you come to think about it."

"If you think the total disruption of my life in the last year is satisfactory then you might be right. I've lost count of the times I've nearly been killed--"

"Twenty-seven," said Twoflower.


He held a great disdain within him toward people and situations in life. He's not just cynical, I like to think of him as pessimistic too. He also has a knack of running in the opposite directions from things he's terrified of instead of plunging straight into the fire and save the day. Some people would say that he's quite the coward. I would say that he's quite the survivalist.

'He always held that panic was the best means of survival; back in the olden days, his theory went, people faced with hungry saber-toothed tigers could be divided very simply into those who panicked and those who stood there saying. "What a magnificent brute!" and "Here, pussy."

Rincewind's snappy moods, impatience and crankiness have really grown on me. Irregardless of how distasteful his actions may be at times!

I have to tip my hat on behalf of Twoflower, the first tourist of Ankh-Morpork may be the only one who can understand and tolerate Rincewind. While he is pessimistic, Twoflower is optimistic. Rincewind's cowardly but Twoflowers's noble and is willing to sacrifice himself to save others. Rincewind is quick to rage but Twoflower's best merits are his patience and his forgiving nature.

"Against the whole of human experience Twoflower believed that if only people would talk to each other, have a few drinks, exchange pictures of their grandchildren, maybe take in a show or something, then everything could be sorted out. He also believed that people were basically good but sometimes had their bad days."

How can I not resist someone like him? I can't! He's so good-hearted, it either made you despise how he's so insufferably annoying at that or... you find him irresistible. It is the latter for me.

Then there's The Luggage, it's name suggest what it is. A luggage that carries laundries for its master! Except it's no ordinary luggage. For one thing, it has hundreds of tiny little legs to take it anywhere. It's lid serves as a mouth and when it wants to look menancing, it snaps the lid up and down. Don't get too close - it's a luggage that bites and snaps and eats people up!

With the Luggage in your possession, you can be in no harm as long as:

a) you're not trying to harm it's master and his friends.
b) you don't kick its wooden sides and be a big bully.
c) you don't try to force open its lid apart to see what treasure is inside (there are usually none).

So aside from looking menancing, what else does it do? You'd be awed that not only The Luggage is useful in carrying loads, it is also very loyal, quick in thinking and even quicker so in taking actions (with those hundreds of little legs? No doubt) to save those in distress. Don't ask me how a luggage can think. I have no idea! Point is, the Luggage can be real scary to the point that even barbarians soil their trousers. You should be scared.

Then there are the minor people, creatures and things alike such as a group of incompetent swordsmen led by a woman, talking trees, a goblin, an imp who paints, a barbarian, DEATH and his comrades, stone trolls, a cursed shopkeeper, a mob of crazy superstitious people with pitchforks.... and so on and so forth. I expected to get clogged up with all these many minor characters coming and going. But not-so-surprisingly, I didn't feel confused or got side tracked by them. Each one of them has personalities and they're not forgettable. Not when they do or say something incredibly incredible, funny or stupid. Pratchett can write about the smallest pebble on a ground of dirt and still make it interesting and full of persona.

As a final conclusion, I can't say much except that... well, this book was just fucking fantastic and it won my heart and soul completely. That about sums up my thoughts.

Besides, it's almost impossible to pick apart or find anything wrong in something that can switch on your 'HAHA' button each seconds. The jokes are distracting!

Doctor's Prescription and Warning:

This is the medicine for when you feel blue or angry.

No, it's not supposed to be some pills.

It's this book.

However, read with care for each sentences and every passages are induced with high dosages of humour. Limit your level of intake in case you overdosed on the words and choke on your spit bellowing with laughter.
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200 reviews184 followers
May 6, 2014
This book was every bit as fun as the last- maybe more so. Since this is number two in series order, I am getting a feel for where the author was at the point in time it was written. The character development seems more vivid. Rincewind, the Luggage, the Druid sacrifice girl, and the over the hill barbarian fighter are characters that will live with me long after this series is done.
This story has more of a quest feel to it than the last one did. It definitely builds to a strong climax. In order to avert certain doom, all of the eight great spells must be read in order. The eighth and final spell is, of course, in Rincewind’s mind. His death would solve that problem for the planet’s most powerful spell casters.
The story progresses through one mishap after another as the author continues to add characters and build his world. Rather than read these books by order of character type (for example, all of the Rincewind stories followed by all of the Witches stories and so forth), I have chosen to attempt to read them chronologically. I think it gives a clear picture of where the author is at in a point in time and what his conception of this world and these characters is and is becoming.
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458 reviews4,420 followers
May 28, 2019
"You still love Terry Pratchett, after all these years?"

