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Discworld is a world and a mirror of worlds This is not a book about Australia No, it s about somewhere entirely different which happens to be, here and there, a bit Australian Still no worries, right Keeping the boss away from your workPonder knew he should never have let Ridcully look at the invisible writings Wasn t 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 and poke around and say things like, Is this where you work, then and I thought I sent a memo out about people bringing in potted plants, and What d you call that thing with the keyboard Unfortunately, like many people who are instinctively bad at something, the Archchancellor prided himself on how good at it he was Ridcully was to management what King Herod was to the Bethlehem Playgroup Association The clever traveler researches his destination before arrivingDeath picked up a book at random and read the cover.DANGEROUS MAMMALS, REPTILES, AMPHIBIANS, BIRDS, FISH, JELLYFISH, INSECTS, SPIDERS, CRUSTACEANS, GRASSES, TREES, MOSSES, AND LICHENS OF TERROR INCOGNITA, he read His gaze moved down the spine VOLUME 29c, he added OH PART THREE, I SEE Don t panicThe wizards were civilized men of considerable education and culture When faced with being inadvertently marooned on a desert island they understood immediately that the first thing to do was place the blame Spoofs, Tropes, parodies Although this story is not about Australia, that is the Australia in our world, it does describe all things Australian that we see in the popular media such as the Sydney Opera House, Mad Max, the man from Snowy River and Have fun spotting them all The winner gets a chocolate fish.Enjoy 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 , makes my skin sizzle, but in this go round, they are marooned on a tropical isle Being tossed out of their natural habitat The Unseen University they are suddenly vulnerable and insecure One of them even has even become blushingly smitten by a cleaning lady Aaaaa I liked the wizards Here is an excellent adventure in a land of kangaroos, boomerangs, odd brown food paste, and the occasional platypus They ll hang you for stealing a sheep, but turn you into a folk hero if you manage to escape Seriously They ll even give you a head startFrom the Librarian s mysterious shape shifting malady, to inflammable cows, to the wizard s interesting attempts to build a boat without a how to manual , this is one of the better Discworld adventures.G day 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 Evolutionary Turning Point When One Wrong Move Could Have Catastrophic Results For The Future Unfortunately In The Hands Of Such An Inept And Cussed Group Of Individuals, The Sensitive Issue Of Causality Is Sadly Only Likely To Receive The Same Scant Respect That They Show To One Another 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 University in Ankh Morpork, the Librarian falls gravely ill That is to say he s got a cold The problem is that almost every time he sneezes, he changes shape Moreover, due to his illness, he can t do his job and the magical books in the library grow restless So Arch chancellor Ridcully and his quirky bunch need to come up with a solution They remember that, at one point, Rincewind had been the librarian at the start of the series for a short amount of time so they start looking for him, which gets them and Mrs Whitlow stranded somewhere and somewhen else Australian slang, unique and rather deadly fauna and flora, entirely helpful fauna and flora in the same place only a few thousand years earlier, seven dwarves wizards and one lady, some sexual innuendos the harmless, almost pitiful variety as well as one hell of a dry continent with quite unique animals The level of quality of these books is undeniable Moreover, it was fitting to read this book this month since we are following evolution and I was reading a lot of science books Darwin s work amongst others as well However, sadly, as much as I chuckled a few times here and always relish the feeling of being back it s like putting on your favourite pullover , it wasn t nearly as funny as some previous romps and also not as deep It was simply a nice little quest with some crocodiles, sheep shearing, kangaroos, lots of references to Australian movies and a few side stabs at us silly humans in general Good but not Pratchett s best Still, I like the diversity within the series and that Sir Terry changed the scenery regularly throughout and it was a nice alternate look at evolution when compared to all the science books I ve read this month lol 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. 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 than Ridcully s crew Both were fun But let s face it, this book is nothing but a bunch of Australian cliche jokes Good enough for now and amusing for a moment, but I can t put this book on any best of Pratchett lists I d call this a placeholder Pratchett Very good in general but nothing superior. The Last Continent is the sixth book in the Rincewind subseries of Discworld For me, this was one of the average Discworld books I don t 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 enlist his help to fix a problem You see, something has happened to stop the rain and apparently Rincewind is the only one who can set things right No worries.I liked the story, but it wasn t a page turner for me There was plenty of humor as usual, but not as much that really made me laugh out loud Rincewind is always a fun character though, so it was nice to see him again Some of the humor went over my head because there were clearly Australian cultural references that were unfamiliar to me Actually, until reading this book, I didn t even know that no worries originated in Australia I hear it quite a bit here in the U.S now, but the first time I started noticing the phrase was during discussions with my European colleagues I had thought maybe it was a UK thing My Kindle educated me with a relevant Wikipedia entry when I highlighted one of the many, many occurrences of no worries in the book So at