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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 Discworld books reviewed here in the future. 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 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. Amazing E Book, The Light Fantastic Author Terry Pratchett This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book The Light Fantastic, Essay By Terry Pratchett Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You 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 commentaryShe 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 humorSomeone 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 everRincewind, 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 favoriteThe 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 momentRincewind, about Twoflower He just looks at things, but nothing he looks at is ever the same again Including me, I expect The Light Fantastic Discworld 2 , Terry PratchettThe Light Fantastic is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, the second of the Discworld series 2016 02 1392 290 9789646807860 20 Decid darle una segunda oportunidad al Mundodisco, porque los fans de Pratchett me han comentado que la saga lo merece, no porque tenga alg n problema obsesivo compulsivo con dejar cosas sin terminary Wau las diferencias entre El color de la magia y La luz fant stica son abismales, casi todos los problemas que tuve con el primer libro se resuelven ac , este si me pareci gracioso, si es concluyente y resuelve una inc gnita del primer libro que me molestaba bastante Rincewind, a pesar de ser un mago bastante simpl n y no hacer magia, sobrevive a toda la serie de eventos desafortunados que se le ha presentado, pues hay una raz n para ello En la luz fant stica 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 traves a por el Disco aun no termina, y que seria de ellos sin el fiel Equipaje el mejor de los artilugios m gicos de todos los tiempos, ademas, esta vez conoceremos a Cohen el b rbaro, el guerrero mas famoso del disco, que ya tiene 87 a os 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 hab is le do El color de la magia, debes leer este libro, quien sabe quiz s quedes sonriendo como un necr filo en un dep sito de cad veres. 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 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 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 TwoflowerWhatHe 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 suggestwhat 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 distractingDoctor 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 sthis 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. 3.5 stars yes, I actually liked the first one a bit betterThe 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 about that spell in particular and how it caused Rincewind to fail at being a wizard Moreover, we get to see much 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 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 view spoiler What happens after they have been recited was actually one of my favourite scenes in the movie and this book I mean BABY TURTLES swoons hide spoiler 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 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 than solid 5 star read and already a favourite of 2019. Re read with buddies I m still very much enjoying these early Pratchett books, especially in mind that I ll be seeing a lot 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