- Gandalf, Return of the Jedi.

Jokes aside, my teen years were marked by edginess, heavy metal, nihilism and Terry Pratchett. I think the latter was never a phase; he is an author that will always be in my heart and in my head, providing bellyache-inducing laughs whenever Death has an identity crisis (which is always) or when Nanny Ogg is trying to explain to her seemingly infinite children who their real fathers are(and lying through her teeth).

Even though Rincewind and Twoflower aren't my favourites, they still hold a special place in my heart because they were in the first Pratchett books I read.

courtesy of Jen's mini review

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Profile Image for Trish.
1,945 reviews3,404 followers
June 3, 2017
3.5 stars (yes, I actually liked the first one a bit better)

"The important thing about having lots of things to remember is that you've got to go somewhere afterward where you can remember them, you see? You've got to stop. You haven't really been anywhere until you've got back home."

Thus, this second book in the Discworld series is about the continued adventure of Twoflower, the very first tourist, and Rincewind, the failed wiz(z)ard with only one spell in his head.
We get to know more about that spell in particular and how it caused Rincewind to fail at being a wizard. Moreover, we get to see much more of the Unseen University and their machinations.
At the beginning, we start where the last novel ended and I really think the two books should be considered one story. Twoflower in the ship and Rincewind and the Luggage without a mode of transportation have "gone overboard". However, the most magical book on the entire Dicworld (the Octavo) can't let Rincewind die so magic saves them.
From there, they continue their journey through odd landscapes (a very peculiar forest for example) and meet new people (like Cohen, a parody of Conan the Barbarian).
Oh, and to make matters more interesting, we then find out that the Discworld is about to be destroyed unless the eight spells of the Octavo are being recited in time.
What I also liked was the portrayal of DEATH's domain (not to mention )! But then again, I always had a weakness for the bony fella. ;)

Again, the book had some interesting spins on ideas, witty observations about our the Discworld, as well as funny moments, but nothing groundbreaking or laugh-out-loud. As I stated before, I think this and the first should be regarded as one piece, because of the story and because of how it was delivered so it's no surprise there isn't much more to say about this except for what has already been said in my review for the previous volume.
However, I will point out that one of the saviors in this story and a wonderful character all on its own, was luggage! I really liked the little guy with his right-action-at-the-right-time interventions and "comments" on certain matters.

I marked a few lines and passages in this book again but am leaving you with this, one of my favourites:
"Inside every sane person there's a madman struggling to get out. That's what I've always thought. No one goes mad quicker than a totally sane person."
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2,133 reviews200 followers
May 17, 2020
Another excellent Discworld adventure from the late Sir Pratchett. All that was missing in my judgement was more inspiration and positivity by the main characters 6 of 10 stars
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1,200 reviews2,584 followers
December 8, 2020

What can I say, which has not been said about the brilliant Terry Pratchett? He is still the best at bringing humor to absurd Fantasy, and we as readers just have to buckle up for the ride! I am happy to be reading the series with my friend Mel, and the shared joy of following our reluctant heroes through the Diskworld, makes the experience even more cherished! Highly recommend to all😉
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3,561 reviews858 followers
March 21, 2021
Failed wizard Rincewind and the first and last Discworld tourist Twoflower and his animated luggage, are joined by Cohen the Barbarian and Bethan as they head towards the foretold destiny of Rincewind and the Great Spell in his head. Marginally better than the first book in the series, but apparently it is from the next book that this series begins to get good...as I am personally struggling to find anything that funny or interesting about this cult series 3 out of 12.
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124 reviews990 followers
February 19, 2018
Aunque esta historia empieza dónde lo dejó su primera parte (El Color de la Magia), me ha parecido mucho mejor, menos caótica y más entrañable. Imposible no reírse con los guiños a los cuentos infantiles, Conan (o Cohen xD) el Bárbaro y con las aventuras de Rincewind y Dosflores.
Al final del libro hasta me he dado cuenta del cariño que les he cogido a este par de desastrillos.. (:
Gracias Pratchett por el buen rato!
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980 reviews351 followers
March 17, 2021
“The Luggage said nothing, but louder this time.”

