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The Last Continent

(Discworld #22)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  46,461 ratings  ·  1,069 reviews
'Anything you do in the past changes the future. The tiniest little actions have huge consequences. You might tread on an ant now and it might entirely prevent someone from being born in the future.'

There's nothing like the issue of evolution to get under the skin of academics. Especially when those same academics are by chance or bad judgement deposited at a critical
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Corgi (first published May 1998)
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Apr 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People in search of bad jokes about Australia
Recommended to Manny by: The Wikipedia article on drop bears
"Are we all here?" said Archancellor Ridcully as he surveyed the assembled wizards. "Good. Now let's get our brainstorming session started."

"Ook?" said the Librarian in an uncertain tone. The Archancellor glared at him. "Come on, come on, shouldn't be difficult! We need to reset parameters. Push the envelope. Think out of the box."

"What box?" asked the Dean timidly. The Archancellor gave him a withering look.

"For those who somehow missed yesterday's briefing session," he continued, enunciating
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Steve Irwin, Crocodile Dundee, Tasmanian Devil, and Olivia Newton John sit enjoying Vegemite sandwiches and discussing Terry Pratchetts 22nd Discworld novel, The Last Continent.

Steve: Crikey! What a great book, did you all enjoy it as much as I did?

Dundee: Indeed, I did, mate. I spent the arvo tending the barbie and rollin on me backside laughing at good ole Pratchett.

Devil: Raararragh!

Olivia: Right you are Taz, who knew the Discworld was chockers of good few, heh? Get away from Anhk-Morpork and
David Sarkies
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Australians
Recommended to David by: Stewart Wymer
Shelves: comedy
Pratchett Goes to Australia
28 October 2015

I have to say that when I have read books, or seen TV episodes, by people from foreign parts where they try to satirise Australia I have generally been either unimpressed, or downright insulted (as was the case with the Simpsons Episode where the Simpsons come to Australia, act like a bunch of jerks, proceed to insult everybody, leave an infestation of cane toads, and then go home). As such I was approaching Pratchett's book with some trepidation due to
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This installment in the Discworld series focuses on Rincewind and the senior faculty of Unseen University.

As is known by now, I'm not the biggest Rincewind fan and I was very happy to see that he wasn't center stage here - not alone at least. The Senior Wrangler for example or Ponder Stibbons and the God of Evolution were a hilarious counter-balance.

After his last adventure, Rincewind is in a very dry and hot place, stumbling from waterhole to waterhole. A long distance away, at Unseen
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"You call that a knife?" The giant unsheathed one that would be called a sword if it had been held in a normal-sized hand. "This is what I call a knife!"

Mad looked at it. Then he reached his hand around behind his back, and it came back holding something.

"Really? No worries. This," he said, "is what I call a crossbow."

I cringed when I saw that this entry in the series was about the wizards. Normally their haughty behavior (which reminds me SO MUCH of my mother-in-law's most annoying trait),
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, humor, 2019-shelf
Despite the author's protestations that this isn't Australia in a thin disguise, I am back to confirm that this Last Continent is, indeed, Australia.

Even the God of Evolution basically came right out and said it. :)

Rincewind on another adventure, and this time it's in the outback, putting all his mad survival skills to the ultimate test, mate.

On a side note, the head staff of Unseen University seems to have misplaced themselves.

I can't quite tell whether I enjoyed Rincewind's ongoing adventures
Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー
I enjoyed this book. Am I coming up the raw prawn? Nah, mate. I enjoyed it. 'Strewth. Grab your woolly jumpers and a bowl of pie in pea soup and enjoy it.

Last Continent is a fun, Australian-reference fueled Pratchett classic. Recommended for all fans of Rincewind.

No worries.
Dec 25, 2016 rated it liked it
The Last Continent is the sixth book in the Rincewind subseries of Discworld. For me, this was one of the more average Discworld books. I dont normally fall asleep while reading, but the cat and I took a few short naps while reading this book. :)

Rincewind has accidentally become stranded in a remote area of Austral I mean, in Ecksecksecksecks. While Rincewind is innocently going about his business of trying not to die of starvation or get poisoned by giant spiders, a talking kangaroo tries to
May 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastical, funny
In which Rincewind gets sent to my adopted country and encounters every pop culture reference you could think of. Is this how Egyptians react when they read about Djellibeybi in Pyramids?

