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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 LuggageBut That S Not AllOnce 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 Son A Wizard Squared That S All The Math, Really Who Of Course, Was A Source Of Magic A Sourcerer

10 thoughts on “Sourcery

  1. says:

    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, witty, 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 of identity and action is still totally in line with being a wizard, and he even puts everything on the line for it I like that.I even liked Nijel the Barbarian and Conina the Hairdresser and the Sapient Pearwood Chest is always a delight, but other than a good smattering of good scenes with all of them, I kept stopping the book and wondering if it would ever get on with it The adventure seemed good, but it was really focused on the zingers just a tad too much and I got tired of them Isn t that odd Even so, it was mostly pretty awesome as Pratchett usually is As an afterthought, I was thinking about Rincewind in relations to Pratchett, himself I was thinking that maybe Pratchett was Rincewind As a writer, it s always about faking it until you make it Keep with the decision and call yourself what you will be Believe it and move mountains, just like Rincewind Or Pratchett And then there s also the hallmark self depreciation, the humor There was that really big inspiration, that one unique idea that hit Rincewind with great fanfare with his companions calling him an idiot right after he expressed it Pretty classic.

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    What can one say, it had magic, it had heroes and heroines , it had the Librarian, it had Rincewind, it had The Luggage and it had DEATH What do you need for a great Discworld novel More tomorrow, now where s that banana And so continues my journey through the Discworld novels I am purposefully restricting my self to one a month to ensure that a they last as long as possible and b I don t binge read them all to the detriment of all other books.This was number 5 and I started in December so its going to plan so far This book is another excellent example of Sir Terry s wonderful storytelling and wit I think, in my humble opinion, that he gradually got into his stride with these novels, as they gradually get funnier and a parody of life in this country when he wrote them.In this novel we get the daughter of a disc world hero torn between adventuring heroing and hairdressing, a hero that isn t, a wizzard sic that is the worst ever, an eighth son of an eighth son and of course the most sapient luggage ever that gets a hangover So if you follow any of that or even find it mildly amusing then this book is for you.

  3. says:

    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 powerful.Pratchett populates this entry with many familiar characters such as The Librarian, Nijel the Destroyer and Conina the Hairdresser, daughter of Cohen the Barbarian, the luggage and, of course, Death.Not as outrageously or uproariously funny as the previous four, this is still good fun and a worthwhile visit with Sir Terry.

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    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 that see the Discworld facing the Apocralypse with only Rincewind and his companions to stand in the way.This book is widely acknowledged to be a lesser work in the series, and just from the point of view of reading them one after the other, it s probably seen worse because of how great the previous three books are It s probably still better than The Colour of Magic, but lacks that book s feature of introducing the reader to the Discworld.For me this is largely because I don t find Rincewind to be a particularly interesting character, but there s a problem with a lack of care around just about every character in this book for me Although that being said, I liked that the Luggage gets a character arc The Luggage As for the character of Conina, I see where he was going here, but I really have to direct people to Tansy Rayner Roberts excellent essay series on Pratchett s Women.

  5. says:

    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 exact formula Yet the next one is never as good as the original.As I said, it could just be me I may be tiring of this series It could also be that this author had periods where he lacked inspiration, or his mind wasn t completely in his writing, but he pushed through and wrote anyway That s what this book felt like to me.

  6. says:

    2.5 stars.I hate rating this low, but I have to be honest I spent 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 UghStill, I certainly didn t dislike it I m just hoping to get hooked on the series before too much longer.

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    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 squareda source of magica Sourcerer Sourcery died out on the Disc thousands of years ago Magic has become old and lazy and life is calm With a new source of sourcery the very Disc itself is in danger of being ripped apart Step forward Rincewind, prize coward and once the Disc s unlikely saviour, with the help of the hairdressing daughter of Cohen the Barbarian, The Luggage and Nigel, first son of a Greengrocer but barbarian in training There was a man and he had eight sons Apart from that, he was nothing than a comma on the page of History It s sad, but that s all you can say about some people It s easy to see why Pratchett kept returning to the cowardly wizard in the early books, his character traits allows for the explanation of magic without the need for obvious exposition and also drives the narrative when it falls in to dangerous territory that you can t easily write your way out of, just by having him do something cowardly But after five books that almost all feature him in some way I m pretty much fed up with him and the recycled jokes that go along with him.I remembered the boy wizard Coin as the reason why I disliked this book on first read but this time it became apparent that it wasn t his fault at all, it was Conina and Nigel and Creosote, the pointless threesome that seemed to exist solely as a running joke without driving the narrative Another point of annoyance is that Pratchett only acknowledges the previous instalments when it suits him, the reintroduction of Twoflower s luggage for example whereas he completely ignores the fact that Rincewind has met Death several times previously for the sake of reusing a lame joke Frustrating It s vital to remember who you really are It s very important It isn t a good idea to rely on other people or things to do it for you, you see They always get it wrong There s a lot of good to be found amongst the rubble of this Disc disaster, the developing of the Librarian as a character for example, the great Pratchett critical eye reflecting humanity like a fun house mirror, the best part for me though is the destruction of the wizard hierarchy whilst restoring the partially destroyed world with the Big Red Button trope, allowing Pratchett to actually develop real characters with his replacement wizards in later novels Oh how I long to read about Ridcully and the Bursar and Stibbons and Hex once .In case you haven t been following my rereading of the Discworld, this time through I am using the audiobooks to exercise with to surprisingly good effect Until now Exercising to this is hard work, it s just not interesting enough, or funny enough, my mind certainly isn t distracted from the tedium of exercise that s for sure I always marked this as my least favourite Discworld and nothing has changed in the past 10 years Bring on Wyrd Sisters

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    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 curious this for somebody who once worked as a press officer for a nuclear power station hide spoiler

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    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 It s vital to remember who you really are It s very important It isn t a good idea to rely on other people or things to do it for you, you see They always get it wrong If failure had no penalty success would not be a prize I m not going to ride on a magic carpet he hissed I m afraid of grounds You mean heights, said Conina And stop being silly I know what I mean It s the grounds that kill you

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    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 find here, the boy isn t REALLY the problem.Thus we are thrown into a turmoil, a quest to a number of corners of the Discworld with Rincewind, Luggage, Conina and, later, Nijel Because though their adventure starts out or less as a way of running away from the upcoming war, they will have to find a solution or the entire Discworld will be destroyed not to mention the trouble about the Gods.I don t know what it is, but for some reason Rincewind isn t really all that funny In general, but especially here There is only so many times I can sympathize with the old bloke who wants to be a wizard than anything even without the faintest talent Luggage only had one sort of funny scene here, too when it got drunk And although the sexism about Conina has got to have been deliberate probably why view spoiler she fell in love with the guy who wanted to be like her dad but failed miserably, making her the image of a barbarian despite the good looks she got from her mother hide spoiler