This took me quite a while to read considering it's a relatively short book, but I was trying to make it last as long as possible, because I don't have a copy of Equal Rites yet, and I wasn't looking forward to the break in my Discworld journey, especially since I've only just started it! It was actually quite challenging to pace myself with this though, because these books are so enjoyable and fun to read.

I think this is something of a rarity in the series in that it continues on directly from the previous one. While I am looking forward to discovering all the various directions that the series goes in, I think I will miss these early times as well. Still, since everyone says they only get better, so I'm not too worried.

I found the parting of Twoflower and Rincewind very touching, and was pleased that the luggage got to stay. I know Rincewind will appear again, but I'm not sure about Twoflower. I will miss his cluelessness and occasional moments of sensible observations. He and Rincewind were a fun duo.

“Twoflower didn't just look at the world through rose-tinted spectacles, Rincewind knew--he looked at it through a rose-tinted brain, too, and heard it through rose-tinted ears.”
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775 reviews47k followers
March 24, 2021
"The disc, being flat, has no real horizon. Any adventurous sailor who got funny ideas from staring at eggs and oranges for too long and set out for the antipodes soon learned that the reason why distant ships sometimes looked as though they were disappearing over the edge of the world was that they were disappearing over the edge of the world."

Like Douglas Adams' books, I find myself kind of at a loss whenever I sit down and try to write a review of a Terry Prachett book. The Discworld books that I've read so far have all been delightful and entertaining (and Terry Prachett has the Dorothy Parker gift of creating one-liners as quick and deadly as a sniper's bullet) but they kind of defy summary. I mean, this book picks up right where the previous installment left off, with our hero falling off the edge of the world. And as far as things go in this book, that's a relatively normal occurrence.

All there really is to say here is that I've thoroughly enjoyed the adventures of Rincewind, aka the world's best worst magician, and I'm kind of sad that the third Discworld book is a diversion from his story. But I'm sure it'll be great.
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848 reviews535 followers
March 23, 2015
Executive Summary: I enjoyed this one a lot more than The Color of Magic, and it made me glad I read that book first rather than starting with one of the later in the series.

Full Review
A moment of silence for the passing of a great man.

It's a shame it took the passing of Terry Pratchett for me to give this series a second chance. I've had numerous people tell me how much I'd like it. It was recommended again to me when I said I was in a funk and wanted something light and fun just a few days before his passing.

I just wasn't sure about it though. I'm often stubborn. I know it. I like to read things in publication order. I know this series is more like a loose collection of stories set in the same world, but I still want to read it in the order it came out. So I read The Color of Magic last year, and it was alright.

I did plan on reading this book at some point, but I kept putting it off. I wish I hadn't. The humor was better, the plot was more interesting, and some great new characters were introduced.

And the puns. Man there are some great puns in here. I had to stop reading for a few minutes because I was laughing so hard. I'm not normally big on puns, but they really worked for me in this book. I won't ruin them for you though, you should read them for yourself.

So now I'm hooked on the series. I jumped right into Equal Rites and I'm nearly done with that. I'll likely be jumping right into Mort after that.

I'm sad Mr. Pratchett has left us, and that I didn't get a chance to meet him and thank him for his great work. But I'm excited by the fact that I have nearly 40 more books to enjoy. I may have to pace myself though as there will sadly only be one more to come.

I can't say you should be stubborn like I am, and read in publication order. Most people seem to recommend starting with Guards! Guards! or Small Gods. I will say that if you do start with The Color of Magic make sure you read this one too, because not only is it a continuation of the plot, it's a vast improvement in every way.
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1,263 reviews222 followers
June 4, 2017
The story picks up where the first one left off, with Rincewind, Twoflower and the Luggage in dire peril. They're mysteriously saved and plonked down in the middle of a magical forest. Meanwhile an ominous red star has appeared in the sky of the disk and it appears to be growing each night. The Wizards of Unseen University want to read the Octavo to save the Disc, but Rincewind still has one of the Eight spells stuck in his head, so the hunt for the wizard is on.