I remember when I first moved here, middle of Summer, endless days of 40c heat, not even remotely a hint of potential rainfall and then one morning it just hammered down with rain for a few minutes and the roads turned to rivers and everybody seemed to panic a bit. Pratchett nailed it.

The absurdly misplaced
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Discworld is a world and a mirror of worlds. This is not a book about Australia. No, its about somewhere entirely different which happens to be, here and there, a bitAustralian. Stillno worries, right?

Keeping the boss away from your work...
Ponder knew he should never have let Ridcully look at the invisible writings. Wasnt it a basic principle never to let your employer know what it is you actually do all day?

But no matter what precautions you took, sooner or later the boss was bound to come in
Jan 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, fantasy, pratchett
Quick - what do you know about Australia?

I reckon if you live in Australia, you probably know quite a lot. If you've known someone from Australia or perhaps have visited there, you might know a few things. If your experience is limited to a few "Crocodile Dundee" movies and the Crocodile Hunter, then you could probably stand to know a little more. No matter what your level of Australiana is, though, you probably know at least enough to get a lot of enjoyment out of this book, Terry Pratchett's
Complete Discworld Reread


Hello, Terry?

Ya, it is me, Nathan.


You know, the guy doing the full reread of your Discworld series?

No? Havent read one review? Not even

Really? Wow, really thought some of those would have made it your way. But hey I got a few questions for you.

Huh? Well, it is surprisingly easy to get someones home number these days, the internet is a wonderful place. Anyway, I just finished The Last Continent and I am a bit confused.

Yes, I figured out that it was set in the
Jun 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first Terry Pratchett book I ever read. Formerly, as I have described in my review of Good Omens, I believed that Gaiman was the funny one and all of the good bits in Good Omens came from him. Then I stopped in Fred Meyer one day to buy a few things before flying home for Thanksgiving, and I saw The Last Continent. What the hell, I figured. I picked it up, expecting to confirm my belief that all of the good bits in Good Omens came from Gaiman. And how wrong I was!

I read this the
I like the Wizards books, I do. The scenes involving them are always a good time in making fun of bureaucracy and tradition and old white men. They are also usually very silly. But I have yet to love one of the Wizard books. It's just so hard for them to have an emotional through line like so many of Pratchett's other books do.

Like, this book wasn't really about anything. Sure, on the surface it's the Wizards flouncing off accidentally to Not Australia (aka XXXX aka the titular last continent)
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Discworld is one of my favorite series of all time, but if theres one weakness at all its Rincewind as a main character. I feel like this was one of his better stories, but with that being said its closer to 3.5 stars for me and Im rounding up from that.

The Last Continent took place on the Discs version of Australia, and having never been there I cant say whether it was an accurate representation. However, it did have a bunch of stereotypes that youd expect, like kangaroos (talking ones at
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2019
3.5 stars

There are always greats scenes and quotes in every Discworld book, and this one is no different. But after just having read Jingo with the clan of The Watch, this one paled in comparison.
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Currently re-reading this with my son who is here on a visit from London, England. It is just as much fun the second time around :)
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
The Last Continent is the 22nd Discworld novel and the 6th in the Rincewind sub-series. As with other Rincewind books, the story is told as a string of parodies without much of a plot. Apparently Pratchett wanted to pay a homage to Australia, Discworld style.

The story is broken into two narratives. Rincewind doing what he does best - running away from danger and accidentally saving the day in the process - on the continent of Four Ecks. Meanwhile, the Faculty of Unseen University accidentally
Bonnie Jeanne
Jan 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh gosh, this Discworld has lots of academia jokes, which I love.[return][return]"I shall endeavor to make study of any primitive grass-skirted peoples hereabouts," added the Dean, with a lawnmower look in his eyes.[return][return]I've decided that Rincewind, the missing wizard, is another favorite character. He reminds me so much of Bill Bryson, author of In a Sunburned Country and many other wonderful books.[return][return]Ponder Stibbons, another of my favorite Discworld characters because he ...more
Phoebe Prince
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is one of the few Discworld books I hadn't read. It wasn't a favorite, but even okay Pratchett is like 10x better than most authors.
Oct 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers
Shelves: fantasy
I've kept reading this book but still, things didn't go better. The story is a mess, maybe I should have started from book one...
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 01/03/1999
Author: Terry Pratchett
Recommended for: fans of fantasy novels