least I learned something new 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 affection for the larrikin at best and the hardened criminal at worst is also put under the spotlight that is the Discworld funhouse mirror thanks to Rinco s penchant for ending up in the worst situation possible at any given time Priscilla, Abba, Max, Opera, Ned, Vegemite, Gay Pride, Aboriginal culture, Skippy, Crocodile Dundee, it s all to be found in Fourecks Muddled around a bit with a storyline that turns Ponder Stibbons in to Darwin It s a lot of fun, nowhere near as offensive as it might have been considering it is a Rincewind book about a different culture, and happily now out of the way so I don t have to dread reading about Rincewind in Australia any longer. Steve Irwin, Crocodile Dundee, Tasmanian Devil, and Olivia Newton John sit enjoying Vegemite sandwiches and discussing Terry Pratchett s 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 Quirm and Klatch and far, far away you ve got his Last Continent, the one made last, still being created, Ecks Ecks Ecks Ecks, or Down Undah on the DiscworldDevil Raarararrraagh Dundee I nearly finished me slab while reading and I also thought that we got to learn about Rincewind and what an odd bugger he is, but also a hero in a ripper sort of way.Steve Pratchett has the wizards from ole UU go and fetch Rincewind from the far away Ecks Ecks Ecks Ecks and we get an Aussie adventure Olivia Fair Dinkum I thought Rincewind was similar, sort of, to Piers Anthony s Bink, from A Spell for Chameleon, he might not do proper magic, but he s got sweet as magic to stay in one piece.Devil Rarararrraaarrragh Dundee Right you are Taz, and of course, as always, the real hero here is Sir Terry hisself, telling us a whopper of a tale.Devil Raarararaagh Pratchett Goes to Australia28 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 this experience okay, I m probably exaggerating a bit here because the only episode that actually comes to mind is the Simpsons episode, but I have to say that that one episode was enough to leave a really bad taste in my mouth However, to say that I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement In fact it was not what I anticipated at all It seems that Terry Pratchett knows about Australia than I do and I was born and bred here Mind you that is probably not surprising considering that when we are surrounded by our culture and our people we tend not to see what others consider to be somewhat strange Sure, I understand that people wonder about this strange substance called vegemite and why it is that Australians not only eat it but actually like it but then again there are a lot of things about other countries that make me scratch my head such as octopus tentacles in Hong Kong Anyway, Pratchett, in this one book, seems to cover almost everything about Australia, and there are some things that he knew about that really surprised me Of course we have good old vegemite but he also makes a number of mentions of the Pie Floater, which is a pie, covered in sauce, floating in pea soup, which you only really find in Adelaide though the famous Pie Cart that used to sit outside the railway station has long since gone due to the tram tracks being laid down However, the one thing that really surprised me was when Rincewind was picked up by a dwarf named Mad and next thing we know we are suddenly caught up on one of those awesome Mad Max car chases Honestly, when I first picked up this book I never expected Rincewind to get caught up in a Mad Max car or should I say cart chase Not only does he pay tribute to Mad Max, but also to the Man from Snowy River, and Priscilla Queen of the Desert In fact in one section Rincewind discovers that he is standing on a float in the middle of the Gay and Lesbian Mardi gras The reason that I gave this book such a high rating was the very clever, and really amusing, way he painted a picture of Australian culture, however the problem that I had with the book was that there really didn t seem to be a plot Okay, there was a plot, but it seemed to be some loose thread that tied Rincewind s antics together which involved him stumbling from one piece of Australiana to another, which included meeting Crocobile Dongo aka Crocodile Dundee drinking copious amounts of really good beer, and being mistaken for Waltzing Matilda the guy in that song that gets busted stealing a sheep and instead of going to gaol throws himself into a billabong and drowns He does have a side plot, namely that the Librarian catches a cold, however it is a magical cold which causes him to shapeshift whenever he sneezes To cure him of the cold the wizards need to find his true name, but he has removed all record of it, so they decide to go and find Rincewind, which results in them landing up on a deserted island ten thousand years in the past Here they meet the god of evolution that doesn t actually believe in himself and proceed teach him a much better way of causing change in nature than simply creating things from scratch namely sex Pratchett, as can be expected, very cleverly ties these two threads together, however I ll let you read the book to find out how he does it I ll finish off with a little anecdote that just goes to show how much I don t actually pick up being an Australian though I have began to notice some aspects of this when I travel overseas, particularly when I first arrived at Heathrow Airport to discover everybody speaking with an English accent, which I just have to say was really weird Anyway, Rincewind discovers that there are two words in Australia or Ecksecksecksecks Fourecks, which happens to be a brand of beer that can solve any problem and placate any person no worries Anyway, I just shrugged and continued about my day until, as I was about to walk into the office, the door suddenly flew open and almost hit me in the face Coming out from behind the door was one of my mates, who proceeded to look and me and say no worries I almost burst out laughing All I can say is that having now read this book I simply cannot look at those two words the same again.