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Sourcery [Library Binding]

Terry Pratchett
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May 9 2008
A sourcerer is born, a wizard so powerful that by comparison, all other magic is just mucking about in pointy hats! And his very existence brings the Discworld to the verge of all-out thaumaturgical war*. All that stands in the way of complete devastation is Rincewind, the failed magician, who wants to save the world (or at least that part of it which contains him). SOURCERY is the third Discworld book to to brought to the silver screen for Sky One, and like HOGFATHER and THE COLOUR OF MAGIC, this lavishly illustrated volume will contain the complete working screenplay, written by Vadim Jean and mucked about with by Terry Pratchett,l as well as stills, sketches, blueprints, screen grabs, and anything else the boys left lying around the film studio! * A Bad Thing
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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This fifth Discworld tale ( Mort ), about a barely averted apocalypse there, reasserts Pratchett's adroitness as a storyteller. Inventive, satirical of the contemporary scene, Pratchett does not merely play with words, he juggles shrewd observations with aplomb. His creations are gently allegorical: for instance, the Unseen University Library is the repository of magic, its librarian an orangutan and its archchancellorship reserved for the most powerful magician, a "sourcerer" named Coin. But the author never takes himself or his message too seriously, and maintains a feather-light touch throughout. Even Death, an important minor character here, receives a distinctive voice.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.


"May well be considered his masterpiece... Humour such as his is an endangered species" The Times "Pratchett is a comic genius" Daily Express "One of the best and funniest English authors alive" Independent "He would be amusing in any form and his spectacular inventiveness makes the Discworld series one of the perennial joys of modern fiction" Mail on Sunday

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4.0 out of 5 stars Pardon my Klatchian Aug. 12 2008
"Sourcery" is the fifth novel in Terry Pratchett's hugely popular Discworld series, was first published in 1988 and is the third to give a starring role to Rincewind, the cowardly one-spell wizard.

Wizardry is widely seen as the most appropriate profession for the eighth son of an eighth son - however, given that it's also a celibate profession, is isn't a job that is intended to run in the family. Unfortunately, accidents do occasionally happen and the eighth son of a wizard is known as a Soucerer - a wizard who is also a source of magic. They are hugely dangerous, and will increase the background levels of magic to such a degree that other wizards may just start building towers and launch another round of the Mage Wars...

Ipslore the Red is one of the exceptions : he fled the halls of the Unseen University, married and had a family. The inevitable eighth son, Coin, is only a baby when Death arrives for Ipslore and the ex-wizard decides to choose his son's destiny. The future he picks for Coin includes wearing the Archchancellor's Hat of the Unseen University and, in an attempt to cheat Death, Ipslore enters his staff when he leaves his body. His intention is to guide Coin to his destiny....

Coin is roughly ten years old when he makes it to the University, and isn't long in taking over. When he deals with two of the Wizards - including the incoming Archchancellor - in a swift and very final manner, the remaining members of staff are understandably reluctant to stand against him. However, two of the survivors - a rather devious pair called Spelter and Carding - smell an opportunity. In seeing themselves as Coin's most senior and trusted advisors, they don't realise that Ipslore already has that role to himself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's up to Rincewind to save the world. Oook! Dec 31 2002
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As a big Rincewind fan, I count Sourcery as one of my favorite Pratchett novels. This fifth novel of Discworld is the first to have a real epic quality to it. Seeing as how the plot is hinged around the "Apocralypse" (even though an inebriated Pestilence, War, and Famine cannot remember the proper term for it), it pretty much has to be an epic. Ipslore was a natural-born wizard, the eight son of an eighth son, who did the unthinkable (not to mention unwizardly) act of marrying and having an eighth son of his own--a sourcerer. By tricking Death, he enters his own wizard staff and later guides the ten-year-old boy Coin in assuming the Archchancellorship of Unseen University and trying to take over the world. A sourcerer has free rein over the use of magic, unlike modern-day wizards who talk about magic but rarely perform it. Sourcerers almost destroyed the Discworld in ancient times in the Mage Wars, and young Coin sets in motion a modern-day Mage War that can only end in disaster. Only one man can stop the sourcerer and save the world--most unfortunately, that one man is the inept wizard Rincewind. His only allies are the wise and good Librarian (who happens to be an orangutan), the beautiful yet deadly thief Conina (daughter of Cohen the Barbarian), and Nigel, the skinniest hero on the Discworld whose only heroic wisdom comes from a ghost-written book by Cohen the aforementioned Barbarian. The Luggage also plays a part, but he/she/it is not there at Rincewind's side. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Saving the world (again) in a minor key May 20 2002
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There is, throughout Terry Pratchett's "Sourcery," a somewhat sorrowful tone being struck amidst the high spirited comedy and dramatic saving the world (again) sorts of action.
Because, at the heart of this story of how a most magical being, one whose very existence could unravel the fabric of the universe, is a scared and cruelly tormented little boy. That Pratchett keeps this in mind, and indeed, makes his salvation just as important as saving the world, is a credit to his skills as a writer and heart as a person.
The eighth son of an eighth son is a wizard. And the eighth son of a normally celibate wizard is a sourcerer, a living font of magical energies. But it's slightly more complicated than that: a father with a grudge against the magical establishment, a magical establishment (the cast of Unseen University, alternately pathetic and for once frightening) that's hungry for power, and a chain of events that quickly gets out of control all hurtle this story towards disaster.
Along the way, we get introduced to the daughter of the greatest hero in Discworld's history, who just desperately wants to be a hairdresser but finds that some things are just in her blood. We also pick up a very unlikely barbarian hero and a literary minded monarch and his fabulous pleasuredome. And, of course, the magic-less wizard Rincewind and his animate Luggage make a triumphant (well, as triumphant as Rincewind gets) return.
"Sourcery" is Pratchett's most heartfelt novel to date, and he puts the characters ahead of plot or jokes -- although there are plenty, especially concerning Conina and Unseen University -- and it makes for one of the best Discworld novels to date.
Strongly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
As always Pratchett delivers entertaining story-telling with wit and style. In this Discworld tale we return to Rincewind and the legendary Luggage, in a Discworld upheaval caused... Read more
Published on March 17 2012 by Lorina Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Incredible
Another book that is just as incredible as all other Rincewind books... i am slowly finding that he is my favorite character. Read more
Published on Dec 24 2001 by Martin Hristoforov
5.0 out of 5 stars Pratchett does it again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Supreme Sourcery
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Published on Nov. 27 2001 by "windythe1"
4.0 out of 5 stars "Funnier" than Mort, but it just doesn't have the same magic
I loved Mort. I REALLY loved it. Because, simply put, it would still be worth reading if you removed the jokes. Sadly, I can't say the same about Sourcery. Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2001 by CT
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Great. Not Bad.
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Published on Aug. 29 2001 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The reluctant wizzard becomes the hero again.
Rincewind always seems to get drafted against his will, and this time is no exception. The catch with this recruition is that he's drafted to do something he's good at, run away! Read more
Published on Aug. 27 2001 by M. Pak
4.0 out of 5 stars RINCEWIND TO THE RESCUE. AGAIN.
This is the 5th book in the Discworld series and the third in the subset with Rincewind as the main character (after "The Color of Magic" and "The Light... Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2001 by badlydone
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Discworld 'apocalyptic' books!
Quite a few of Terry Pratchett's magnificent series of Discworld books revolve around some kind of looming apocalypse or other.
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Published on May 21 2001 by Thanos6
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Rincewind books
What do you get when the eighth son of an eighth son has an eight son? A thaumaturgical headache that's too big for his britches, is what. Read more
Published on April 30 2001 by kresnels
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