This is another great book in the famous Discworld series, in this book we are transported to the magical, mystical world that Terry Pratchett has created. We meet characters such as: Rincewind, Luggage, The Libarian, DEATH and Mustrum Ridcully.
In the book we go on another great adventure with Rincewind (the wizard who can't quite spell wizard) and his faithful companion Luggage, this book can be read as a stand
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I'm a Pratchett fan and have been for years. In general I love his writing and humour. I find it remarkable that his writing varied SO much between two books about the same character. Having read Colour of Magic not long after it was published I have a soft spot for Rincewind. Not long ago I read Interesting Times and frankly it was pretty poor. This one is vastly different.

EcksEcksEcksEcks - the Last Continent - is loosely about Australia plus all the usual wizard folk and Rincewind. It is very
Aug 01, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Washington Post "Book World" review from May 1999

You Call That a Knife?

British author Terry Pratchett is sometimes referred to as "prolific," a term used almost reproachfully. Not only is he prolific, but he also writes books which for lack of a better description are classed as fantasy. "Surely," the Serious Reader sniffs, "you're joking."

No, mate, I'm not. Welcome to the 22nd novel in Pratchett's Discworld series, The Last Continent. A disclaimer on the book's jacket says that the continent
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Archchancellor Ridcully, the Dean, Burser, Senior Wrangler, Lecturer in Recent Runes, Chair of Indefinite Studies, Ponder Stibbins and the Librarian, along with Head Housekeeper, Mrs. Whitlow, who ends up with them by mistake, all find a secret room in Unseen University and are all transported back to the beginning of time and the birth of a new continent, where they meet a couple of gods. Its not easy for the Librarian, whos caught a bug and every time he sneezes turns into something with red ...more
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humor, 2016-reads
Once again Rincewind is running for his life and saving the day as a byproduct, but this time he gets to be drunk so no worries. The Last Continent is Terry Pratchetts 22nd installment of Discworld, the sixth to feature his first main character (Rincewind), is the location that most of the action in and around the flat world is centered but while the last built it happens to have the oldest land as well which has interesting effects on a wizard search party looking to find their lost colleague. ...more
Tim Hicks
Dec 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I gave this a four the first time, and on rereading I've promoted it to five.
Perhaps I was in a hurry last time. It seemed that this time there was a greater density of pure Pratchettism than I remembered. It might be greater than in any of the books. He's really having fun with this one.

Others have noted that the satire of Australia is crude and simplistic. I am sure that was exactly the author's goal, to take the cheap shots and enjoy taking them and watching everyone KNOW they re cheap
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: discworld
Characters: 2.5*
Plot: 2.5*
Universe: 3*

This was an inconsistent book. Parts of it were clever and entertaining, parts of it just drug on.

And now, for my favorite quotes:
It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it's called Life.

But we're a university! We have to have a library!" said Ridcully. "It adds tone. What sort of people would we be if we didn't go into the library?"
"Students," said Senior Wrangler morosely.

I don't think I've drunk enough beer
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The Last Continent (Discworld, #22; Rincewind #6), Terry Pratchett
Wiebke (1book1review)
I think it is no surprise to everyone I loved this, after all Rincewind is my favorite character and he really shines in this one.
I have to say though it is a bad book to go in without any prior knowledge of the world and characters. Usually it's possible to pick up any book and follow things, but with this I would say you wouldn't enjoy it unless you are familiar with the characters and world more.
So better start at the beginning of the Wizard storyline - never wrong in my opinon as that are
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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,

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  • The Light Fantastic (Discworld, #2; Rincewind #2)
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“But we're a university! We have to have a library!" said Ridcully. "It adds tone. What sort of people would we be if we didn't go into the library?"

"Students," said Senior Wrangler morosely.”
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