I have no idea how many times I've read this, other than I'm sure this is at least my third time through. I had set my expectations of these first few Discworld novels based on a memory that they weren't all that good compared to later novels in the series, but to my happy surprise I found myself greatly enjoying this. This novel in a lot of ways, rather than The Colour of Magic, feels like the genesis of what the Discworld becomes.

In this one you get the introduction of the Librarian, Death's daughter Ysabell, Cohen the Barbarian and the beginnings of the more nuanced character of Death himself. This quote from Death regarding the rampant stupidity of the Star cultists could easily have come from a much later book:
All-in-all, it's the first inklings of the strong character work, social commentary and razor sharp humor that have made Pratchett a household name.

Very glad to revise my rating of this book to 5 stars and now I've very much looking forward to Equal Rites and Sourcery, neither of which I've reread before.
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765 reviews179 followers
February 6, 2017
Laurel and Hardy. Riggs and Murtaugh. Oscar and Felix. And continuing the grand tradition, the Discworld's own Rincewind and Twoflower. This time the story centers around the Octavo and the 8th spell lodged in Rincewind's head as Discworld plunges towards a fiery red star that may spell doom for the entire planet. Lovecraftian influences are prominent in the early and late goings, although most of the book is a lighthearted slapstick parody of the fantasy genre. The story often appears directionless and sags in the middle like an aging businessman but overall it's a quick and entertaining read.
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590 reviews249 followers
April 4, 2023
In the sequel to The Colour of Magic, Twoflower and Rincewind continue their tourist trip around the world, with a few additional obstacles thrown their way. With the Discworld apparently heading for self destruction, the Wizards of Unseen University are set on getting Rincewind back to Ankh-Morpork. Dead or alive. Preferably dead, for convenience's sake.

Rincewind on the other hand, seems to be getting steadily better at escaping the Grim Reaper, not to mention more and more reluctant to join the fight for the Discworld's survival.

Rincewind fighting

This was certainly better than book 1, with less wordy descriptions, lots more funny one liners and a hefty dose of self deprecating remarks.

[...]poets and bards were banned on pain of - well, pain - from going on about babbling brooks and rosy-fingered dawn and could only say, for example, that a face had launched a thousand ships if they were able to produce certified dockyard accounts.

And of course, my personal favorite, the very interesting functioning concepts governing wandering magic shops. As per usual, someone somewhere messed something up and... voilà.

angry mob

That said, the whole angry mob rising up to torch the... well anything and anyone not willing to join them, just didn't hold my interest. Now don't get me wrong, I hate all the sheep mentality, and the atrocities they manage to commit hold nothing but utmost disgust for me (not to mention a hefty dose of fear). Its depiction however, was just too dull, and predictable, and also much too long.

Score: 3/5 stars

Writing has improved compared to book 1, but it's still trying to cram way too much world building into a 200-page booklet. So far, I still recommend watching the TV mini-series instead of slogging through the book.


Other stories featuring Rincewind the Wizard:
book 1: The Colour of Magic
book 3: Sourcery
book 4: Eric
book 5: Interesting Times
Profile Image for Joaquin Garza.
533 reviews631 followers
March 20, 2022
La Luz Fantástica es una novela que pega un salto cualitativo importante versus su predecesora. Y esto lo hace, como he leído por ahí, con el simple hecho de tener una trama de verdad.

Nada de episodios anárquicos y desperdigados. Aquí sí hay un argumento completo y coherente y eso ayuda a que la novela pase mucho mejor librada.

Como es obvio, sigue siendo una de las obras tempranísimas de Pratchett. Me di cuenta que se publicó justo dos días antes de que yo naciera, así que es bastante vieja. Una época que es recordada en el mejor de los casos con una nostalgia embarazosa por un fanático de la fantasía. Por lo tanto, hay algunos clichés y sigue la estructura normal de tres actos. Además, se sigue apoyando en un personaje más bien débil como lo es Rincewind (es horrible comparar a Rincewind con Ceravieja y con Vimes) y éste sólo empieza a desarrollarse y a tener un arco hasta el tercer acto del libro. Además, el humor mejora pero no lo suficiente y en estas dos novelas la filosofía personal de Pratchett está prácticamente ausente (aunque se ven pequeños destellos por ahí).

Es interesante conocer el desarrollo temprano del Mundodisco. De aquí pasaríamos a Ritos Iguales y luego a pegar otro salto importante con la publicación de Mort.
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